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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 December 2016

Mynydd Marian 29 th December 2016

Early views of the Great Orme.
A grey day on the Great Orme!
looking over the Old Colwyn Golf Course towards the improving weather on the Great Orme.
Lunch in the sunshine on Mynydd Marian.
Elegant energy providers off the North Wales coast.
Panorama from Mynydd Marian.
"Everywhere I look, the Sun is in my eyes."
Craig y Forwyn.
Cefn yr Ogof and Rhyd-y-foel from the path East of Ctraig y Forwyn.
Walk stats: Distance: 7.9 miles. 832'.
Time: 4 hours 28 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Celia and Paul.
Overall this proved to be a superb day for walking. On the cool side to start with as we walked along the coast towards Colwyn Bay with the Sun shining, but the railway embankment causing a show to be cast over us.
Once we had emerged from the Fairy Glen onto the Old Colwyn Golf Course we in sunshine all day.
As we climbed the views towards the coast were stunning, even in North wales the sea appears blue on days like this!
As w approached Llysfaen, we passed through the industrial site that is now home to the Conwy Brewery, a site that is now pleasant to walk through, in contrast to earlier times when a double glazing operator  was there! 
 Lunch was taken appropriately on Mynydd Marian, where we took advantage of large stones placed on the boundary near the trig point. We had good views towards the coast and Snowdonia on one side and the coast to Abergele and Rhyl in the opposite direction. Had we gone a little further we would have had the choice of two benches on which sit and enjoy views to the West as we had lunch!
 The rest of the walk was along the North Wales Path along delightful paths contouring around the limestone escarpments East of Llysfaen and Craig y Forwyn.
 My only regret was the fact that I removed my jacket for lunch, but failed to put my jacket in my rucksack for the rest of the day!
 Birds seen or heard today included: Herring gull, Great cormorant, Great spotted woodpecker, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Grey wagtail, Common blackbird, Redwing and Winter wren.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue bell Inn at Halkyn where Castle Rock Pale Heights and two of the real ciders on offer went down well. 
Overall this was a really good walk, almost perfect - much appreciated by everyone, especially Celia.

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