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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.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Esclusham and Minera Mountains 4th July 2014

The start of the walk at Minera Lead Mines Centre.
Panorama of the first quarry area.
The Beluga seemed so low we could almost see the pilot!
A mare protecting her foal.
At the trig point on Esclusham Mountain.
At the trig point on Esclusham Mountain.
The old mine workings on Minera mountain.
Walk stats: Distance: 5.8 mile. Climb: 752'.
Time: 3 hours 56 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.0 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.4 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, David S and Roger.
The described walk was 9 miles long, but the prospect of walking 5 miles over exposed moorland in the hot Sun, didn't look a good idea, so we decide to cut the corner a little, heading for the summit of Esclusham Mountain and following the Northern-most path across Minera Mountain and dropping down to New Brighton.
 In reality it didn't seem as hot as it had been forecast, as in the first few miles we had the advantage of being in the shade of trees for most of the time.
 We had lunch a little early, so that we could sit in the shade of the trees before setting off across the open moorland.
 The Clwydian hills and Moel Fammau could clearly be seen and later on the radio masts on Llandegla Moors came in to view.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Barn swallow, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Meadow pipit, Grey wagtail, Black-billed magpie, Common kestrel, Hen harrier, Common pheasant, Woodpigeon and Black grouse.
 An enjoyable walk, and would have been even better had we avoided the heather hopping and headed directly to the old mine workings from the Esclusham Mountain trig point.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Pant-yr-Ochain, where the refreshing Snowdonia Ale went down well.

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