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.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Cwm Dulas, Cefn yr Ogof, Gopa Wood and More 28th August 2014

Looking across the bay towards the Little Orme. (The Waverley anchored just off shore).
Not my best photo of a Dipper, but at least you can tell it is Dipper.
At the trig point on Cefn yr Ogof.
Panorama from the trig point on Cefn yr Ogof.
The Waverley from our lunch spot on the Northern slopes of Cefn yr Ogof.
Fuzzy clouds - just for Tim.
Gopa Wood - a warning sign for the path that we had just used!
Thankfully we all survived!
The Airbus A380 boat on the way to France. Seen as we arrived back at the Abergele car park.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.7 miles. Climb: 1417'. 
Time: 5 hours 34 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average:  1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Tim and Phil.
Setting off in sunshine  we were all anticipating a shower or two before lunch at least, but thankfully both the BBC and Accuweather didn't get it quite right and the worse we got was it clouding over a couple of times. In fact for most of the day we were in bright sunshine and as we finished the walk, it was almost too warm for comfortable walking, especially if the wind dropped.
 The walk today will be hard to beat in terms of its variety and the superb views we had, especially from Cefn yr Ogof.
 It was another walk when two ships came sailing by, first the Waverley (the only sea going paddle steamer) and then the Airbus A380 wing carrier heading for France.
 All this and it being a "Dipper" day too. (The first time that we have seen Dippers on a walk in 2014)
 The final part of the walk involved exploring the Eastern side of Gopa Wood, including  section of path that took close to what I usually describe as "keep back territory" with appropriate warning signs at each end.
 We arrived back at the car all agreeing what a great walk it had been and wondering why the weather forecasters had got it so wrong for this locality.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Pied wagtail, Oystercatcher, Great cormorant, Herring gull, Great black-backed gull, Common gull, Black-headed gull, Woodpigeon, Barn swallow, Turnstone, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Raven, House sparrow, Goldfinch, Mallard, Black-headed gull, Moorhen, Great tit, Common buzzard and Dipper.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue Bell in Halkyn. Facer's Light Blue Bell went down well as did one brew from the Offbeat Brewery from Crewe.

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