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.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Lime Kilns and Quarries From The Blue Bell Inn 24th January 2015

On the ramparts around Moel y Gaer, Rhes-y-cae.
Pant y Pydew Lime kilns.
Pen yr Henblas Quarry.
At the trig point on Halkyn Mountain.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.9 miles. Climb: 950'.
Time: 4 hours 25 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.0 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Celia, Mike and Roger.
This was another good day for a "Winter" walk, much sunshine with the occasional cooling wind to remind you that seasonally this was still winter!
Although this was in an area that we had covered many times there were some sections that were new to us and one section West of Pant Stone Quarry can now be used despite the fact that some notices on the fence along the previous diverted route still say "Do not enter"!
  Although we have visited Moel y Gaer hill fort many times it isn't until you go around the ramparts that you realise how big it really is.
 The new to us section  was along the path from Waen-trochwaed, past the Pant-y-pwll quarry and onto the Pen yr Henblas Quarry.
 Distant views weren't perfect today, but they were there whenever we were at elevated  point on Moel y Gaer and Halkyn Mountain.
 Lunch was taken on the South side of the Pen yr Henblas Quarry, sheltering from the wind in some of the old spoil heaps, but still in the warming sunshine.
 The route around the Pen yr Henblas Quarry was a good addition, despite the section along the road, and enbaled us to have a few new views into the quarry.
 From the trig point on Halkyn Mountain, we were back on familiar territory, even though we doing it in the opposite direction!
 Not many birds seen or heard today, but they included: Common blackbird, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, House sparow, Great tit, Woodpigeon, Commn pheasant, European robin and Meadow pit.
 Overall a good walk, easpecially when you can combine it with a visit to the Blue Bell Inn at Halkyn, and  you are not driving!

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