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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

Saturday, 4 February 2017

The Little Orme and More 4th February 2017

Distant views of Snowdonia from the top of the Little Orme.
Snow on the highest tops in Snowdonia.
At the trig point on the Little Orme.
Llandudno and the Great Orme from the Little Orme.
Penrhyn bay and Rhos on Sea from Criegiau Rhiwledyn.
Grey seals on the beach in Porth Dyniewaid (Angel Bay), but exactly how many?
A Fulmar claiming a nest site in the disuded quarry South of Porth Dyniewaid.
The coast from Penrhyn Bay to Rhos-on-Sea and beyond.
The entrance to St. Trillo's Chapel.
Inside St. Trillo's Chapel.
Looking towards the pier at Colwyn Bay.  (The collapsed part on the seaward side.
Wind turbines and gas being burned off.
A few of the Wigeon close to the shore in Penrhyn Bay as the tide came in.
One of the many owls at Bodafon Hall Farm owl sanctuary.
(Not included in the list of birds seen or heard today.)
Our first lambs of the year on fields North of Bodafon Hall Farm.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.9 miles. Climb: 864'.
Time: 5 hours 3 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Celia and Ed.
This was a glorious day for walking, blue skies and bright sunshine accompanied us all day except for the twenty minutes or so that had our lunch near St. Trillo's Chapel.  In fact at times it was almost too warm for the Winter gear that we were all wearing.
 The views from the top of the Little Orme were superb in all direction with the snow covered peaks of Snowdonia giving a bit of a wow factor.
 The main attraction of the walk was to look for Grey seals in Porth Dyniewaid (Angel Bay). We weren't disappointed as we could see over fifty on the beach below us.
 Fulmars looking for nest sites on the cliff faces of the disused quarry South of Porth Dyniewaid was another bonus as were the Wigeon close to shore in Penrhyn Bay.
 The first part of the walk in Penrhyn Bay was along the beach as far as the breakwater, but as far a Celia was concerned this walk went downhill after the Little Orme and never recovered!
 Rather than just staying on the road all the way back to the car, Ed took us on a slight extension that went through Bodafon Hall Farm and Owl Sactuary.
 Well worth a visit, especially if you have under tens to entertain!
 Birds seen or hard today included: Rook, Herring gull, Black-headed gull, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Oystercatcher, Eurasian curlew, Mallard, Moorhen, Black-billed magpie, Great cormorant, Great tit, Dunnock Meadow pipit, Pied wagtail, Woodpigeon, Common starling, Collared dove, Goldfinch, European robin, Grey heron and possibly a Greylag goose.
 Both the PCs at Craig-y-Don and Rhos-on-Sea have been refurbished, a big improvement on the old ones.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue bell Inn at Halkyn, where one of the lighter Weetwood brews went down well as did the Haymaker Cider later on.
 Overall a good walk without fault - well almost!

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