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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, 2 March 2017

Pen-y-Pigyn, Llangar Church and More 2nd March 2017

But what happened to Roger?
Waterfall  on the Afon  Pen-y-Pigyn as it tumbles through Coed Pen-y-Pigyn.
Panorama looking across The Dee Valley from Pen-y-Pigyn.

Moel Famau in the distance.
At the Pen-y-Pigyn commemorative cairn.
The River Dee and Pont Corwen.
Gone fishing!
Snowdrops on the river bank.
The ford to Gwercus, but not today!
At Llangar Church.
Lunch time in the Sun at Llangar Church.
The River Dee, looking East towards Corwen from Pont Corwen.
Looking South west towards Pont Corwen.
Walk stats: Distance: 6.8 miles. Climb: 886'.
Time: 4 hours 13 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel, Wendy and Jim.
The weather turned out to be pretty good for walking after the first few spots of rain as we arrived at Corwen. At times we were accompanied by a coolish wind, but in the main it was pleasantly warm and sunny.
 The main climb of the day was at the start as we headed out of Corwen to Pen-y-Pigyn, but the view from the Pen-y-Pigyn commemorative  cairn was superb and well worth the effort.
 On the descent along forest tracks towards Cynwyd, we had our first views of snow on the Berwyns, but thankfully not at our level.
 The river was very full and flowing at a good pace and the riverside fields were pretty saturated, but still passable without getting wet feet.
 Lunch was taken at Llangar Church, but on this occasion we didn't need to take shelter in the lychgate and instead sat in the Sun with views towards the river or enjoying the warm of the Sun on our face.
 After returning to Pont Corwen we decided to chance the riverside path on the West side of the River Dee, hoping that it wouldn't be flooded as we approached Corwen.
 Our only difficulty, well for me, was a short steep climb on wet grass/mud just after a footbridge as we climbed away from the river.
 As we climbed out of the valley Michel found a container with most of the writing on it in a language that we didn't understand, except that it was white, dry, strong and exported and had something to do with Siberia! It turned out to be a form of smokeless tobacco processed in Sweden!
 On reaching the road, we decided that we would leave Caer Derwyn for another day and head for refreshments at the Grouse Inn at Carrog.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Blue tit, Great tit, Goldfinch, Greenfich, Common blackbird, Woodpigeon, Mallard, Herring gull, Jackdaw, Rook, Common pheasant, Carrion crow, Grey heron, Canada goose, Greylag goose and Common buzzard.
 Overall a very enjoyable walk, capped with a good pint of J.W. Lees Bitter at the Grouse Inn.


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