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, 15 December 2016

Marian Ffrith and Around Moel Hiraddug and Graig Fawr 15th December 2016

"I didn't like that stile" or "I don't like this stile."
Y Foel and Moel Hiraddug.
"They look like a dodgy lot!"
Y Foel and Moel Hiraddug from Marian Ffrith,
Snowdonia from the road into Cwm.
The Great Orme from the path quite close to our lunch spot.
"I really am enjoying this!!
or
At the end of the steps on the Dyserth Circular Walk leading to the Prestatyn to Dyserth Walkway.
Looking over Meliden towards the Great Orme from the Prestatyn to Dyserth Walkway.
Walk stats: Distance: 7.0 miles. Climb: 810'.
Time: 4 hours 30 minutes, On the move walking average: 3,1 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.5 m.p.h. (Too much talking to walkers, well just one, encountered on route!).
Group: Martyn, Roger, Sue Pelissier, Celia and David S.
The forecast suggested that it should be a shorts day, so I heeded the advice. It was probably just about right, but at times I was still grateful for having my fleece. Thankfully we didn't experience any of the wet stuff.
 As ever the start of the walk along an old railway track lived up to its reputation as was the muddiest section on the whole walk. Looking at the OS Map, Davis S pointed out an alternative route using a section of the Offa's Dyke path that would by-pass the muddy section.  I only hope that at least one of us remembers the next time we do this walk!
 This is always a good and varied walk, giving us good views of Snowdonia, but today, they didn't seem to be experiencing weather as good as we were.
 Unusual today we met one man and his dog, unusual as it is the first time that I have met anyone on a walk that is a "Memory Map" enthusiast, and what's more he had even had the same make of Garmin GPS that I still use for the stats on the walk.
 On this occasion, at Marian Cwm I decided to head straight for Cwm, where we had lunch before heading around Moel Hiraddug.
 The group today acted as Guinea pigs for my first ever attempt at making  a gluten free fruit cake. Th verdict was a polite good, rather crumbly, but the original recipe was better!
 This was a figure of eight walk, and as we approached the car park, David and Celia decide that they had enough and headed home. 
  The rest of us set off on the second part of the walk, but instead of climbing to the trig point on Craig Fawr, we decided to follow the way markers on the Dyserth Circular Walk. This proved to be delightful route until it led to a long descent down steps to the  the Prestatyn to Dyserth Walkway.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Common blackbird, Common starling, Common buzzard, Common pheasant, House sparrow, Blue tit, Great tit, Collard dove, Wood pigeon, Mute swan, European robin, winter wren, Black-billed magpie, Great spotted woodpecker, Eurasian jay, Jackdaw, Fieldfare, Redwing and Carrion crow.
Thankfully we arrived at the Blue Bell in Halkyn at 15-03, minutes after they had opened, withe the real log fire to welcome us. The Pyder went down well too.
 Overall an enjoyable day and it only started to rain significantly after we had arrived home.

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