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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, 18 September 2014

Greenfield Valley and East of Holywell 18th September 2014

Part of the Lower Mills at the Greenfield Valley Heritage Park.
St. Winifred's Well, Holywell.
"What are we waiting for?" 
Some bloke in the way with a camera!
The view from our lunch spot.
A closer view of our the natural harbour from our lunch spot.
Another case of  "why are we waiting again?"
Answer: Your leader went a different way!
Walk stats: Distance: 8.5 miles. Climb: 987'.
Time: 4 hours 58 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel, Annie, Roger, Phil, David S., Celia and Tim.
 Another good day for walking, warm and dry and occasionally a delightful cooling breeze.
  This is a roller coaster of a walk, in that we started the gentle climb from the coast road to Holywell, back down to the coastal road only to climb back up to Holywell before descending along the old railway track back to the Greenfield Valley Heritage Car park.
 It was good to see that work has been done on the path through Coed Llwybr-y-bi, and we ascended a set of steps that we had always missed on previous visits! It was good to see that on other parts of the route new kissing gates and improvements on steps had been done.
 However after lunch we had difficulty getting over one stile that was overgrown with vegetation and some awkward barbed wire. We should have looked at Dave Berry's description rather than the OS Map!
 Birds seen or heard today included: Common coot, Mallard, Great cormorant, Grey wagtail (pointed out by Sue), Moorhen, Common blackbird, Woodpigeon, Common starling, Jackdaw, Common crow, Rook, Black-billed magpie, House sparrow, House martin (about 50 over the mill pond in Greenfield Heritage Park) and Common buzzard.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue Bell in Halkyn, where Blue Bell Bitter (brewed by Facers) went down well and Tim even had a pint of a special lager recommended by Celia! Two Trees cider went down well at home, despite the container "exploding" in Michel's car on the way home! Sorry Michel, I'll have to get a new carrier bag, one that is leak proof!

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