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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, 11 June 2015

Holywell, Stokyn and the Coastal Path from Mostyn to Greenfield 11th June 2015

How do we get over this one?
Cross with care and one at a time!
Our first distant view of the Dee Estuary.
The church at Glan-y-Don.
A Mullein Moth lava (catterpillar), so I assume the plant it is on is the Greater Mullein!
Heading East towards the Duke of Lancaster.
Some of the art work on the side of the Duke of Lancaster.
If they represented the walking group today, who would they be?
Would I be the one in the middle, wondering which way should we go!
The panorama across the Dee Estuary towards Hilbre and the Wirral.
Walk stas: Distance: 10,3 miles. Climb:745'.
Time: 5 hours 28 minutes. On the move walking average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Phil, Celia and Annie.
The weather today ws forecast to be very warm and sunny, with the only relief a gentle cooling wind. In fact it was prety well what we did get, but the occasional walking in shade was a welcome.
Most of the described route we had covered before, but not exactly the same as on the descripion, so the extension was to give us the chance to explore new territory. It certainly did that and challenged us in more ways than one! , We had stiles that were missing, gates that could not be opened or were difficult to climb over, overgrown paths, broken footbridge and bullocks that at best could be describes as behaving like errant teenagers!
  At one point I was feeling very guilty, having created an extension that went through some very overgrown terrain with lots of briers and Celia emerged with a nasty looking section of split skin on her shin. Phil assisted with the first aid and plaster dressing, under Celia's direction of course! My conscience was cleared a little later when Celia's wound was self inflicted, having caught her shin with the heel of her other foot! (Thankfully she had it checked and a friendly nurse sorted it out - as she said "I live to fight another day!")
 It was the first time that we had walked along the Coastal Path from Mostyn Sewage Works towards the Duke of Lancaster, fun ship. Although it looks rather sad from this side, the art work on it was quite impressive.
 Despite the problems uncounted, this was a good walk, even having lunch on the pic-nic table at Aberkhan was a good suggestion by Phil. Shade and toilets, what more could you ask for on a day like this.
 As ever at this time of the year, the number of flowers seen (although I didn't appreciate the Stinging nettles and still don't as I write this blog!) were much more impressive than the birds seen or heard.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Common blackbird, Chaffinch, Common starling, House sparrow, Pied wagtail, Barn swallow, House martin, Wood nuthatch, Greenfinch, Chiffchaff, Winter wren , Dunnock, Mallard, Common coot, Black-billed magpie, Grey wagtail, Dipper, Common buzzard, Grey heron and Grey heron.
 A good walk, ending in a pleasant stroll in the shade along Wat's Dyke in the Greenfield Valley, and we were back in time for Phil to pick up some strawberries from the greengrocer on Holywell High Street.
 After walk drinks, as ever, were enjoyed at the Blue Bell Inn at Halkyn.

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