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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.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Traeth Lavan and its Foothills 29th July 2017

The Free Car Park at Abergwyngeryn on the old road to Penmaenmawr.
The Afon Aber at Abergwyngeryn - the start of our walk today.
The view over Abergwyngeryn as we started the climb to to North Wales Path.
Looking towards the Aber Valley and the  lower hills of the Carneddau.
Our view as we arrived at the junction with the North Wales Path, but not the way ahead for us today.
The North Wales Path, Anglesy and Puffin Island ahead.
Penrhyn Castle as we headed across the field towards The Spinnies.
The bird of the day at The Spinnies Nature Reserve.
The bird of the day at The Spinnies Nature Reserve.
The bird of the day, now perched in the sunlight.
A few of the Mute swans on the coast as we headed towards Abergwyngregyn along the Coastal Path.
Not just birds we had flowers and butterflies too.
The foothills that we traversed in the morning.
Ed tip toeing through ...!
Cars of the future - flower powered!
This must be the ideal aim for Gove's policy to reduce the impact of petrol and diesel powered cars.
Well it is probably just as likely to work!
Walk stats: Distance: 8.2 miles. Climb: 1159'. Probably a little wind assisted on the GPS.
Time: 5 hours 6 minutes. On the move walk average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h. (Mostly because we spent about twenty minutes watching a Kingfisher at The Spinnies nature Reserve).
Group: Martyn and Ed.
As we approached Abergwyngeryn, we made a last minute decision to park at the free car park in the village, rather than use either of the coastal car parks marked on the route description. This also has the advantage of having a small information centre, beautifully maintained  with toilets too. I'm sure we will use this as a start for walks in the future.
 Just after nine we started our climb out of Abergwyngeryn, heading for the North Wales Path and then to follow it Westward.
 It confused me a little as I remembered it passing through a cross shape woodland, still on the math but now no more!
 This grassy track was delightful, giving superb coastal views, occasionally only marred by power lines.
 We noticed that footpath marker indicated that we were following three walks, the North Wales Path, the Pilgrim's way and the Circular Path. We later came across a sign that said we were on a Penrhyn Estate route.
 So far we had encountered no stiles and lots of very welcome gates  (not there on any of my previous visits) and this continued to the end of the walk, except for one stile, but we were still able to use the adjacent gate.
 However we still encountered a known "hazard", the cow dung enhance track past the farm to the road near The Spinnies Nature Reserve.
 We entered the hide at The Spinnies Nature Reserve, looked on to the pond and all we could see was a few Mallard and Blue tits and Great tits on the feeders  and then simultaneously we both proclaimed "Kingfisher!".
 Thankfully it wasn't put off by our shouts of delight as it perched on a post just a few yards in front of us, and then flew off to perch on  a log that was in bright sunshine - no doubt now the Kingfisher was the bird of the day!
 As we left the hide we saw over fifty Mute swans on the sea close to the tide line, but after having had lunch on the picnic tables at the Aber-Ogwen Car Park, they seemed to have disappeared cf. of a coastal walk with Roger. However on this occasion we did see them again as they moved towards Llanfairfechan along the water edge.
 Birds seen or heard today included: House sparrow, Carrion crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Comon buzzard, Meadow pipit, House martin, Barn swallow, Meadow pipit, Stonechat, Blue tit, Great tit, Chaffinch, Wheatear, Mallard, Little egret, Mute swan, Oystercatcher, Black-headed gull, Herring gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Eurasian curlew and Kingfisher.
 This was a really enjoyable walk, that I am sure we will do many times more.
 This was a walk that was completed in almost perfect conditions, pleasantly warm, a cool wind at times, only two spots of rain and just half an hour when I should have put on my sun hat!
 On the way home I called in at the Blue Bell Inn for a takeaway for a celebratory glass of cider. Steve and his wife are heading to Scotland for an extended break/holiday. On leaving Steve shook my hand and said "Carry on walking. You will still be welcome".
Who will we see behind the bar the next time we call in at the Blue Bell Inn at Halkyn!

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