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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, 7 December 2017

St. Cwyfan's Trail and More 7th December 2017

"Is this really the way?"
Not the easiest stile to get to or get over!
Moel yParc and Pencloddiau.
On the way to Aberwheeler.
Moel y Parc and Pencloddiau.
Looking towards the Vale of Clwyd.
The sky as the Sun starts to go down.
St. Cwyfan's Church.
Last ,look at the Clwydian Hills before descending to Llandyrnog.
The Sun going down above the creamery at Llandyrnog.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.2 miles. Climb: 1038'.
Time 5 hours 21 minutes. Overall walk average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel, Jim and Mal.
This was a day that we weren't sure what to expect weather-wise. High winds were likely and temperatures were expected to drop significantly, but at lest we knew it would be dry! In reality the 40 m.p.h gusts of wind didn't materialise and the temperature didn't drop much either. At times it was very warm in the mid-afternoon sunshine, almost too warm!
 One or two stiles were a problem and in need of some TLC.
 Finding a suitable lunch spot wasn't easy, particular after a perfectly good bus shelter was turned down, and on this occasion it wasn't Celia.
 We ended up having lunch on  grassy slope with good views over the Vale of Clwyd towards Aberwheeler and beyond.
 Overall this was quite a varied walk, with more ups than some of were expecting and we certainly got the best of the day, as driving homeward we went through hail and then sleet.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Common blackbird, House sparrow, European robin, Common buzzard, Wood nuthatch, Collared dove, Common pheasant, Collared dove, Woodpigeon, Rook, Carrion crow and Jackdaw.
 We arrived back at the cars with tired legs, having had a very enjoyable walk and looking forward to refreshments at the Dinorben Arms at Bodfari. Each of us sampled different beers today, but all went down well. They included: Brews from Facers (Northern Star) Caledonian (Deuchers IPA) and one from the Conwy Brewery.

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