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.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Walks and Dates March 2015

Updated on 18 March 2015.
Thursday 5th March 2015.
A Walk on Halkyn Mountain from the Blue Bell Inn.
Distance: 9-10 miles. Climb: 1000'.
Start: Common ground opposite the Blue Bell in, Halkyn. Grid ref: SJ209702.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m. 
This is a walk devised by Steve at the Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn. It covers much of our regular walk that we do called "Halkyn Mountain, Limestone and Lead". However this route takes us in a clock-wise direction and around Moel-y-Gaer before heading to Rhes-y-cae. It also takes us  around the North of the Pen-y-Henblas quarry . The Saturday group did this walk for the first time on 23rd January 2015.
Saturday 7th March 2015.
The Llugwy and Lledre Valley. 
Distance: 8-9 miles; Climb: 1000'.
Start: Railway station car park in the centre of Betws-y Coed. Grid ref: SH795565. 
Leave Chester at 8-30 a.m.
This is another walk taken from Dave Berry's new book "Walks Around Betws-y-Coed and the Conwy Valley". This walk links the beautiful wooded Llugwy and Lledre Valleys. It takes in Sarn Helen, the former Roman Road, and reaches over 800' before descending in to the Lledre Valley. It involves a steep climb to Llyn Elsi or at least that is what Dave Berry says!
Thursday 12th March 2015.
Around the Little Orme and More.
I have brought this walk foreward as the seals and pups were on the beach at Porth Dyniewaid on the 28th February 2015, so hopefully they will still be there.
Distance: 8-10 miles. Climb: 700'.
Start: Roadside parking next to Paddling Pool and PC on Coast Road at Craig y Don, East side of Llandudno.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
This has become a regular walk at any time of the year, but at this time of the year there is a good chance that we many see Seals around Porth Dyniewaid. The views from the top of the Little Orme are always superb.
 We have a choice of walks, we can either go inland (8 miles) after visiting the quarry and Porth Dyniewaid or we can carry on along the coast as far as Rhos-on-Sea (10 miles). The latter is a there and back, although some of the route is along the beach, tide permitting.
 We will decide which of the two routes on the day.
Saturday 14th March 2015.
Tegg's Nose and Macclesfield Forest.
 Distance: 9 miles. Climb: 1865'.
Start: Tegg's Nose Country Park Car park. Pay and Display. Grid ref: SJ950732.
Leave Chester at 08-30 a.m.
This walk is taken from the "Pathfinders Guide to Cheshire". It is described as a varied walk with good views from Tegg's Nose. We will visit Tegg's Nose first, rather than at the end of the walk. The walk is also described as an undulating walk exploring the countryside on the edge of the Peak District.
Thursday 19th March 2015.
Grange, Pantasaph and Llwyn Ifor.
Distance: 10 miles. Climb 1000'.
Start: Holywell, Halkyn Street Car Park. Grid ref: SJ18957548.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
This is another figure of eight walks from Ron Williams and Elfed Jones's book " 10 Walks Around Holywell".
 Again the walks take us along many paths that we know well, but there are a few new ones for us to explore too. Good views, especially towards the coast once we get on higher ground above Holywell
Saturday 21st March 2015.
Llyn Geirionydd, and the Llanrwst to Trefriw River Walk.
Distance:9 miles. Climb:1100’.
Start: Plas yn Dre Car park, Llanwrst. Grid ref:SH796618.
Leave Chester 8-00 a.m.
This walk combine two walks from Dave Berry’s book “ Walks Around Betws-y-coed and the Conwy Valley”.  The walk begins with a pleasant walk along the Afon Conwy to Trefriw, before heading up to Llyn Geirionydd.  The valleys around Geirionydd are known haunts for Cuckoos, so hopefully we might hear one or as in the past been lucky enough to see one.
Thursday 26th March 2015.
Daresbury and Moore Nature Reserve.
Postponed - I will be gong to a funeral in the afternoon.
I'm thinking of  changing the walk to one starting at Gresty Waste, Kelsall. A short walk in the morning of 5-6 miles, so that I can get home for about 13-00. If anyone interested in this as an option, please let me know. 
There is always the option of those wanting to, can exend the themselves.
See below for details of the short walk.
Distance: 10-12 miles; Climb:Less than 500' at guess.
Start: Car park Moore Nature Reserve, Lapwing Lane, Warrington. Grid ref: SJ578854.
Route to Moore Nature Reserve.
From Chester take the M53, then take the M56.
Leave M56 at Junction 11.
From Junction 11 take the A56.
Continue on the A56  past the A558 turning and follow signposted directions ahead for Moore Village.
At the next traffic lights turn left for Moore Village. As you enter the village turn right into Moore Lane
If you get as far as Moore Post Office, you've gone too far!.
Follow Moore Lane over the Ship Canal into Lapwing Lane, and the entrance to the Reserve. The car park is on the right, opposite the notice board.
The Daresbury walk is only four miles, and is taken from Jen Darling's book "Walks in West Cheshire and the Wirral". In addition it is planned to start the walk by exploring Moore Nature Reserve and possible  the Appleton reservoir area, which should take the walk up to about 10 miles or slightly more, if we decide that we want to on the day.
Primrose Hill and Boothsdale.
Distance: 5 miles. Climb: 500' at a guess.
Start: Gresty Waste car park on the A556. Grid ref: SJ540686.
Leave Chester at 09-00a.m.
The walk starts by crossing the A556 , heading towards Delamere, through King's Chair before heading outh throughKelsall.
The return part of the walk from Willington includes a 2 mile section of the Sandstone Trail.
Saturday 28th March 2015.
Walks Around Cemaes Bay.
Postponed as the regular Saturday walkers all have better offers!
Distance: 10 miles. Climb:500'.
Start: Car park near the harbour in Cemaes Bay. Grid ref: SH373935.
Leave Chester 08-00 a.m.
This walk combines two walks, one of each of the books that Carl Roger has written on "Coastal Walks On Anglesey. He describes one walk as an excellent walk along a dramatic section of the coast. good paths, but one section is a little exposed an might intimidate some people. Let's hope it's a calm day and dry underfoot! The other walk heads towards the Wylfa Power Station, where there is a possible short extension to Mynydd y Wylfa.

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