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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, 24 March 2016

An Aberwheeler and Llandyrnog Round 24th March 2016

Setting off at a brisk pace from Aberwheeler.
Just a few lambs, but the first we have seen on our Thursday walks.
Primroses in flower on the roadside heading towards Llandyrnog.
More Primroses nearby.
More lambs having a feed.
"Come on, Mum's this way."
"Look what I've found".
Which is the best scarecrow?
Back at Aberwheeler - the memorial Cross.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.9 miles. Climb: 643' (GPS reading, still probably a little wind assisted,)
Time: 4 hours 44 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Annie, Sue Pelissier, Phil and David S.
Weather forecasts for today were quite varied from rain all day to no rain at all, thankfully we experienced the latter. Although we had cool wind at times it was overall good day for walking. Most of the conditions underfoot were good, although we did get muddy boots as one section adjacent to the Afon Clwyd was on the boggy side.
 This was essentially a bottom of the valley walk, giving us views to Clwydians from Moel y Parc to Moel Famau. The views to the West over the Denbigh flying club to the hills beyond were good too.
 Several sections of the walk showed superb displays of daffodils, but today was a day for the Primroses to shine. Even Snowdrops, Dandelions, Daisies and Periwinkles were in flower. Our pace in the mornings was higher than usual and by the time we had lunch at Llandyrnog church, we had completed 5.4 miles.
 Today was another day for challenging stiles, several being broken and one could hardly be called a stile at all!
 Birds seen or heard today included: House sparrow, Carrion crow, Rook, Herring gull, Mallard, Greylag goose, Canada goose, Shelduck, European robin, Woodpigeon, Black-billed magpie, Winter wren, Pied wagtail, Great cormorant, Common buzzard, Blue tit and Common blackbird.
 Overall a delightful walk and back at the car before three, and more important Ron's coming to look at my central heating tomorrow morning!
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue bell Inn at Halkyn where a brew of the Lancaster brewery went down well as did Gwynt - y - Draig Farm house cider. The coffee went down well too.

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