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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, 7 July 2016

Owain Glyndwr's Mount, Nant Friddisel and Moel Fferna 7th July 2016

The Dee Valley and llantysilio Mountains from the hill slopes East of Carrog-uchaf.
Our first sighting of the Llangollen to Corwen steam train.
Train spotting again?
The view from our lunch spot at the cairn on Moel Fferna.
Lunch in the wind shelter for some!
No room here either!
Someone is getting wet in the Dee Valley!
The Berwyns still partially in cloud again. Taken from the start of the Cynwyd path.
One nearby Frog declared that I am a Toad!
The long descent on the badly eroded path to Carrog Plantation.
The view of Owain Glyndwr's Mount that we didn't expect to see after lunch!
Walk stats: Distance: 8.3 miles. Climb: 1565'.
Time: 5 hoirs 20 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.0 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel, Annie, Celia, Wendy and David S.
We set off a little later than usual, as a local fisherman kept on showing photos of salmon that he had caught this year, he even showed Michel his box of flies and the particular fly that he had used to catch them!
 Humidity was high, making the climb to Moel Fferna quite unpleasant at times. However despite the BBC's forecast of light rain from 10-00 onward, the rain we did get wasn't up to much, not really enough to need the donning of waterproofs. Views in the morning were quite good, particularly looking back towards the Llantysilio Mountains. at the summit we also had good views of the Clwydians to the North and the Berwyns to the South.
 Lunch was taken as soon as we arrived at the wind shelter/cairn on Moel Fferna, where some even put waterproofs on, not because it was raining, but the pleasant warm breeze wasn't warm enough.
 So far so good, no whinging or at least none that I heard.
 The descent from the ridge soon led us in to more boggy terrain, excellent for cleaning boots, but this didn't appease anyone and the majority declared that it wouldn't worry them if they never visited the summit of Moel Fferna again!
 The path through the Carrog Plantation doesn't usually present a problem, but today we manged to miss the turn and ended up near Carrog Newydd and Carrog-uchaf to then retrace the start of our outward journey.
 Birds seen or heard today included: sand martin, Barn swallow, Pied wagtail, Common swift, Medow pipit, Wheatear, Common buzzard, Common whitethroat, Goldfinch, Carrion crow, Rook, Jackdaw and Winter wren,
 Despite the moans it was a good walk and we all enjoyed a drink at the Grouse Inn at Carrog, where it was good to see they still had a good pint of Lees bitter. I think Crabbies went down well too!

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