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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, 6 February 2016

Pen-y-Pygyn and Llangar Church 6th February 2016

Pen-y-Pygyn from the main car park in Corwen.
The new statue of Owain Glyndwr in centre of Corwen.
The path through Coed Pen-y-Pygyn.
One of the small waterfalls near Pen-y-Pygyn.
At the Peny-Pygyn Monument.
The view across Corwen and the Dee Valley from the Pen-y-Pygyn Monument.
Caer Drewyn on the right.
The River Dee and Pont Corwen.
"The path through Coed y Happus."
Our lunch spot at Llangar Church.
Llangar Church from the lychgate - our lunch spot.
Walk stats: Distance: 4.5 miles. Climb:578'.
Time: 3 hours 21 minutes. On the move walking average: 1.9.m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.4 m.p.h. (We were reluctant to set off after lunch!)
Group: Martyn, Roger and Mike.
The forecast today was not good, at best showers, persistent at times and gale force winds from the South and temperatures around 5 Celsius, but feeling like - 2 Celsius.
 Arriving at Corwen, the rain had stopped, we set off, expecting rain, but optimistic that we would at least get a walk. This we did and as far as Pen-y-Pygyn, the rain kept off and the views over Corwen and the Dee Valley were quite good. Soon after the rain started - it was the only shower that we got, but it lasted until we arrived back at the car 3 hours later!
 Although it was raining, the strong wind didn't materialise, so it wasn't that unpleasant except for the fact that I had to stop frequently to clear my spectacles as they kept on "steaming up"!
 The River Dee looked to be in spate and how fat it was flowing was only realised when three Mallards were seen being carried by the flow.
 Lunch was taken at Llangar Church, where we were very grateful to shelter under the lychgate and take advantage of the benches on each side.
 Unfortunately this delightful little church wasn't open today as it is only open between April and October - perhaps this walk should be done next time in the Summer when it is open.
 It was decided that conditions weren't getting better, so our best option was return directly to Corwen, get home early and watch Six Nations Rugby or the remains of the ODI cricket.
 Arriving at the car, we were thankful to be able to change out of our wet gear sheltering in a bus shelter.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Jackdaw, Rook, Blue tit, Goldfinch, Mallard, Chaffinch, Common blackbird, Blue tit and Common pheasant.
 After walk drinks were taken at the Bridge Inn, where we sampled one of the Sandstone Brewery's beers. Alas this was a little on the bland side, but better than the Green King IPA or Theaskston's Best that were also on offer. Once again the landlord displayed his skills in making you feel welcome! 
 This is a case of three strikes and you are out - next time we will go elsewhere!
 I ws back home before 15-00 and able to watch England chase down South Africa's score in th ODI and take a 2-0 lead.

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