Waiting for the "leader" after the first climb of the day.
Crossing the Afon Clywedog, South west of Rhewl.
Autumnal colours beginning to show on Lady Bagot's Drive.
Looking North east tover Rhewl towards the Clwydian Hills.
Information board adjacent to our lunch spot.
Trig point found?
Not David's choice of stile!
"Well that was a waste of time".
Walk stats: Distance: 9.5 miles.Climb: 540'.
Time: 5 hours 40 minutes, On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Mike and David S.
This turned out to be a really good day for walking, pleasantly warm, hardly any wind and after lunch plenty of sunshine.
Lady Bagot's drive was delightful, with sunlight penetrating the canopy highlighting the start of Autumnal colours in the leaves.
The views of the Clwydian Hills as we descended the fields from Coed Nant towards Rhewl were superb.
Lunch was taken in the centre of Rhewl, where two benches provided dry resting places as we basked in the Sun as we enjoyed the contents of our lunch boxes.
After lunch we set off from Rhewl towards Llanynys, although it wasn't our intention to go that far.
We went in search of a trig point marked on the OS map that had eluded us on previous occasions.
Mike found it, well we think he did, when he spotted a ring on the grass in the middle of the junction.
Much of the walk after that was along the banks of the Afon Clywedog, a river that was as high as I have ever seen it. Most of this section in the past had stiles that weren't of the highest standard, but since our last visit had been replaced by new kissing gates, a blessing to those that are getting a little less dexterous in limb, even if they aren't as aesthetically appealing to some.
Just after passing Clwyd Hall, we came across two sheep with heads trapped in the wire fence. We attempted to free them, but in vain, so Mike set off to the farm Plas Llanchant to inform the farmer, but alas his journey was in vain too. Hopefully the farmer would check out his sheep before it was too late,
Passing the sewage farm, several people were watching at the Salmon leap, they said that the Salmon were there, but today they hadn't attempted to get up the weir, but had so the day before.
We arrived back at the cars with legs a little more tired than expected, but there again the distance was a little longer than expected too.
Birds seen or heard today included: Carrion crow, Raven, European robin, House sparrow, Common pheasant, Black-billed magpie, Pied wagtail, Mute swan and Woodpigeon.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Castle Hotel in Ruthin, were David enjoyed sampling the Ruddles and Isampled one of the festival brews.
Overall an enjoyable walk, despite the claggy mud that had to be removed from our boots when we got home.