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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, 22 October 2015

Walks and Dates October 2015

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Thursday 1st October 2015.
Llanfair Talhaiarn, Moel Unben and Mynydd Dir.
Distance 10-11 miles; Climb:2000'.
Start: Riverside car park in Llanfair Talhaiarn. Grid ref:SH927702.
Leave Chester at 9-00 a.m.
This walk is taken from Lorna Jenner's book "Walking in the Vale of Clwyd and the Denbigh Moors". This is a walk that we really enjoyed in the past, hence its inclusion on the list again. It is nominally only a 5 mile walk, but the extension doubles it. However the last time we did the walk, the route to Mynydd Dir was closed at the footbridge over the Afon Elwy, so our walk was shorter than expected. We may of course decide to do the same even if the footbridge is again open.
Saturday 3rd October 2015.
Haigh Country Park and Wigan Pier.
Distance:9-10 miles. Climb: 350'.
Start: Haigh Hall and Country Park, School Lane, Haigh,Wigan, Lancashire. WN2 1PE Grid ref: SD559086. Car park is Pay and Display, but not as much as the £6 Mike paid at the Wigan car Park in 2011! On the their web page it said £1-50 all day.
Leave Chester 8-30 a.m.
This walk is taken from Terry Marsh's book "Fifty Classic Walks in Lancashire", with an extension to explore the Haigh Country Park and beyond. Haigh Country Park was one of the first to be named as a Country Park. The walk will probably start along the towpath of the Leeds - Liverpool Canal where we can start the return using the walk description which starts from Wigan Pier.   This should be an easy walk, without too many challenges, but I don't think we will be extending the walk as much as we did last time, 13.7 miles is a little outside my comfort zone these days!
Thursday 8th October 2015.
An Ancient Packhorse Trail Around Caergwrle.
Distance: 10 miles. Climb: 700'.
Start: Caergwrle Village Car Park on High Street. Grid ref: SJ305574
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
This walk is taken from R.J.A. Dutton's book "Hidden Highways of North Wales". This walk heads East via Bryn-y-Gaer, Shordley Hall, Town Ditch, Honkley Farm and eventually reaches the Golden Grove Inn. The return route is is via Burton Lane, Rackery Farm, Rackery Hall and Gwasted Farm. The walk includes drovers roads and a corpse road.
Saturday 10th October 2015.
Around Llangernyw.
Distance: 8-9 miles. Climb: 1500'.
Start: Llangernyw, Near PC, down the lane by the church. Grid ref: SH876674.
Leave Chester 8-30 a.m.
This is a figure of eight walk around Llangernyw. part of the walk is based on a walk from Lorna Jenner's book "Walks in the Vale of Clwyd and in the Denbigh Moors". It is described as being a delightful walk centred on the pretty village of Llangernyw. It includes terraced woodland paths besides a cascading stream through former pleasure gardens of Hafodunos Hall. The extension to the walk, explores the countryside North of the village and follows a section of the Afon Elwy, passes the remains of  a motte and then  explores the area North west of the village on the way back to Llanefydd.
The last time we did this walk, the weather was horrendous, with torrential rain for most of the afternoon. Hopefully it will be a little kinder this time.
Thursday 15th October 2015.
Llansannan and Mynydd Tryfan.
Distance: 8-10 miles; Climb:1500'.
Start:Car park behind PC opposite the Post Office in Llansannan. Grid ref:SH933658.
Leave Chester 9-00 a.m.
This walk is mainly a walk taken from Lorna Jenner's book "Walking in the Vale of Clwyd". This is a varied walk along the Afon Aled and its tributaries, through rolling pastures edge with thick hedges and pockets of woodland, with a backdrop of mountains. However we will include an extension to include Mynydd Tryfan. The last time we did this walk we had a little difficulty finding some of the paths, must do better this time!
Saturday 17th October 2015.
Moel Plas-yw, the Alyn Valley and Coed Ddu. 
In search of lost property! 
This walk will probably be completed on the first Saturday when there are two members of the Saturday regulars wanting to walk.
Distance:11 miles; Climb:2000+'.
Start: Car park area West of Cilcain. Grid ref: SJ170652. 
To get to the car park take A541Mold - Denbigh Road. After Hendre take the road signposted Cilcain. In the centre of Cilcain, at a crossroads turn right (West) and continue West past the church. After about 400 yards take the minor road left. The parking area is about 300 yards along this road, on the right after a few houses. In all about 700 yards from the crossroads in Cilcain.
Leave Chester at 9-00 a.m.
Another two walks from Dave Berry's book ""More Walks on the Clwydian Hills". The Moel Plas-yw walk impressed us last time with its excellent views and delightful woodland valley paths. A visit to the summit of Moel Arthur could be an extension at the end of the walk for some! It is more likely that we will take a few short cuts to reduce the overall mileage a little and climb too!
 We last did this walk on 3rd September 2015, but it will only be a repeat for me! The walk originally planned for today was around Llyn Brenig, and we did that last month, so I thought I would use this as an opportunity to se if my flask was still where I left it. If it is, I'm not expecting the soup to still be hot! It's a good job a bought myself a new flask.
 Thursday 22nd October 2015.
Penycloddiau and Moel Arthur.
Distance: 9-10 miles. Climb: 1500'.
Start: Llangwyfan Forestry car park: SJ138668
Leave Chester 09-00 a.m.
This walk combines two walks taken from Dave Berry's book "Walks in the Clwydian Hills".  This area of the Clwydians has so much to offer, and Moel Arthur and Penycloddiau are particularly good.  On a good day the views from both hill forts are superb, especially if it is a clear frosty day.
Saturday 24th October 2015.
Clywedeg Reservoir and Moel y Fron.
Postponed.
Distance: 10-11 miles. Climb:1600'.
Start: On the road parking in Cyffylliog. Grid ref: SJ060578. But meet at the riverside car park at Ruthin. Grid ref: SJ 121582. Car parking is very limited in Cyffyliog, so I've switched this walk from a Thursday walk to a Saturday walk as I can't remember when we last took more than one car on a Saturday.
Leave Chester.9-00 a.m.
This walk combines two walks from Dave Berry's book "Walks Around Hiraethog Moors and Lakes". This has always proved to be an enjoyable walk in the past and features attractive wooded river valleys, open hills, forests, upland reservoirs and excellent views on a good day.
Thursday 29th October 2015.
St. Cwyfan's Trail and More.
Distance: 9-10 miles. The main part of the walk is taken from Dave Berry's book "Walks in the Clwydian Hills
Start: Roadside parking in Llandyrnog on the Llangynhafal road (Gladstone Terrace) . Park on the wider part of the road after Nant Glyd. Grid ref: SJ109650.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
The main part of the walk is taken from Dave Berry's book "Walks in the Vale of Clwyd" and the extension explores the area South west pf Llandyrnog.
It main walk is described as a delightful walk in the countryside North of Llandyrnog and visits the smallest church in the Vale of Clwyd.
 The extension follows part of the Clwydian Way alongside the Afon Clwyd South of iys confluence with Afon Clywedog.
Saturday 31st October 2015.
Clip-y-Orsedd, The Druid Circle and Foel Lus.
Postponed - see note on November walks.
Distance:11 miles. Climb:2400'.
Leave Chester 8-30 a.m.
Start: Car park behind the bank in Llanfairfechan. Turn right of Village Road. Grid ref:SH682747.

This walk uses two walks Dave Berry's book "Walks on the North Wales Coast." These two walks combine to make one of my favourite walks in this area as they explore the hills behind Llanfairfechan and Penmaenmawr and usually appears on the list at least once a year. Hopefully we will visit the impressive Druids' Stone Circle and contour around the superb high level Panoramic Walk round Foel Lus. The last time we did this walk it was very windy and we decided not to do the Panoramic Walk round Foel Lus. We may do the same this time, even if the weather is good!


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