The ruins of Llys Euryn at the start of the described walk.
Lunch time - Can anyone spot the odd boots?
The gentle climb after lunch.
Nant Groes looking to the East.
The start of the descent from the View to Mochdre.
BT Infinity was down until Monday 29th September, Post put on thanks to the Pelissiers.
Distance: 10.0 miles. Climb: 1593’.
Time: 5 hours 38 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h. Overall walking average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Annie, Sue and Michel, David S., Wendy P., and Tim D.
Arriving at Rhos-on-Sea and Phil not there! Alas he had sent me an e-mail and my BT Infinity has been down since Tuesday. A quick phone call to Jean and we were informed that he couldn’t make it today. Our start must have been delayed by as much as 1 minute!
Our walk was in an area where we could expect some rain, but if we were lucky we would miss it all. Annie was hoping for the latter as she had left her waterproof jacket in her car back in Chester. Sadly we didn’t see her in her improvised waterproof – a bin bag with appropriate hole cut in it for her head!
That wasn’t the end of forgetfulness in the group, Roger, obviously not having his gear checked by Margaret, arrived with two different boots in his boot bag – at least he had one left boot and one right boot!
The walk today wasn’t exactly as we had, and we effectively ended up doing the walk in the opposite direction as that described, but thankfully David had his glasses and could still read the OS map!
Overall this was an enjoyable walk, despite the fact that there was more road-walking than usual and the fact that we always seemed to be going uphill!
We had lunch at the entrance to Fox Hill house, quite appropriate since I had earlier seen a fox in Coed Pwllycrochan. Most sat on the wall near the entrance and didn’t seem to mind the fact that they were on the roadside.
Near views were good, but distant views to Snowdonia were marred by low cloud, thankfully missing where we were.
Birds seen or heard today included: Eurasian curlew, Oystercatcher, Herring gull, Great black-backed gull, European robin, Common blackbird, Woodpigeon, Black-billed magpie, Eurasian jay, Raven, Rook, Carrion crow, House sparrow, Collared dove, Common buzzard and Great tit.
Later than usual we arrived at the Blue Bell Inn at Halkyn, where drinks enjoyed were able to revive tired legs. The Gwynt-y-Draig, Pyder went down well!