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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, 23 July 2015

Coed Llandegla and Cyrn-y-Brain 23rd July 2015

"Is this really the path?"
Another "red blob" takes the lead!
Just to prove that we did see at least one bird! It is in fact a Common buzzard.
Heading for the luinch spot at pace - not soon enough for some!
The view from our lunch spot at the cairn on Cyrn-y-Brain.
Sir Watkin's Tower and the trig point from our lunch spot at the cairn on Cyrn-y-Brain.
Looking across the valey to the Eglwyseg Escarpments.
A delightful pathy leading us back to the Ponderosa - microwave station track.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.6 m.p.h. Climb: 1185'.
Time; 4 hours 53 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walking average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Tim, Wendy, Roger and Phil.
This turned out to be a good day for walking, not too hot and not too windy and very little of the wet stuff, in fact we had about 5 minutes of spotty rain just as we set off after lunch.
 This was the first time that we have attempted this walk in a clockwise direct, and everyone agreed that it was the best way to do it! The main reasons for this being the best way round, was that the indistinct paths across moorland to Faraway was competed at the beginning of the walk when our legs were fresh, and secondly path finding East of the Wireless station and above Fron-lwyd was much easier.
 The views today were pretty good too, first towards Moel famau and the Clwydians, and later towards The Eglwyseg Escarpments. In fact at lunch time we could also see Arrenig Fawr and some of the mountains of Snowdonia.
 Lunch was taken in the cairn on Cyrn-y-Brain, some donning waterproof to keep warm!
 The route after lunch turned out to be surprisingly trouble free, and gave us some superb views along valleys that we hadn't even noticed on previous occasions.
 Overall a good walk, that will be repeated again in the future, but as today it will only be after a long dry spell in the Summer.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Meadow pipit, Stonechat, Raven, Common blackbird, Common buzzard, Common kestrel, Jackdaw and Peregrine falcon.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed, well sort of,  at the Bridge Inn at Pontblyddyn. I wasn't sure how to take the barman's sarcastic comments when each of the none alcoholic drinks were ordered!

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