The footbridge near Llanrwst.
Looking North down the Conwy Valley from East of Trefriw.
A Dipper on the Afon Crafnant below Fairy Falls, Trefriw.
Looking back down the gully ascent of Grinllwm.
Looking back down the gully ascent of Grinllwm from the stile.
Llanrwst back in sight.
Walk stats: Distance: 7.2 miles. Climb: 991'.
Time: 4 hours 38 minutes. O the move walking average: 2.0 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.5 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Mike.
A later than usual start to accommodate the departure of the Arradon twinning at Upton. However this would help as the forecast rain was expected to clear by 11-00. Well it did, but not before we had put our waterproofs on and then had to remove them. In the warm sunshine it was really pleasant, but at times there was a cool Northerly wind. We had to shelter behind a stone wall on Grinllwm for lunch. It was so pleasant in the warm sun, that we took longer than usual and Mike even had time to eat his apple before we set off.
We only had one view of snow on the hill tops, but valley views were good. In the Conwy Valley we saw about half a dozen Sand martins hunting over the river, one of our early Summer migrants returning. In addition all round the walk we were accompanied by singing Chiffchaffs and Willow warblers, all signs of Summer on its way.
Although we had missed out Llyn Geirionydd this time due to our later start, this was a very pleasant walk and well worth repeating if time is short.
Birds seen or heard today included: Common blackbird, Red-brested merganser, Herring gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Chaffinch, European robin, Sand martin, Mallard, Northern dipper, Common kestrel, Carrion crow, Pied wagtail, Chiffchaff and Willow warbler.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue Bell Inn in Halkyn, where a pale ale from the Off Beat Brewery went down well.