Our first good view of Moel Arthur from the Vale of Clwyd. The Clwydian Hills from Just outside Llandyrnog.
Crossing one of the many fields.
Walk stats:Martyn only: Distance:7.4 miles; Climb:583'.
Time:3 hours 40 minutes;Walking average:2.4 m.p.h.;Overall walk average:2.0 m.p.h.
The rest of the group: Distance:!2.4 miles; Climb:1354'.
Time:5 hours 49 minutes;Walking average:2.5 m.p.h.;Overall walk average:2.1 m.p.h.
Group: (Martyn)Richard, Roger, Gordon, Annie H., Sylvia and Dave J.
Weather in the morning was quite good, cold but dry. The Clwydians looked magnificent clothed in a covering of snow. We didn't quite make the snow line but, but certainly added to the beauty of the views to the east and the west as we walked largely in the Vale of Clwyd. Conditions underfoot could at best be described as wet and at times very muddy. Several ancient churches were on the route, but alas we didn't get the chance to see inside any of them!
Having completed the main walk Martyn decided it was time to take the comfort of the car as the rest of the group set off in search of St. Cynhafal in what turned out to be heavier and heavier rain! As they arrived back at the car I know who made the right choice!
Birds seen and heard today included: Buzzard, Herring gull, Robin, Carrion crow, Magpie, Starling, Blue tit, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Fieldfare, Woodpigeon, Collared dove, House sparrow and possibly Redwing and Bullfinch.
Only Richard missed out on a visit to the Golden Lion, Llandyrnog with its real fire and very drinkable but rather on the cool side Facer's DBH. Thankfully this hostelry opened at 4-00 p.m, an hour later than the Good Beer Guide, but just right for us!