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!