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, 23 April 2015

Around Plas-yw and the Alyn Valley 23rd April 2015

"Well in France it's like this..!"
Dog violets - the first of many.
Bluebells - the first that we have seen on a walk this year.
An early lunch, but at least we all had somewhere to perch!
Almost the last of the climbs to the East side of Moel Evan.
Moel Plas-yw on the left of the road leading down to the A541.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.4 miles. Climb: 1292'.
Time: 5 hours 27 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h. (we must be having too long for lunch or searching for "happy bushes"!
Group: Martyn, Paul, Fran, Davis S., Celia, Annie and Tim.
 The weather today was almost perfect for walking, pleasantly warm all day, very occasionally clouding over and hardly any wind.
 This walk was a little of a roller coaster walk with short up followed with downs and then ups again. 
 Starting just outside Cilcain, I wasn't too sure where we would find an appropriate place for lunch, but no-one complained when just on mid-day I suggested that we stop for lunch when I noticed sections of a felled tree that would give us suitable places on which to sit.
 Most noticeable today was the variety of flowers that were in bloom including: Celandine, Stitchwort, Bluebell, Ransoms, Wood anemone, Primrose, White dead nettle, Forget-me-nots, Dandelions and Dog violets. There were many more, but I can't remember them all - flowers are harder to remember that birds!
 Birds seen or heard today included: Chaffinch, Blue tit, Great tit, Blackcap, House sparrow, Carrion crow, Raven, Common buzzard, Winter wren, Wood nuthatch, Chiffchaff and Willow warbler.
 This walk doesn't give many opportunities for distant views, but local scenery was superb.
  Overall a good walk, especially on day as good as today.
 I'm sure this start from the car parking area West of Cilcain will be our start for many walks in the future.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue Bell in Halkyn, where Three Tuns' Pale Ale went down particularly well, but Richard's Cider wasn't to everyone's liking!

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