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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, 6 August 2015

Prestatyn to Talacre and Back 6th August 2015

Sea holly at its best - Gronant sand dunes.
"But this path goes to the caravan park!"
Heading for the Point of Ayr Lighthouse after lunch.
Not many on the beach -  and distant views of the Great Orme.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.8 miles. Climb: 200'.
Time: 4 hours 23 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.8 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.2 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, David S., Wendy, Celia, Tim and Phil,
The weather as we headed for Prestatyn wasn't good, and I for one would have been reluctant to start in the rain. Thankfully as we arrived at Barkby Beach, the rain stopped, but there was a cool breeze to welcome us!
 We set off heading to Talacre via the golf course, caravan site and the Nature Reserve and with few birds or flowers to look at it was a fairly brisk pace, so much so that we arrived at our lunch spot just before mid-day. I'm getting a little worried this was the second walk in a row that lunch had been started before 12-00. I hope Fran doesn't expect this to be the norm!
 The return route was mainly along the beach, where at times the softish sand made walking harder than some of our legs would really like.
 The tide was on its way in, and we only just made it back to Barkby Beach before being forced on to the stones above the sands.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Herring gull, Black-headed gull, Lesser black-backed gull, House sparrow, Common blackbird, Reed bunting, Eurasian curlew, Great cormorant, Mallard, Oystercatcher, Pie wagtail, Barn swallow, House martin, Common kestrel, Ringed plover, Feral pigeon and a tern, probably a Sandwich tern going on the length of its bill.
 after walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue Bell at Halkyn, where three different beers, a lager and a pot of tea were sampled, but all by different people!

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