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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, 24 September 2015

Poncysyllte, Ty Mawr Country Park and Croes yr Esgob 24th September 2015

Poncysyllte Aqueduct from the banks of the River Dee.
Roger checking the route on the way to Ty Mawr Country Park
Looks like a  major debate - they must be discussing Annie and Wendy's Kingfisher!
Walking back along the canal towards Froncysyllte.
A second view of the aqueduct, this time from the canal on the North east side of  Froncysyllte.
One of our first views of Trevor Rocks.
Looks like being a good year for Holly berries.
Balwen Welsh Mountain Sheep in one of the fields just after our lunch spot.
The Llantysilio Mountain Range, just begging to be visited!
Just a reminder that September is the tall bracken season!
Panorama looking North towards Trevor Rocks.
Another view of the aqueduct from Pen-y-Graig.
Crossing the Proncysyllte aqueduct at the end of the walk.
Walk stats: Distance: 10.4 miles. Climb: 1117'.
Time: 5 hours 28 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel, Annie, Phil, Roger, Tim, Wendy and David S.
This proved to be a perfect day for walking weatherwise, largely sunny, pleasantly warm in the Sun, but with a cooling breeze at times. The path from the  Trevor Basin car Park to Ty Mawr Country Park has been made up since our last visit, so it made easy walking along the banks of the river and then up to the Ty Mawr Country Park entrance. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any way round having to walk along the B5605 road from the country park in order to access the canal path on the West side of Pentre. The tow path back to Froncysyllte gave us good views back towards the aqueduct. 
 As Roger needed to head back soon, we decided to complete the Croes yr Esgob walk in an anticlockwise direction for a change. About a mile into the second walk Roger headed back to Froncysyllte and the car at the Trevor Basin, hopefully with plenty of energy to practise his singing for later on!
 Lunch was taken on Pen-yr-allt, just after emerging from the Llwyn-y-Cwm woods. As we had lunch we had good views across the valley towards Trevor Rocks.
 The view from Pen-yr-allt towards Dinas Bran and the Llantysilio Mountains was superb.
  Once we had reached to the high point after passing Croes yr Esgob, it was all down hill, just a stroll back to the car, with the finale being the traverse of the Poncysyllte Aqueduct.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Jackdaw, Mallard, Wood nuthatch, Woodpigeon, Blue tit, Great tit, European robin, Common buzzard and Kingfisher.

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