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.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

The Little Orme and a Coastal Walk 12th March 2015

Daffodils showing the way to the Great Orme as we headed for the Little Orme.
At the trig point on Little Orme Head.
Celia coming over the top at the cairn on Creigiau Rhiwledyn after having investigated a happy rock!
Grey seals on the beach at Porth Dyniewaid.
A slightly closer view of the seals.
Great cormorants on the cliffs on the West side of Porth Dyniewaid.
Down to earth again, a singing Greenfinch, well he was singing until I decided to take a photo!
Walk stats: Distance: 8.1 m.p.h. Climb: 998' (maybe a little wind assisited).
Time 4 hours 20 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.0 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Celia, Annie and Phil.
 The weather forecast for today had changed the closer we got to current time, so we were all optimistic that the rain wouldn't arrive until after lunch and the wind wouldn't be too strong.
 We set off with a little rain in the air, but that soon disappeared and w arrived at the trig point on Little Orme Head with a slight breeze to challenge us. Distant views weren't that good, but the objective today was not the views , but the prospect of seeing seals and their pups in Porth Dyniewaid.
 As we descended towards the quarry, we knew we wouldn't be disappointed as we could see quite a lot of people looking in to the cove, some of them obviuously taking photos.
 We weren't disappointed, and we saw at least 30 Grey seals, either on the beach or swimming in the sea. Many of the seals were pups, probably most of those on the beach. Phil had brought his new camera and was able to use it to take some good photos of the seals, a little better than my shoot and click camaera!
 What made my day, was to see at least two groups of primary school children being taken by their teachers to see the seals in Porth Dyniewaid.
 I forgot to take my Leki, so I decided that we would head along the coast to Rhos on Sea instead of heading inland.
 In may not have been the most popular decision, but at least we had a good lunch spot overlooking the sea at Rhos on Sea and a little further on could take advantage of the Rhos on Sea happy bushes!
 The return fro Rhos on Sea was along the road, with views to the sea until we past the golf club and the climb up Penrynside began.
 Although Spring flowers haven't really got going yet, we did see Periwinkle, Daisies, Dandelion and Forget-me-not in flower and a few trees were starting to blossom.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Herring gull, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Oystercatcher, Rook, House sparrow (this must be a good area for them as all the hedges/bushes we went past seemed to have chirping House sparrows), Great cormorants, Woodpigeon, Feral pigeon, Chaffinch, European robin, Common blackbird, Meadow pipit, Pied wagtail, Wigeon and Turnstone.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue Bell in Halkyn, where appropriately the Snowdonia Ale went down well.

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