"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!