Looking over Deeside Industrial Park towards the Clwydians from paths between Puddington and Shotwick.
Emerging pond life?
Between trees or is it tree?
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!