Distance: 10.8 miles; Climb: 2476'; Time: 6 hours 5 minutes; Walkng average: 2.3 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Richard, Celia and Mike Dodd.
This was another gloroius day in every respect. The weather was bright and sunny, but not too hot, almost the perfect conditions for walking. This walk didn't reach the top of any mountain, but the views to Snowdonia, the Clwydians and the closer Llantysilio Mountains were excellent. train enthusiasts were blessed with the appearance of the steam engine's presence at Carrog station and watching the trains progress down the track towards Llangollen. Spring flowers were again in abundance and the sweet coconut smell of the gorse accompanied us on several parts of the walk. Bluebells were very much in evidence, suggesting that it is alittle earlier this year. Skylarks were plentiful with their melodious singing ans high in the sky entertainments and parachute descents. However the birds of the day were definately the Sand Martins that entertained us at lunch as they flew continiously around the river at Pont Carrog. Indeed some seemed to be entering holes in the masonary of the bridge, a rather unusual nest site if that was waht it was. Other birds included buzzards, pheasants, curlew, mallards, robin, blackbird, willow warbler, chaffinch, woodpidgeon, starling, house sparrow, pied wagtail, grey wagtail, dipper and swallow.
After walk refreshments were taken on the balcony overlooking the Dee valley at the popular local Grouse Inn. Another pint of J.W. Lees bitter was enjoyed by most of us.