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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

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Deborah's Well, Moel Findeg and Big Covert 2nd November 2017

At Deborah's Well.
A small flock of Badger sheep watch us as we approach the  back of the Hafod Hotel.
 Autumnal colours stating to show.
Moel Findeg on the horizon.
Moel Famau from Moel findeg.
What is it this showing through the trees? 
A closer look showed them to be electricity pylons.
The now disused Burley hill Quarry.
Autumnal colours seen in the Southern edge of Big Covert.
Leaves on the path through Big Covert.
More leaves on the path through Big Covert.
The path through Big Covert, looking South.
Moel Famau from the path that skirts around the West side of Colomendy Outdoor Centre.
Walk stats: Distance 7.2 miles (7.8 miles on some GPSs). Climb: 977'.
Time: 5 hours 0 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. (2.4 m.p.h. on some GPSs). Overall walk average:1.4 m.p.h. (1.6 m.p.h. on some GPSs).
Group: Martyn, Roger and David S.
We arrived at Cadole, just as it started to rain, too much to encourage us to get ready to start the walk, so we sat in the cars for about ten minutes, before putting on waterproofs and setting off.
 As a change we were completing this walk in a clockwise direction, the opposite way round to the way that we usually do the walk. 
 It is amazing how different the walk can appear to be, sometimes showing buildings and views we hadn't noticed on previous occasions.
 As we approached the rear of the Hafod Hotel, the rain had stopped completely and we were beginning to suffer from "boil in the bag syndrome", so it was time to remove waterproofs and cool down. Thankfully we didn't need them for the rest of the walk.
 after visiting the top of Moel Findeg, we decided to head for Maeshafn, where we knew there would be a bench that we could take advantage of for lunch. 
After lunch we set off pat the Miners Arms for the path on the East side of Burley Hill Quarry. It was on this section that David had an unpleasant experience with a large spaniel that took a dislike to him and decide to bite him. Thankfully it didn't draw blood, but there is a good chance that David will have a bruise on his leg in the morning.
 The Southern most part of the path as it descended around the quarry was new to me, and provided us with quite a pleasant way of avoiding a fair amount of tarmac normally encountered on this section.
 The route through Big Covert, left us with no doubt that Summer was over and Autumn was here with many leaves in all shades of orange rustling below our feet.
 We arrived back at the cars to find the driver's side of the car covered in a white dusting of limestone/chalk. No doubt this was the spray from the many quarry lorries as they passed the lay-by and left on the cars as the water evaporated in the warm afternoon sunshine.
Overall a very good walk and one I am sure we will do again in the future.
Birds seen or heard today included: House sparrow, Winter wren, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Blue tit, Wood nuthatch, Black billed magpie, Common blackbird, European robin, Goldfinch and Bullfinch.
 On this occasion after walk drinks were enjoyed at home I didn't want to risk the Glasfryn running out of tea pots again!

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