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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

Friday, 18 August 2017

Halkyn, Limestone, Lead and More 17th August 2017

The Liverpool skyline as we descend towards Castle Wood.
Holiday experiences on the menu as they meander through Castle Wood.
Moel Famau and the Clwydian Hilld from the trig point on Billins, Halkyn Mountain.
At the trig point on Billins, Halkyn Mountain.
Lime kilns on the South west side of Bryn Mawr Quarry.
Our lunch spot on the North of the Pant-y-pwll-dwr Quarry.
Looking North across the Pant-y-pwll-dwr Quarry.
"Do we really have to go up there?"
The panorama looking Northwards from the Moel-Ffagnallt Millenium Cairn.
Capped mine shafts on Halkyn Mountain as w head for the Catch  wireless masts.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.6 miles. Climb: 1141'.
Time: 5 hours 26 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall wealk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Jim. Celia and Paul.
This turned out to be a superb day for walking, largely Sunny, pleasantly warm and occasionally a cooling breeze.
 Distant views were good, especially towards the Dee estuary and the Clwydian Hills.
 Our only disappointment was to find the path we usually take along the West side of the Pant-y-pwll-dwr Quarry is now closed. This forced us to rethink the route and find a new lunch spot. This trned out to be a small quarry North of the Pant-y-pwll-dwr Quarry, where we found plenty of suitable stones to sit on. Thankfully we were also hidden from the passing traffic on the nearby road.
 after lunch we headed along the East side of the Pant-y-pwll-dwr Quarry, much of it on a path that gave extensive views into this vast quarry.
 Our planned route was to take us across fields to Moe-Ffagnallt via Lilly Hill farm, but this time our way was blocked by a flood on the road East of Cefn-y-gildia farm, and much too deep for Celia to test out her new boots!
 After a short rest at the Millenium Cairn on Moel-Ffagnallt we headed across Halkyn Mountain back to the start.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Common buzzard, Jackdaw, Raven, Common kestrel, Black-billed magpie, Goldfinch, House sparrow and Barn swallow.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue Bell Inn at Halkyn where one of the real ciders went down well. Celia was a bit mift as her usual "posh" lager was no longer on offer and she had to put up with a bottle of Pirroni.

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