Where are they?
There they are. It's a good job there is a back-marker keeping them going!
Moel y Parc from the Babell to Lixwm.
Heading for Lixwm, happy to have tarmac under our feet!
A delightful woodland path and no mud!
Walk stats: Distance: 8.2 miles. Climb: 801'.
Time: 4 hours 41 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Annie and Phil.
Only four of us defied the weather forecasters and arrived at Ysceifiog hoping that the heavy rain would arrive after lunch. Thankfully we had very little rain and we got wetter from the "boil in the bag syndrome" than we did by any of the rain! Temperatures of over 10 Celsius, made wearing full Winter gear a little over the top!
As we had had lots of rain in the last week or so, we decided to miss out any known muddy sections and use quiet lanes instead. We didn't always succeed and one section was very muddy with lots of fairly deep lying water, but only Roger manged to experience the delights of a "welly full"!
Views weren't at their best today, but after lunch we did see Moel Famau in the distance, whereas in the morning only Moel y Parc could be seen.
We only encountered a few friendly dog walkers, one of which warned us about the two donkeys grazing in the field behind the wall we were sitting on at lunch. They did come across, trying to get us to give them food and didn't seem very happy that all they got was a stroke!
Our first real rain started just as we entered Nannerch, but it didn't last for long (about 20 minutes or so).
Birds seen or heard today included: Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Wood nuthatch, House sparrow, Fieldfare, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Common blackbird and Common buzzard.
We arrived back at the car, happy to have had a good walk, even if it had largely been along country lanes. At least it got us out of the house for a few hours and at the end it wasn't raining and our boots were relatively clean!