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.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Lady Bagot's Drive with St. Christopher's Blessing 26th May 2016

On the Clwydian Way and lady Bagot's Drive through Coed y Nant.
A few Bluebells left on the Northern edge of Coed y Nant.
The Clwydian Hills with Moel Famau still not fully clear of cloud.
Flag Iris with a Common coot on the far side of the pond.
Welsh Mountain sheep / Berwyn sheep with one quite large lamb.
Moel famau from our lunch spot by the Afon Clywedog North west of Rhewl.
Red campion near our lunch spot.
The Clwydian Hills from the banks of the Afon Clwyd  South east of Llanynys.
Clwyd hall fro the banks of the Afon Clwyd North east of Rhewl.
Walk stats: Distance: 11.5miles. Climb:450'.
Time: 5 hours 56 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Annie, Phil and David S.
An overcast day was forecast, but thankfully no rain. It did get somewhat humid towards the end of the walk, just as our legs were beginning to flag. Underfoot was a lot better than we have often experienced on this walk, our only "problem" was the long wet grass and sections of stinging nettles waiting for anyone weary shorts! Finding a dry place to sit for lunch  wasn't easy, two of us sat either side of a stile, while the others sat on the protruding rots of a large tree.
 In Coed y Nant Ramsons were the dominant flower, but several fields had plenty of Daisies and Buttercups, and seeing the Flag iris was a bonus.
 The return route along the banks of the Afon Clwyd seems like a never ending stretch with the church spire seeming not to get any nearer even wghen we knew it must be. We arrived back at the car with Roger declaring his was "dead" and David S declaring he was "worn out". We'll be doing six milers next!
 Birds seen or heard today included: Collared dove, Woodpigeon, Barn swallow, Common blackbird, House sparrow, Pied wagtail, Grey wagtail, Mallard including one tiny duckling, Common starling, Goldfinch, Dipper, Common buzzard, Lapwing, Song thrush, European robin, Blue tit and Common chaffinch.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Ruthin Castle Hotel where Sharp's Doom Bar bitter went down well and we were all glad to take the weight of our feet for a while before the drive home.

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