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.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Halkyn, Limestone, Lead and More 17th December 2014

Panorama from the trig point on Halkyn Mountain - looking towards Moel Famau.
At the trig point on Halkyn Mountain.
The working quarry near Rhes-y-Cae.
At the millenium toposcope on Moel Ffagnallt.
Panorama from a point moorland between Windmill and Halkyn - looking towards the West.
The Folly at Halkyn Old Hall.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.3 miles. Climb: 997'.
Time: 4 hours 28 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Annie, Phil and David S.
With temperatures forecast to be 11 Celsius and maybe even warmer, I decided that it was shorts weather. Thankfully it was and the only time I needed to put my fleece on was as we had lunch on the top of Moel Ffagnallt where it was on the breezy side and we experienced a slight dampness as a cloud passed over us, hardly enough to warrant taking the trouble to put waterproofs on!
  This walk wasn't exactly the route originally planned as we ended going up Moel Ffagnallt the way we normally go down and explored the Halkyn Mountain area behind Halkyn and Windmill.  We did however fail to locate the path that was supposed to go through the grounds of Halkyn Old Hall, presumably it has been diverted to the alternative path just to the East of it.
 Overall this was a very pleasant walk, dare I say delightful, wandering along the many green tracks that criss-cross Halkyn Mountain.
 Not many birds seen or heard today, but they included: Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Common blackbird, Black-billed magpie, Meadow pipit, European robin, House sparrow, Fieldfare and Goldfinch.
 As tradition dictates,  mature fruit cake was provided for those able to come on the last walk before Christmas, and after drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn, where the Lees bitter was in good nick and the real fire ensured that we had a warm welcome!

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