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, 25 June 2017

Around Aled Isaf and More (Maggots) 24th June 2017

Llyn Aled from the North west side of its dam.
Llyn Aled from its Western moor.
"Does the description tell you what it is written on the boundary stone?
A clearer view - Hiraethog Esgynfa Gwgan it is even labelled on the OS map.
 Heading for the sheep pen across the western flanks of Moel y Gaseg-wen.
"Bird watching again at Hafod -gau! I might as well stop and have a rest."
Back on moorland heading for Ty-nant.
On road to Aled Isaf.
Eurasian curlew that accompanied us as we walked on the road on the East side of Aled Isaf.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.5 miles. Climb: 842'.
Time: 4 hours 48 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Mike and Ed.
We set off from Llyn Aled, expecting to get showers at some time during the day, but with fairly strong winds around we anticipated that any showers would be brief. In fact we were luck enough to complete the whole walk without putting on our waterproofs. We did get a little rain on the last leg of the walk with Llyn Aled is sight and we did think about putting waterproofs on, but it wasn't even enough for Ed to put his umbrella up!
 As ever across this moorland, following the exact line of the "path" wasn't easy and we ended up going through some quite long reedy grass - thankfully skin dries quicker wet trouser legs!
 Distant views weren't very good, with clouds hiding the higher peaks of Snowdonia described in the walk description.
 Throughout the morning Skylarks were singing over the moors. Skylark numbers may be declining, but here on the Denbigh Moors they seemed to be everywhere. There seemed to be plenty of Meadow pipits. We were lucky enough to see a Brow hare at it raced across the moorland.
 Lunch was taken on the track side, just before we took the path leading to Hafod-gau. The Sun came out briefly, but soon disappeared and encouraged us not to linger too long.
 As we crossed Foel Lwyd we heard the call of Eurasian curlew for the first time on the walk and from then on there seemed to lots of them.
 It was well after lunch before we saw anyone, and then it wasn't a walker. In fact it was a farmer checking his sheep for maggots, the very hot weather of last week had made them very vulnerable to attack by certain flies. If not removed and the sheep treated we were informed that the sheep may not survive. We were then treated to  being shown a ewe that had been attacked - not a pretty sight- I'm glad I wasn't having lamb for dinner tonight.
 We arrived back at the car having had a really good walk across relatively wild moorland and still dry!
 Birds seen or heard today included: Skylark, Meadow pipit, Eurasian curlew, Pied wagtail, Carrion crow, Raven, Lesser black back gull, Barn swallow and Common buzzard.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue Bell Inn at Halkyn where one of the ciders went down well.


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