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When? Started: 1993 Who? Started with staff and friends from U H S, Chester. Organiser: Martyn Harris We walk every Wednesday 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 Wednesday than on a Saturday. Most ever: 29. Numbers walking: 2-12, a 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, Jim McCabe, Mal Pulford., Joyce Russell

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Around Plas-yw from Cilcain 14th April 2016

"I'm the king of the castle".
Our first views of the Clwydians.
"Now ponies this size I can cope with!"
"It's not often I'm in front of everyone!"
Bluebells in flower - the first we have seen on a walk this year.
Primroses too still in flower.
Not a good place to be a Mole!
View from our lunch spot.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.6 miles. Climb: 967'.
Time: 4 hours 51 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn. Roger, Annie and Mike.
Not perfect weather today, but at least it didn't rain and I complete the walk in shorts and short sleeved shirt for the first time. As  was wearing shorts I declared that it was Summer, but Annie didn't agree, and neither did the fact that I had already seen more than ten Barn swallows wasn't convincing either!
 Nevertheless it was good to be out and to see yet again the roadside verges decked it magnificently blooming daffodils. We even saw Bluebells, Primroses and Wood anemone in flower and on the way home Cowslips were coming into flower  on the verges along the A55.
 Lots of very young lambs, singing Skylarks, Chiffchaffs and Willow warblers and blossom on trees all make this time of year a great time to be out in the country.
 Views today were not great, much of the near hill tops seemed to be decked in a sort of mist and consequently we decided to miss out the climb to top of Moel Arthur, assuming the views towards Snowdonia would not be that great.
 We were in danger of getting back to the car too earlier and that we might have to miss out on visiting our usual hostelry in Halkyn. However Annie spotted a wallet that had been dropped on the path and we spent ten minutes or more trying to identify the owner of the wallet, phoning one contact number we found that didn't help much and then trying to decide what the best option would be. Taking it to the nearest bank linked with the cards seemed to be the best option.
 I was convinced that it was a dog walker that we had spoken to earlier, and just before we got back to the car, Roger turned round and said is that the dog walker we saw earlier. I said I don't recognise either of the two men, but that's definitely the two dogs.
 We turned back and thankfully we could reunite the wallet with its grateful owner and relieve us of the hassle of knowing what to do with it.
 We arrived back at the car at just about the right time, knowing that the Bluebell Inn at Halkyn would be open and we could enjoy our usual refreshments.

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