About Me

When? Started: 1993 Who? Started with staff and friends from U H S, Chester. Organiser: Martyn Harris We walk every Thursday and Saturdays, New Years day and May Day. How many walk? Walks take place as long as there are at least 2 wanting to walk on that day. More walk on a Thursday than on a Saturday. Most ever: 29. Numbers walking: 2-12, and usually about 8 mid-week and 3-4 on Saturday. Where do we walk? Saturday: Anywhere in North and Mid-Wales, Peak District, Shropshire and the Long Mynd and as far North as the Trough of Bowland. Thursday: Anywhere within about 40 miles of Chester. Type of walk: Distance: 6 – 14 miles. Climb: up to 4000’ (but usually very much less!). Those involved in 2017:- Martyn Harris, Fran Murphy, Sue and Michel Pelissier, Annie Hammond, Sue and Dave Pearson, Mike Dodd, David and Anne Savage, Celia de Mengle, Wendy and Ian Peers, Roger and Margaret Smith, Tim and Carol Dwyer, Paul Collinson, Phil Marsland, Sylvia and Dave Jenkins, Sheila McNee, Ed Meads, Elaine and John Greenhalgh.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Walks and Dates July 2014

Thursday 3rd July 2014.
World's End from the Ponderosa.
Distance: 9 miles. Climb: 1600'.
Start: Car parking area opposite the Ponderosa Cafe. Grid ref: SJ192480.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
This walk is taken from Dave Berry's book " Walks Around Ruabon Mountain, the Clywedog Valley  and Hope Mountain."  This is described as an exhilarating walk of great variety, on good upland paths and tracks with panoramic viewscapes.
Saturday 5th July 2014.
Tre Dryw, Brynsiencyn and Bryn Celli Ddu.
Postponed.
Distance: 10 miles. Climb:500'.
Leave Chester at 08-30.
This walk involves two walks from Robert Harris's book "Walks in Ancient Wales". Although these  two Anglesey walks are quite near to each other, it isn't easy to link them using footpaths and country roads, so we will have a short drive after the second walk to get to the start of the second. The walk includes visiting several burial chambers and standing stones and is the main interest in putting these walks on the list.
Thursday 10th July 2014.
Craig Adwynt, Nant Clwyd Hall and the Afon y Maes Valley.
Distance: 9-12 miles. Climb:1500'.
Start: Llanelidan. Grid ref: SJ108503. To get to the parking area, take the A494 Ruthin to Bala road, 2 miles after Pwllglas, turn left towards Llanelidan. Keep ahead at the crossroads as you enter the village, then go down a "No through road" past houses, telephone and a chapel to the end of the road where there is a parking area.
Leave Chester 9-00 a.m.
This walk combines two walks from Dave Berry's book "Walks in the Vale of Clwyd", and explores the beautiful, unspoilt undulating countryside around the Nant Clwyd Estate.  It will be interesting to see how the work around the hall as changed the landscape.  We assumed that they were creating a lake, but were they?
 We usually choose a route that results in a walk of about 10 miles.
Saturday 12th July 2014.
Moel Siabod. 
Distance: 6 miles. Climb: 2400'.
Start: Layby on the A5, East of Pont Cyfyng about 1 mile East of Capel Curig.
Leave Chester at 08-00. (early start as I need to be back by about 18-00.)
 This is the route described in the Nutalls book "The Mountains of England and Wales. Volume 1 Wales., although we may change the route of descent on the day. The route takes up the minor road towards Llyn y Foel, skirts the lake before climbing up the ridge to the trig point on the summit of Moel Siabod.
Thursday 17th July 2014.
Around Llansannan and Mynydd Tryfan.
Distance: 10 miles; Climb:1419'.
Start: Car park behind PC opposite the Post Office in Llansannan. Grid ref:SH933658.
Leave Chester 9-00 a.m.
This walk is taken from Lorna Jenner's book "Walking in the Vale of Clwyd". This is a varied walk along the Afon Aled and its tributaries, through rolling pastures edge with thick hedges and pockets of woodland, with a backdrop of mountains. Extension to include Mynydd Tryfan.
Saturday 19th July 2014.
The White Shark. 
A Classic White Peak Walk! 
Postponed. New walk will be decided on Friday evening at the Mill in Chester
Distance: 12-13 miles; 2100'.
Start: Longnor car park. Grid ref: SK088649.
Leave Chester at 08-00.
To get to Longnor follow the A51 towards Nantwich. Then the A500 towards Stoke on Trent. Then the A53 to Leek. From Leek take the A523 road to Ashbourne. At the Green Man Pub. turn on to the B5053 to Onecote, Warsow and Longnor. In Longnor turn right and the new car park is on the right. The alternative parking area is on the cobbled square in the centre of Longnor.
This walk is one we did quite a few years ago, on a day that we first experienced the delights of the Wilkes Head in Leek.
The walk is taken from the Trail Magazine. It suggest that the walk takes 6.5 hours, but I expect that we will take a little longer! This walk was a walk first recommended by Ian Setterington, a former colleague, who sadly died last year and who was well known for liking long walks.
Thursday 24th July 2014.
Around Minera Mountain.
Distance: 9-11 miles. Climb: 1000'.
Start: Mineral Lead Mine Centre Car park. grid ref: SJ276509.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
This walk is taken from Dave Berry's book "Walks Around Ruabon and Hope Mountain". The walk is described as being quite demanding, especially on the open access moorland. A walk for experienced walkers only - do we count? Can be boggy underfoot! The last time that the group did this walk, I missed out as I had had an operation on my hand and hadn't recovered sufficiently. From those that did do the walk, I understand route finding can be challenging, particularly around the quarries and moorland.
Saturday 26th July 2014.
Meini Hirion and More
Postponed - too far to drive on a hot day!
Distance: 10 miles. Climb: 500'.
Start: Coastal car park near Wylfa Power Station. Grid ref: SH356938.
Leave Chester 08-00.
This walk involves two walks from Robert Harris's book "Walks in Ancient Wales". Much of the walk is along quiet lanes, but we will uses field paths and part of the Coastal Path to link the two walks. The walk goes South down an access road to Tregele, down a minor road to link with the path to some standing stones to meet up with the second walk. From Llanfechell we will take the path North around Pen y Bryn and on to Cemaes and return along the Coastal Path. Bring binoculars with you.
Thursday 31st July 2014.
Bryn Pydew, Coed Brongarth and Gloddaeth Hall.
Distance: 10 miles. Climb: 1500'.
Start: Marl Hall Wood Car Park on the outskirts of Llandudno. Grid ref: SH 799787.
Directions to get to the car park. Leave the A55 at Junction 19 and follow the A470 towards Llandudno. At a roundabout turn right signposted to Esgryn / Pydew. Go past Esgryn Road to find a small car park on the right.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
This walk combines two walks from Dave Berry's book "Walks Around Llandudno".  These walks explore the area around St. David's College that we normally visit on our Little Orme walks.  In addition, we will take a short there and back extension to visit the obelisk that we see clearly as we travel along the A55.
Hopefully we will see this area in more Summer like conditions than we have in the past.

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