About Me

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, 4 July 2015

Craig Bron-Banog and Cwm Alwen 4th July 2015

A thoughtful chair at the start of the walk at the pic-nic site in the Alwen valley North west of  Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr.
Two furry friends encountered near the start of the walk.
Are they Polecat kits?
Maen Cled on the way to Craig Bron-Banog.
Panorama from our lunch spot adjacent to the radio mast on Craig Bron-Banog.
Is this really the footpath?
This one is a bit easier to get past - under in this case!
Is the footpath really in there?  
How did we get out of there?
Our furry friends at the end of the walk - at least they had moved a little.
Walk stats: 9.7 miles. Climb: 1310'.
Time: 5 hours 39 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Mike.
The weather today at times was on the humid side, especially when a breeze momentarily rested! In the morning we had a good deal of cloud cover, and after about 14-00 it was mainly bright sunshine.
 Our first surprise of the day was our encounter with our two furry friends, fast asleep and didn't waken with our presense near them. We weren't sure that they were even alive, but when we went back to see them at the en of the walk, they had moved into slightly different positions.
 Our second surprise encounter was with one of the locals at Bryn-y-gwrgi who happened to be a Vauxhall enthusiast and was taking one of his cars from the 1970's to link up with a relay rally that was going from John o' Groats to Lands End. His stage was from Helsby to Shrewsbury.
 Much of the remaining walk before lunch was along good forest roads, all the way to the radio mast on Craig Bron-Banog, where we were pleasantly surprised to find a pic-nic table, a perfect spot forlunch with good views of the whole Clwydian Hills and the Llantysio Mountains.
 After lunch we encountered our next surprise, the marked footpath started quite well, became tricky as we had to carefully pick our way to avoid getting we feet, and then seem to be blocked a few metres by large trees. We did manage to past, over them, under them and off the path around them. We literally think we had escaped onto a forest road.
 The rest of the walk was once more on good forest roads or a tarmac road, but we weren't complaining!
 We arrived back at the car, having had a good walk, with enough time to go and check on our furry friends.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Barn swallow, Woodpigeon, Common buzzard, Meadow pipit, Grey heron, Common blackbird, Willow warbler and Carrion crow.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Colomendy Arms at Cadole, where Brimstage "Trapper's hat went down well.

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