Setting off from Llandegla - waterproofs on - ready for rain if it comes!
"Where do you think you are going?"
Alpacas guading a flock of sheepner Pant-y-ffordd.
"I'm glad our footpath didn't involve climbing this tree!"
looking West towards the Clwydian Hills.
Our lunch spot - the church at Llanarmon-yn-Ial.
The cave on the East side of Llanarmon-yn-Ial.
Heading for the road.
at aquick glance it looked like a cow with two heads!
An afternoon stroll in the sunshine!
Walk stats: Distance: 8.5 miles. Climb: 798'.
Time: 4 hours 36 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel, and Phil.
The weather forecast for today wasn't good, frequent showers in the morning with warm sunny intervals, followed by heavier showers/rain in the afternoon.
With this in mind we all put on full waterproofs right from the start, and it wasn't long before we had our first shower. Thankfully none of the showers lasted more than about ten minutes, and any breeze we had wasn't too strong, just pleasantly cooling.
We modified our route slightly, aiming for Llanarmon-yn Ial, where we knew the porch on the South side would offer shelter from the rain should it be needed.
As this was possibly Phil's last walk with the group, light treacle cake was provided to mark the occasion. The cake lived up to its name and met with approval.
At times views towards the Clwydian Hills and the Llandegla moorland were pretty good whenever the Sun came out and blue skies were above.
At times it was quite muddy underfoot, but the last leg of the walk was across fields wityh lush wet grass that meant we arrived back at the car with almost clean boots.
Overall it was a very enjoyable walk, hardly marred by the regular showers.
Birds seen or heard included: Common pheasant, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Common blackbird, Woodpigeon, Black-billed magpie, Barn swallow and Comon buzzard.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Red Lion at Penyfordd, where Reverend James bitter was sampled.
At the start of the walk, I had a chat with one of the local residents who had jus been to open the church. It is apparently open from about 09-00 to 17-00 each day when walkers are welcome to use the facilities, including being able to make themselves a hot drink.
It now looks like Phil's last walk with the group before he heads to Scotland will be the Denbigh walk next Thirsday (21st September)