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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 2016:- 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.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Delamere Forest and the Sandstone Trail 25th February 2017

The first evidence that Storm Doris has been here,  but worse was to come.
Crossing the footbridge, heading South from Gresty's Waste Car Park to Primrose Hill.
The way ahead just twent yards after the footbridge.
Looking across the gallops from Primrose Hill.
The way to King's Gate Car Park also blocked.
Looking towards Liverpool from North of Dodd's Rough, Kelsall.
Looking South East from Manley Common towards the microwave station on Pale Heights.
Daffodils in flower along the Sandstone Trail at Eddisbury Lodge Cottage.
At Pale Heights looking towards Moel Famau.
Looking towards the new Runcorn bridge from Pale Heights.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.6 miles. Climb: 1188'.
Time: 5 hours 7 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Mike.
The Saturday weather forecast for Betws-y-coed seemed like a repeat of Storm Doris that had caused us to abandon our walk on Thursday. However late on Friday we noticed that one forecast suggested it would be slightly better in the Delamere Forest area.  There was a window of about five hours that suggested that we wouldn't get drenched, but might have to put up with strong blustery winds.
 We decided that it was worth attempting a walk from Gresty's Waste Car Park, even if we had to abandoned the walk if the weather turned for the worst.
 Thankfully it didn't and we were able to complete the walk in the dry and the really strong winds didn't materialise.
 Soon after heading towards Primrose Hill we saw our first evidence of Storm Doris's wind power, with a large tree across the footbridge, but a few yards away a lot more trees had been blown over, completely blocking the footpath. We eventually managed to get round them by contouring just below the blockage and climbing up to the Sandstone Trail on the Western side of the blockage.
 That wasn't the last of the fallen trees that we would see, another one had fallen across the track leading to the King's Gate Car Park, but that was easy to get round.
 We experienced the worst of the mud (well just Mike really) as we approached a farm at Brine's Wood. Having watched Mike go nearly ankle deep in smelly mud, I was able to take a different route around it. In fact getting home, might boots were almost clean that they took just five minutes to give them a quick wipe and clean.
 This route certainly has more ups than you might expect, but overall it is probably one of the best and most varied walks in the Delamere Forest area.
 At times we had pretty good distant views, particularly towards North Wales and Liverpool.
 Birds seen or heard today included: European robin, Common blackbird, Blue tit, Great tit, House sparrow, Wood nuthatch, Woodpigeon, Jackdaw, Mallard, Carrion crow, Fieldfare and Redwing.
 Lunch was taken in Delamere Forest about a mile to the East of Manley Common. We were able to take advantage of a bank on the side of the Sandstone Trail, having failed to find any suitable fallen trees on which we could perch as we had lunch.
 Probably the highlight of this walk is Pale Heights with its superb views in all directions, lifting your spirits as you make the final descent back to the car park.
 Overall a good walk on a day when we didn't think that we would get one!
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Farmer's Arms in Kelsall, where two of Weetwood's brew were sampled and enjoyed. Unfortunately as w enjoyed our drinks, we heard some bad news - Scotland had just taken the lead in the Six Nations Rugby match at Murrayfield!

Walks and Dates March 2017

Thursday 2nd March
Caer Drewyn, Pen-y-Pigyn and an on to Cynwyd
Distance: 8 miles; Climb:1120'.
Start: Corwen centre car park next to the Public Convenience. Grid Ref: SJ080435.
Leave Chester 9-00 a.m.
This walk combines to walks from Dave Berry's book "Walks Around Llangollen and the Dee Valley".
The first part of the walk climbs South out of Corwen to the viewpoint and mast on Pen-y-Pygyn, where we should get some good views  over the Dee Valley.
 We will probably have lunch near Llangar Church, when we will decide if we want to complete the section towards Cynwyd.
 The visit of Caer Drewyn is described as enchanting and the second walk as being a delightful walk through the wooded hillside above Corwen and concludes with lovely walk alongside the River Dee.
 Lat time we attempted this walk, torrential rain set in just after lunch and we went straght back to the Corwen after having lunch at Llangar Church. Hopefully the weather will be kinder to us this year.
Saturday 4th March 2017.
Around Anglezark Reservoir and More.
Distance: 8-11 miles. Climb: 800!
Start:Car park and picnic site, Rivington Park Lower Barn. Grid ref: SD628138.
Leave Chester 8-30 a.m.
This walk is based on a walk from Terry Marsh's book "Fifty Classic Walks in Lancashire". His part of the walk is described as being on generally good paths and tracks, but can be muddy! The extensions will result in the whole walk going past 5 reservoirs. It will probably be worthwhile bringing binoculars with you.
The route includes White Coppice and Healey Nab.
Thursday 9th March 2017.
Daresbury and Moore Nature Reserve.
Distance: 10-12 miles; Climb:400'
Start:car park on Park Lane near Appleton Reservoir. Grid ref:SJ598843.
The Daresbury walk is only four miles, and is taken from Jen Darling's book "Walks in West Cheshire and the Wirral". In addition it is planned to extend the walk to include Moore Nature Reserve to make the overall walk about 10 miles. We may decide to explore the Appleton reservoir and Hillcliff areas too!

Saturday 11th March 2017.

A Coastal walk from Llanfairfechan to Aber Ogwen and the Spinnies L.N.R. 
Distance: 10-11 miles. Climb: 200'.
Start: Llanfairfechan Promenade / Coastal car Park. Grid ref: SH679754.
Leave Chester at 08-30 a.m.
This is essentially a linear there and back walk, but if the tide allows we will walk along the beach on the return route from the Aber Ogwen pic-nic site (lunch spot the last time we did the walk). There should be plenty of birds to see on the coast, and we will probably visit at least one of the four bird hides on the route. Bring binoculars with you if you have them.  High tide at about 10-o0 a.m., quite a big one at 30.3 ' / 9.2 m.
Thursday 16th March 2017.
Another Pontricket Walk (F and E)
Distance: 9 miles; Climb:1600'
Start: Pontricket, Layby, Grid ref: SJ186343.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
The main Coedyglyn Uchaf walk is as the highs andlows of the Teirw Valley.  The 6 miles walk as described starts from Pandy, but we will start from Pontricket extending the walk a little. Hopefully we will have the tome and energy to extend the walk to include the Pontricket - Tregeiriod loop. this will bring the total distance of the walk to about 9 miles.
Saturday 18th March 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 23rd March 2017.
Berwyn Halt, Horshoe Falls, Valley Crucis Abbey ad Coed Hyrdydyn.
Valle Crucis, Coed Hyddyn and the Horseshoe Falls.
Distance: 9 miles. Climb: 1500'.
Start: Llantysilio Green Car Park.
Grid ref: SJ198433.
Leave Chester 9-00 a.m.
To get to the car park, take the A542 Llangollen to Ruthen road. After about 1.5 miles turn left on to the B5103 towards Corwen and Rhewl. After half a mile keep straight on to find the car park on the left hand side. PC block also present, but never seems to be open these days.
This walk combines two walks taken from Dave Berry's book "Walks Around Llangollen and the Dee Valley". At Llantysilio Green the walk heads for Valle Crucis Abbey across Coed Hyrddyn and heads North before returning to Llantysilio Church The second part of the walk starts with a stroll along the canal to Llangollen before by rising from the River Dee and meanders around a wooded spur above the valley, giving superb views over Llangollen. The walk then drops down to Berwyn Halt, over the river with good views of the Chain Bridge and up the road to the Llantysilio Green Car Park. A scenic walk with excellent views.
Saturday 25th March 2017.
Beaumaris and Penmon.
Distance:13 miles. Climb: 800'.
Start: The car park on the left just past Beaumaris Castle. Grid ref: SH609762.
Leave Chester 8-00a.m.
This walk combines one walk from Carl Roger's book "Coastal Walks Around Anglesey - Volume 1" with a walk from his book "Coastal Walks Around Anglesey - Volume 2" .  We enjoyed these walk when we last did it in March 2007.  High tide is at 08-30,  and is only 8.3 m (27.7') so hopefully it will be possible to walk along the beach for the first part of the walk.  This is a good and varied walk, passing Penmon Priory and the site of Castell Aberlleiniog.
 We will probably shorten the walk after reaching Penmon, where we will probably have lunch.
Thursday 30th March 2017.
A Clwydian Trio.
Distance: 9 miles; Climb:1900' '.
Start: Pentre-celyn car park . Grid ref: SJ150534.
The car parking area is on the left adjacent to the sign for Pentre-celyn, just off the B5429.
Leave Chester 9-00 a.m.
This is another walk by Debbie Hamilton and is taken from the "Walking" magazine. This walk includes the section of Offa's Dyke Path goes near Moel y Plas, Moel Gyw, Moel Llanfair and Boncyn y Waen-grogen. Her walk starts from Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, but we will start at Pentre Celyn about half a mile beyond Graigfechan.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Walks and Dates February 2017

Updated 22nd February 2017.
Thursday 2nd February 2017.
Leasowe Lighthouse to New Brighton.
Distance: 9-10 miles. Climb: 200'.
Start: North Wirral Coastal Park car park. Grid ref: SJ257915.
To get to this car park, instead of turning left towards the lighthouse, as the A551 turns right onto Leasowe Road, go straight on (past PC block on right and cafe/snack hut on left). This car park has a good tarmac surface.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
This is a walk along the beach to Perch Rock Fort, assuming that the water on the incoming tide is low enough. It should be, High tide is at about 14-30, 9.2 m, 30'. This is quite a large tide, so we will need to keep an eye on the incoming tide , and escape from the beach if we have to.  From Perch Fort Rock, we will continue onto Vale Royal Park (where we in the past we have had lunch) and onto Wallasey Gardens. Hopefully the weather will be a little less windy than last year!
Hopefully there will be plenty of birds to see as the tide comes in, so bring binoculars with if you have any.
Saturday 4th February 2017.
The Little Orme and Rhos on Sea.
Distance: 8-9 miles. Climb: 700'.
Start: Roadside parking next to Paddling Pool and PC on Coast Road at Craig y Don, East side of Llandudno.
Leave Chester at 08-45 a.m.
 Grey seals in Porth  Dyniewaid on 31st January 2017.
This has become a regular walk at any time of the year, but it will be the first time that we have done it February. The views from the top of the Little Orme are always superb, but the main reason for doing the walk so early in the year is to see if there are any Seals around Porth Dyniewaid. As you can see there were plenty of Seals on the beach in the cove in the middle of last month. I counted around fifty, including a good number of pups so good numbers should still be there when we do his walk.
Bring binoculars with you if you have them.
Harris Hiker Annual Meal 2017
Our annual walkers meal together will be on
Thursday 9th February 2017.
At the Glasfryn, Mold.
I have been to the Glasfryn and have booked our annual meal there.
In order to make the bill that we get at the end of the meal simpler to understand please don't put your drinks on the main tab.
At present they haven't requested that we pr-order the meals, but they may get back to me if they do.
Anyone that has been linked with the walking group is welcome to join us for the walk and the meal, or just for the meal.
I have e-mailed everyone that I think may be interested in joining us for the walk and / or the meal, using the e-mails that I currently have. If you didn't get an e-mail, please let me know.
Details of the walk are found below.
Glasfryn and Gwysaney. 
Please arrange your own transport.
Distance: 5.1 miles. Climb: 360'.
Start: Glasfryn, Mold. Grid ref: SJ23986516 (Approximate Post Code CH7 6LR)
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
I envisage completing the walk by about 13-00, ready for starting the meal at about 13-15.
The walk is the one that the Glafryn advertise and complete copies can be obtained on iFootpath,com.
The walk is described as involving challenging terrain, but I think that is a little exaggerating.
We have done most of this walk in the past when we did a few walks published in the 1955 Liverpool Daily Post. If I remember correctly the sections through the woodlands can be boggy, but wouldn't describe it as being challenging.
The walk is decribed as taking you high into the surrounding hills. passing through the beautiful Gwysaney Estate before descending to the village of Soughton. It is a really rewarding walk taking you through classic Welsh hillsides and valleys.
Saturday 11th February 2017.
The Llugwy and Lledre Valley. 
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!
Thursday 16th February 2017.
Wat's Dyke, Brynford, St., Bueno's Well and St., Winifride's Well and More.
Distance: 8-10 miles. Climb: 1000'.
Start: Halkyn Street Car Park, Holywell. Grid ref: SJ18957548.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
This is another figure of eight walk made by combining two walks and maybe three walks from Ron Williams and Elfed Jones's booklet "10 walks Around Holywell".
One walk explores the countryside between Holywell and Brynford. The other walks around the Greenfield Valley, will hopefully lead us to find the location of St., Bueno's Well again.
Saturday 18th February 2017.
The Edge to Nether Alderley and the Edge and Hough.
Distance: 9-10 miles; Climb: Not a lot (less than 1000' at a guess).
Start: National Trust car Park close to the Wizard Restaurant, Alderley Edge. This is a Pay and Display car park - Free to National Trust Members. Grid ref: SJ860773.
Leave Chester at 8-30 a.m. and meet at the car park.
This walk combines two walks from Graham Beech's book " East Cheshire Walks". He describes it as being moderate. The walk will again probably give us views of the communications tower on Croker Hill/Sutton Common. We may also get the opportunity to visit Nether Alderley Mill (National Trust- so bring your N.T cards with you if you are members.)
Thursday 23rd February 2017.
Another Pontricket Walk.
Postponed due to the expected arrival of Storm Doris bringing heavy rain and gale force winds.
Distance: 8 miles. Climb: 1462'.
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.
Saturday 25th February 2017.
Mynydd Garthmyn and the Fairy Glen.
Distance: 10 miles. Climb: 1600'.
Start: Main car park at Betws-y-coed. Grid ref: SH795565.
Leave Chester at 08-30 a.m.
This version is taken from Carl Rogers' book "Walking in the Conwy Valley" and only varies a little from the walk that we usually do. Both walks are described as being varied walks with stunning views, especially to the West.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Alderley Edge, Hough and Nether Alderley 18th February 2017

Old mine workings on the way to the Beacon on Alderley Edge.
The view looking North west from the sandstone ridge on Alderley Edge.
Descending the path from Alderley Edge on the way to Hough.
Part of the Donkey Trail Trek Route back to Nation Trust Car Park  near the Wizard.
Catkins, another sign that Spring is on its way.
On the path heading towards Nether Alderley.
I'm glad we didn't take this route when this was a Maize field!
Snowdrops in Alderley park.
Crossing the footbridge over the Aldeley Edge by-pass.
Looking back towards St. Mary's Church, Nether Alderley.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.8 miles. Climb: 776'.
Time: 5 hours 7 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Celia and Mike.
To our surprise we set off from the car park with a little rain in the air, but really enough to get you wet and after about an hour it stopped. Distant views from the sandstone ridge on Alderley Edge were somewhat hazy, but at least I managed to see if my app "PeakerFinder" worked.
 The walk across Alderley Edge was probably the best part of the walk as much of the afternoon walk was through farm land with some very muddy sections of path. However conditions underfoot were on the whole much better than those we have experienced in the past.
 We were hoping to take lunch on a seat near a sharp bend on Finlow Hill Lane with views South East towards Over Alderley.
However as usual the seat was already taken. Thankfully a little further on a felled tree provided suitable seats, accommodating all leg sizes.
 After lunch it became quite warm and probably didn't justify the wearing of Winter gear, and every now and again we experienced a welcome cooling breeze.
 In the past I have usually remembered this walk for the mud, but today I think it will be the long trek on the cobbles of Bradford Lane.
Birds seen or heard today included: Blue tit, Great tit, European robin, Carrion crow, Jackdaw, Woodpigeon, Great spotted woodpecker, Wood nuthatch, Common blackbird, Canada goose, Mallard and Common buzzard.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Farmer's Arms at Kelsall, where the tea, yes tea, went down well.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Wat's Dyke, Brynford and the Greenfield Valley 16th February 2017

Walking through Coed Llwybr-y-bi.
Walking through Coed Llwybr-y-bi.
Waiting for the back-markers to emerge from Coed Llwybr-y-bi.
Snowdrops on the roadside near Glan yr Afon.
On the path leading to the lime kilns.
At the lime kilns below Bryn Mawr Quarry - but something is missing!
Striding out across Holywell Common.
The first lambs of the year on our Thursday walks - in fields near Brynford.
Being friendly with the local boys.
Another sign of Spring on trees near the Battery Pool in Greenfield Valley.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.7 m.p.h. Climb: 1227'.
Time: 4 hours 23 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.5 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.0 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel, Phil, David S., Celia, Wendy, Jim McCabe, Sue and Dave P.
The forecast for today was pretty good, even if we did feel a few spots of rain as we arrived at the car park (Now a Pay and Display Car park - £1-00). We had sunny spells and hardly any wind to mention, except when we got out of the car at Harwarden later in the day.
 I'm use to forgetting the odd thing, but this is the first time that I've left my rucksack at home. At least I won't have to pack it again for the walk on Saturday. 
 This walk turned out to be a bit of a roller coaster of a walk, although at times it felt that we were forever going up hill from the time we started to climb out of Coed Llwybr-y-bi until we reached the lime kilns near Bryn Mawr Quarry.
 Just as we left Brynford one of the fields a lambs, not exactly newly born, but they were the first that we had seen on our Thursday walks in 2017.
 Distant views weren't as good as we have seen in the past, but you can't have everything on every walk.
 Passing the Pet Cemetery we came across two very friendly bulls, one a White Park and the other a Highland.
 We arrived at Holywell for our lunch in the usual place at the memorial Garden, and thankfully Dave P came to my rescue and lent me £20 so I could go the Chatwins and buy myself some soup (very enjoyable Tai chicken) and Michel provided chocolate coated nutty biscuits for everyone in celebration of his birthday yesterday.
 After lunch we followed the Greenfield Valley along the old railway track and returned via the various pools in the Heritage Park.
 David S was on a mission and we arrived back at the cars just after 14-00, making our usual hostelry
a none starter unless we wanted to wait half an hour outside until it opened.
 It was good to have a new recruit to the group, especially when it turns out that he is a CAMRA member too. Hopefully Jim will want to join the group again in the future,
 Birds seen or heard today included: European robin, House sparrow, Mistle thrush, Common blackbird, Woodpigeon, Great tit, Common coot, Moorhen, Tufted duck, Mallard, Little grebe, Black-headed gull, Herring gull and Jackdaw.
 A few of us called in at Hawarden and enjoyed a refrweshing pind of Castle Rock's Harvest Pale.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

The Llugwy and Lledr Valeys 11th February 2017

The Afon Llygwy from Pont-y-Pair.
Looking towards Betws-y-Coed from the Miners Bridge.
Sarn Helen, heading South towards the Lledr Valley.
Droplets of water condensing on the branches of many bushes.
The best of the views towards snow topped hills from Sarn Helen.
Alpacas on the upper slopes as we descended to Pont-y-Pant.
The Afon Lledr from Pont-y-Pant.
The delightful path running along the South side of the Afon Lledr East of Lledr hall.

The Afon lledr from the footbridge near Pont Gethin.
Llyn Elsi - all the climbing done, but it's still raining!
Walk stats: Distance: 8.2 miles. Climb: 1406'.
Time: 5 hours 52 minutes. Walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walking average: 1.4 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Ed.
 I arrived to find that you can only park for up to 4 hours at the car park near the toilets, and have to use the far car park opposite the bus stop for long stay and it costs £5 on pay and display.
The weather wasn't kind to us today in that we had only about ten minutes when the rain completely stopped, but at least it wasn't as cold or as windy as most forecasters had predicted.
 Distant views were very limited, but we did catch glimpses of snow on the higher hills to the South as we started to drop into the Lledr Valley.
 It was about 13-30 by the stopped for lunch as plodded on, hoping to find a suitable sheltered spot. We eventually did just after Pont Gethin, just as we re-entered and the climb Northward to Llyn Elsi.
 Birds seen or heard today included: European robin, Blue tit, Great tit, Great spotted woodpecker, Grey heron, Mallard, Wood nuthatch and Common buzzard.
 We didn't see any walkers until after we had arrived back at Betws-y-coed when a young couple overtook us as we descended on the forest track.
 Despite the rain, it was an enjoyable walk, but the next time we do it, it will be in the Summer!

Thursday, 9 February 2017

The Glasfryn and Gwysaney 9th February 2017

Walk followed by our Annual Meal 2017.

A big thank you to everyone for your very generous gift.
 It will keep me in printer ink and paper for 2017.
Moel Famau  above Ty-draw Farm taken from the road leading to Black Brook,
On the track near Tan-y-Wal.
Gwysaney hall from the South east.
Heading along the track past Gwysaney Hall.
On wat's Dyke, but only four were listening.
Snowdrops.
Even more Snowdrops on wat's Dyke Way South east of Soughton Farm.
Waiting to be fed at the Glasfryn, Mold.
Waiting to be fed at the Glasfryn, Mold.
Waiting to be fed at the Glasfryn, Mold.
Walk stats: Distance: 5.1 miles. Climb: 360'.
Time: 2 hours 12 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.1 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel, Roger and Margaret, Annie, Tim and Carol, Phil, Sue and Dave, Terry, Paul, Dave and Sylvia, Wendy, Celia, Anne and David S.
It was good to have our Stamford and Walsall friends join us for the walk.
 Thirteen of us set off from the Glasfryn at 09-50 with six more joining us just for the meal. 
 The weather was kind to us and thankfully we didn't experience the cold 12 m.p.h ENE forecast and it seemed much warmer than the - 3 Celsius feel-like temperature that we were anticipating.
 Overall the walk was quite pleasant with relatively good conditions underfoot. The muddiest section came as we took a path adjacent to a wood on the North side of Soughton and on a path through rough pasture on the South west side of the same village.
 I anticipated stopping around 11-00 or just afterwards so that we could all have a drink. We didn't see any obvious place to stop, and no-one seemed desperate to stop. The front runners on this occasion had set a cracking pace, so I had to impose a "Crystallised Ginger stop" as we emerged from the path at Vownog, Soughton, otherwise we would have been in danger of arriving back at the Glasfryn before they opened!
 The only really new section of the walk for most of us was on the Wat's Dyke Way across a small section of the dyke, East Soughton Farm.
 Thankfully we had sent Roger along the road as the three most difficult stiles were on this section, requiring you to pull yourself up, something that he finds difficult at present with his right shoulder giving him grief.
 Birds seen or heard today included: European robin, Common blackbird, Blue tit, Great spotted woodpecker, Common pheasant, Common buzzard, Jackdaw, Common starling, Woodpigeon, Wood nuthatch, Mistle thrush and Goldfinch.
 We arrived back at the Glasfryn in plenty of time to change and have a few drinks before our meals. 
 Everyone seemed to have enjoyed their meals and the venue so much, that I'm sure we will use it again for our annual meal some time in the future.
 Thanks to Michel's note system, paying the bill went without a hitch.
 The only downside for some was that they had run out of loyalty vouchers, so I've got an I.O.U for 19 vouchers to collect the next time I visit!