About Me

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, 20 October 2016

The Alun Valley and More 20th October 2016

"That lot make me nervous!".
"Look what you've done, she's run off!"
Jacob's sheep in the fields South west of Pant-y-ffordd.
Gelli-Gynan Farm and the Llantysilio Mountains beyond.
Autumn colours on the track leading from Gelli-Gynan Farm.
"Can't you tell it's stopped raining now?"
Ponies on Rhen Wylfa.
Doing it in stile after that awkward climb out of the last Rhen Wylfa "valley".
"That's better!"
Panorama looking North east as we approached Llandegla.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.2 miles. Climb: 724'.
Time: 5 hours 7 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Sue and Michel.
Weather was pretty well what was forecast, and the few spots of rain just about counted as the 5% chance of rain. Temperatures just in double figures and very little wind made it almost perfect foe walking.
 After setting off a little earlier than usual, and taking our first short cut, we arrived at our usual lunch spot a little too soon, so we headed for Llanarm-yn-Ial where we took advantage of stone seats one of the side entrances. 
 The walk ended up only in part as originally planned, as we explored the paths past Ty'n-twll and Gelli-Gynan Farm. The access road to Ty'n-twll proved very pleasant,taking us through part of the valley that we hadn't seen before. The field that was overlooked by Ty'n-twll had been landscaped and now looked like typical park land.
 The track from Gelli-Gynan Farm back up to Offa's Dyke Path seemed like the hardest climb of the day, but in reality wasn't a lot.
 The last part of the walk went through Rhen Wylfa, a series of "valleys" between outcrops of limestone.
 We arrived back at the car just before 15-00 and before the primary school had tipped out its clients at the end of the day.
Birds seen or heard today included: Common pheasant, House sparrow, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Raven, Common buzzard, Blue tit, Long-tailed tit, Woodpigeon, European robin, winter wren, Wood nuthatch and Common blackbird.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Red Lion in Dodleston where Timothy Taylor's Landlord and a brew from Moorhouse were sampled.
 Overall a very enjoyable walk without too much effort!

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