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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

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Pincyn Llys from Cyffyliog 13th January 2018

The Afon Clywedog East of Cyffylliog.
The delightful footpath through Coed tre'r-parc.
Escaping from Coed tre'r-parc.
The Clwydian Hills from North east of Tre'r-parc.
The Clwydian Hills from North east of Tre'r-parc.
This way to Pincyn Llys.
At the bagot Monument on Pincyn Llys.
At the trig point on Pincyn Llys with the Clwydian Hills in the backgound.
Heading for Cyffylliog at the start of the final descent.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.1 miles. Climb: 1400'.
Time: 4 hours 58 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Celia, Mike, Roger and Ed.
Our oriinal intention was to start the walk at the Coed y Fron-wyllt car park near Bontuchel, but arrived to find it full with 4 by 4s with people and dogs looking as though they were heading fo a hunt, although we didn't see any guns. We decided to relocate to Cyffyliog, the start of the walk on the route description.
 We arrived at Cyffylliog to find more of the 4 by 4s, some with trailers, but thankfully we found a place to park and didn't have to abandon the walk all together.
 The weather forecast was pretty accurate, overcast with a cold wind making it feel like bout 4 Celsius - it felt cooler than that at times!
 The walk started with a steady climb along the road to the entrance to Coed tre'r-parc. The first part of the path through the wood was very pleasant, but after crossing a forest road, it became a challenge with many bramble strands crossing the path, making it necessary to concentrate on where you were putting your feet.
 After escaping from Coed tre'r-parc, we hit open fields and the full force of the cold winds, but at least it wasn't in our faces.
 It was near here that we had good views of the Clwydian Hills, but looked pretty misty there. In fact when we arrived at Pincyn Llys you couldn't even see the outline of the Clwydian Hills, they looked as though they were now decked in low cloud.
 After visiting the Bagot Monument on Pincyn Llys we descended Westward along the designated path, and found a suitable spot in the woods to have lunch. We utilised remaining tree stumps as seats, at he same time being protected from the worst of the wind by the remaining trees.
 Roger provided everyone with one of Margaret's delicious mince pies which were much appreciated. 
 Most of the climb had been done in the morning, so we were all looking forward to a gentle stroll back to Cyffyliog, but didn't anticipate that it was along this section that we would encounter the most mud! 
 We arrived back at the car having had a good and varied walk, but all saying, that this walk needs to be repeated on a good clear day when the views would be better.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Common blackbird, Common pheasant, Herring gull Black-billed magpie, House sparrow, Raven and Common buzzard.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Wetherspoon's Castle Hotel in Ruthin, where Ruddles and Gwynt-y-Draig's Black Dragon were enjoyed. I'm not sure that Celia enjoyed her cup of tea as more or having to serve herself!

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