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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, 23 March 2017

Coed-y-Felin, Moel Ffagnallt and Moel-y-Gaer 23rd March 2017

The start of our walk at Coed-y-Felin.
An unusual inscription for a stone located on a woodland path.
The delightful woodland path through Coed-y-Felin.
Red fungi in Coed-y-Felin.
Wood anemone in flower in Coed-y-Felin.
Most people take a dog for a walk!
Looking South towards the Clwydians from the road heading to Moel-y-Crio.
At the Millennium Cairn on Moel Ffagnallt.
More brightly coloured fungi.
On the ramparts of Moel-y-Gaer - climbing over.
Rhosesmor and the Dee estuary fro the ramparts of Moel-y-Gaer.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.8 miles. Climb: 1172'.
Time: 4 hours 56 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Jim, David S. and Roger.
This was an unusual walk in that if the route planning lived up to expectation, then it would be "stile free". Thankfully it was, but two of the group went off route and enjoyed the delights of climbing three stiles.
 The weather was pretty good, mainly pleasant and sunny, but occasionally letting you know that a cool North easterly wind was around too.
 The views today we pretty good, although looking towards the Clwydian Hills, Moel Fammau seemed to be in a sort of mist all day.
 We met up with a friendly dog walker that ribbed Roger about his Tilley.  I thought that was bit unusual for that sort of comment to be made by a complete stranger, but he turned out to be a member of the Clwyd Clipper just like Roger.
 Lunch was taken, sheltering from the wind behind the wall of the old school in Rhes-y-Cae, quite pleasant as we were in warm sunshine. It was at this point that I decided to abandon my Paramo jacket and walk in a short sleeved shirt for the rest of the day. I should have been wearing shorts too.
 The last part of the walk was along a track that we hadn't used before, so it was good to add a little bit more to our knowledge of this part of "our local patch".
 Birds seen or heard today included: common blackbird, Blue tit, Great tit, Common chaffinch, Goldfinch, Woodpigeon, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Greenfinch, House sparrow, Black-billed magpie, Winter wren, House sparrow, Meadow pipit and Common buzzard.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue Bell Inn at Halkyn, where Blue Bell Bitter was enjoyed by two of the group and I enjoyed one of the three real ciders on offer.
 Overall a very enjoyable walk, despite much of it being on tarmac!

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