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, 11 September 2014

The Clwydians North of Graigfechan 11th September 2014

First stop for Damsons!
Heading for Pant Myharan and the Clwydians.
At the foot of Moel Llech, but too early for lunch!
At the foot of Moel Llech and time for lunch
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"What's this? Oh yes it's one of Margaret's Welsh cakes!"
Looking North towards Moel Famau
Is it art? Not according to Fran. "It's made of plastic and it wobbles."
Lime kiln in the woods East of Graigfechan.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.4 miles. Climb: 1393'.
Time: 5 hours 1 minute. On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Annie, Sue and Michel, Celia, Fran and David S.
This was another glorious day for walking, although at times it was a little too warm, especially around mid-day. The views from the Offa's Dyke path over the Clwydians are always good, especially towards the Vale of Clwyd.  Distant views were a little misty, and at no time could we see the mountains of Snowdonia.
 After the circumnavigation of Moel Llanfair were ready for lunch, some more than others!
The treat of the day was provided by Roger (at least he carried them in his rucksack) were some Welsh cakes baked by Margaret. Thank you Margaret, we are all glad you forgot to buy biscuits from your holiday for your Nordic Walking Group. All enjoyed them, but Fran declared that they were best ever.
 It was so pleasant at our lunch spot that we stayed for more than half an hour. Is this what happens when you become a real pensioner?
 On the return route we took a path from near Bryn Isaf Farm to Llwyn Isaf before heading South to Graig and the path through the woods to Graigfechan.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Common crow, Meadow pipit, Goldfinch, Raven, Jackdaw, Common buzzard, Peregrine falcon and Black-billed magpie.
 Overall a good walk and long enough on a warm day like today.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the We Three Loggerheads where the only beer on offer today was Black Sheep bitter, which wasn't quite at its best!

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