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, 2 October 2014

The Alyn Gorge and Moel Famau 2nd October 2014

A Winter scene - no just spider work hosting the morning dew.
One of two Buzzards circling near Cilcain.
Heading North to Moel Famau, still hoping to find a lunch spot!
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Waiting at the crossroads, the final climb ahead.
The final approach to the Jubilee Tower on Moel Famau.
The Vale of Clwyd with Snowdonia beyond from the Jubilee tower.
One of the wood sculptures in Moel Famau country Park.
This is how Roger felt in the We Three Loggerheads Inn later on!
Walk stats: Distance: 8.8 miles. Climb; 1465'.
Time: 5 hours 14 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Wendy, David S., Celia and Paul.
As Annie was feeling a little unwell, this was a quickly rearranged walk so that she could join us next week at Knutsford.
 Last week two of the group forgot things, this week it was mine, I forgot to bring the walk descriptions for the rest of the group, but a least I did have mine! This does have advantages, they can't go too far ahead and they can never say to me "your going the wrong way"!
 This was a glorious day for walking, a little warmer than most of us expected, but still good, even at the Jubilee Tower there was only a gentle breeze, probably one of the best weather days I have ever experienced in that location.
 Views today were excellent, although at the summit of Moel Famau we were in glorious sunshine, but Snowdonia was covered in cloud.
 Near the summit a Kestrel entertained as it hunted and at one point tried to catch a Meadow pipit.
 After leaving the summit of Moel Famau we returned on part of the route that had several wood carvings, we spotted the Badger, Bat, Lizard, Dormouse and Buzzard, but we didn't see the Squirrel and the Fox (apparently the best one, according to my primary  school age informants!).
 Birds seen or heard today included: Greater spotted woodpecker, Meadow pipit, Jackdaw, Rook, Raven, Common kestrel, Common buzzard, Wood nuthatch, European robin, Woodpigeon and Black-billed magpie.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the We Three Loggerheads Inn, where Hafod's brews were enjoyed by some, Thwaites brew by another, tea by another, orange squash and even an unpronounceable lager by another.
 Overall a superb walk, especially when you catch the summit of Moel Famau on a really good day like today!

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