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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

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Melin-y-Wig and Derwen 11th April 2018

The path heading West from the Boncyn Foel-bach car park.
Escaping from the forest South of Glan-y-gors.
On the riverside path from Melin-y-Wig to Derwen.
Our lunch spot beside the Afon Clwyd.
A better view from our lunch spot beside the Afon Clwyd.
The second plastic covered box-like object that we saw close to the Afon Clwyd.
Siskins on a feeder West of Glyn-mawr.
The medieval church at Derwen with its 15th century preaching cross.
At least one lamb didn't mind being photographed.
Ffynnon Sara A Medieval Holy well.
Walk stats: 8.1 miles. Climb: 975'.
Time: 4 hours 31 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.5 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group:Martyn, Sue Pelissier, David S and Ed.
Not the best day of the week to go walking with mist clinging to hillside for most of the day, making it feel on the damp side. The lack of wind meant that it never really cleared fully, but thankfully the best time was between Melin-y-Wig and Derwen and around the time we stopped for lunch.
 Views today were all in the imagination!
 At least today all the locals that we met were friendly and helpful, particularly a lady that lived opposite the church at Derwen who explained how the church was maintained after it had ceased to have services.
  After lunch most of us felt that we would be more comfortable if with discarded our waterproofs, which proved to be correct. 
 Birds seen or heard today included: Common blackbird, Chiffchaf, Willow warbler, Common pheasant, Chaffinch, Wood nuthatch, Treecreeper, Coal tit, Blue tit, Siskin, Great tit, Collared dove, Black-billed magpie, House sparrow, Winter wren and Common buzzard.
 A good varied walk, enjoyed today, but even more enjoyable on a bright sunny day.
 At least today our boots didn't get too muddy, although some of us experienced mud-creep on our over-trousers! 
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at Wetherspoons Ruthin Castle Hotel where hot tea and coffee were the drinks of choice.

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