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.

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.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Moel Arthur and Penycloddiau 20th April 2017

Little did we know it, but we were to explore this hill after visiting Moel Arthur.
At the highest point on Moel Arthur.
An unusual design now completed.
Lambs seen from our lunch spot.
Denbigh from our lunch spot with Moefre Isaf on the skyline.
On the move after lunch.
Not a Cuckoo, just a Raven.
At the Northern end of Penycloddiau.
Resting at the cairn at the North west end of Penycloddiau hill fort.
The descent of Penycloddiau to the Llangwyfan Forest Car park with Moel Arthur above.
Walk stats: Distance: 7.5 miles. Climb: 1318'.
Time: 4 hours 39 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Celia, Fran, Jim, Mal, Phil, Ed and David S.
This was a good day for walking, almost perfect weather conditions, pleasant temperatures and hardly any wind and no rain.
 The start of this walk is a pretty steep climb from the car park u the North western side of Moel Arthur. Unfortunately Celia decided that she wasn't quite ready for this and headed back to the car park and embarked on a more gentle exploration from the car park while the rest of us continued on the described route after having made contact by phone and Celia assuring us that she was perfectly OK. Nevertheless we did take a short cut back to the cars to see if Celia was still OK.
  After Moel Arthur Fran and Phil were on the road ahead of us and were lucky enough to hear a Cuckoo, the first one heard on our walks in 2017.
After leaving the car park for the second time we took the middle route to head for the Clwydian Way that contoured below Penycloddiau along its Western flanks.
 Lunch was taken as soon as we could find somewhere to sit. This turned out to be West of Penycloddiau where we were able to sit at the side of the track with misty views towards Denbigh and beyond. As this would be the last time Phil would be able to walk with us for about six weeks, I decided that it was an appropriate time to bring the last few pieces of my  2016 fruit cake.After today there are 3 pieces left, just enough for the walk on Saturday.
 At lunch time we were lucky enough to have a couple of Yellowhammers fly in front of us and start calling a few metres from us.
  After lunch the Sun came out and we had a very pleasant stroll over Penycloddiau back to the Llangwyfan Forest Car Park. The view from Penycloddia was still very hazy, but we could just about make out Tryffan on the horizon. Throughout the walk we heard lots of Willow warblers and Skylarks, always a good sign that Spring is in the air and an odd Barn swallow reminding us that Summer is just around the corner.
 Birds heard or seen today included: Willow warbler, Carrion crow, Raven, Common buzzard, Skylark, Yellowhammer, Common chaffinch, Great spotted woodpecker, Green woodpecker, Meadow pipit, Common pheasant, Woodpigeon and not forgetting the Cukoo and Northern wheatear.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Bluebell Inn at Halkyn, where three of the brews were sampled and met with approval.
 The cider from Herefordshire went down well with my evening meal.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Walks and Dates April 2017

Saturday 1st April 2017.
Lymm and Thelwall.
Distance: 9-12 miles. Climb: 500' at a guess.
Start: Spud Wood Car park, Stage Lane, Oughtrington, Lymm. Grid ref: SJ702874.
Leave Chester at 08-30.
This walk combines two walks from Jen Darling's book "Walks in West Cheshire and Wirral". The walks are linked using a section of the Trans Pennine Trail and the Cheshire Ring Canal Walk / the Bridgewater Canal Walk. We have only done this walk once before, so I thought that it was worth giving it another go.
Thursday 6th April 2017.
Abergele and Moelfre Isaf.
Distance: 10.4 miles. Climb:1349'.
Start: Pensarn Beach Car Park. Grid ref: SH944787. Park near the PC block as we will be heading South towards the centre of Abergele.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
Abergele and Moelfre Isaf.This walk is bt Debbie Hamelton and starts in the centre of Abergele, but we will start on the coast. This will extend the walk by about 2 miles. The main walk is described as exploring the beautiful North Wales countyside South of Abergele. The outward rout passes a well preserved watch tower. The last time we did this walk in March 2010 we had a superb day weatherwise and excellent views from the top of Moefre Isaf. Hopefully we will be as lucky with the weather this time too.
Saturday 8th April 2017.
Another Walk On Conwy Mountain.
Distance: 9-10 miles. Climb:1800' at a guess!
Start: Long stay car park on the B5106 at Conwy. Pay and Display. Grid ref:SH781773.
Leave Chester 08-30 a.m.
This walk is taken from Carl Rogers's book "Walking in the Conwy Valley". Much of the routes as far as Conwy is the same as we have done on the last two occasions,. It goes through the harbour, follows riverside before passing the school and then climbing to Conwy Mountain along he North Wales path. The return route goes South towards Henryd. It is similar to a route we used many years ago, but appears to miss out much of the road walking. we shall see!
The last time we did this walk was in March 2012 where we clocked up 11.4 miles and over 2000' of climb, a little more than on the described  route!
Thursday 13th April 2017.
Holywell, Bagillt and Flint.
Distance: 10 miles. Climb:430' at a guess.
Start: Flint Castle Car park adjacent to the Lifeboat Station. Grid ref: SJ247732.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
This walk uses three walks from Dave Berry's book "Walks Around Chester and the River Dee."  This is essentially a linear walk, so we will have to arrange enough cars to have cars at both Flint and Holywell or use the bus to take us from Flint to Holywell. (Leaves Flint McDonald's on Holywell Road, at 10-14) .
Last time we all caught the bus up to Holywell, so we will probably do the same today.
The last time that we did this walk was in 2012, and we enjoyed it then., hopefully we will today.
Saturday 15th April 2017.
Tegg's Nose and Macclesfield Forest.
Postponed - I'm having a day off!
Distance: 9 miles. Climb: 1000'.
Start: Tegg's Nose Country Park Car park. Pay and Display. Grid ref: SJ950732.
Leave Chester at 08-30 a.m.
This walk is taken from the "Pathfinders Guide to Cheshire". It is described as a varied walk with good views from Tegg's Nose. We will visit Tegg's Nose first, rather than at the end of the walk. The walk is also described as an undulating walk exploring the countryside on the edge of the Peak District. This is a walk that we have come to like and regularly appears on the list. Birds are often seen on the reservoirs we walk around, so it is useful to bring binoculars just in case.
Thursday 20th April 2017.
Penycloddiau and Moel Arthur.
Distance: 8-9 miles. Climb: 1200'.
Start: Llangwyfan Forestry car park: SJ138668
Leave Chester 09-00 a.m.
This walk combines two walks taken from Dave Berry's book "Walks in the Clwydian Hills".  This area of the Clwydians has so much to offer, and Moel Arthur and Penycloddiau are particularly good.  On a good day the views from both hill forts is superb.
Saturday 22nd April 2017.
Gwydir Forest from Llanwrst.
Distance: 8-9 miles. Climb: 1800'.
Leave Chester at 08-30 a.m.
Start: Llanrwst Riverside car Park. GRid ref: SH795617.
The walk is taken from Carl Roger's book "Walking in the Conwy Valley. It is described as a
 moderately strenuous route exploring the Eastern sectrions of the forest with its many lakes.
It follows mainly good forest tracks and paths.
Thursday 27th April 2017.
Ffrith Mountain and the Alyn Gorge and More.
Distance: 10 miles. Climb: 1300'.
Start: Moel Famau Car Park and Picnic site (Pay and Display £2-00 on entry). Grid ref: SJ172611.
This walk is taken from Dave Berry's Book " More Walks in the Clwydian Hills" He describes it as an excellent walk exploring beautiful valleys and foothills. We usually start at Loggerheads, but we will try a variation on this walk by starting at Moel Famau Car park and Picnic site.
Saturday 29th April 2017.
The Lawley and Caer Caradoc. 
Distance:10-11 miles; Climb:2000'.
Start: Church Stretton centre car park (pay and display). Grid ref:SO454911.
Leave Chester 8-30 a.m.
It's Dotterel time again, so this is another walk that may give us the chance of seeing them again. The walk combines two walks taken from Ian Jones' booklet "20 Walks From Church Stretton".It is a walk that we first did in 1998 and have done several times since then. This is a superb walk, especially on a good day. It is the nearest that you can get to a ridge walk, particularly along the Lawley! In the past time we were lucky to see an Osprey near the fisheries, almost as good as a Dotterel.

Walks and Dates May 2017

Thursday 4th May 2017.
Pen-y- Ball Hill, Two Woods and the Coast.
Distance: 8-9 miles. Climb: 1000'.
Start: Holywell Halkyn Street Car Park. Grid ref: SJ18957548.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
This is a figure of eight walk around Holywell. It combines two walks from Ron Williams and Elfed Jones's booklet "10 Walks Around Holywell". We know the area around the Pen-y-Ball Monument quite well, but on this occasion, we explore again some of the paths around the Pets Cemetry. The other walk takes us down to the coast through Coed Pen-y-Maes, going quite near to the new Holywell High School. When we did the walk in May 2015 they had only just started to build.
Saturday 6th May 2017.
Pendle Hill – the annual search for Dotterel.
Distance:7-8 miles. Climb:1400’.
Start: Downham Village Car park. Grid ref: SD785442.
Leave Chester:8-30 a.m.
This is an extra walk for this week, so is a little shorter than usual.  It revives the May Day walk that we used to take before a certain government decided they didn't want to celebrate a day for the workers! The route today is the one in Terry Marsh’s book “Fifty Classic Walks in Lancashire”. He describes it as “undoubtedly the finest ascent of Pendle Hill”. Let’s hope for a good day weather-wise, topped up with good views of Dotterel as we did a couple of years ago.  Don’t forget to bring binoculars.
The last few times we have done this walk, the weather hasn't been kind.lets hope the weather is better this year.
Thursday 11th May 2017.
Bluebell Woods Around Parbold. 
Distance: 10 miles. Climb: 800'.
Start: Hunter's Hill Quarry Nature Reserve on Bannister Lane WN6 9QD. Grid ref: SD503123
It is 48 miles from Saltney, so should be a little less from Chester and should take just over an hour to get there.
Leave Chester at 08-45 a.m.
This may be a little further than usual, but it is mainly on the motorway, so it is pretty quick.
This walk is a walk that we have done for the last two years, but on a Saturday. each time the Bluebell have been superb, so I thought that it was time that the Thursday walkers could enjoy them too. This walk is on the East of Parbold, and visits up to ten different woods, so hopefully some will still have Bluebells on show.  The walk also includes part of the Leeds - Liverpool Canal as far as Appley Bridge. This is a walk that we have done a couple of times now. There is no description, just the OS map.  The walk includes a section around Anderton Mill and High Moor. Last time the Bluebells and wild garlic in Fairy Glen were quite stunning. Bring binoculars with you just in case.
Saturday 13th May 2017.
Cwm Eigiau from Dolgarrog.
Distance: 7-8 miles. Climb: 2000'.
Start: Road side parking on the B5106 next to Dolgarrog Nature Reserve/Memorial Trail. Grid ref: SH769676.
This is another walk from Carl Rogers' book "Walks in the Conwy Valley. This is described as  strenuous route, particularly in the accent from the valley. It is an interesting walk over quiet lower hills with good views of the nearby Carneddau. Good navigating skills needed on the upper sections of Moel Eilio where paths are feint. We have also had good views of Cuckoos on this walk in this area in past years.
 There is plenty of opportunity to extend the walk, if we feel the need!
Thursday 18th May 2017.
Maen Achwfan, Llyn Helyg, Crown Bach and Coed Pen-y-Gelli.
Distance:9-10 miles. Climb:1000’.
Start:Roadside parking opposite the church in Whitford. Grid ref:SJ147782.
Leave Chester 9-00 a.m.
This is a Bluebell Woods walk we first did in 2011.
The walk starts off by using one of the walks in Dave Berry’s book “ Walks Around Holywell and Halkyn Mountain. We have completed this one several times, including visiting the beautifully carved Maen Achwfan.  However this time we include exploring two new woods, Glol and Llyn Helyg woods.  Hopefully we will return through Crown Bach woods to Lloc and then return to Whitford via Twll Bach.
Saturday 20th May 2017.
Mow Cop, Congleton Edge and More. 
Distance: 9-10 miles. Climb: 1500'.
Start: Mow Cop National Trust Car Park (Members only, bring your membership card or car park badge). Grid ref: SJ856573.
Leave Chester at 08-00 a.m.
This walk combines a walk from Carl Rogers's book "Circular Walks Along The Gritstone Trail" and part of a walk taken from the "Pathfinder Guide to Cheshire". This walk is a little shorter than the one that we did in 2008. Good views from the ridges.
Thursday 25th May 2017.
Coed Pen-y-Gelli and More.
Distance:9-10 miles. Climb:700’.
Start: Roadside parking at Lloc. If approaching from Holywell on the A5026, turn left by the public house (now a private house) into St Asaph Road. Park in left. If approaching on the A5026 from its nearest junction with the A55 (Prestatyn junction), Turn right in front of the public house (now a private house) into St Asaph Road. This is just after the the Pant Y Wacco sign and the road starts to bear left. St Asaph Road is one way and can only be approached from then A5026.
Grid ref:SJ145765.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
This is a annual Bluebell Wood Walk, and is effectively a figure of eight walk based on Lloc. This walk combines two walks from Dave Berry’s book “ Walks Around Holywell and Halkyn Mountain”.  The walk will probably will be near to 10 miles as we will only complete a small section of the usual Gorsedd Round.
Saturday 27th May 2017.
South Stacks Cliffs Nature Reserve and More.
Distance:10 miles. Climb:1326'.
Start: Holyhead Breakwater Country Park (Pay and Display). SH225833
Leave Chester 8-30 a.m.
This is another walk that has become an annual favourite. Along the coastal section there should be  good chances of seeing Choughs, Guillemots, Razorbills and even Puffins. Bring binoculars if you can. If time and energy reserves allow we may visit the summit of Holyhead Mountain.
 As we start at the Country park, we will again do the walk in a clockwise direction,  finishing the  walk along the Coastal Path.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Holywell to Flint Castle 13th April 2017

Holywell High Street on market day.
Admiring the stainless steel depiction of a pastoral staff in the centre of Holywell.
Basingwerk Abbey at Greenfield.
Greenfield Dock.
Looking towards Greenfield from Bagillt Beacon.
Bagillt Beacon.
The A380 wing being taken to Mostyn Dock by barge. 
Seen as it passes the end of Flint Dock.
A Green sandpiper in Flint Dock.
Flint Castle from the West.
One of the more colourful Millenium fingerposts.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.3 miles. Climb: 319'.
Time: 4 hours 30 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.5 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.0 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Paul, Wendy and David S.
This was almost a perfect day for walking weather wise, not too hot and not too cold, although a cool wind at lunch time did make us shelter behind a bank while we had our lunches.
 All those walking arrived early and we had sufficient cars to allow us to go by car to Holywell rather than waiting on public transport.
 As most of the walk was downhill, this was a very gentle stroll and in the absence over any rain over the last few days, conditions underfoot were pretty good, almost entirely mud free as well as it being a stile free walk to boot!
 There was plenty of birdsong around, both on the descent through the Greenfield Valley and along the coast. The latter is always good, especially as all the way from Greenfield Dock to Flint Castle there are many information points reminding of the industrial heritage of the coast in this part of North Wales.
 Lunch was initially planned for Bagillt Beacon, but when we arrived it was a little too exposed and we eventually found a more sheltered spot about a mile further on.
 At lunch we were serenaded by a couple of Skylarks and watched a fleet of small fishing boats following the incoming tide up river. We didn't see them catch anything!
 As we approached Flint Castle we saw the Airbus barge heading towards Mostyn Dock with its A380 wing. we should have waited at Flint Point as the barge went quite close at the point.
 Paul and Wendy explored Flint Castle as the rest of us extended the walk Eastward as far as Oakenholt Marsh before arriving back at the cars.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Blue tit, Great tit, European robin, Mallard, Grey wagtail, Pied wagtail, Common blackbird, Common coot, Wood nuthatch, Willow warbler, Reed bunting, Green sandpiper, Common redshank, Great cormorant, Little egret, Grey heron, Herring gull and Skylark.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue Bell Inn where a brew from Tenby was sampled,  pleasant enough, but not what you would expect for an IPA.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Conwy Mountain 8th April 2017

Looking across the the Afon Conwy towards Deganwy.
Conwy Harbour from the path adjacent to Bodlondeb Wood.
Looking across the estuary towards Deganwy Castle and Watch tower.
Raven on Conwy Mountain.
The view of the Great Orme from Conwy Mountain.
Approaching Castell Caer Seion.
Ed at Castell Caer Seion.
The view from my lunch spot at Llyn Wrach, looking Alltwen and Penmaen-bach.
Looking across Llyn Wrach from my lunch spot.
Bluebells North east of Baclaw.
At the trig point om Bryn-Iocyn.
Conwy Castle from the South west.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.9 mile. Climb: 1750'.
Time 6 hours 21 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.0 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Ed.
A later than usual start, despite both of us being in Conwy by 09-30. After a misunderstanding we were both waiting at different places. Thanks to modern communications, we set off about 10-05 after meeting up at the harbour.
 The weather was superb, bright blue skies making the colour of the sea look equally attractive. Within an hour or so the temperature had risen to well into double figures with only the occasional gentle breeze to momentarily cool us.
 As we crossed Conwy Mountain near Castell Caer Seion I encountered a problem with my new GPS, it stopped picking up the satellite signals! This accounted for much time being wasted stopping and trying to get it to work only to find later that a military exercise had been taking place and some off the satellites had been switched off.
 The views today were superb, although inland as the day progressed the hills and mountains appeared in a haze.
 As ever the traverse of Conwy Mountain and Castell Caer Seion is delightful, but on glorious sunny days like this there is nothing better, it's like being on top of the world and yet the ridge is less than 1000'!
 As we followed the North Wales Path on the Southern side of the mountain we heard several Willow warblers, the first that I have heard this year.
 We had lunch by Llyn Wrach, a delightful spot to have lunch being entertained by a Winter wren obviously annoyed that we were in his territory.
 After lunch we knew that route finding at times was likely to be difficult with the the route description lacking important detail and some paths on the OS map not being where they should be on the ground.
 All was well in the end, despite Ed going on auto pilot as soon as we started to go through Iolyn Park Camping and Caravan site. Whilst it did take us West of the described route, it did takes us passed the Bryn-iocyn trig point and another photo opportunity. It did however take us through TWO kissing gates that required me taking off my rucksack, whereas the original route only had ONE!
 We arirved back at my car, having had a good walk and our feet complaining that the walk seemed much longer than the recorded 10 miles. I suppose that Ed had as he parked on the Llandudno side of the Suspension bridge and had another half a mile to go!
Birds seen or heard today included: Woodpigeon, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Chiffchaff, Blue tit, Great tit, Common blackbird, Mute swan, Willow warbler, Meadow pipit, Raven, Common buzzard, Grey wagtail, House sparrow, Stonechat, Meadow pipit, Herring gull and Red-billed chough.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue Bell Inn at Halkyn, where a Heavy Industry brew was sampled and I learned of the reasons for my GPS's failure early!

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Abergele and Moelfre Isaf 6th April 2017

What am I? 
One of many wooden sculpture in  Pentre Mawr Park.
At the watch tower on Tower Hill.
Moel Famau from Tower Hill.
The Watch tower from the road at Moelfre.
The Watch tower from the road at Moelfre.
At the trig point on Moelfre Isaf.
Snowdonia from Moelfre Isaf starting with Moel Siabod on the left.
Hawthorn just about to bust into blossom.
Heading North on the way back to Abergele.
Ramsons in flower.
Not the most helpful footpath signpost or does it mean the locals have a sense of humour?
A modern stone circle in Pentre Mawr Park.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.0 miles. Climb: 1250'.
Time: 5 hours 17 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel, Phil, Ed, Mal and Wendy.
This was good day for walking, not too hot and not to cold despite the lack of sunshine and the only cool breeze we experienced was as we approached the trig point on Moelfre Isaf.
 This proved to be quite a varied walk and after a short climb up many steps we arrived at the Watch tower on Tower Hill. This was a good vantage point looking inland towards Moel Famau, but alas the trees blocked any view towards the coast.
 Lunch was taken at Moelfre Isaf a superb spot to take in the Snowdonia vista. We had lunch sheltering from the breeze in one of the many hollows near the trig point.
 After lunch the return route was largely downhill, although we had small climb as we went around the Western edge Pen y graig and Coed Abergele.
 The walk from the coast into the centre of Abergele was made better by Ed showing us the way through part of Pentre Mawr Park, and similarly walking through the park on the way back.
 As ever at this time of the year we saw many Spring flowers including: Wood anemone, Ramson, Bluebell, Primrose, Periwinkle Daisy Dandelion and Celandine, 
 Bird seen or heard today included: Common blackbird, Common coot, Moorhen, Woodpigeon, Collared dove, Winter wren, Carrion crow, Common chaffinch, Raven, Jackdaw, Herring gull, Skylark, Meadow pipit, Goldfinch and Common buzzard.
 Once again as we walked along Nant y Creigiau some of the group saw several deer, probably Roe deer they thought.
 Overall a very enjoyable walk celebrated afterwards by sampling the brews on offer at the Bluebell Inn at Halkyn.
 Looking back at earlier blogs, the last time we did the walk in 2010, I was the only one of the group, so both Michel and Sue were right when they said that they had never done this walk before. My memory isn't as good as I thought it was!