Tim (looking normal!) at the cairn on Penycloddiau.
Heading for Moel Y Parc, but where are they? I only stopped to take a photograph!
At the cairn on Moel y Parc.
Striding out along the Clwydian Way, West of Penycloddiau, but where's Roger?
Distance: 7.6 miles. Climb: 1100' at a guess as it was 2093' (Wind assisted on the GPS).
Time: 4 hours 16 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Sue and Michel, David S and Tim.
Numbers less than expected today, one dropped out as the weather forecast wasn't good enough and another manged to strain a muscle in bed!
We arrived at the car park at the Llangwyfan Forestry Car Park just as it started to rain, it was a little on the blustery side too. Encouraged by David S and Tim who started to put on the walking boots before the rest of could suggest waiting a while, we all donned our gear and set off. Thankfully this was the worse rain we had all day, and that wasn't really enough to wet us! The rain had stopped totally by the time we were crossing the top of Penycloddiau and its hill fort. It was only the wind that we had to contest with at this point, but as it was assisting our ascent we decided carry on up to the top of Moel y Parc. David's anemometer measured the wind speed at 20 m.p.h at the cairn on Moel y Parc.
Although strong, the wind wasn't cold, and most of us in our Winter gear fund that we were overheating! I should have been wearing shorts!
The views weren't brilliant, but we could see the coast and the Little Orme, but Snowdonia wasn't in the picture.
We descended South west from the summit of Moel y Parc on a path that I hadn't been on before, heading towards Aberwheeler. It eventually brought us to the offa's Dyke Path near Aifft. This was a good route, although on this occasion it did cut the walk a little, resulting in us arriving at the Blue Bell before its opening time at 15-00. Not wanting it to be known that we were waiting outside a pub til it opened w headed for the Britannia Inn at Pentre Halkyn, where we were welcomed by a roaring fire and the Lees Bitter was at its best!
Birds seen or heard today were very few, but included: Meadow pipit, Carrion crow, Raven, Wood nuthatch and European robin.
Overall a very enjoyable walk, made all the better as any mud was easily avoided! I'm sure this walk will be repeated in the future.