About Me

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.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Llanarmon-yn-Ial, Eryrys and Around Moel Gyw 1st June 2017

Pystyll Gwyn Quarry viewed from the East.
There is always time for a chat!
The walk after lunch!
Approaching Eryrys.
Our lunch spot - St Garmon's Church, Llanarmon-yn-Ial.
St Garmon's Church, Llanarmon-yn-Ial.
Young calves, East of Banhadlen-uchaf.
Time for a rest after crossing David's favourite field!
Looking down the valley from Garreg Lwyd towards Pystyll Gwyn Quarry. 
One of the best bits of the Offa's Dyke Footpath on the West side of Moel Gyw.
Crossing the Northern slopes of Cefn-y-fran following a white hat!
Not the easiest way forward but it the path going through the wood South east of Ffynnon-y-berth.
A rather sad looking Bluebell.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.5 miles. Climb: 1531'.
Time: 6 hours 7 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.5 m.p.g 
Group: Martyn, David S., Mike, Jim and LeRoi.
Overall this was a very pleasant day for walking, particularly on the higher slopes when a breeze gave us relief from the heat of the Sun.
 Distant views were a little hazy but otherwise pretty good. The route from Bryn-haidd and the climb across Bryn Alyn was uneventful and for once we managed to stick pretty well to the path as on the OS map.
 Lunch was taken at St. Garmon's Church at Llanarmon-yn-Ial before embarking on the long haul across grassy slopes to Garreg Lwyd.
 At this point the two youngest members of the group decided to extend the walk a little to visit the summit of Moel Gyw, while the rest of us ambled along the Offa's Dyke Footpath and across the slopes of Cefn-y-fran. It was along this section that we expecting the Moel Gyw group to catch up with us. Unfortunately this didn't happen and a phone call informed us that they hadn't quite got the things right and hadn't yet found the wood littered with fallen trees. Two phone calls later and they were back on track and we all met up again at the Pystyll Gwyn Quarry Car Park, after the advanced party had been sunbathing for half an hour, looking towards the hills in search of the wanderers!
 Overall a good varied walk with more ups and downs than you may have expected.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Carrion crow, Common buzzard, Common chaffinch, Common pheasant, Willow warbler, Stonechat, Winter wren, European robin, House sparrow, Woodpigeon, Barn swallow and Common swift.
 Too late for a celebratory visit to the Glasfryn, I had to be satisfied woth a whisky in my tea when I got home!

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