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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, 16 March 2017

Berwyn Halt, Horsedhoe Falls, Coed Hyrddyn and Valle Crucis 16th March 2017

The Horseshoe Falls as we left the Llantysilio Green Car Park.
Llantysilio Church - Snowdrops not at their best, Daffodils much better.
Trapped trees on the Horseshoe Falls.
One of several notices displayed along the Llangollen Canal.
Male Goosander on the River Dee.
The easy part of the walk.
The River Dee from Llangollen.
A male Mandarin Duck on the Dee at Llangollen.
Looking across the Dee valley towards the Eglwyseg Escarpments.
The River Dee looking East from the Chainbridge.
Dinas Bran from the path contouring around Coed Hyrddyn.
"When is it my turn?"
Walking along the Clwydian Way.
Coed Hyrddyn (Velvet Hill) and the Llantysilio Mountains from the Clwydian Way.

Valle Crucis Abbey from the Clwydian Way.
The path around the Eastern side of Coed Hyrddyn.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.1 miles. Climb: 1483'.
Time: 5 hours 7 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Jim, Phil, David S., Roger, Sue and Dave P.
This turned out to be a better day than forecast weather wise. It was much warmer and Sunnier than expected and we only had brief encounters with a cool wind and that was mainly as we ha lunch!
 We started by heading for Llantysilio Church, hoping that the Snowdrops would still be in flower, alas they weren't but the bright yellow Daffodils did their best to compensate.
 The river was still quite high and there was still much evidence of tree trunks and debris trapped on the Horseshoe Falls.
 Following the gentle stroll along the towpath in to langollen, we had our first climb of the day as we headed for Bryniau-bach and Bryniau-mawr on he way to Berwyn Halt.
 Lunch was taken at Llantysilio Green, where we took advantage of available the pic-nic  tables, even though we couldn't find one that was sheltered from the at times quite strong wind.
 Having completed five miles at lunch, three of the group decided that was far enough for them and set off for home. The rest of us decided to head for Valle Crucis Abbey via Coed Hyrddyn and explore part of the Clwydian way before returning to the cars.
 Some of the views today were superb, especially along the Dee Valley, parts of Trevor Rocks and the Eglwyseg Escarpments and the Llantysilio Mountains.
 No Snowdrops, but Celandine were out and blossom was appearing on some of the trees.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Blue tit, Great tit, Common blackbird, Dunnock, Mallard, a pair of Goosander, a pair of Mandarin, Grey wagtail, Common buzzard, Common pheasant, Common chaffinch, Wood nuthatch, Woodpigeon, Black-billed magpie, Eurasian jay, Carrion crow and Jackdaw.
 Overall a very enjoyable walk. After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Pant-yr-Ochain at Gresford. Castle Rock's Stout and Purple Moose's Snowdonia Ale both went down well..

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