At the trig point on Moel y Garnedd - Red kite country!
A lamb, a few minutes after being born.
Walk stats: Distance:14.2 miles (15 miles); Climb:2397' (2500').
Time:5 hours 20 minutes (6 hours 30 minute); On the move walking average: 2.5 m.p.h.; Overall walk average:2.2 m.p.h.
Group:Martyn, Richard, Sylvia and Dave J.
The weather today proved better than expected. Only the odd brief shower and one short unpleasant hail storm interupted a largely dry and occasionally sunny day. The strong winds forecast didn't materialis either. The same couldn't be said for conditions underfoot, it's not often that the my feet are soaked and everywhere else is dry! There were some very unpleasant unavoidable muddy patches, some too deep for ordinary boots!
Despite this overall this was a good, if rather long walk. Only Richard and Dave J. completed the final section of the walk while Martyn and Sylvia shortened the walk slightly by sticking to the minor road for the last mile.
Quite a lot of this walk was across what seemed to be like pathless marshy moorland across Moel y Gaer, but we were rewarded with fine views of the Arans and Arrenig Fawr, both in snow capped majesty. However this area also gave us two superb views of Red kite, very much the bird of the day.
Other birds seen or heard today included:Blackbird, Chaffinch, Meadow pipit, Great tit, Blue tit, Carrion crow, Raven, Buzzard, Greenfinch, Nuthatch, Pied wagtail, Herring gull, Lapwing, Lesser black-backed gull, Woodpigeon and Grey wagtail.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at one of our favourite hostelries, the Cholomendey Arms at Cadole.