- Harris Hikers
- 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.
Sunday, 27 May 2007
Friday, 25 May 2007
Sunday, 13 May 2007
Friday, 11 May 2007
Distance: 12.3 miles; Climb: 1881'; Time: 5 hours 17 minutes; Walking average: 2.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Richard, Celia, Michel and Gordon.
This was a in better weather conditions than we expected. It was dry throughout, mainly with cloud covering, but with some good sunny spells especially after lunch. The down side was the somewhat cool blustery wind. The walk was primarily to attempt the complete circuit of the old Holywell Racecourse with an extension to revisit the Bluebell wood just outside Gorsedd/Lloc. The latter was still in full glory, although the colour of some of the blooms seemed to starting to fail. Nevertheless that wonderful carpet of blue throughout the wood never fails to impress. Spring flowers were still abundant making this a magnificent time to walk in the countryside. The star bird seen and heard on this was the Yellowhammer. We must have heard about 15 separate birds singing their characteristic "little bit of bread and no cheese". This was the first sighting of this bird this year for us. Other birds seen/heard included: Buzzard, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Willow warbler (more numerous than the Yellowhammer), Carrion crow, Woodpidgeon, Blackbird, Robin, House sparrow, Hedge Sparrow, Swallow and Great tit. Still no Swift or Cuckoo!
This was also a good day for rabbits. They seemed to be in almost every field that we crossed. They seemed full of the joys of spring as they bounded away from us, running faster than I thought they could!
The views today were a little more extensive than last week, particularly towards the coast and towards the Clwydian Hills. The circuit of the racecourse was completed, in two halves with the visit to the Bluebell Wood in between. Some paths on the map were found to be not there on the ground, and one stile was particularly difficult to cross (I should report this to the Local authority!). An extremely friendly farmer was also encountered, allowing us to take an easier route through his farm yard, rather than going in the fields around the outside of the buildings. If only all farmers were like this!
The walk was a, little longer than usual, but still completed quicker!
As usual refreshments were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Pentre Halkyn.
Tuesday, 8 May 2007
The first viewpoint of the day, overlooking the Conwy Estuary
distance: 8.3 miles; Climb: 1574'; Time: 4hours 16 minutes; Walking average: 2.5 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Richard, Celia, Paul, Mike, Sue and Dave P.
The weather was better than expected and the rain held off throughout the walk. It was mainly overcast, with a cool refreshing breeze, but there were also several prolonged sunny spells particularly after mid-day.
The walk started by taking the lower path below the toll road across the gun enplacement. This section is frequently the location for the feral goats. Today this was no exception, with over 20 goats being observed, several with young kids. This part of the walk also the location of the Stonechat and Wheatear. Earlier we had encountered nesting Fulmars on the limestone ledges and a pair of Red-breasted Meganser on the estuary close to the shore just after embarking on the road that goes around the Great Orme. Other birds seen or heard included, Herring Gull both adult and 2nd/3rd year birds, Black Headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull (both West and North European races), Mute Swan, Jackdaw, Raven, Common Guillemot, Meadow Pipit, Skylark and Cormorant. The flower of the day was the Early Purple Orchard, with several in full bloom on the top of the Great Orme near the limestone pavement section. The Rangers had obviously been out getting ready for the tourist season on the Orme, several new information boards had been errected at various places on the Great Orme Historical Trail, and the old wells had been marked with new wooden signs. This was a good May Day holiday walk, enjoyed by the worker present and those on permanent holiday. A good day for nature watchers, despite the lack of Dotterals! Refreshments were enjoyed by most of us at the Britannia Inn, Pentre Halkyn.
Friday, 4 May 2007
Tuesday, 1 May 2007
Coed y Garreg, Coed Pen-y-Gelli and Maen Achwyfan.
Distance: 9 - 10 miles.
Climb: About 1000' (at a guess!).
Start: Lloc/Gorsedd. Roadside parking at Grid ref: SJ145165.
To get to the car parking area, take the A55 as far as the junction for Trelawnyd/Dyserth, signposted A5151. However this time after crossing over the A55 at the first roundabout take the A5026 to Gorsedd (May also be signposted Holywell). Follow this road for about 1 mile to Lloc. Just after the village sign Lloc, the road bears left then right. After about 100 yards there is a garage on the left. Opposite the garage turn right in fron of a pub into a one way street, and park on the left side of the road adjacent to a stone wall (houses on the right).Leave Chester at 9-00 a.m. and meet in the parking place. Most people should know the parking place, its the same place that we parked on several occasions last year and the year before.
This is the first of the Bluebell Woods walks. The main Bluebell Wood is Coed y Garreg which is at the start of the walk. The walk combines two of Dave Berry's walks from his book "Walks Around Holywell and Halkyn Mountain". The first walk is the one we usually start at Lloc, and also visits a local nature reserve (an old quarry) Coed Pen-y-Gelli. This is essentially the Bluebell Walk! The second walk is one we normally start from Whitford and visits two ancient monuments. These are Maen Achwyfan and an old stone watch tower.
Monday 7th May 2007
Distance: 9 miles.
Climb: 1500' + (at a guess)
Start: Cyffylliog village centre (the road on the left after passing the school seems the best option.
Leave Chester at 9-00 a.m. and meet at the Love Lane car park.
The walk is taken from Dave Berry's book "Walks Around Hiraethog Moors and Lakes". We have done the walk once before, but on a Saturday. It seemed quite a good walk, so I thought that it would be worth repeating again. It is described as a stretched figure of eight walk featuring attractive wooded river valleys, open hills, forest, a scenic upland reservoir and excellent views. What more could you ask for in a walk? There is an excellent lunch spot, with plenty of seats available alongside the Clywedog Reservoir. Without a dog that wouldn't go over stiles, progress should be easier! Hopefully without the presence of a rival dog, we won't be attacked by the local dogs this time! Lekis recommended just in case!