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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.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Holywell to Flint Castle 3rd January 2015

Greenfield Dock - the start of walk along the Coastal Path.
A reminder that the boats in Greenfield Dock are fishing boats.
Looking West from Bettisfield towards Greenfield.
Looking West towards Bettisfield.
Our first view of Flint Castle.
Flint Castle in the sunshine.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.0 miles. Climb: 168'.
Time: 4 hours 9 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Roger.
The forecast was for heavy rain in the morning, gradually clearing and becoming dry in the afternoon. This was just what we experienced with it raining quite heavily for the first five miles up to lunch time  when the rain stopped and we finished the walk in bright sunshine.
 We didn't linger much as we walked from Holywell through the Greenfield Heritage Park and on to the coast.
 On the coastal section, the tide was still was still in  quite close and it wasn't until we approached Flint Dock that the tide had ebbed significantly.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Tufted duck, Moorhen, Common coot, Chaffinch, Common blackbird, Mute swan, Mallard, Black-headed gull, Herring gull, Little egret, Pied wagtail, Great tit, European robin, Linnet, Woodpigeon, Oystercatcher, Common redshank, Eurasion curlew, Great cormorant, Great black-backed gull, Grey heron, Common teal, Common starling, Jackdaw, Carrion crow and Shelduck.
 After all the Seasonal excesses eight miles was enough, so we were happy to head for the Blue Bell Inn at Halkyn. The wood burning fire gave us a warming welcome and the Snowdonia Ale went down well, as did the Sleighed Santa Cider.

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