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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, 27 July 2017

All Around Bryn Alyn 27th July 2017

Which way to Eryrys?
Young rams testing themselves against each other.
A bet you don't know what type of sheep I am?
Badger faced Welsh I presume.
The church at Eryrys.
Ling in flower in Nercwys Forest - in a part that used to be forest!
Crossing one of the new stiles as we cross Nercwys Mountain towards Fron-Deg.
Moel Famau still in rain. Glad not to be there today!
Enjoying lunch in the "sun".
The alternative lunch spot.
After lunch - time to enjoy the sunshine.
Walk stats: Distance: 6.4 miles. Climb: 747'.
Time: 3 hours 48 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.5 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, David S and Phil.
Just as we were getting ready to set off, it started to rain, so we all decided perhaps it would be best if we put full waterproofs on. I think that this is the first time this year that I have actually started a walk in full waterproofs.
 At Phil's suggestion we decided to do the walk in the reverse direction to the way that we usually do it. In fact much of the walk was not exactly on the described route whichever way you did it, and truthfully it was all around Bryn Alyn as we never actually took paths that crossed it.
 We decided to take the road past Bryn-yr-orsedd and the track past Llanerch straight to Eryrys. This was a gentle climb and to a large extent pretty sheltered. As we approached Eryrys, the rain stopped and I decided to remove my waterproofs and have my first change of shirt as the first one was on the damp side following the "boil in the bag syndrome" caused by wearing waterproofs. Removing waterproofs was a mistake as withing ten minutes it was raining heavily again. Another stop, waterproofs back on as we headed towards Nercwys Forest at one point through waist high bracken.
 Much of the forest has been felled, so we didn't find an appropriate sheltered spot for lunch until we were on the track on the South side of Big Covert. 
 Although it had stopped raining by now, every time the wind shook the upper canopy a cascade of large drops showered us as we sat on one of the felled tree trunks, prompting Phil to seek out a better spot a little away.
 Birds seen or heard today were very few, but included: Carrion crow, European robin, Winter wren, Common blackbird and Goldfinch.
 As we arrived back at the car, we were in warm sunshine and hints of blue skies, wondering why we had curtailed the walk.
 Nevertheless we had had a good enjoyable walk of over six miles, largely in gentle warm rain, but never enough give us any regrets for having set off in the first place.
 It was good to note that several awkward stiles had been replaced by new easy stiles or even metal gates.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Druid Inn at Llanferres, a Marston's hostelry and now open at a time that may make this a suitable alternative to the one we normally go to when we are on this side of Mold. Hopefully the people that have taken it on will make a go of it and deserve to be supported.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Walks and Dates August 2017

Thursday 3rd August 2017.
The Little Orme and Coed Gaer.
Distance: 8 miles. Climb: 800'.
Start: Roadside parking next to Paddling Pool and PC on Coast Road at Craig y Don, East side of Llandudno.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
This has become a regular walk at any time of the year, but at this time of the year. When we did this walk last year we did see see Seals around Porth Dyniewaid, so hopefully they will be there this year as well.  The views from the top of the Little Orme are always superb. This is always an enjoyable walk whatever time we do it.
Saturday 5th August 2017.
Deganwy Castle and the Great Orme.
Distance:10 miles; Climb:1900'.
Start:Roadside parking near the Public Conveniences on the West shore of Llandudno. Grid ref:SH773819.
Leave Chester 9-00 a.m.
The main walk today is the Deganwy Castle walk taken from Dave Berry's book "Walks on the North Wales Coast". Sections of this walk have been known to be muddy in the past.
The extension to the walk , after returning to the car, will involve most of the circuit of the limestone plateau on the Great Orme, including a visit to the trig point and descent via the Monks' path to the toll road. There are plenty of options to shorten the walk if required.
Thursday 10th August 2017.
Another Ceiriog Valley Walk from Pontricket 
(Walks E and F)
Distance: 8.5 miles. Climb: 1700'.
Start: Pontricket, Layby, Grid ref: SJ186343.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
This walk combines Pontricket Walks E and F. This walk starts by following the Ceiriog Valley  Eastward from Ponticket and picking up the tramway to Pandy. Here it follows the East side of the Teirw Valley as far as Ty-du. At Ty-du the route follows the Upper Ceiriog Way along a stony bridleway. Hopefully it will feel better climbing than it did descending when followed it last on the 8th June. On reaching open moorland near Rhyd Caledwynt the route heads Eastward  across pathless moorland before for picking up a good track that leads back to Pontricket.
Saturday 12th August 2017.
A Pentrefoelas Round - one of Ed's Walks.
Distance: 6-11 miles. Climb: 1400'.
Start: Riverside car park and picnic site, Pentrefoelas SH872516.
Leave Chester 08-30.
The main part of the walk is only 5.25 miles, so hopefully we will be able to find an extension to increase the distance coverd by a few miles, weather permitting.
The described walk explores the area North of Pentrefoelas as it rises towards the Hiraethog moors. It eventually descend back in to the valley, crosses A5 and the river before heading for Plas Iolyn.
I haven't done this walk before although I have walked along parts of it and in the past some paths have been been quite boggy, but hopefully will be less so at this time of the year.
A possible extension explores the area to he West of Pentrefoelas that would take he walk up to 11 miles, although if need be there are easy options o reduce the walk to under 10 miles if need be. We can decide how much of an extension is we want just before arriving back at the car.
Thursday 17th August 2017.
Halkyn, Limestone, Lead and More.
Distance: 9  miles; Climb:1000'.
Start: Common Land opposite the Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn. Grid ref: SJ209702. 
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
We haven't started a walk from this location for quite some time. I thought that it was about time we did so to do so again. This walk combines two of my favourite walks in this fascinating area on our local patch. We used to start this walk from the Britannia Inn and finish the walk by going through the "Water buffalo" fields, but as we start near the Blue Bell Inn, we will miss out that part of the walk.
Saturday 19th August 2017.
No walk - I've decided to go on a bus pass adventure.
Thursday 24th August 2017.
Melin-y-Wig and Derwen.
Distance: 8 miles. Climb: 1000' at a guess.
Start: Boncyn Foel-bach Forest Car Park Grid ref: SJ055520. This is on the B5105 Ruthin to Clawdd Newydd road.
Leave Chester at 09-00.
This walk is taken from Lorna Jenner's book "Walks in the Vale of Clwyd".  We last did this walk in February 2016 and I enjoyed it then. I thought that it would be good to do it again, but in a different season. It is described as being a varied walk through forest, quiet lanes, including one that was used on a pilgrims' route and an attractive riverside path.

 Part of the route, particularly sections of the riverside path have in the past been rather boggy (Remembered from it being on walks starting from Melin-y-Wig). The section through the forest can be boggy too. The final section involves climbing out of the valley up to the car park - not the most ideal way to end a walk, but it isn't that steep.
Saturday 26th August 2017.
Maen Esgob and Maen Penddu - another of Ed's Walks.
Distance: 7- 8 miles. Climb: 1400'.
Start: Snowdonia National Park Sychnant car park Grid ref: SH755769.
This is the first time that we will have started at this car park. This is a very contrived series of interconnection circular walks exploring the Conwy Mountain area South west of the Sychnannt Pass.
This is always a delightful area to explore and and it will be interesting to explore one or two bits not visited on our usual walks.
The walk starts by visititing the mini peak of Cogwrn before exploring attractive upland cvountry featuring sweveral low hills with panoramic views. It also visits the top of Maen Esgob. After crossing Waen Gywrach it climbs onto Cefn Maen Amor with its large erratic boulders. After visiting the standing stones of Maen Penddu the route takes us passed two upland reservoirs following delightful green tracks heading to Cragfedwern and back to the car.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Walks and Dates July 2017

Saturday 1st July 2017.
Revidge and Ecton Hill.
Distance: 10-12 miles; Climb:1600'.
Start: Hulme End Car park (Pay and Display) . Grid Ref: SK103592.
Leave Chester 8-00 a.m.
This walk combines two walks from Mark Richard's book "White Peak Walks -Southern Dales". We have done these walks many times under many different weather conditions and conditions underfoot. In fact the Ecton Hill walk relives in our memory as one of the muddiest walks ever, but we now know how to avoid it! These two varied walks allow us to enjoy good views from the tops of Revidge and Ecton Hills finish with a pleasant stroll along the Manifold Valley.
We will probably shorten the walk at some stage to bring it down to about 10 miles.
Thursday 6th July 2017.
World's End from the Ponderosa.
Distance: 9 miles. Climb: 1600'.
Start: Car parking area opposite the Ponderosa Cafe. Grid ref: SJ192480.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
This walk is taken from Dave Berry's book " Walks Around Ruabon Mountain, the Clywedog Valley  and Hope Mountain."  This is described as an exhilarating walk of great variety, on good upland paths and tracks with panoramic viewscapes.
Saturday 8th July 2017.
Gloddaeth Hall and Bryn Pydew.
Distance: 10 miles. Climb: 1500'.
Start: Marl Hall Wood Car Park on the outskirts of Llandudno. Grid ref: SH 799787.
Directions to get to the car park. Leave the A55 at Junction 19 and follow the A470 towards Llandudno. At a roundabout turn right signposted to Esgryn / Pydew. Go past Esgryn Road to find a small car park on the right.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
This walk combines two walks from Dave Berry's book "Walks Around Llandudno".  These walks explore the area around St. David's College that we normally visit on our Little Orme walks.  In addition, we will take a short there and back extension to visit the obelisk that we see clearly as we travel along the A55.
Thursday 13th July 2017.
A Ceiriog Trail - Pontricket-Tregeiriog-Pont-y-Melbion
Distance: 8.5 miles. Climb: 1700'.
Start: Pontricket, Layby, Grid ref: SJ186343.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
This walk combines Pontricket Walks A and F.  It starts on a path on one side of the Ceiriog between Pontricket and Treceiriog and returns along the other side of the river. The walk then heads for open moorland and on to a drovers road, Sarn Sws (The Kissing Way).
The descent from the drovers road is on the South side of the River Teirw and eventually joins the riverside path at Pont Meibion. The return section is described as being via two tumbling valleys. This is a walk that Mike and I did in March 2017 and thought that it would be better done in Summer conditions, when open moorland is less hostile!
 We tried to do this walk again on the 8th of June last month, but we again had to postpone the walk because of the weather.
Saturday 15th July 2017.
The Llugwy and Lledre Valley. 
Postponed to enable MD to enjoy Friday evening celebrating his forthcoming escape date without worrying about having to get up early to go on a walk.
Distance: 8-9 miles; Climb: 1000'.
Start: Railway station car park in the centre of Betws-y Coed. Grid ref: SH795565. 
Leave Chester at 8-00 a.m. (It takes about 1 hour 10 minutes from Saltney)

This is another walk taken from Dave Berry's new book "Walks Around Betws-y-Coed and the Conwy Valley". This walk links the beautiful wooded Llugwy and Lledre Valleys. It takes in Sarn Helen, the former Roman Road, and reaches over 800' before descending in to the Lledre Valley. It involves a steep climb to Llyn Elsi or at least that is what Dave Berry says!
 Ed and I last did the walk in February, but I'd like to do the walk again with the chance of doing it in good weather. Hopefully we will get get good weather this time.
Thursday 20th July 2017.
A Walk Around Waen Aberwheeler and Llandyrnog.
Distance : 10 miles. Climb: 1500'.
Start: Layby in Aberwheeler on B5429, just after play area and opposite Bro Llaweni. Grid ref: SJ096694. The last time we went, the layby could not be used, so we went past and parked in the next road on the left, turning round and parking alongside the houses.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
This is a walk taken from R.J.A. Dutton's book "Hidden Highways of North Wales". It explores the  Roman and Medieval Roads between Waen Aberwheeler and Llandyrnog. As far as I know. the only section that we have done before is along the Afon Clwyd from Llaweni Hall.
It may give us a chance to visit the new Brunning and Price pub at Bodfari and assess its potential.
Saturday 22nd July 2017.
A Walk From Llyn Brenig.
Distance: 8 miles. Climb: 1000'
Start: Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre car park (Pay and Display). Grid ref: SH968547' . (Remember to pay just for parking, there are dearer options if you intend to go fishing)
Leave Chester 08-30 a.m.
This walk is taken from Lorna Jenner's book "Walks in the Vale of Clwyd and the Denbigh Moors" or in the revised book "Walks in the Vale of Clwyd and the Hiraethog Moors".
 This walk explores the the Afon Alwen valley South of the dam. It passes through the village of Pentre-llyn-cymmer and heads along the river to visit Caer Dunod. 
Some of the paths are waymarked Mynydd Hiraethog.
 A varied walk. Bring your binoculars if you have them, the last time I did this walk we had good views of Redstarts.
 The only downside to this walk is that the last half a mile from Pente-llyn-cymmer is uphill, especially as the track heads up to the top of the dam.
Thursday 27th July 2017.
Fron Hen and Bryn Alyn.
Distance: 10-11 miles. Climb: 1800'.
Start: Layby on the A494 Mold to Ruthin Road, about 1/2 mile South of Llanferres. Grid ref: SJ187597.
Leave Chester 09-00 a.m.

This walk uses two walks from Dave Berry's book More Walks in the Clwydian Hill".  We have combined these walks on several occasions before and the section over Bryn Alyn is always good. In the past it has often been a challenge to our route finding skills through Nercwys Forest,  th last two times we seem to have got it right without too much trouble!
Saturday 29th July 2017.
Traeth Lafan and Its Foothills
Distance:7-8 miles. Climb:1000'.
Start: Aber Ogwen Coastal Car Park. Grid ref:SH616724.
This walk uses taken from Dave Berry's book "Walks On the North Wales Coast". The Traeth Lafan and it Foothills walk is an annual favourite and has in the past given us some wonderful experiences, especially in Winter trampling through soft fluffy knee deep snow that didn't stick or wet our legs. Unfortunately at this time of the year we shouldn't get any snow, but with a bit of luck the fields as we approach the farm near the Spinnies shouldn't be waterlogged either. It should be worthwhile bringing binoculars with you as we may visit the Spinnies Nature Reserve on the way back to our car.
This walk is described as walk of contrasting coastal and upland scenery with good views from the higher points on the North Wales path.
 This will be the first time that the walk will be completed without adding any extension to the walk.
 High tide is at about 15-45 and is about 8.3 m (27.3'), so the coastal birds may be better seen as we arrive back at the car.

Llyn Brenig and Its Southern Environs 22nd July 2017

Looking across Llyn Brenig from its dam.
Looking South from the dam.
Llyn Brenig from the East side of the dam.
The Afon Alwen East of Pentre-llyn-cymmer.
Caer Ddunod rising to the right of the Alwen Valley.
"Which way do we go?"
Why this photo of a Foxglove in flower?
We were climbing steeply up a road and I needed a rest!
Distant views of the hills - probably the Berwyns.
Photo taken a little South of Hafoty Llechwedd.
Vacating our lunch spot North of Hafoty Llechwedd.
The dam at the East end of the Alwen Reservoir,
viewed from the path heading North to Pentre-llyn-cymmer.
Looking North over Pentre-llyn-cymmer towards Llyn Brenig.
Looking towards Llyn Brenig from road East of the dam.
Walk stats: Distance: 7.9 miles. Climb: 956'.
Time: 4 hours 29 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Mike and Ed.
The forecast looked good, well at least late afternoon when rain was likely to arrive. 
The start of the walk is a pleasant stroll from the Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre,  across the dam and down hill to Pentre-llyn-cymmer. The walk from the Outdoor Centre at Pentre-llyn-cymmer became more challenging as there was no path on the ground and we had to trek through long wet grass as we contoured round above the Afon Alwen, but worse was to com! As we approached Caer Ddunod we had to negotiate a rather overgrown and boggy section on the edge of a wood quite close to the river. Thankfully as we reached the end of the wood with Caer Ddunod in sight a marker post pointed us in the right direction away from the river.
 The walk passed through delightful countryside, especially in the Alwen Valley, but our only views of any hills came as we reached the highest point on the road to Hafoty Llechwedd.
 Lunch was taken just after Hafoty Llechwedd when we spotted the remains of an old boundary with plenty of large stones that we could utilise as seats.
 Throughout the morning it had been a rapid changes from warm sunshine and the need for a sunhat and cloud cover when hats needed to be removed to allow heads to cool! Lunch time was no exception.
 Our best views came just after lunch as we started to descend into Pentre-llyn-cymmer when we had superb views of the Alwen Reservoir and Llyn Brenig with the rest of our walk ahead of us.
 After a slight change from the described walk where we took a path on the West side of the village to avoid retracing our steps up the road. This was a pleasant alternative if you can forget the climb through long wet grass to reach the road and the way ahead along the Elorgarreg Trail back to Llyn Brenig.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Greylag goose, Canada goose, European robin, Pied wagtail, Barn swallow, House martin, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Common buzzard, Common kestrel, Goldfinch, House sparrow, Grey heron and Mallard.
 Overall a very enjoyable walk, with only one or two Horsefly bites and Nettle stings to worry about, and equally as important no sign of imminent rain.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Sportman's Arms, the highest pub in Wales, a place I last visited in 1972. Now open again, serving food as well. Hopefully they will get enough passing customers to make a go of this venture. BSA bitter from the fairly local Buzzard Brewery based at Llandyrnog did well to quench our thirst before we headed honeward.
 Eventually it did rain as we approached Broughton on the way home, and quite accurately it could be described as torrential as it bounced up from the road.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

An Aberwheeler Adventure 20th July 2017

The Start of the walk in Aberwheeler - lay-by and bus stop.
On the track from Aberwheeler to Llaweni Hall.
Greylag geese enjoying rich pastures South east of Llaweni Hall.
The view from my lunch spot, well behind me - a field of potatoes.!
The real view from my lunch spot, directly in front of me - a field of maize and two red blobs!
Looking across the Vale of Clwyd towards Snowdonia and the Carneddau.
Bodfari ahead!
Is it a real bird? Well not one that counts on the blog!
Two red blobs or is it piggy in the middle?
The final objective for the day - the Dinorben Arm at Bodfari.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.7 miles. Climb: 743'.
Time: 4 hours 55 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel, Ed, Jim, Mal, David S., and Celia.
This walk didn't quite turn out as we expected. We set off from Aberwheeler at about 10-10, a little later than the planned departure time of no later than 10-00.
 The forecast was good, and remained dry throughout, but at times was a little on the humid side in the absence of the refreshing breeze.
 As we walked along the banks of the River Clwyd, some of us were lucky enough to see a Kingfisher, but soon afterwards our plans were to change. This section of the route crossed many field boundaries and the consequent stiles, many of them in a poor state or rather awkward for some of us to get over. Unfortunately, Celia managed to catch her shins on the step of one of these stiles, resulting in an injury requiring a visit to A and E.
 We thought that we had found a short cut if we used a path on the OS map. unfortunately this was not present on the ground and we ended up taking the original route planned as far as the main road back to Aberwheeler. Michel at this point went ahead and manged to pick up a lift back to Aberwheeler and bring his car back to take Celia of to the Countess. Thankfully she didn't have to wait too long for the treatment and reassurance that she needed and was feeling much better back at home. Hopefully it won't be too long before she gets back walking again.
 Meanwhile the rest of us continued the walk, not quite as planned, but at least we managed to find a lunch spot of sorts and avoid the disappointment of taking our packed lunches back home! 
 However it did mean that for the first time ever, I now had a change of footwear in my rucksack as well as the plastic bottles and glass bottle that we had picked up to fill the blue string bag that I carry just for that purpose!
 At lunch we had done just over 5 miles, so the improvised part of the walk put on nearly four miles and a few hundred feet of climb.
 The route taken took us from our lunch spot South west of Plas Ashpool along a minor lane past Fron Vox and Gelli to Castell Berth farm and Northwards towards Aifft where we briefly picked up the Offa's Dyke path on the way back to Aberwheeler.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Housem sparrow, Barn swallow, Greylag goose, Kingfisher, Grey heron, Grey wagtail, Mallard, Canada goose, Goldfinch, Jackdaw, Great cormorant, Carrion crow, Common buzzard, Chaffinch and Stonechat.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Dinornben Arms at Bodfari, sitting out in one of their many outdoor areas with good views towards the Clwydian Hills.
 This impressively renovated hostelry has a good chance of winning our favour for our 2018 annual walk and meal.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Another Pontricket Walk (A and F)

Looking North across the  Ceiriog Valley.
Crossing the bridge at Tregeiriog.
On the path heading towards the Upper Ceiriog Way.
Distant views of the Berwyns as we approached the Upper Ceiriog WAy.
Lunch time on the Upper Ceiriog Way.
Part of the delightful Teirw Valley.
The bracken trail that seemed to gon on and on and on!
The new diverted section of the path from Pont y Melmion to Pontricket, 
missing out the climb past Hendre Farm.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.0 miles. Climb: 1098'.
Time: 5 hours 1 minute. On the move wlking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall  walk average: 1.6 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel, David S., Wendy Jim and Mal.
This was a good day for walking, perhaps a little on the warm side, but it was dry and much better underfoot than the last time I did the walk earlier in the year.
The main part of the walk explored the North of the valley from Tregeiriog to Pont y Melbion.
 after an easy start to the walk between Pontricket to Tregeiriog on the South side of the river, the climb in earnest started on the road above Ty Uchaf all the way up to the open moorland.
 The views from the open moorland were good, especially towards the Berwyns.
  The Upper Ceiriog Way from Rhyd Caledwynt to Ty-du is an uneven stony track, so stopping half way down for lunch served two purposes. It gave our feet a break from the uneven stones and stopped any further complaints from grumbling stomachs!
  The route after leaving the Upper Ceiriog Way has sections where the path is delightful as it heads down the Teirw valley and other sections where we had to fight through head high bracken hiding nettles waiting to sting. At least at these sections the horse flies couldn't get at us!
 In many ways the section between Ty-du and Pont-y Melbion were more challenging than we were probably expecting, but it also provided us with some superb views along valleys probably never seen by most people that stay in the Cieriog Valley close to the B4500.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Common pheasant, Common swift, Barn swallow, Common buzzard, Sparrowhawk, woodpigeon, Meadow pipit, Skylark, Goldfinch, House sparrow, Dipper and Common redstart (bird of the year so far).
 We arrived back at the car having had a good and varied walk with legs feeling as though they had done more than the eight miles and 1100' registered on the official GPS!
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Pant-yr-Ochain, but at £3-90 a pint is there anywhere else we can go?

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Bryn Pydew, Marl Hall Woods and More 8th July 2017

Looking towards the Great Orme and Little Orme from the Bryn Pydew Obelisk.
Looking across  the Conwy estuary and the North Wales Coast from the Bryn Pydew Obelisk.
The Bryn Pydew Obelisk.
The delightful shaded bridle way along the west side of Coed Bron Garth.
An unfriendly stile on the edge of Coed Bron Garth.
Even these calves were taking it easy.
Pyramidal Orchids on the path East of Bryn Pydew Nature Reserve.
Distant views of the Bryn Pydw Obelisk from the leading South east from St David's College.
Even the sheep preferred to stay in the shade.
The Bryn Pydew Obelisk from the circular path through Marl Hall Woods.
The view across Conwy from the viewpoint on the cliffs above Marl Hall Woods Nature Reserve car Park. Still on the circular path through Marl hall Woods.
At the well in Marl Hall Woods.
At last a proper home for the contents of the blue string bag - back at the car park!
Walk stats: Distance: 7.1 miles. Climb: 987'.
Time: 4 hours 56 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.0 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.4 m.p.h. 
Group: Martyn and Ed.
Both of us arrived early at the car park, so we were well on our way by 10-00. The temperature and humidity today were much better than last Thursday, especially as we started through a section of Marl Hall Woods. 
 The first objective was the Bryn Pydew Obelisk and with visibility o the good side, the views across the estuary towards Conwy Mountain and Snowdonia were good, although some of the high tops weren't totally clear.
 Approaching Garfield from Fron Farm we experienced a very strong smell of pigs, but never spotted the animals themselves.
 The Cystennin Road proved to be quite busy, so took the first path that we could that took us along the Western edge of Coed Bron Garth. Apart from the awkward unfriendly stile on leaving the forest, this a delightful path on warm sunny days like today kept us in the shade.
 Birds seen and heard today were few and far between, but as we descended the path between the two sections of Bryn Pydew Nature Reserve we did see two Bullfinches - always a good spot!
 A little further along this path as we approached the old quarries Pyramid orchid were plentiful and in flower.
 After noting that the Queen's Head in Glanwydden was open, (you never know when you might need emergency liquid refreshment on a walk!), we headed along the road in a South west direction, wondering where we might find a sheltered spot for lunch. Thankfully on the edge of the village we did, a wall that in one small section was in the shade of tall roadside vegetation.
  After a shorter than usual lunch of just 25 minutes we headed for Lon yr Efail to Glodaeth Lane and the climb along Coed Isaf and past St. David's College.
 We were in danger of getting back to the car very early, so Ed suggested a slightly different route that involved taking a track that had waist high vegetation and the ploughed fields - not a good choice! However it did give us the option of exploring paths in Eastern Covert that led to a circular path through Marl Hall Woods.
 After visiting the well in Marl Hall Woods we followed the lower path back to the car.
 Much of the route today, particularly near the start had an abundance of litter, so I thought the blue string bag should be put into use. What I didn't expect that the first bin would be the one in the car park at the start of the walk.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Jackdaw, House sparrow, Raven, Barn swallow, Woodpigeon, Common blackbird, Black-billed magpie, Eurasian jay, Common buzzard, Blue tit, Great tit and Common buzzard.
 We arrived back at the cars, having had a good walk, completed before the temperature became unpleasantly hot.
 This was another day when I had to wait until I got home to celebrate the walk with several cups of tea and watch the end of the test match at Lords.