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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, 9 April 2015

Wat's Dyke Way, Brynford, St. Bueno's Well and More 9th April 2015

The first photo oportunity an they decided to walk away!
Just leaving the lime kilns, hats in place for those that needed them!
At the information board by St. Bueno's Well.
St. Bueno's Information Board.
Just a pool, not really a well!
Walk stats: Distance: 9.5 miles. Climb: 1032'.
Time: 5 hours 12 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Celia, Tim and Phil.
A bright sunny day with possible temperatures reaching into the twenties, this really was the first shorts day opportunity. Alas not everyone in the group thought so!
Much of the route we have done several times, but the sections through Nant and Dolphin were new to us. Distance views over the estuary weren't that good, as the estuary always seemed to be very hazy, but thankfully for us we were always in the sunshine.
 Lunch was taken in the memorial Gardens at Holywell, a delightful spot that seems to be a suntrap. we only just arrived in time as all the seats were soon occupied, and Tim and Celia even tested out the the wonderful metal memorial seat and didn't complain!
 As is often the case of late, we took longer over lunch, than our previously normal 20 minutes!
 There seemed to be lots of people around Holywell today, always good to see.
 After lunch, the main objective was to take us to St. Bueno's Well which would be a first for the group.
 After climbing the many steps we arrived at the location of St. Bueno's Well, only to find that it was really only a pool. Well worth a visit, and thankfully the "Holywell Walkers Guide Booklet" got us there.
 The final part of the route took us back through the centre of Holywell, where Celia thought that we had lost both Phil and Tim, but they had just gone to the local greengrocer's shop to get some strawberries that at 2 punnets for £1 seemed a bargain!
 Birds seen or heard today included: Common blackbird, Blue tit, Great tit, House sparrow, Jackdaw, Common crow, Mallard, Common coot, Meadow pipit, Moorhen, Black-billed magpie, Common buzzard, Woodpigeon, Pied wagtail Lapwing and Winter wren.
 Lots of Spring flowers were blooming today including: Celandine, Wood anemone, Cowslip, Primrose, Alkanet, Forget me not, Wood sorrel, Crowfoot, Dandelions and Daisy.
 One or two butterfly's were flitting around, particularly Peacocks and one or two Small tortoiseshell, A few bumblebees put in an appearance too. Spring is here at last!
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Bluebell Inn in Halkyn, where the house beer brewed by Facer's went down well, and Tim enjoyed the the Heavy brew too!
 Congratulation to the Blue Bell in on being awarded the the Vale of Clwyd CAMRA pub of the year 2015, and they could still win this year's Cider Pub of the Year and Community Pub of the Year too!

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