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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, 23 June 2016

Prestatyn to Talacre and Back 23rd June 2016

Looking West towards the Great Orme at the start of the walk on Barkby Beach.
Wind turbines in line, but not moving!
The whole of our beach walk.
Not a Broad billed sandpiper, just a Dunlin!
Waiting for the leader while he chatted to two birders who had seen the Broad billed sandpiper.
Sea Holly in Gronant sand dunes - just for Celia.
Talacre lighthouse just about to be surrounded by the incoming tide.
Lunch over and all set to go.
A Mullein moth caterpillar on Great mullein.
A Mullein moth caterpillar on Great mullein.
A Pyramidal orchid, one of many seen today.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.6 miles. Climb: 209'.
Time: 4 hours 39 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.6 m.p. Overall walk average: 2.0 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Annie, Phil, David S., Wendy, Celia, Sue and Dave P.
We arrived at the car park to find that it was full of Irish travellers, so we ended up parking in the Beach Hotel car park, (£2-50 less than the pay and display car park!)
 Flowers were in abundance, especially the Pyramidal orchid.
Overall this was a delightful walk along the beach in the morning, bright sunshine and blue skies. Lunch taken at Talacre using two of the pic-nic tables on the path towards Point of Air.
Sue and Dave P left us after lunch and missed out on the exciting path through the caravan park and golf course!
 We arrived back at the car with legs feeling quite tired considering we had had a flat walk!
Birds seen or heard today included: Skylark, Meadow pipit, Barn swallow, House martin, Mallard, Oystercatcher, Reed bunting, Sedge warbler, Little egret, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Black-headed gull, Herring gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Great cormorant, Woodpigeon, Great black-backed gull, Common whitethroat, Moorhen, Black-billed magpie. Little tern and House sparrow.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue bell Inn at Halkyn, where two of the group enjoyed their iced alcohol free ginger beer with lime.

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