Our view of the Great Orme from the coast just before we headed inland.
The Greatn Orme from the hill behind Old Colwyn Golf Course.
Penny for your thoughts!
Our lunch spot on Mynydd Marian.
View from our lunch spot.
On the path heading for Craig y Forwyn.
The path through the wood below Craig y Forwyn.
The Celtic Cross in the church yard at Llandulas.
Walk stats: 8.3 miles. Climb: 633' (1000').
Time: 4 hours 43 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Mike and Roger.
The forecast for today was good, bright and crisp but on the cool side. In fact it was pretty good, but the warm sunshine in the afternoon was such that I could discard my jacket after lunch - no-one else followed suit!
We set of along the coastal path, not the prettiest section, with temperatures on the cool side, but we were encouraged with superb views ahead along the coast towards the Llandudno and the Great Orme.
It was good to see that the route through the Old Colwyn Golf Course was now much easier to follow, even if it does seem to be diverted from the path on the OS map. I assume that there has been a path diversion. (I'm happy for this diversion as I always felt guilty heading in a straight line across across the fairways).
Notable on this walk was that many of the stiles had been replaced by kissing gates, a bonus as most of us have reached OAP status!
Mynydd Marian is an excellent spot to stop for lunch, on a good day when the wind isn't approaching from the West, then there are two benches with superb views towards Snowdonia (today with some peaks capped in snow) and as to today we were able to find a seat sheltered from these winds, but giving us superb views towards Rhyl. The best view towards Rhyl I've ever seen!
This walk took us along several sections of limestone escarpments that gave superb views over the valley to the West before we headed back inland towards Llandulas.
As a change we went through the Llandulas churchyard where we came across an inpressive Celtic Cross.
Birds seen or heard today included: Herring gull, Great cormorant, Common buzzard, Oystercatcher, Common blackbird, Dunnock, European robin, Turnstone, Great tit, Blue tit, Redwing, Fieldfare, Mistle thrush, Woodpigeon, Carrion crow, House sparrow, Raven and Eurasian jay.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue Bell Inn at Halkyn, where the Bass bitter went down well. The cider went down well later!
Overall a good walk to be repeated many times in the future, it may even come to challenge the many Great Orme's walks that we do!