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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.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Clip-y-Orsedd, The Druids Circle and More 18th October 2014

Llanfairfechan from the path near Henar Farm.
Still climbing, but only just sure that we are on the right path!
At the Druids Circle.
Heading back after lunch.
It took 4 attempts to get ALL of these two ponies in the same frame!
Penmaenmawr and Foel Lus framed by a rainbow.
Our last view towards Clip-y-Orsedd.
Walk stats: Distance: 10.0 miles. Climb: 1800' (Estimated as it was a wind assisted 3530' on the GPS)
Time: 5 hours 37 minutes. On the move waking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Celia and Mike.
Optimistically we hoped that the Beeb weather forecast would be right and that it would be warm and only the occasional shower. They were right, but we hadn't appreciated just how strong the wind would get. I've always regarded myself to have the physique quite suited to be an anchor man, but attempting Clip-y-Orsedd, I found myself sitting on the ground!
 Nevertheless we still soldiered on, battling to stay upright as we headed for the the stone circle. Our next problem was to find a suitable place to have lunch, protected from the wind if possible. Lunch was taken at the junction of paths between Foel Lus and Craig Hafodwen, where there was a convenient bench for us to sit on. Celia chose to sit on the grass sheltered from the wind by a large stone.
 We had longer than usual for lunch, Mike had finished his apple before we set off (I think I must have been trying to put off the return journey when we would be heading in to the wind.)
 The views today were good, especially towards the coast, but occasionally we had glimpses of the higher Carneddau mountains.
 Overall an enjoyable walk, despite the wind.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Carrion crow, Jackdaw, House sparrow, Common blackbird, Raven, Common buzzard, Common kestrel, Stonechat, Common starling and Meadow pipit.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Bluebell at Halkyn where the ciders went down well as did Facers' Bluebell bitter (although Mike did say he preferred the Lees bitter!).

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