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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, 21 July 2016

Around Moel Maenefa, Rhuallt and More 21st July 2016

Luxury - descending a grassy slope!
Crossing a stile that we found very hard to find.
Not the best lunch spot, but at least we had a picnic bench
Looking West across the Vale of Clwyd.
 I think the cows got it right, lying down and doing nothing.
 A young buzzard waiting to be fed.
Another good field to cross and the grass wasn't even long.
Plas yn Cwm.
The Vale of Clwyd from the road on the West side of Coed Cwm.
"Wait for me!"
This was a photograph I didn't intend to take.
Unusual characters behind the gates of Bryntirion Farm.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.1 miles. Climb: 889'.
Time: 5 hours 48 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Annie, David S and Celia.
Not as hot as earlier in the week, but at times still a little too humid for our liking.
This walk proved to be a little more challenging than we had anticipated, path finding West of St.Bueno's nearly beat us! The enjoyment of walking on the edge of Maize fields had waned significantly. However persistence paid of and we eventually arrived at Rhuallt in time for lunch. 
 During lunch, once politics had been exhausted, we debated how much of the Coed Cwm walk we should do. We compromised and decided to go around the Plas yn Cwm section and return along the road to Rhuallt. 
 In Rhuallt we decided to take the most direct road route back to the car, still a climb but just a steady one rather than brutal.
 Birds seen and heard today were few and far between but included: Common blackbird, Common buzzard, Carrion crow, Barn swallow, Collared dove, Common pheasant, Black-billed magpie, Greenfinch, Mallard and Yellowhammer.
 We arrived back at the car, quite tired and probably a little disappointed that we had climbed less than 1000', but having nearly lost my house keys and my sun hat on one day I was happy to get back to the car without losing anything else.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Bluebell Inn where the perry on offer went down particularly well.
 Perhaps this is a walk, only to be repeated when the group members today have had long enough to forget the map reading challenges it presented.

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