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.