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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

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Beaumaris and Penmon 25th March 2017

Looking across the Menai Straits towards Snowdonia from Beaumaris.
"So a 11 mile walk isn't enough the?"
Beaumaris Castle from the North east.
Brent geese on the shore between Beaumaris and Penmon.
The church at Penmon priory.
The dovecot at Penmon priory.
Penmon Lighthouse and Puffin Island.
The view from the beach at our lunch spot.
Looking towards Snowdonia.
Our first Primroses of the year.
Celendine everywhere.
Snowdonia from a point East of Glan-yr-afon on the way to Llangoed.
A delightful woodland path through beds o Ramsons.
Just to prove one Ramson in flower.
Beaumaris castle from the West.
Walk stats: Distance: 11.5 miles. Climb: 858'.
Time: 5 hours 57 minutes. On the move walkm ing average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Mike.
We arrived at Beaumaris to bright sunshine, so we had sun hats at the ready. We decided to seek out local public toilets before we headed for the coast. e fond them, but alas the were locked and on returning six hours later they were still locked - not exactly what you would expect in a tourist attraction like Beaumaris!
 As we set of along the Coastal path, we had our first views of Snowdonia, looking magnificent with its peaks still decked in snow.
 The tide was in, so we were forced to take the high tide route as we left Beaumaris, but were able to walk along the beach about a mile in to the walk.
 Walking on pebbles isn't easy, but watching the birds on the water edge distracted us and allowed frequent beaks and our feet to recover. The most noteable bird we saw was the Brent goose.
 Along the coast we were exposed to the cool North easterly wind, making hat retention difficult, but at least did mean that we ere in no danger of overheating!
 We had lunch at Penmon, but had to shelter from the wind by getting behind some rocks, but with the Sun on us it made a very warm and pleasant place to be for 30 minutes or so!
 After lunch we continued Westward along the Coastal Path a another couple of miles, at times using narrow country lanes. Everywhere we went, the hedgerows were masses of flowering Celandine and a few Primroses too.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Common blackbird, House sparrow, Jackdaw, Herring gull, Great black-backed gull, Common redshank, Common buzzard, Common pheasant, Eurasian curlew, Brent goose, Greylag goose, Canada goose, Little egret, Dunnock, Oystercatcher, Collared dove, Mallard, Woodpigeon, Blue tit, Shelduck and Great tit.
 We arrived back at the car, having had a good long walk with superb views all day and lots of Spring flowers to see as a bonus.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Bluebell Inn at Halkyn where one of the Herefordshire ciders o off went down well.

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