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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, 29 September 2016

Newtown Mountain Forest, Cae-llwyd and Ty Mawr Reservoirs 29th September 2016

Bethlehem Chapel, Rhosllanerchrugog at the start of the walk.
The woodland path heading North from Penycae.
The path from Newtown Mountain Forest leading to open moorland.
Buarth-yr-yd ahead.
What can we se on the horizon?
Frodsham and Helsby Hills on the left.
One or two Starlings having a rest and thinking about starting a murmeration.
Ty Mawr Reservoir from our lunch spot.
End of lunch overlooking Ty Mawr Reservoir.
If you're lost follow the sheep!
Back on track.
Autumnal colours starting to appear.
A closer look at the Autumnal colour of the leaves.
A Mosaic at Rhos celebrating various ages, but they seem to have missed out Tim's. 
Walk stats: Distance: 9.4 miles. Climb: 1201'.
Time: 5 hours 20 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel, Roger, Wendy, David S and Tim.
The weather today was probably the best that we had when completing this combination of walks from Rhosllanerchrugog, and definitely the driest underfoot.
 We experienced mainly blue skies and sunshine and at times quite blustery winds that felt cool whenever the Sun disappeared behind clouds, 
 At various high points, the views, particularly across the Cheshire Plain and towards the Wrekin and the Long Mynd, were excellent.
 Lunch was taken from a point between Cae-Llwyd Reservoir and Ty Mawr Reservoir. The latter appearing bright blue. Both reservoirs, particularly Cae-llwyd seemed to have much less water in than usual.
 Tim surprised us by producing some superb hazel nut and chocolate biscuits, and when pressed admitted that it was his birthday and only one more to go before a really special one!
 Fortified by the extra energy from the biscuits, short cuts were no longer an option, and we headed off the loop that climbed through moorland to Fron Deg.
 We arrived back at the car, having had a delightful walk, proclaiming that it should be repeated again at this time of the year or maybe in Summer.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Common starling, Barn swallow, Carrion crow, Black-billed magpie, Woodpigeon, Common buzzard, Goldfinch, Grey wagtail and Dipper.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Pant yr Ochain, where Purple Moose, Snowdonia Ale and Titanic Stout were sampled.

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