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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, 5 January 2017

Rhosesmor, Northop and Sychdyn 5th January 2017

Our first view of Moel Famau.
A different view of Moel Famau.
Gwysaney Hall from Bryn-cae Tudur track. the path.
St Eurgain and St Peter's Church, Northop - our lunch spot.
Leaders in the making - no not the sheep!
Looking for a friend.
Roger's stile, but no Roger!
Walk stats: 8.8 miles. Climb 619'.
Time: 4 hours 37 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Celia, Sue Pelissier and Phil.
This was a glorious day for walking, bright sunshine all day, too bright at times! Cool at times whenever we happened to be walking in the shade. Much of the ground underfoot was still fairly frozen, an advantage on sections that had great potential for being somewhat muddy/boggy.
The only problem encountered was trying to find a suitable lunch spot, we didn't find one until we arrived at Northop, where most of us were able to use a bench, Celia chose to sit on the grass in the Sun.
We had completed over six miles at lunch, so hopefully a little fortified fruit cake helped revive everyone for the rest of the walk!
The walk through Northop village allowed us to see some of the old parts of the village when it was an important staging post on the London to Holyhead Postal route.
 After lunch we took a few short cuts by staying on the road a little longer than on the described route, but it didn't stop us using Roger's stile on the way back to Rhosesmor.
Birds seen or heard today included: House sparrow, Sparrowhawk, Common blackbird, Common buzzard, Common starling, Common buzzard, Woodpigeon, Red legged partridge, Black-headed gull, Rook, Wood nuthatch and Treecreeper (Thanks to Celia hearing then and Sue spotting them).
Special celebrations at the Blue Bell Inn at Halkyn today, enjoying Castle Rock's, Rum and Raisin, knowing that Michel now has his certificate of permanent residence.

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