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.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Walks and Dates August 2017

Thursday 3rd August 2017.
The Little Orme and Coed Gaer.
Distance: 8 miles. Climb: 800'.
Start: Roadside parking next to Paddling Pool and PC on Coast Road at Craig y Don, East side of Llandudno.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
This has become a regular walk at any time of the year, but at this time of the year. When we did this walk last year we did see see Seals around Porth Dyniewaid, so hopefully they will be there this year as well.  The views from the top of the Little Orme are always superb. This is always an enjoyable walk whatever time we do it.
Saturday 5th August 2017.
Deganwy Castle and the Great Orme.
Postponed. 
This walk will probably reappear on the list 
in 
September or October.
Distance:10 miles; Climb:1900'.
Start:Roadside parking near the Public Conveniences on the West shore of Llandudno. Grid ref:SH773819.
Leave Chester 9-00 a.m.
The main walk today is the Deganwy Castle walk taken from Dave Berry's book "Walks on the North Wales Coast". Sections of this walk have been known to be muddy in the past.
The extension to the walk , after returning to the car, will involve most of the circuit of the limestone plateau on the Great Orme, including a visit to the trig point and descent via the Monks' path to the toll road. There are plenty of options to shorten the walk if required.
Thursday 10th August 2017.
Another Ceiriog Valley Walk from Pontricket 
(Walks E and F)
Distance: 8.5 miles. Climb: 1700'.
Start: Pontricket, Layby, Grid ref: SJ186343.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
This walk combines Pontricket Walks E and F. This walk starts by following the Ceiriog Valley  Eastward from Ponticket and picking up the tramway to Pandy. Here it follows the East side of the Teirw Valley as far as Ty-du. At Ty-du the route follows the Upper Ceiriog Way along a stony bridleway. Hopefully it will feel better climbing than it did descending when followed it last on the 8th June. On reaching open moorland near Rhyd Caledwynt the route heads Eastward  across pathless moorland before for picking up a good track that leads back to Pontricket.
Saturday 12th August 2017.
A Pentrefoelas Round - one of Ed's Walks.
Distance: 6-11 miles. Climb: 1400'.
Start: Riverside car park and picnic site, Pentrefoelas SH872516.
Leave Chester 08-30.
The main part of the walk is only 5.25 miles, so hopefully we will be able to find an extension to increase the distance coverd by a few miles, weather permitting.
The described walk explores the area North of Pentrefoelas as it rises towards the Hiraethog moors. It eventually descend back in to the valley, crosses A5 and the river before heading for Plas Iolyn.
I haven't done this walk before although I have walked along parts of it and in the past some paths have been been quite boggy, but hopefully will be less so at this time of the year.
A possible extension explores the area to he West of Pentrefoelas that would take he walk up to 11 miles, although if need be there are easy options o reduce the walk to under 10 miles if need be. We can decide how much of an extension is we want just before arriving back at the car.
Thursday 17th August 2017.
Halkyn, Limestone, Lead and More.
Distance: 9  miles; Climb:1000'.
Start: Common Land opposite the Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn. Grid ref: SJ209702. 
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
We haven't started a walk from this location for quite some time. I thought that it was about time we did so to do so again. This walk combines two of my favourite walks in this fascinating area on our local patch. We used to start this walk from the Britannia Inn and finish the walk by going through the "Water buffalo" fields, but as we start near the Blue Bell Inn, we will miss out that part of the walk.
Saturday 19th August 2017.
No walk - I've decided to go on a bus pass adventure.
Thursday 24th August 2017.
Melin-y-Wig and Derwen.
Distance: 8 miles. Climb: 1000' at a guess.
Start: Boncyn Foel-bach Forest Car Park Grid ref: SJ055520. This is on the B5105 Ruthin to Clawdd Newydd road.
Leave Chester at 09-00.
This walk is taken from Lorna Jenner's book "Walks in the Vale of Clwyd".  We last did this walk in February 2016 and I enjoyed it then. I thought that it would be good to do it again, but in a different season. It is described as being a varied walk through forest, quiet lanes, including one that was used on a pilgrims' route and an attractive riverside path.

 Part of the route, particularly sections of the riverside path have in the past been rather boggy (Remembered from it being on walks starting from Melin-y-Wig). The section through the forest can be boggy too. The final section involves climbing out of the valley up to the car park - not the most ideal way to end a walk, but it isn't that steep.
Saturday 26th August 2017.
Maen Esgob and Maen Penddu - another of Ed's Walks.
Distance: 7- 8 miles. Climb: 1400'.
Start: Snowdonia National Park Sychnant car park Grid ref: SH755769.
This is the first time that we will have started at this car park. This is a very contrived series of interconnection circular walks exploring the Conwy Mountain area South west of the Sychnannt Pass.
This is always a delightful area to explore and and it will be interesting to explore one or two bits not visited on our usual walks.
The walk starts by visititing the mini peak of Cogwrn before exploring attractive upland cvountry featuring sweveral low hills with panoramic views. It also visits the top of Maen Esgob. After crossing Waen Gywrach it climbs onto Cefn Maen Amor with its large erratic boulders. After visiting the standing stones of Maen Penddu the route takes us passed two upland reservoirs following delightful green tracks heading to Cragfedwern and back to the car.
Thursday 31st August 2017.
Moel Fenlli and Cwm Blaenant.
Distance:6-7 miles.
Climb: 1524'
Start: Bwlch Penbarras car park (Pay and display).

Grid ref:SJ162606.
This walk is taken from Dave Berry's booklet "Walks on the Clwydian Hills". It is described as an interesting walk, visiting an impressive iron-age hill-fort. Sections mender along the Offa's Dyke footpath as far as the Clwyd Gate. The return route will take us through little known Western fringes of the Clwydian Hills. It includes attractive woodland paths  and explores a delightful hidden valley. Most of the walk is along clear paths with excellent views throughout.
 The walk is nominally shorter than usual, but the last time I remember doing it was in July 2008, and we didn't bother with any extension, admittedly the weather wasn't good! However if the group are keen to extend the walk, it will be easy to do so. This is a decision we can leave until we get back to the cars if need be. There are plenty of tracks through the forest at Moel Famau Country Park to create a lop of whatever length we want.

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