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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, 18 August 2016

Graig Fawr from Prestatyn Barkby Beach 18th August 2016

The start of Offa's Dyke Footpath at Prestatyn.
Looking towards Rhyl from the old railway line (North Wales Path).
Looking Northward down the old railway line (North Wales Path) South east of Meliden.
At the summit of Graig Fawr.
Graig fawr from near our lunch spot on Offa's Dyke Footpath.
A convenient bench and a few suitable stones provided a good lunch spot overlooking the golf course and the coast beyond.
Information board at Pant Fachwen.
Pant Fachwen with suitable perches for a lunch spot. if I remember.
Our final view of the coast from Offa's Dyke Footpath above Prestatyn Nature Reserve.
What can it be?
An unexpected piece of art work on the Hillside on the outskirts of Prestatyn.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.5 miles. Climb: 757'.
Time: 4 hours 41 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Celia, Wendy, Phil and Ed.
The weather was expected to be dry with temperatures just in the twenties, so we anticipated that it would be a pleasant day for walking. Overall it was, although at times it was rather humid. Progress along the old railway line (North Wales Path) was more rapid than our usual pace and we arrived at Graig Fawr a little too early. A little disappointing really as it had good views and a delightfully cooling breeze.
 It was unanimously decided to carry on and look for a suitable spot along the Offa's Dyke Path. after passing the old quarry we came across a bench that had good views towards the coast and decided this would be a good place to have lunch.
 Most of us had forgotten that the steepest part of the walk awaited us after we had passed the Coed y Esgob path.
 At the Northern end of Prestatyn Hillside Nature Reserve, a new car park had been created. possible a start point for walks in the future.
 The final section of Offa's dyke Footpath through Prestatyn town centre isn't the most exciting part of the path, but at least for us it was down hill.
 We arrived back at the car having had a good walk and glad once more to take of our boots allow the gentle sea breeze cool our toes!
 Birds seen ot heard today included: Common starling, Herring gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Black-headed gull, Woodpigeon, Common blackbird, Black-billed magpie, Common kestrel and Dunnock.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue Bell Inn at Halkyn, open thanks to them being able to use a generator. The power had been off for a few days.

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