About Me

When? Started: 1993 Who? Started with staff and friends from U H S, Chester. Organiser: Martyn Harris We walk every Thursday 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 Thursday than on a Saturday. Most ever: 29. Numbers walking: 2-12, and usually about 8 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.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

A Coastal Walk from Llanfairfechan 11th March 2017

Lapwing and Little egret North of Glan mor Elias.
Sounds of Spring by the Sea shore.
Looking back towards Llanfairfechan.
Waiting for the photographer to catch up.
Brent geese and Wigeon East of the Afon Aber outflow at high tide.
Brent geese East of the Afon Aber outflow at high tide.
On the way back and it's only just after mid-day!
Looking towards Tal-y-fan.
Lapwing on the shore.
Who's that in the lead again?
Walk stats: Distance: 10.0 miles. Climb: 120'.
Time: 4 hours 53 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.6 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.0 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Mike and Ed.
Another day that promised to be good weather wise, so I decide it was time to itch my Paramo gear and put my shorts on. It was the right decision as once we had been walking for a short time it felt quite warm. We didn't get much Sun, but we had no rain and very little wind.
 Bird numbers were a little disappointing, but at least there were more Brent geese (at least 39) than we have seen in previous years and we heard several Skylarks singing in the area around  the Glan-y-mor Elias Nature Reserve.
 Mike set the early pace and we were having lunch at the Aber-Ogwen car park and pic-nic site at 11-30 and on the return journey before mid-day.
 On the last couple of miles on return journey we were accompanied by a walker that was on his way to Chester along the Coastal Path and staying overnight at Llanfairfechan.
 We arrived back at the cars, just after 14-00, our earliest finish on a full walk for many years, even time to call in at the Blue Bell Inn at Halkyn on the way home.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Turnstone, Mallard, Mute swan, Greylag goose, Brent goose, Lapwing, Wigen, Shelduck, Eurasian curew, Common redshank, Oystercatcher, Little egret, Common blackbird, Blue tit, Great tit, Goldfinch and European robin.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue Bell Inn at Halkyn, where Sheppy's Cider went down well, obviously a very popular as it ran out while we were there.
 Overall a very enjoyable walk and hopefully they will have resurfaced the car park by our next visit, it must have the greatest number of pot holes per square metre in the whole of North Wales! If not the most, pretty close.

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