"On the way down already and we've only just climbed up!"
"Can anyone identify these legs?"
Panorama from Moel Unben - looking towards Snowdonia.
Panorama looking towards the Clwydians.
Snowdonia from Moel Unben.
A calf that produced a few "ahs".
A good reason to cut the walk short"
Walk stats: 6.5 miles. Climb: 947'.
Time: 4 hours 14 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.5 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue and Dave P., Ceia, Roger, Sue and Michel.
The weather forecasters didn't quite get it right today! they suggested it was partly cloudy and we would get a 10 m.p.h. breeze. In fact it was sunny throughout the walk and virtually no breeze of any significance that could cool us.
After just three miles w had reached the summit of Moel Unben and as it was just about 12-00, no-one objected when I suggested we should have lunch. The views from this little top were superb, especially towards Snowdonia.
In addition one or two of the group were entertained as they watched a farmer and his tractor and tried to pick which direction he would actually leave the field. They all lost!
Setting off after lunch, I was thinking this is too warm to do the whole walk and how I could suggest that crossing the footbridge and climbing all the way up on the other side of the road as far as Mynydd Dir seemed an awful long climb. I even mentioned this as we approached the footbridge, the point where the decision had to be made. When we arrived at the relevant footpath and the footbridge, the path was closed and the footbridge no longer existed. We had no choice, we had to do the shorter version of the walk! To be honest no-0ne in the group seemed to mind, although we only just arrived as the Blue bell in Halkyn opened at 15-00.
Birds seen or heard today included: Carrion crow, Common buzzard, House sparrow, Goldfinch, Pied wagtail, Meadow pipit, Stonechat, Barn swallow, House martin and Common pheasant.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue Bell in Halkyn where the house beers (brewed by Facers) and Castle IPA went down well. Their "250th cider went down well too, but after I had got home!
As this was the first time for the rest of the group, didn't know how they would take to this new hostelry. Celia said she could cope with it, so I as suppose that means it's OK!
Overall a good walk, even if I have to look into how we may extend the walk in the future (that is assuming that the group in the future wants to walk more than 6.5 miles!).