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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.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Moel Famau via its Western Flanks and More 16th April 2015

The view from the Offa's Dyke Path looking over Ruthin towards Aran Benllyn, Cadair Idris, Arrenig Fawr and Snowdonia.
Moel y Gaer, showing our route of descent (seen on the extreme left of the picture!).
Part of the panorama, looking West from the Jubilee Tower on Moel Famau.
On the gentle descent from the summit of Moel Famau.
Part of the ramparts on Moel y Gaer.
At the centre point in the Moel y Gaer Hillfort.
What plane is that?
A slightly better view - it's a C5 according to Roger or C150 Hercules according to David.
Walk stats: Distance: 6.5 miles. Climb: 1882'.
Time: 5 hours 1 minute. On the move walking average: 1.7 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.3 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Sue and Michel, Sheila, Phil, David S., Wendy and Tim.
The weather forecast for today was good and we set off knowing that it was going to dry, and hopefully would warm up after the cool start from Bwlck Penbarras. Thankfully it did and four of the sat in the warm sunshine on the top of Moel Famau as we looked over the Vale of Clwyd as we ate our lunch. The rest of the group for some reason sat on the opposite side of the tower in the shade with views towards Padeswood Cement Works!
 The views today were superb in the morning where peaks as far as Cadair Idris could be seen as well as the Carneddau which still had pockets of snow in places.
 The afternoon challenge was trying to find the route to Moel y Gaer Hillfort. It wasn't easy to find at first, and we had to do a little heather hopping before a definite path was found.
 After visiting the hillfort, we decide to descend on the path that steeply decended the South western slope, not a route that I relish repeating!
 Not a great variety of birds seen or heard today, but it was good to hear plent of Willow warblers and Chiffchaffs, and even better a Yellowhammer.
 The birds seen or heard today included: Willow warbler, Chiffchaff, Yellowhammer, Raven, Carrion crow, Chaffinch, Meadow pipit, Eurasian jay, Woodpigeon, Common kestral (David's pigeon!) and Common buzzard.
 Overall, quite a challenging walk for David's first walk for over a month and Sheila's first walk with group.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Glasfryn, where Purple Moose, Snowdonia Ale went down well as we sat outside, still in the sunshine.

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