Conwy Mountain from Llandudno West Shore.
An obliging Raven, but not the bird of the day.
Inside St. Tudno's Church.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.6 miles. Climb: 1100' (estimated as GPS reading of over 2000' must have been wind assisted!).
Time: 4 hours 44 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.5 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.0 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Roger.
On a day when I thought that I was "Billy No Mates", Roger came to the rescue on Thursday and we decided on a walk around the Great Orme. (Margaret was making a wedding cake and wanted Roger well away from the kitchen!).
Despite the dodgy weather forecast, this turned out to be a superb day for walking, a little blustery at times, but otherwise fine. Shorts were definitely the order of the day, but a fleece was too, but thankfully waterproofs remained in the rucksack.
On this occasion we walked along the toll road from West Shore to Happy Valley, and were amazed to to meet so many other people walking along this route.
However the most memorable part of this walk was to see a Short-eared owl fly within ten feet of us and in view for quite some time. After that I didn't care whether it rained or not!
As a change we took the path from Happy Valley straight to St. Tudno's Church,a and for the first time went into the church, after being warned to keep the outer door closed to keep out birds, sheep and goats, a literal rather than a Biblical reference!
Throughout the walk the ever changing light made sure that views were constantly changing, particularly towards Puffin Island and Anglesey.
Birds seen or heard today included: Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Raven, Kestrel, Herring gull, Mute swan, Oystercatcher, Eurasian curlew, Meadow pipit, Chaffinch, Great black-backed gull, Mallard, House sparrow, Goldfinch and Great cormorant.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn, Halkyn, where after the football results, it wasn't a surprise that Chelsea wasn't at his usual spot at the bar!