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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.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

The Breakwater Country Park and South Stack 13th June 2015

Penrhos Feilw Standing Stones.
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Heading for  the Coastal path near Clybyddiad.
One of the Choughs on The Range, South Stack Country Park.
Lunchtime East of Porth y Gwin.
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A singing Skylark.
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A Skylark near our lunch spot.
Guillemots and razorbills at South Stack.
Heading back to the Breakwater Country Park.
Walk Stats: Distance: 10.4 miles. Climb:1137'.
Time: 5hours 29 minutes. On the move walking average: Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Mike and Celia.
The forecast today suggested that it would be cloudy all day, pleasant temperatures with a cooling North westerly wind. It was like that until we reached South Stack, when the Sun put in an appearance and the Sun hat came out for the last couple of miles!
 Once again we did a bit of exploring in terms of paths heading from the Country Park towards Gorlan and Castel. All went well we couldn't find the right of way heading West of Gorlan above Castell and the radio mast and the other path on the South side of the mast was blocked.
 We retraced our steps to Gorlan and then went South to pick up the road leading to Twr and the next path that we wanted.
 The rest of the route was fairly straight forward, even the path from South Stack heading East below Holyhead Mountain.
 The walk today was a good one for flowers, especially along the hedgerows near Bryn Awel and along the coast across The Range and heading Northwards.
 Skylarks entertained us for most of the section across The Range, being interupted occasionally by Meadow pipits and at one point a pair of Red-billed choughs.
 We didn't see any Puffins at South Stack, although apparently about 20 individual birds were around.
 Birds sen or heard today included: Willow warbler, Jackdaw, Mallard, Grey Heron, Moorhen, Herring gull, Common whiteththroat, Meadow pipit, Barn swallow, Skylark, Red-billed chough, Stonechat, Common blackbird, Winter wren, Greenfinch, Oystercatcher, House sparrow, Black-billed magpie and Great cormorant.
 One or two butterflies were seen, including a Red admiral and Common blue.
 We arrived back at Breakwater Country Park just after 15-00, in plenty of time for Celia to go to the Visitor Centre and retrieve her Rowan jacket lost on our last visit to this area.
 Will at the Visitor Centre was very helpful and was going to investigate our problem paths West of Gorlan.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue Bell Inn at Halkyn, where the Dee Sweet Cider went down well.
 Using the MP4 setting makes tthe videos better, but wind noise is still a problem.

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