Inside St Peter's Church (New), Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd.
Part of the 14th Century gravestone (now situated inside St Peter's Church (New).
St Peter's Church (New).
Old St Peter's Church.
Pond on the East side of Coed Ceunant.
Coed Ceunant and the Vale of Clwyd beyond.
Looking over the sheep to the Vale of Clwyd - are they admiring the view too?.
The old mill South west of Ash, leading to the River Clwyd.
the view from my lunch spot, sitting on a fallen tree trunk.
Our lunch spot by the River Clwyd.
Looking across the River Clwyd towards the Clwydian Hills, from a point North of Ruthin Weir.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.3 miles. Climb: 702'.
Time: 4 hours 17 minutes. On the Move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.o m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Wendy.
As we set off from Chester it was raining, and the forecast for Ruthin had changed, suggesting that it would be late morning before it would pass. Thankfully it stopped just as we turned into the Riverside Car park at Ruthin, The rest of the day was dry. No sunshine until lunchtime and a cool wind, perfect conditions for walking.
We set off from the car park, and deviated slightly from the described route, and ended up exploring parts of Ruthin that I hadn't seen before, finding a Chatwins shop (locations always worth noting!).
The next part of our route was round the back of Ruthin School, but major building work was going on, and we were unable to access the diversion marked, and ended up retracing our steps and following the main road as far as St Peter's Church (New) at Llanbedre Dyffryn Clwyd.
As Wendy hadn't seen the well known 14th Century gravestone associated with St. Peter's Church, we decided to seek it out. Thankfully the church was open as it had been relocated from the entrance to inside the church. It always lifts my spirits when I find a church open all day, every day of the week o welcome everyone.
As we crossed the lower slopes of the Clwydian Hills, the tops of the hills cleared and the views in all directions got better and better, I fellow out with the local sheep, I took a tumble after stepping on sheep droppings. Not much damage done, except for a bruised arm and hip and very muddy SEAT TO MY SHORTS (thankfully I had a change of clothes back at the car).
Lunch was eventually taken by the River Clwyd, East of Plas-y-Ward farm. It was a bonus to find a couple of fallen tree trunks n which we could sit while we had lunch. Even better we were now blessed to be in the warm sunshine. Even better, as we had lunch, Wendy got a message from Ian, saying that he was safely at home recovering, after spending an hour and a half at the dentist!
After lunch we only had a gentle stroll along the river bank to Ruthin, arriving at the car park just after 14-00.
Birds seen or heard today included: House sparrow, Common blackbird, Winter wren, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion crow, Common buzzard, Black-headed gull, Woodpigeon, Common pheasant and Grey wagtail.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at The Druids Inn at Llanferers. Luckily we arrived there 15 minutes before it closed at 15-00.
Overall a very enjoyable walk, despite the detour along the Mold Road to Llanbedre Dyffryn Clwyd.