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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.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

A Circuit of Holywell 29th January 2015

On the path from the Old Holywell Road down to the coast.
On the path from the Old Holywell Road down to the coast.
Greenfield Dock, the last point that we reached on the planne walk!
Walk stats: Distance: 5.8 miles. Climb: 600'.
Time: 2 hours 45 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.1 m.p.h.
Group: Matyn, Annie, Phil, Wendy, Celia and Tim.
We arrived at Holywell, hoping that we would miss most of the rain, sleet or snow that was forecast. Unfortunately it wasn't to be and within half an hour it was sleeting quite hard and we were wondering why we were enduring such unpleasant weather voluntarily! However it kept on easing, giving us renewed hope. Just as we approaching the coast road at East of greenfield, it started to snow so heavily that I had to remove my glasses in order to see where I was going!
 As you might expect views weren't that extensive and I heard a few birds, but saw even fewer!
 They included: House sparrow, Chaffinch, Oystercatcher, Winter wren and Common blackbird.
 Arriving at Greenfield Dock, we had a decision to make, continue on the walk as planned or return via Greenfield Valley. Phil wanted to carry on, Celia was very reluctant, Tim didn't seem very keen and Annie as usual didn't mind either way.
 I decided that it was probably best to head up the Greenfield Valley and have lunch in the car.
 We arrived back at the car to find that the car park and our cars had quite a bit of snow on them, but it seemed to be thawing quite quickly.
 We saw several yellow school buses with children on, indicating that many local schools had closed early, anticipating worse weather was possible on its way.
  Two of the cars went straight home, but one car still went to the Britannia Inn at Halkyn. The car park there had a couple of inches of snow, but going down hill wasn't too bad. 
 Thankfully the Brit had fires at both ends, so it felt quite warm and we soon thawed out nicely. The Lees bitter wasn't bad either.

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