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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.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Around Moel Plas-yw from Cilcain 14th November 2015

Looking across the valley towards the Cheshire plain from the bridleway 
leading to Moel Arthur car park.
Looking across the valley towards the Cheshire plain from the bridleway 
leading to Moel Arthur car park.
The valley on the South of Moel Plas-yw.
Birds in silhouette, but what are they?
Fieldfare.
Penycloddiau from the path the West side of Mole Plas-yw.
Walk stats: 7.6 miles. Climb: 998'.
Time: 4 hours 28 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Roger.
Looking at the forecast up to Friday morning, most people would have abandoned any idea of walking today. However the forecast on Friday afternoon gave a window of opportunity with a cold but dry forecast at least up to lunch. With this in mind we decided to set off a little earlier in than usual for what is a local walk, in the hope that we would miss the worst of any rain.
 In fact the morning was better than expected, still on the cool side (probably about 7 Celsius or lower), but at least there was no rain and very little wind.
 The views from the bridle path towards the Cheshire plain and across the Mersey were pretty good.
 As we walked along the path on the Western side of Moel Plas-yw we coul see lots of people on the slopes waving white "flags", apparently beaters for a shoot that was going on in the valley below. After passing them, I think we saw more pheasants than the beaters were able to drive towards the guns, perhaps Common pheasants aren't as daft as we think they are!
 we soon arrived at the tree, where a few months ago I left my flask, alas the wasn't to be a celebration for a lost but now found flask. Hopefully the new owner will put it to good use, without sampling the remains of my soup!
 Lunch was taken early today, in fact we had finished lunch and were walking again before the normally accepted lunch time, and Fran wasn't even with us!
 As we set of after lunch, it just started to rain a little and by the time we were on the bridle way South of Tardd-y-dwr, Roger was glad that he had put his over trousers on at lunch time.
 During the last half an hour of the walk, the rain steadily got heavier, but thankfully eased of as we arrived back at the car.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Carrion crow, Jackdaw, House sparrow, Black-billed magpie, Blue tit, Great tit, Chaffinch, Rook, Common pheasant, Common blackbird, Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle thrush, Dunnock and Common buzzard.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue bell Inn at Halkyn, where the real fires were really welcome (outside temperature still only 7 Celsius) and the Liverpool Organic brewery brew went down well.
 Overall a good walk, making the most of the good part of the day and still home early, despite the traffic congestion aroud the road works near Airbus at Broughton.

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