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When? Started: 1993 Who? Started with staff and friends from U H S, Chester. Organiser: Martyn Harris We walk every Thursday and Saturdays, New Years day and May Day. How many walk? Walks take place as long as there are at least 2 wanting to walk on that day. More walk on a Thursday than on a Saturday. Most ever: 29. Numbers walking: 2-12, and usually about 8 mid-week and 3-4 on Saturday. Where do we walk? Saturday: Anywhere in North and Mid-Wales, Peak District, Shropshire and the Long Mynd and as far North as the Trough of Bowland. Thursday: Anywhere within about 40 miles of Chester. Type of walk: Distance: 6 – 14 miles. Climb: up to 4000’ (but usually very much less!). Those involved in 2017:- Martyn Harris, Fran Murphy, Sue and Michel Pelissier, Annie Hammond, Sue and Dave Pearson, Mike Dodd, David and Anne Savage, Celia de Mengle, Wendy and Ian Peers, Roger and Margaret Smith, Tim and Carol Dwyer, Paul Collinson, Phil Marsland, Sylvia and Dave Jenkins, Sheila McNee, Ed Meads, Elaine and John Greenhalgh.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Around Pentrefoelas and More 9th April 2016

Looking North towards the village of Pentrefoelas.
The Merddwr.
The view from our lunch spot, East of Cefngarw.
One of many very young lambs seen today
Our first views of the snow capped mountains of Snowdonia.
The entrance to "the warren" on Hiraethog Moors, and enclosure used to breed hares for the Voelas Estate.
Blue skies beggining to appear over Snowdonia, with Tryfan easy to identify.
Tryng to spot the the fine stoned arch East of nearby Maes Gwyn (dating from 1665).
The the gate leading to Pentrefoelas.
Walk stats: Distance: 10.4 miles. Climb: 987'.
Time: 6 hours 57 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.0 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.5 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Mike.
Today we experience almost all weather conditions, from light rain, snow and glorious sunshine and at times accompanied by a chilly wind.
 Conditions underfoot were rather boggy and muddy at times and we had the challenge of getting over a stream in flood and the usual ford being too deep to cross without getting wet feet.
 The walk started well, with a Red Kite hunting over fields just a hundred yards away from us.
 This was a varied walk with good views almost all day, particularly so in the afternoon when the snow covered mountains of Snowdonia came in to view.
 Lunch was taken East of Cefn garw, where we took advantage of an old stone wall on which to sit and keep our rucksack above the wet ground.
 It was good to see the bridleway South of Cefnen Wen on the Hiraethog Moors had had extensive work done on it and it was now firm under foot and pleasant to walk on.
 Another of the delights of the day was to hear several Skylarks singing above Cenen Wen on the Hiraethog Moors.
 Today was another lamb busting day, and we had to come to the rescue of a couple of lambs that were trapped.
 We were quite surprised at the end of the walk, that it had taken us nearly seven hours and that we had been standing still for 1 hour 52 minutes! Being out that long wasn't a problem as by 13-30 we were walking in warm sunshine.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Red kite, Greenfinch, Common blackbird, House sparrow, Blue tit, Wood nuthatch, Jackdaw, Raven, Carion crow, Eurasian curlew, Herring gull, Pied wagtail, Meadow pipit, Skylark and Common buzzard.
 Overall a good walk, and perhaps one to do again in the Summer months.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed as ever at the Blue bell Inn at Halkyn, where a rye beer went down well.

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