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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, 14 July 2016

Craig Adwy-wynt and Nantclwyd Hall from Llanelidan 14th JUly 2016

Moel Famau from the parking area at Llanelidan.
Llaneldan Church.
Inside Llaneidan church.
Crossing a field that thankfully had short grass.
The Clwydian Hills from the path on the East side of Craig-ddyrys.
Lunch by the lych gate of Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd church.
Moel famau and the Clwydian Hills from the North of Craig Adwy-wynt.
The Clwydian hills from the limestone plateau on Craig Adwy-wynt.
Pausing on the top of  Craig Adwy-wynt.
Nantclwyd Hall.
Part of the lake adjacent to Nantclwyd Hall.
Crossing the ornamental bridge over the Afon Clwyd near Nantclwyd Hall.
Walk stats: Distance: 10.0 miles. Climb: 926'.
Time: 6 hours 5 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Annie, Sue and Michel with Celia and David S in attendance at the start.
 Unfortunately David's car had being signalling that there was a problem with the tyres, so he  decided that he preferred to go home and get it sorted. Unfortunately there was already five in the other car, so Celia headed back to Chester with him. Thankfully they arrived safely back in Chester with one of the front tyres appearing to have a slow puncture.
 On most occasions we have completed the walk in warm, often too warm conditions, and today kept up the tradition. However today we had short breaks when the Sun was behind clouds, s overall it was just about perfect for walking.
 As we approached the church at Llanelidan we noticed that it was open, so we decided to go in. There were several information boards giving details of the history of the church, and is made us feel as though we should visit it again when we have a little more time.
 Our intention was to explore one or two new paths, but we ended up being diverted along minor roads to the point where we picked up the described route. Diversions were necessary as first one path went through a would and we would have had to fight our way through waist high nettles and two field paths had rather long grass that wasn't very inviting.
 The first field path that we crossed had sheep and some very frisky bullocks, four of which we saw jumping over a fence into the next field. I hope the farmer doesn't think walkers left a gate open!
 We arrived at Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd just before 13-00, a little later than our preferred lunch time! This was taken in the church grounds where seats were available for those that wished to take advantage of them.
 The route from Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd to Craig Adwy-wynt was one we haven't done for some time, but thankfully the path along the old railway track wasn't too boggy this time. The path along the East side of Craig Adwy-wynt seemed to go on for ever especially when we were in a corridor of head high bracken.
 Once out in the open we had superb views of the Clwydian Hills almost for their entire length.
As ever the drop from Coed Derw to the flat Afon Clwyd Valley with its grass runway is quite steep, but gives superb views towards the hall.
 Crossing the field on the East of the Afon Maes, eagle-eyed Sue spotted something on the ground, It turned out to a smashed container with a fair number of live bullets.
 Arriving back at the car, one of the local residents said that they would contact the local gamekeeper.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Common swift, Barn swallow, Carrion crow, Rook,  Goldfinch, House sparrow, Woodpigeon, Blackbird, Pied wagtail, Common buzzard, Greenfinch, Common kestrel and Eurasian jay.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Ruthin Castle Hotel (Wetherspoons) where Brains Gold went down well as did the perry that was on offer. 
 On this occasion we parked on the adjacent public car park which had four bays that were free for one hour. This is good to know and will be used again in the future. No more hassle trying to park in the hotel car park.
 Overall a good walk, even if some of the group were convinced it was much longer than 10 miles!

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