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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.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

The Little Orme and Coed Gaer 13th August 2016

The Great Orme from the Little Orme.
At the tri point on Little Orme Head.
Llandudn and the Great Orme from Little Orme Head.
Pernrhyn Bay  and beyond from Creigiau Rhiwledyn.
Little Orme Head from Creigiau Rhiwledyn.
One of the Grey seals in Porth Dyniewaid.
The Little Orme from Mynydd Pant.
The Great Orme from Nant-y-Gamor.
Deganwy Castle from the path below the limestone cliffs  West of Coed Gaer.
Autumn colours already!
The Coastguard helicopter in the skies South of the Little Orme.
The Coastguard helicopter coming in to land on the field West of Crag-y-Don.
Walk stats: Distance: 7.5 miles. Climb: 1323'.
Time: 5 hours 7 minutes. On the move walking average: 1.9 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.5 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Celia.
This was almost the perfect weather for walking, pleasantly warm and no rain.  However the cool breeze when we were at the trig point on Little Orme meant that we didn't linger too long to watch the sailing event off shore at Crag-y-Don/Llandudno.
 While on Little Orme Head we were surprised to see how acrobatic some of the Great cormorants were as they manoeuvred in the Westerly wind.
 The next surprise came as we overlooked Porth Dyniewaid/Angel Bay and saw three Grey seals. A notice pointed out that the seals gave birth to their pups on the beach any time between September and January.
Lunch was taken on the small limestone outcrop of Mynydd Pant, where we sheltered on the Eastern side of the limestone pavement to keep out of the cool breeze.
 The coastal views and views towards Deganwy and Conwy we good, but the higher hills of Snowdonia had cloud lingering over the tops.
 The final surprise came as we went through Penrhyn Side and saw a Coastguard helicopter circling and eventually landing the field opposite the paddling pool. We thought that it may have been a training exercise, but in fact it was a full blown rescue of a women that was injured on the Little Orme.  This would explain why there was an ambulance with flashing lights and someone being taken into it on a stretcher.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Eurasian curlew, Rook, Oystecatcher, Herring gull, Stonechat, Common blackbird, Meadow pipit, Red-billed chough, Jackdaw, Fulmar, Common buzzard, Common kestrel, Shag and Great cormorant.
 Overall a very enjoyable walk, well worth celebrating with pint of Purple Moose's Cwrw Ysgawen at the Bluebell Inn at Halkyn on the way home. 
 It's a pity the cricket and CFCs day wasn't as good as ours!

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