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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, 3 September 2015

Moel Arthur and Around Moel Plas-yw 3rd September 2015

Don't look at the socks!
Not exactly wildlife, but they are quite cute!
A Common buzzard trying to hide in the trees
Why did the pheasant cross the road?
The same reason as the chicken!
Snowdonia from the North eastern slopes of Moel Plas-y-gw.
Moel Siabod and Snowdonia Horseshoe from the top of Moel Arthur.
The colour purple- Ling on the slopes of Moel Arthur.
At the cairn on Moel Arthur.
Looks like a good crop of Rowan berries - hard Winter ahead?
Or final view of Moel Famau with its slopes decked in purple heather.
Walks stats: Distance: 9.3 miles. Climb: 1252'.
Time: 5 hours 5 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p..
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel, Annie, Phil and Tim.
Overall this turned out to be a good day for walking, pleasant temperatures, no rain and little wind. In fat the only cool wind we experienced was as we descended from the top of Moel Arthur, and once we down as far as the Moel Arthur car park we were sheltered from its cooling effect.
 We set off with Tim, hoping against hope, that the walk today wouldn't be as muddy or wet as we had experienced in the past (He'd forgotten his walking boots, but thankfully he was wearing trainers). Fortunately we had already changed the walk to avoid the worst muddy areas as the amount of rain fall received in the last few days suggested mud was a certainty. 
 In order to avoid the worst of these muddy sections meant we had to use our map reading skills to get round them, and all went well until two of our intented paths shown on the OS map didn't seem to appear on the ground. As intrepid walkers we managed to get round these minor problems and Tim got back to the car with his feet still dry.
 Lunch was taken along the bridle way on the Eastern side of Moel Plas-yw where we had good views towards Halkyn Mountain and Moel Famau. It was also where I left my flask - I hope the person who finds it will enjoy the remains of my Beetroot and Spicy Pepper and Tomato Soup!
 The views today, although not exactly crisp, were superb, as well as the Welsh peaks, the Lake District mountains could be seen. We debated whether the Isle of Man could be seen, or was it even Scotland!
 Birds seen or heard today included: Raven, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Common buzzard, Common kestrel, Barn swallow, Wood nuthatch, Woodpigeon, Common blackbird and Common pheasant.
 Overall a good walk and capped off with any enjoyable drink in the Blue Bell in Halkyn. DHB and Cracking Rosie went down particularly well.

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