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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, 7 May 2015

Coed Pen-y-Gelli and more 7th May 2015

Bluebells in our first wood - Coed Allt-y-tywod.
Cowslips East of Crown Wood.
Early purple orchids East of Crown Wood.
"Where am I"
Bluebells in Coed Pen-y-Gelli.
More Bluebells in Coed Pen-y-Gelli.
Looking across the estuary towards Liverpool.
Taken from a road descending North from Gorsedd towards Waen Farm.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.4 miles. Climb: 657'.
Time: 4 hours 58 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, David S., Roger and Phil.
We arrived at Gorsedd with rain in the air, but by the time we were ready to move off it had stopped and thankfully although it threatened a couple of times rain never materialise.
 As many of the forecasts had suggested we had intermittent periods of sunshine and pleasantly warm temperatures around the 10 Celsius mark. This was particularly welcome as we enjoyed our lunch in the Coed Pen-y-Gelli Quarry Nature Reserve.
 The main objective was visit known Bluebell woods hoping for magnificent displays of flowering Bluebells. We did see many Bluebells, but as yet these particular woods didn't have Bluebells at there best.
 In fact we did see good numbers of Bluebells along the hedgerows by minor roads and bridleways.
 However we did see other flowers as a compensation.  These included Early purple orchids and Cowslips, as well as some fields that seemed to being growing magnificent crops of Dandelions.
 Birds seen and heard today included: Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Common pheasant, Great tit, Blue tit, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Rook, Common buzzard, Pied wagtail, Wood nuthatch, Willow warbler, Chiffchaff, European robin, Greenfinch, Mallard, Woodpigeon, Greylag goose, Barn swallow and Common blackbird.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Bluebell Inn at Halkyn, where the house bitter went down well.

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