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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, 25 May 2017

Coed Pen y Gelli and More 25th May 2017

Bluebells in Coed Allt-y-tywod,
More Bluebells in Coed Allt-y-tywod,
Bluebells in Coed y Garreg.
Not all flowers seen today in Coed y Garreg were Bluebels.
"There must be an easier way over this stile." 
Broken stile South west of Cornel-cae-celyn.
Which of these gates do we need to go through?
All of them!
Arrangements of Gates across the footpath after crossing the main road, South of Coed - Cornel-cae.
Bluebells in Coed Pen-y-Gelli.
More Bluebells in Coed Pen-y-Gelli.
Even more Bluebells in Coed Pen-y-Gelli.
Walk stats: Distance: 5.6 miles. Climb: 415'.
Time: 3 hours 55 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.4 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Celia and David S.
We set off from Lloc, heading for Coed Allt-y-tywod, usually quite good for Bluebells. They were there, but not at their best, not unexpected as we have had a very dry spell and today was getting warmer every minute! We did get some respite by staying along woodland paths as much as we could.
 Coed y Garreg still had Bluebells, but they too were rather sad looking and much of the intensity in colour had faded.
 We had a few challenges as we headed South past Cornel-cae-celyn, first a stile, then an array of "gates", lots of cows with calves, but thankfully we overcame them all!
 Lunch was taken North of Crown Wood, in exactly same spot that we used last week, again grateful that we were in the shade.
 By this time, the heat was getting unbearable and we were reluctant to set off again, and probably lingered over lunch a little longer than usual.
 The final Bluebell wood today was Coed Pen-y-Gelli, probably the best for Bluebells, but once more they were not at their best.
 As we approached Lloc, we were all in agreement that extending the walk to include the Gorsedd Round would be folly and heading for a nice cool refreshing drink would be a much better option.
 This we did, at the Fox and Grapes in Harwarden, where light beers from Weetwood and Hafod breweries went down well. We were able to sit outside, still in the shade and happy that we had cut the walk short.
 Birds seen or heard today were few, but included: Mallard, Woodpigeon, Rook, Carrion crow, Blackcap, Willow warbler and Common blackbird.

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