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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, 11 February 2016

The Litle Orme and More 11th February 2016

"A great view, but it's not France!"
The Great Orme and More from the Little Orme.
A closer view of the snow on the Carneddau.
Part of the group at the trig point on Little Orme Head.
"There must be something interesting down there!"
"is this what they are looking at?
Ourusual view of Grey seals in Angel bay.
The whole group except for one!
Oystercatcher rock!
Turnstone on the rocks.
I'm not a Ternstone, but what amd I?
Great crested grebe off Rhos-on Sea,
Walk stats: Distance: 7.2 miles. Climb: 741'.
Time: 4 hours 16 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h. (too much seal and bird watching today!).
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel, Roger, Phil, David S., Wendy,Tim, Sue and Dave P.
Generally a good forecast for walking, a little on the cool side, but hopefully sunny spells with no rain!
As we set of this was true, but once we had descended from the Little Orme in to the quarry we were sheltered and the warm sunshine made me feel that Paramo gear was a little o.t.t.!
 Sue and Dave P. joined us at the start, missed out Little Orme Head, and rejoined in the quarry overlooking Porth Deyniewaid (Angel Bay) where we stood for a fir time looking at the Grey seals basking on the shore and a few more in the sea. We saw about 15 seals, but one person Dave and |sue encountered said that there was over 50 there a couple of weeks ago. We were pleased to see fifteen, in fact one would have been enough!
The tide was to far in, so we had to wind our way through the housing estate, heading for Rhos-on Sea, eventually arriving at out lunch spot overlooking Penrhyn Bay, a little garden are with plenty of benches and good views. In fact Wendy and Phil said this was a perfect lunch spot for Celia, the seat that they were sitting on was such that the railing in front of them completely obliterated the the wind farm out at sea!
 After lunch Sue and Dave headed back to Craig-y-Don, having tested Dave's new hip enough for one day and the rest of us headed for Rhos-on-Sea.
 As the tide was in was was a gentle stroll along the promenade with the occasion stop to look at Turnstones and Common redshanks on the rocks and surprisingly for us Great crested grebe off the shore, but quite close in.
 Near the end of the walk, it started to rain a little, but thankfully almost stopped completely as we arrived back at the car.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Herring gull. Jackdaw, Rook, Eurasian curlew, Fulmar, Great cormorant, Common blackbird, House sparrow, Black-billed magpie, European robin, Meadow pipit, Common chaffinch, Oystercatcher, Turnstone, Common redshank, Pied wagtail and Great crested grebe.
Overall a very pleasant walk, just a stroll, especially after lunch!
After walk drinks were enjoyed as always, at the Blue Bell Inn at Halkyn, the walk was just long enough to ensure that we didn't have the ignominy of waiting outside the Post Office until it opened!



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