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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, 7 February 2015

Llanfairfechan to Aber Ogwen and Back 7th February 2015

The way ahead from Llanfairfechan.
Still heading towards Aber Ogwen.
Just showing it was a "Dipper" day.
Spot the bird - not by sight, but by its song.
The singing bird - a Songthrush.
A few of the many Oystercatchers seen today.
A few of the many Wigeon seen today.
Walk stats: Distance: 10.1 miles. Climb: 150'.
Time: 5 hours 8 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.5 m.p.h. Overall walking average: 2.0 m.p.h. (Quicker for those that didn't stop to talk to other walkers and birdwatchers!)
Group: Martyn, Mike, Celia and Roger.
We arrived at Llanfairfechan to find it bathed in warm sunshine and bright blue skies - it could have been a shorts day!
 This was one of the best weather days we have had for this on a Winter walk. It just made you feel good to be out. Whilst the birds never came that close, despite high tide being around 13-00, but we did see a fair few. Celia's bird of he day was the singing Song thrush, Roger's was the Little egret and mine was the Dipper, although the Brent geese came a close second.
 Lunch was taken at Aber Ogwen, where picnic benches provided suitable perches for us, with a view over the sea towards  Puffin Island and inland towards Penrhyn Castle.
 Overall the bird count was good, but we didn't see a Turnstone!
 Birds seen or heard today included: Song thrush, Little egret, Dipper, Mute swan, Black-headed gull, Herring gull, Oystercatcher, European robin, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Wigeon, Common teal, Moorhen, Common starling, Eurasian curlew, Shelduck, Common redshank, Dunlin. Brent goose, Goldfinch, Merganser, Common blackbird, Mallard, Pintail and Lapwing.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue bell Inn at Halkyn where Fenynfoel and Bass brews were on offer and both went down well, and even better Roger chatted to the barman in Welsh.

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