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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, 3 August 2017

The Little Orme, Coed Gaer an More 3rd August 2017

The new Lifeboat Station at Craig y Don from the West.
The new Lifeboat Station at Craig y Don from the West.
No hats at the top of the Little Orme Head!
The Great Orme seen from the Little Orme Head.
Descending fro Creigiau Rhiwledyn.
Remind me of one of the opening scenes in the "Last of the Summer Wine".
A Grey seal in Porth Diniewaid.
Another Grey seal in Porth Diniewaid.
Our last view of Grey seals in Porth Diniewaid.
Deganwy Watch Tower above the farm.
Descending the Coed Gaer path towards Gloddaeth Hall.
Exploring a new path back to Penrhyn-side.
It's OK today, it hasn't rained yet!
A Tawny owl and Barn owl, guests at Bodfadon Hall Farm owl sanctuary.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.2 miles. Climb: 2098' (wind assisted on the GPS), probably nearer the 1800'  obtained from the Memory Map route planner.
Time: 4 hours 55 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Mal, Jim, Roger, Phil and Ed.
 This turned out to be a superb day for walking, warm and largely sunny and even the strong gusty wind didn't feel too bad, although it did make wearing sun hats a little difficult, unless you had one that had straps to batten it down!
 The views from the trig point on Little Orme Head were pretty good in all directions, Moel Siabod could clearly be seen, but the higher Snowdonia peaks were still in cloud.
 The strength of the wind at times became obvious as Great cormorants seemed to be enjoying themselves as they allowed the wind to take them in all sorts of directions at high speed.
 The bonus on the walk today was seeing three Grey seals in the sea at Porth Diniewaid, as the best time for seeing them is much later in the year and even after Christmas.
 It was still a little too breezy to have lunch in our usual spot on Mynydd Pant, so instead we had lunch on the edge of Nant-y-Gamar.
 After negotiating the gorse and high vegetation on the West side of Coed Gaer we eventually arrived on the open hillside with good views towards Deganwy and Conwy beyond.
 After passing St. David's College, we decided on exploring a path suggested by Ed. that led across he field towards Penrhyn-side and an interesting route through the village, including a mega climb up steps to the main road in the village.
 Most of the group were surprised when on the road past Penryn-side Primary School and visited Bodfadon Hall Farm instead of our usual route. All was forgiven when they saw the owls at the Owl Sanctuary and we were able to use a pedestrian lights to cross the road ad near to where we had parked our cars.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Herring gull, Jackdaw, Great cormorant, Common blackbird, Goldfinch, Black-billed magpie, and Oystercatcher. (The owls we saw don't count!)
 Overall a very enjoyable walk with Roger putting an appearance for the first time for several months, but he didn't have to test out his stile crossing technique as the only stile we came across was easily by-passed by a nearby gate!
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue Bell Inn at Halkyn, where new people had taking over running it, opening for the first time only yesterday.
 At the moment only beers from Facer's were on offer, Flintshire Bitter and This Splendid Beer and alas no real cider as yet. Early days yet, but at least they plan to be open on Thursday at 15-00. even though the Post Office is no longer in operation. So I think we still need to support this young family ast they take over from Steve, Ness and Tom - a very hard act to follow.

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