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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, 25 February 2016

Around Puddington, Shotwick and Its Castle 25th February 2016

Looking over Deeside Industrial Park towards the Clwydians from paths between Puddington and Shotwick.
Emerging pond life?
Between trees or is it tree?
Shotwick Hall.
No. 2 Beluga coming in to land.
Our lunch spot in Dingle Wood.
Site of Shotwick Castle
The view  looking West from Lodge Lane.
The tower of Shotwick church as we headed towards Shotwick Lane.
Walk stats: Distance: 10.6 miles. Climb: 297'.
Time: 5 hours 11 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h Overall walk average: 2.0 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Annie, David S. and Phil.
Another select group set off in sunshine, hardly any wind and frost still on the ground. Unfortunately it soon became quite warm and we had our fair share of claggy mud, but I have known worse! 
 Much of the walk was along field edges and this was where we found most of the mud, but did pass several interesting old and new buildings and had good views towards the Clwydian Hills, with their snow covered tops looking very inviting.
 We had covered nearly 7 miles before we found a suitable lunch spot in Dingle Wood, just East of Shotwick Wood.
 Lots of Snowdrops were out and Dingle Wood looked to be a good place to revisit in May when the Bluebells would be in flower.
 This walk involved negotiating busy roads, but none too difficult!
 The last part of the walk strolling down Shotwick Lane towards the Yacht passed several interesting houses, one a thatched house had superb gardens and was only visible as the leaves on the roadside trees were missing.
 Birds seen or head today included: Common blackbird, European robin, Blue tit, Great tit, Dunnock, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Woodpigeon, Black-headed gull, Common gull, Chaffinch, House sparrow, Common buzzard, Greenfinch, Collared dove, Winter wren and Great spotted woodpecker.
 After walk drinks were experienced at the Yacht Inn, where tonic water, coffee and tea were the order of the day - no real ale on offer!

1 comment:

Fran said...

No beer. Glad I didn't choose this one if my rare outings with HH. Tito and I went up Penycloddiau and gad the most superb views to Snowdonia , pennies and south Cumbria I think. It was marvellous.