About Me

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, 22 May 2016

Holyhead breakwater Country Park and More 21st May 2016

Some of the many Bluebells seen today.
Distant views of Holyhead Mountain.
A natural arch South east of Porth Rufydd.
More coastal scenery in the South Stacks Cliffs nature Reserve.
Looking acros Abraham's Bosom towards South Stack Lighthouse and Ellin's Tower.
One of the Round Houses in the ancient Hut Circle East of Ellin's Tower.
Approaching on the cliff top path .
Guillemots on the cliffs at South Stacks.
Near back at the Holyhead Breakwater Country Park.
Walk stats: Distance: 10.4 miles. Climb: Slightly wind assisted 1450', probably nearer 1000'.
Time: 5 hours 53 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Mike.
We arrived at the Country Park later than usual in order to avoid the rain that had been forecast up to about 11-00, and set off just before 11-00 in bright sunshine but with an accompanying breeze, thankfully not to cold. This was to be the order of the day and we completed the walk without even the threat of any rain.
 Surprisingly this was another day for seeing Bluebells, mainly along hedgerows with other Spring flowers showing well. We saw one field that was white over with a mass of Daisies and one nearby bright yellow, this time covered in Buttercups. On the coast it was Thrift that came in to prominence.
 Lunch was taken, just as we approach the coast with distant views of the coast towards the South east and Porth Dafarch.  As we had lunch a Brown hare came within about 50' of us and a little further away a pair Chough foraged on the ground.
 Willow warblers were singing almost everywhere along the more inland section of the walk and several Skylarks were singing overhead as we walked through The range and the South Stacks Cliffs Nature Reserve.
 As we approached Ellin's Tower we decided to visit the ancient Hut Circles, and were surprised to see the remains of so many round huts.
 Once again we didn't see any Puffins, but there was plenty of Razorbills and Guillemots on the cliffs.
 Our returned route took us South of Holyhead Mountain, chosen as it would shelter us a little from the onshore breeze.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Willow warbler, Chiffchaff, Herring gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Oystercatcher, Eurasian curlew, Black-billed magpie, Red-billed chough, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Common blackbird, Mallard, Skylark, Meadow pipit, Starling, Barn swallow, Guillemot and Razorbill.
 We arrived at the car, having had a good walk, and thankful that we had managed to take advantage of the best part of the day.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Bluebell Inn at Halkyn, where and IPA and Magpie Bitter were sampled as was a Perry when I got home.

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