The main objective of the walk today - seeing Bluebells.
A few Bluebells in Coed Allt-tywood.
Crossing a new stile into Coed-y-Garreg.
Cowslips seen today, heading East to Coed Pen-y-Gelli.
Early purple orchids near the path as we headed East to Coed Pen-y-Gelli.
Bluebells in Coed Pen-y-Gelli.
Wood anemone in Coed Pen-y-Gelli.
Entering Coed Pen-y-Gelli Nature Reserve, our lunch spot for the day.
The site of an old lime kiln on the East of Gorsedd.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.9 miles. Climb: 593'.
Time: 4 hours 53 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Phil, Paul, Wendy and Celia.
This was a glorious day for walking, a little too warm and sunny if anything, but still a great day to be out walking.
This was first of out designated Bluebell wood walks, but alas they hadn't reached their peak yet. Nevertheless we did see many other Spring flowers to cheer us up and plenty of birds singing too.
Except for one spot, the ground was very dry underfoot, meaning that most of had to clean the upper parts of our boots when we got home.
Lunch was take in the Coed Pen-y-Gelli Quarry Nature Reserve, where we could take advantage of the lowest limestone edge in the workings to use as a seat., and the nearby ants didn't seem to mind too much!
After lunch, Paul left as us we approached the cars, and the rest of us completed a shorter version of the Gorsedd Round using new (to us) footpaths and lanes.
Birds seen or heard today included: House sparrow, Goldfinch, Common blackbird, Woodpigeon, Collared dove, Common pheasant, Barn swallow, Blue tit, Great tit, Greylag goose, Chiffchaff, Willow warbler, Black-billed magpie, Wheatear, Rook, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Carrion crow and Jackdaw.
We all arrived back at the car, happy that the walk had been shorter than the whole route of 12-13 miles, and glad to realise that we would be home relatively early.
After walk drinks enjoyed at the Bluebell Inn at Halkyn, where the Apple Jack, Somerset cider went down particularly well, well worth the five minute wait till 15-00 when the door was opened,