Walk stats: Distance: 9.6 miles; Climb: 1939'; Time: 5 hours 0 minutes;
Walking average: 2.6 m.p.h.; Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Richard, Dave and Sylvia J.
Distance: 11 miles. Climb: About 3000'.
Start: Small riverside car park at the eastern end of the village of Llandrillo.
Grid ref: S035372.
This is another walk taken from John Tranter's book "Walks in and around the Berwyn Mountains". His maps as we know aren't that good, but he does say that most of the walk is on good footpaths, so we should be able to find them!
He does say the walk is strenuous, but with a climb of 3000' it couldn't be anything other. could it? There are however one or two there and back bits to visit either a summit or notable feature such as Moel Ty Uchaf and a stone circle. Moel Sych is a there and back bit too.
Leave Chester at 8-30 a.m.
To get to the car park at the start, take the A5104 from Chester - Saltney - Broughton - Llandegla to Corwen. At the Corwen traffic lights, turn left on to the A5 towards Corwen and Llangollen. After crossing the bridge turn right on to the B4401 to Cynwyd and Llandrillo. Llandrillo is about 3 miles beyond Cynwyd. The car park is on the east side of Llandrillo, on the right by the river, just after a minor cross-roads.
To get to the start at Pontfadog, flollow the A483 main Wrexham road towards Llangollen. Don't take the usual turn to Llangollen, carry on to the A5. At the roundabout after crossing the viaduct, turn right on to the A5 towards Llangollen. The take the first turn on the right on to the B5070 to Chirk. In Chirk at a minor crossroads near the church, turn right on to the B4500 to Pontfadog and Glyn Ceiriog. The car park at Pontfadog is opposite the Post Office.
This walk is taken from a magazine called "Walking Wales" and is a walk in a valley that I've heard a lot about but never walked in before. The walk starts in the valley and climbs to a road that we have walked along on a walk starting from Llangollen. The walk is also called "chapels in the Valley as it passes seven different chapels on route, all with their own idividual style. They should be good markers for knowing that we are on the right route.
Leave Chester 9-00 a.m.
See separate post for the account of the walk.
Thursday 16th August 2007
Cwm Conwy, Moel y Gaer and Halkyn Mountain
Distance: 10 miles. Climb: About 2000'.
Start at Britannia Inn, Pentre Halkyn.
This combines two of Dave Berry's walks from his book "Walks Around Holywell and Halkyn Mountain. No need for a description, we've all done them before!
Fruit cake will be provided, so let me know so that I remember to bring enough with me. After walk celebrations will be as you would expect at the Britannia Inn at Pentre Halkyn.
Leave Chester 9-00 a.m.
Distance: 10 miles. Climb:2700'.
Start: Bwlch y Groes. There is an off road parking area at the summit of the minor road from Llanuwchllyn to Dinas Mawddy. Grid ref: SH913233
This is one of thewalks taken from the book " The Mountains of England and Wales Volume ! Wales" by John ans Anne Nuttall. This a walk that we last did a few years ago and involves a fair bit of off path walking on terrain that isn't always easy. Last time the walk was done in Autumn when the leaves on the trees were displaying fantastic orange and golden colours. We also had good views of a Ring Ousel, hopefully we will this time too!
Leave Chester 8-00 a.m.
Distance: 11 miles. Climb: Not a lot.
Start: Near the Brookhouse Mill. Grid ref: SJ07658
The parking area is just off the A525 Denbigh to Ruthin road, adjacent to the turning for Brookhouse Mill and the Mill Tavern.
To get to the start, take the A55 from Chester towards Conwy. Take the filter road left towards Mold and Conwy. Keep in the left lane and follow the directions for Mold - A5119. At thwe roundabout at Mold (Aldi on the opposite side) turn right on to the A541 to Denbigh. Take the A543 left to Denbigh. At the roundabout just outside Denbigh, take the first exit on to the A525 towards Ruthin. This road avoids the cenre of Denbigh. At the next roundabout take the second exit, still following the A525 to Ruthin. The car parking area is a few hundred yards along this road on the left. Turn left towards the Brookhouse Mill, and the parking area is immediately on the right, adjacent to a stile and footpath sign.
This combines two of Dave Berry's walks that start just outside Denbigh, and for a good part follows the banks of two rivers, Afon Clwyd and Afon Ystrad. Last time we were lucky to see a Kingfisher and a colony of Sand Martins.
Saturday 25th August 2007
Alport Dale and the Woodlands Valley.
Distance: 12 - 13 miles. Climb: 1000' (but I expect it will be a little more!)
Start: Birchin Clough Bridge Car parkGrid ref: SE109915.
This walk visits some of the more remote and isolated regions of the High Peak. Access is still denied in some places, but the new Right to Roam Laws may have changed things by now.
Again gaiters and compasses to be recommended. Last time we were in the area of Bleaklow Head we were convinced that we saw a Goshawk, so perhaps we will be lucky again. Once more we will be looking for the "Old Woman" as a guide to the point where we turn left off the Pennine Way. We didn't find her last time though!
Leave Chester at 8-00. a.m.
Monday 27th August 2007
Tremeirchion, Moel y Gaer, St., Bueno's and Moel Maenefa.
To get to the car parking area, follow the A55 as far as the junction for Prestatyn/ Trelawnyd, but this time turn left on to the B5122 for Tremeirchion. Take the second road on the right (at a minor crossroads) and follow this road, keeping in a roughly straight direction until another B road is reached. Here turn left towards Tremeirchion. The off road parking area is just under a mile along the road, just before a road on the left, but after a farm track on the right.
This is a walk that we have done several time before and includes part of Offa's Dyke footpath. Last time we did this walk conditions were dry, but some places can be extremely muddy, particularly one area by a gate and drinking trough that is churned up by cattle. This walk is a Bank holiday special to give Paul the chance to visit the site of St., Bueno's college and its surroundings.
Leave Chester at 9-00 a.m.
Thursday 30th August 2007.
Around the Ystrad Valley and Foxhalls.
Distance: 11 miles; Climb: Not a lot but proabaly about 1000'.
Start: lay-by on the Denbigh to Penrofoelas road. Grid ref: SJ043660.
To get to the start follow the A543 through the centre of Denbigh, following the signs for Pentrefoelas. The lay-by is just outside Denbigh, on the left, just as the road swings left.
This combines two of Dave Berry's walks fro his book "Walks in the Vale of Clwyd, that we have done before, but never together. He describes the first part of the walk as a facinating figure of eight walk exploring wooded Ystrad Valley and the undulating countryside around Denbigh. Sites linked Dr. Johnson and Beatrice Potter are also visited.
Leave Chester at 9-00 a.m.