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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.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Meini Hirion and Cemaes 27th September 2015

The first standing stone at Pen yr orsedd.
The first standing stone at Pen yr orsedd.
The second stone at Pen yr orsedd.
The second stone at Pen yr orsedd.
Looking acros Llyn Llygeirian from the causeway near our lunch spot.
The causeway near our lunch spot - preparing to set off after lunch.
Eglwyseg Mechell at Llanfechell.
One of the hazards we had to face on the wal;k today.
Meini Hirion standing stones.
One view of Cemaes Bay.
Cemaes Bay from the coastal path West of the bay.
Looking across Prth Wylfa towards the power station and Wylfa Head.
Walk stats: Distance: 12.4 miles. Climb: 706'.
Time: 6 hours 51 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Mike.
The day didn't start off well, the exits on the A55 were closed at Valley and w ended having to go to the Holyhead exit before we could get on the A5 to Valley, so we didn't get walking until about 10-45.
 Much of the walk was along lanes, not one of Mike's favourite walking zones. I hadn't know this, but I do now, Mike didn't stop moaning all morning! 
 The second problem was encountered when we tried a footpath off the power station acccess road to head for Trelege, overgrown hedges/vegetation was at the point where there should have been a a stile. There was no way marker either. This was to be the pattern for the day, everywhere we tied to find a footpath - no way marker and no stile. We encountered locked gates, fields we couldn't get out of except by the way we had entered, even when there should have a right of way and when we did find a way marked path to Meini Hirion standing stones, it led to a stile that was broken and wasn't exactly safe to use.
 Having said all that, it was almost a perfect day for walking, gloriously sunny all day, not too hot, not too cold with a pleasant breeze. 
 Having seen our first set of standing stones we decided lunch was our next object and managed to find a delightful spot on the causeway between Llyn Llygeirian.
 The best section of the walk was along the coast from Cemaes back to Wylfa Head where the views were stunning. There is always something very special about coastal scenery on days like this when the both sea and sky are blue and the water is quite still.
 We arrived back at the car nearly seven hours after setting off, grateful to be able to take our boots off and sit down.
 We have learned from experiences today that it isn't wise to plan to use footpaths that are more than a mile inland from the coast in the Cemaes Wylfa area.
I rather suspect that this is a walk that has been done for the first and last time!
 Birds seen or heard today included: House sparrow, Barn swallow, Jackdaw, Rook, Common buzzard, Carrion crow, Guillemot, Black-headed gull, Mallard, Tufted duck, Mute swan, Little grebe, Eurasian curlew, Grey heron, Rock dove/Feral pigeon, Great cormorant and Herring gull.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at home as we decided to forgo a visit to the Blue Bell Inn in order to enjoy the England v Wales Rugby match. The best team obviously won!

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