Trying to make friends with the new occupiers of Halkyn Old Hall. Descending from the summit of Halkyn Mountain during the heaviest shower of the day.
On the road through Moel-y-crio, braving the second of the day's ten minute heavy showers!
Is this the last of the Summer rain?
Walk stats:Distance:9.3 miles; Climb:1245'.
Time:4 hours 10 minutes; On the move walking average:2.5 m.p.h.; Overall walk average:2.2 m.p.h.
Group:Martyn, Richard, Roger, Sylvia and Dave J., Gordon, Tim, Sue and Michel.
It's always good to start and finish a walk from our friendly local. not to be put off by the threat of morning showers, we were soon put to the test and after only half an hour the water proofs were donned by some of us to be removed ten minutes later. Setting across Halkyn Mountain we were in sunshine all the way to the summit trig point, but here we had to dive for our waterproofs yet again. This time even Tim's overtrousers got an airing or should I say a soaking? This time it was the heaviest shower of the day, but like the rest of them it only lasted for a short time. Despite the showers we still had plenty of good views for most of the round. Lunch was taken at 12-10, surprisingly early to most of the group. Lunch was taken at the Moel Ffagnallt Memorial cairn, and during lunch we experienced the last of the day's showers. After lunch we again strolled across Halkyn Moors, first to Rhes-y-Cae, through the old lead mining area towards the radio masts at Halkyn. The last stretch was through Castle Wood and into the Water Buffalo field protected by an electric fence, not usually on when the field is empty, but one member of the group can testify to its effectiveness!
Birds seen or heard today included:House sparrow, Coal tit, Blackbird, Carrion crow, Raven, Buzzard, Kestrel, Stonechat, Meadow pipit, Swift, Swallow, House martin, Goldfinch, Willow warbler and Yellowhammer (we seemed to stumble on a hot spot for them around Moel Ffagnallt).
As usual Lees bitter was enjoyed by most of us at the Britannia Inn at Pentre Halkyn.