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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, 5 November 2016

Hidden Gwytherin from Pandy Tudur 5th November 2016

Welsh sheep or Alpacas at Pandy Tudur or should have gone to specsavers.
Fly agaric on route.
First views of Snowdonia.
Yr Aran and the Snowdon Horseshoe.
Tryfan, but I'm glad I'm not there!
A chance to adjust gaiters.
You'd be surprise what followers we get on a walk!
On the Eastern path descent to Gwertheryn.
Our lunch spot at the blacksmith's at Gwytherin.
Threatening clouds above Gwertheryn.
First snowfall of the Autumn on Snowdonia!
The final descent to PandyTudur.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.1 miles. Climb: 1472'.
Time: 4 hours 48 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Mike and Ed.
A good day for walking, mainly dry, sunny at times, but on the cool side when we were exposed to any wind. After lunch we did experience of few minutes of hail, but not the painful type!
 We set off at quite a good pace along the bridle way towards Rhos-lan, South west of Pandy Tudur, and we were soon on open moorland with superb views of Snowdonia. The high tops seemed to be just in cloud, and we decided that it was cold enough at 1000', so we were quite glad that Snowdon wasn't our objective today.
 Apart from being partial to Welsh lamb, we haven't done anything to sheep, but as soon as they saw us, the sheep all ran off in the opposite direction away from us!
 As we approached Ty-uchaf-i'r-ffor, the calves had different ideas and came so close that when I tried to take a photo it was within a foot of my camera.
  The open moorland area of Ffrithuchaf was as usual quite boggy, but much less than we have experienced on previous visits.
 We tried a slightly different approach to Gwytherin, taking paths to the North Pen-y-graig to avoid crossing the stream that had proved difficult in the past. This proved a very pleasant and easy track that I'm sure we will use in future visits.
 Lunch was taken at Gwytherin, where we took advantage of a picnic table located on the site of the former blacksmith. Good PC facilities were available too.
 After a leisurely lunch, getting ever more leisurely, we headed up  the hill Northwards and soon experienced a brief hail storm, but at this level it was better than rain.
 About 1 mile South of Pandy Tudur, we again had good views of Snowdonia and some of the high tops clearly had a sprinkling of white, maybe snow or like us hail. We arrived back at the car, again in sunshine, having had a good varied walk, dry and relatively clean boots, but still glad that we had chosen Winter gear to wear!
 Birds seen or heard today included: House sparrow, Herring gull, Carrion crow, Raven, Jackdaw, Common blackbird, Common starling, Common snipe, Collared dove, Winter wren and Common buzzard.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue Bell at Halkyn, where  Green Valley Devon Cider went down well as did the salt and pepper crisps.
 A good day and back home before lighting up time and pleased to find that my internet was back working!

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