On the path through Coed Llwybr-y-bi - Ramsons everywhere!
Emerging from darkness into to light.
Lime kilns on the South side of Bryn Mawr Quarry.
Lambs on Holywell Common.
Bluebells on Holywell Common.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.3 miles (9.7 miles). Climb: 1026'.
Time: 5 hours 19 minutes. O the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. (2.5 m.p.h.). Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Mike, Paul and Ed the Beagle.
This was a good day for walking, especially in the morning, when it wasn't too hot, but even so we were grateful for stretches when trees and hedges shielded us from the direct Sunshine.
The path through Coed Llwybr-y-bi was much better than we have experienced in the past, with the muddy section being quite dry. Throughout the wood the dominant flowering plant was the Ramson, and times their pungent smell was in the air.
Views towards the Dee estuary were good, despite being on the hazy side.
Lunch was taken at Brynford, where we found several benches near the sculptures showing the mining heritage of the village.
Arriving back at Holywell, Paul and Ed the Beagle left us and headed back to the start, and we decided s to explore the Greenfield Heritage Park where we knew that much of the walk would be in the shade of the trees lining the old railway track.
The biggest surprise of the day was finding patches of Bluebells still flowering and their scent reaching our nostrils occasionally.
Song thrushes not seen as frequently as the used to be, so one perched on a power line within a few feet of us was a bonus.
In the afternoon, our walk took us through Greenfield Heritage Park, today shared by a local primary school on a sponsored walk to get sufficient funds to buy a defibrillator for the school and needed to raise about £1000.
As we passed the fishing lake in the Geenfield Heritage Park, we saw lots of small fish near the the east side of the lake, but in addition we saw at least ten very large fish as their fins broke the surface of the water. We could also see their outline just below the surface. We were informed by a local that they were in fact Carp, although some Bream were also present.
On the way back we did explore one path that we had not used before. It involved quire a steep climb, before descending back to the old railway track. This small diversion enabled us to see several patches of flowering Bluebells, that we didn't know even existed.
Birds seen or heard today included: House sparrow, Rook, Barn swallow, Black-billed magpie, European robin, Common blackbird, Woodpigeon, Jackdaw, Common chaffinch. Mallard, Moorhen and Common buzzard.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Halkyn, where the Lees bitter was in pretty good shape, although perhaps a little on the lively side.