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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.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Gwydir from Llanrwst 22nd April 2017

Approaching Pont-fawr along the riverside path 
from the Glasdir car park in Llanrwst at the start of the walk.
Looking North west from Pont-fawr, Llanrwst.
Bluebells as we started the climb through the Gwydir Forest.
Llyn y Parc.
Our first view of Moel Siabod. from the forest track North of Coedmawr.
Our first view of Yr Wyddfa from the forest track North of Coedmawr.
Lunch at the Skelcey's Point trig point.
Llyn Glangors.
Tryfan and the Glyders from South West of Llyn Glangors.
The Snowdonia skyline from North of Llyn Glangors on the path to Llanrhychwyn.
Black sheep South of the Gower Suspension Footbridge.
Looking North to he Gower Suspension Footbridge from the Western bank of the Afon Conwy.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.5 miles. Climb:1340'.
Time: 5 hours 45 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Mike, Celia and Ed.
This was a really good day for walking, even better than the forecast. Throughout the day we had bright sunshine and only after lunch did we experience the cool Northerly wind.
 The track below Carreg y Gwalch through Gwydir Forest has changed a lot since our visit with most of the trees on the valley side having recently been felled, opening up superb views hitherto not seen.
 As expected footpaths through the forest can be a little difficult to negotiate and when we revisit this route we will probably take the easy option and use alternative forest tracks.
 After passing Coedmawr the track rises slightly and at the highest point the high peaks come into view and what a view it is, the walk is well worth doing just for this awesome view of Snowdonia, from Moel Siabod , Snowdon, the Glyder to Carnedd Dafydd.
 After Ed had pointed out a trig point, it was decided to go off route slightly to visit it. This turned out to be the Skelcey's Point trig point, a memorial to Frank a founder member of the Conwy Valley Ramblers.
 We noted plenty of perching rocks so decide to have lunch here, a good spot to rest in warm sunshine, so much so that we basked in the Sun for a little longer  than our usual lunch stop.
 After lunch we headed for Llyn Glangors where once more we had superb views of Snowdonia's high peaks.
 On the way to Llanrhychwyn, Ed pointed out a small hill that had a memorial plaque to at a Roberts couple.
 After visiting Llanrhychwyn Church, one of the oldest churches in Wales, we encountered our first unpleasant experience, first we had to get up close to a herd of heifers before having to cross a very muddy section that they had created - the end to any hope that any of us had that they wouldn't need to clean their boots after the walk.
 The final part of the descent through a forest had several fallen trees that needed to be negotiated, but Ed's local knowledge we given warning and advice on the best way round them.
 To avoid retracing our steps  we decide to return to the Gladir car park via the delightful Gower Suspension Footbridge and the fisherman's path.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Lesser black-back gull, Mallard, Barn swallow, Sand martin, Common sandpiper, Willow warbler, Long-tailed tit, Great tit, Blue tit, Winter wren, Common blackbird, European robin, Common chaffinch and Goldfinch.
 Overall superb day out in the Conwy Valley
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Bluebell in Halkyn where Old Rosie's Cider went down well as did Maggie's Perry.

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