"I was here first!"
The Afon Aled Valey from Berllan.
Walk stats: 8.8 miles . Climb: 1002'.
Time: 5 hours 4 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Annie, Celia, Tim and Phil.
Overall this was just about perfect weather for walking, cool to start with, but pleasantly warm as the day progressed.
On this occasion we decided or should I be honest and say I decided that we would complete the walk as described. except for one point it was a good and enjoyable walk and at least we all agreed that one difficult bit should be avoided in the future!
The first section along the Clwydian Way, North east of Llansannan was a delightful way to start the walk.
Lunch was taken along the access track from Penlogor, where we took advantage of supporting wall next to a small wood. We had somewhere dry to sit and were bathed in warm sunshine as we had our lunch and enjoyed good views across the valley towards Mynydd Tryfan,
A fair amount of the walk after lunch was along quiet country lanes before rejoining pleasant paths near the Afon Aled back to Llansannan.
Always good to note that the PC in Llansannan are looked after by the villagers, well maintained and gratefully used by some of the group.
Birds seen or heard today included: Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Rook, Common starling, Woodpigeon, Black-billed magpie, Common pheasant, Common buzzard, Dunnock, Grey wagtail and Dipper.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue Bell Inn at Halkyn, where a Castle Rock brew went down well.