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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, 9 April 2017

Conwy Mountain 8th April 2017

Looking across the the Afon Conwy towards Deganwy.
Conwy Harbour from the path adjacent to Bodlondeb Wood.
Looking across the estuary towards Deganwy Castle and Watch tower.
Raven on Conwy Mountain.
The view of the Great Orme from Conwy Mountain.
Approaching Castell Caer Seion.
Ed at Castell Caer Seion.
The view from my lunch spot at Llyn Wrach, looking Alltwen and Penmaen-bach.
Looking across Llyn Wrach from my lunch spot.
Bluebells North east of Baclaw.
At the trig point om Bryn-Iocyn.
Conwy Castle from the South west.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.9 mile. Climb: 1750'.
Time 6 hours 21 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.0 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Ed.
A later than usual start, despite both of us being in Conwy by 09-30. After a misunderstanding we were both waiting at different places. Thanks to modern communications, we set off about 10-05 after meeting up at the harbour.
 The weather was superb, bright blue skies making the colour of the sea look equally attractive. Within an hour or so the temperature had risen to well into double figures with only the occasional gentle breeze to momentarily cool us.
 As we crossed Conwy Mountain near Castell Caer Seion I encountered a problem with my new GPS, it stopped picking up the satellite signals! This accounted for much time being wasted stopping and trying to get it to work only to find later that a military exercise had been taking place and some off the satellites had been switched off.
 The views today were superb, although inland as the day progressed the hills and mountains appeared in a haze.
 As ever the traverse of Conwy Mountain and Castell Caer Seion is delightful, but on glorious sunny days like this there is nothing better, it's like being on top of the world and yet the ridge is less than 1000'!
 As we followed the North Wales Path on the Southern side of the mountain we heard several Willow warblers, the first that I have heard this year.
 We had lunch by Llyn Wrach, a delightful spot to have lunch being entertained by a Winter wren obviously annoyed that we were in his territory.
 After lunch we knew that route finding at times was likely to be difficult with the the route description lacking important detail and some paths on the OS map not being where they should be on the ground.
 All was well in the end, despite Ed going on auto pilot as soon as we started to go through Iolyn Park Camping and Caravan site. Whilst it did take us West of the described route, it did takes us passed the Bryn-iocyn trig point and another photo opportunity. It did however take us through TWO kissing gates that required me taking off my rucksack, whereas the original route only had ONE!
 We arirved back at my car, having had a good walk and our feet complaining that the walk seemed much longer than the recorded 10 miles. I suppose that Ed had as he parked on the Llandudno side of the Suspension bridge and had another half a mile to go!
Birds seen or heard today included: Woodpigeon, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Chiffchaff, Blue tit, Great tit, Common blackbird, Mute swan, Willow warbler, Meadow pipit, Raven, Common buzzard, Grey wagtail, House sparrow, Stonechat, Meadow pipit, Herring gull and Red-billed chough.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue Bell Inn at Halkyn, where a Heavy Industry brew was sampled and I learned of the reasons for my GPS's failure early!

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