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When? Started: 1993 Who? Started with staff and friends from U H S, Chester. Organiser: Martyn Harris We walk every Wednesday 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 Wednesday than on a Saturday. Most ever: 29. Numbers walking: 2-12, a 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, Jim McCabe, Mal Pulford., Joyce Russell

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Bryn Alyn and More 17th January 2015

Bryn Alyn from the slopes below Fron Hen.
Our first encounter with the white stuff!
Flowering Snowdrops and Primroses.
Moel Famau from Bryn Alyn.
Heading for Nercwys Forest.
Near the top of ryn Alyn on its approach from Eryrys.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.4 miles. Climb: 1998'.
Time: 6 hours 05 minutes. On the move walking average: 1.9 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.5 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Mike and Roger.
This was a superb day or walking, bright sunshine for most of the day with the occasional cooling wind and a sprinkling of Snow / very fine hail on some of the slopes. It was a little icy in places too, I should have taken my Trax with me!
 We even managed to explore a couple of new (to us) paths, always a bonus on any walk.
 Lunch was taken half way up our first climb up Bryn Alyn, where three stones provided suitable perching spots once they had been cleared of the white stuff.
 We came across lots of Rabbit tracks in the snow and also some unusual one that we thought could have been those of a Hare having a mad half an hour running in all sorts of directions! I haven't as yet been able to find any photos on the web that match!
 We didn't linger long at lunch as our hands soon got quite cold despite the fact that we were basking in warm sunshine.
  Once again we managed to negotiate Nercwys Forest without getting lost!
  Near the end we came across a group doing a bat count in near nearby old lead mine workings. They were about to head up the slippy / tricky path that we had extended the walk by about a mile just to avoid!
 Birds seen or heard today included: Common blackbird, Blue tit, House sparrow, Wood nuthatch, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Raven, Goldfinch, European robin and Common buzzard.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the We Three Loggerheads Inn, where the only beer on offer was Black Sheep Bitter.  I made a mistake, we should have gone to the Cholomendy Arms at Cadole!

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