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When? Started: 1993 Who? Started with staff and friends from U H S, Chester. Organiser: Martyn Harris We walk every Wednesday 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 Wednesday than on a Saturday. Most ever: 29. Numbers walking: 2-12, a 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, Jim McCabe, Mal Pulford., Joyce Russell

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Moel Famau Twice 14th August 2014

The first of several new wood sculptures around the woods.
Our first approach towards the summit.
At the Jubilee tower on Moel Famau, first time round.
At the entrance to the new steps up the Jubilee tower.
The Clwydian Hills looking North.
The second route up Moel Famau, seen from Ffrith Mountain.
On the Jubilee Tower, second time round.
On Jubilee tower, Moel Famau, second time round.
Walk stats: Distance: 6.8 miles. Climb: 1991'.
Time: 5 hours 34 minutes. On the move walking average: 1.8 mp.h. Overall walk average: 1.2 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Phil, Sue and Dave P.
Weatherwise we weren't sure if we would get any rain, and we set of from the car park, optimistically hoping we wouldn't get any! Alas the Beeb were right and just after an hour, we had to take shelter for about half an hour in the woods to miss most of the downpour. Even in the woods we needed our waterproofs on! Thankfully that was the worst of the weather, although we were in cloud as we arrived at the summit first time round. 
The route up Moel Famau was the "Purple Route", though our description of the route described it as the "Red Route"!
 As we left the summit we started to get good views in all directions and we debated which of the Snowdonia peaks we could see.
 We decided to vary the route slightly from the original route planned, so ended up having lunch sitting on a stone wall just before crossing Ffrith Mountain. By now we were in sunshine, but there was also a cool breeze, making a few of the group reluctant to remove waterproofs.
 The second approach up Moel Famau was new to all of us, and started with a very steep start through the woods and then along a track that wound its way through high vegetation on each side that restricted any views. Once above the tree line the path was better and the views opened up.
 The second time on the Jubilee Tower was much better, and we didn't have the place to ourselves as we had the first time round.
 Overall a good walk, with the bonu of seeing the Clwydian Hills decked in Purple Heather.
 Birds seen or heard today were few and far between, but included: Woodpigeon, Black-billed magpie, Carrion crow, Meadow pipit, Barn swallow and Common buzzard.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the "We Three Loggerheads Inn", where Hafod's "Hopper" went down well.

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