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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, 23 October 2014

Around Vivod, Llantyilio Church and the Llangollen Canal 23rd October 2014

Our first view of the River Dee with Barber Hill above the bridge.
Panorama looking towards the Llantysilio Hills from the road descending towards Vivod.
Autumnal colous starting to show.
Panorama from the Vivod road, looking towards Bryn-newydd farm complex.
The chain bridge - work just about to start.
A new view of the Horseshoe Falls with Moel Morphydd the peak on the skyline to the right.
Too warm for everyone!
Walk stats: Distance: 8.3 miles. Climb: 1189'.
Time: 4 hours 25 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Annie, David S., Celia, Sue and Dave P.
This was another day when the Beeb got the forecast right, it was bright and sunny all the time, and only occasionaly did we experience any breeze to cool us.
 Much of the walk was on minor roads, but no-one seemed to mind and for most of the time the views were superb, particularly as they opened up and we could see the Llantysilo Hills and the Eglwyseg Escarpments.
 The early part of the walk as we headed up to the Glyn Ceriog road was a steady climb that to some of the group seemed never ending!
 Lunch was taken at Llantysilio Green, where we could take advantage of the picnic tables provided and for all of us use the facilities that had been recently upgraded to become more eco-friendly. We later found that they had also put in some new picnic tables that were more accessible to wheel chair users (not that any of the group that sort of access today. As well that workmen were in the process of putting in two new paths that will mean that walkers can approach Llantysilio church without the need to go on the road. It also gave us a new view of the Horseshoe Falls, a better one than the one normally seen from the road. We were also asked to answer a questionnaire by one of the men involved with this new work. One question asked "What could be done to make your experience in this area better", was rather difficult to answer everything about the walk today was just about perfect!
 Even the stroll back along the canal towpath was made easier by the path having been improved to a standard suitable for wheelchairs. It would seem that at least one authority are doing their best to make visitors seem welcome.
 Birds seen or heard today included: House sparrow, Common blackbird, Common starling, Common pheasant, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Common buzzard, Black-billed magpie, Grey wagtail (spotted by Sue) and Mallard.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Ponsonby Arms, where Timothy Taylor's "Boltmaker" went down well. Ulverston's "Flying Elephants wasn't bad either. Alas David S couldn't drink all of his giant filter coffee and Celia couldn't find the blue bag of salt in her packet of crisps (thankfully a salt cellar was provided to remedy the problem!)
 Overall a delightful walk.
 I think this car park will be the one we use for all of our future walks staring in Llangollen, unless Llantysilio Green is more appropriate.

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