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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.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Craig Bron-Banog and Part of Cwm Alwen 21st April 2016

The bridge over the Afon Alwen at the Crown Inn at Llanfihangel Glyn Myfr.
The bridge over the Afon Alwen at the Crown Inn at Llanfihangel Glyn Myfr.
On the forest road, part of the Hiraethog Trail heading for Craig Bron-Banog.
Looking towards Snowdonia from Craig Bron-Banog.
Moel Famau from Craig Bron-Banog.
Distant views of Snowdonia, including the Snowdon Horseshoe and Tryfan.
Tryfan and the Glyders.
Descending to the Alwen Valley.
The Afon Alwen on its way to  Llanfihangel Glyn Myfr.
What every walk should have at the end of a walk, no, not what is in the bag but a picnic bench and seat to use as we take our boots off!
Walk stats: Till lunch time. 
Distance: 3.8 miles. Climb: 789'.
Time: 2 hours 12 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average:1.7 m.p.h.
Overall walk stats: Distance: 9.1 miles. Climb: 1100'.
Time: 4 hours 46 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue Pelissier, Annie, Phil, Wendy and Celia.
This turned out to be a perfect day for walking, pleasantly warm with hardly any wind and sun hats required by those that are follicly challenged!
 On the outward journey we used one or two forest roads that we had not used before and these proved to be a pleasant easy rout that was on the edge of the forest and consequently was more open.
 We arrived at Craig Bron-Banog a little on the early side, but this was the best place for lunch with a picnic bench that we could use and good views to Snowdonia in one direction and the Clwydian Hills in the other direction, but even this didn't please everyone!
 After lunch we decide to explore a path that last time we did the walk had many large trees obstructing the path. They were still there, so we turned back and took a forest road that ran almost parallel with the path. In future this will be the option followed - no more exploring to see if the path had been cleared.
 As an alternative to the long road back to the car from Tal y Cefn, we decided to a take a path that went down the East side of the Afon Alwen. This was a delightful section as the path started 20' feet or so above the river, giving us a good vantage point to see the fast flowing bubbling river below.
  The final stretch of about a mile was along the country lane back to the car, only marred by several agricultural vehicles choosing this time to deliver their goods and a not so pleasant smell that lingered for a few hundred yards after we passed a particular farm. We didn't know whether the smell came from the farm or one of the agricultural vehicles, but we certainly pleased when we were out of range!
 Birds seen or heard today included: Pied wagtail, Mallard, Willow warbler, Chiffchaff, Carrion crow, Common buzzard, Europan robin, Chaffinch, Wood nuthatch, Blue tit, Tufted duck and Raven.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Glasfryn where Purple Moose's Snowdonia Ale refreshed those parts that needed it.

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