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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.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Walks and Dates June 2017

Thursday 1st June 2017.
Llanarmon-yn-Ial, Eryrys and Moel y Gyw.
Distance:8-10 miles; Climb:1500'.
Start:Pistyll Gwyn Quarry car park. 1 mile north of Llanarmon-yn-Ial. Grid ref: SJ189574.
Leave Chester at 9-00 a.m.
This walk uses two walks taken from Carl Roger's book "Walking in the Clwydian Hills". We have completed both walks before, but have never tried to link them together before. The Eryrys walk is described as exploring the lesser-known limestone hills separated from the main Clwydian ridge by the Alyn Valley. Views throughout the walk are superb! The second walk involves the ascent of Moel Gyw which also has superb views of the Clwydian Hills to both the north and the south.
The last time we did this walk in November 2015, we had to negotiate a path that was partially flooded in order to get to a footbridge over a river in spate. Hopefully at this time of the year it shouldn't be to bad underfoot. Last time out we reduced the walk to about 8 miles, so there is agood chance we will do the same today.
Saturday 3rd June 2017.
Tegg's Nose and Macclesfield Forest.
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 8th June 2017. 
Postponed - heavy rain forecast for most of the day.
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!
Saturday 10th June 2017.
Postponed - heavy rain forecast for most of the day.
 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 walk was originally planned for February 2017, but had to be postponed due to bad weather. Hopefully this won't happen at this time of the year.
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.
Thursday 15th June 2017.
Prestatyn, Talacre and The Point of Ayr.
Distance: 10 miles. Climb: 200'.
Start at Prestatyn Barkby Beach.. I suggest that you park at Beach Hotel car park, (£2-50 less than the pay and display car park!) on the large parking area by the PC,  Grid ref: SJ068839
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m. You will need to go into the hotel to purchase a car park ticket.
This is a walk that is always on the list at this time of the year, as it is always a good time to see Little terns, so bring binoculars with you. Hopefully we will see orchids too.
High tide is at about 15-30, and is about 26', so we go through the Golg Course, Caravan Park and The Warren Nature Reserve on the way to Talacre and the Point of Air.We will take lunch using one of the picnic tables along the path leading to the Point Of Air. We will decide on the day whether to extend the walk as far as the RSPB observation point. Our return route will be along the beach. 
Saturday 17th June 2017.
Marbury Country Park and More.
Start: Marbury Country Park car Park (Pay and Display £2-50 last time). Grid ref: SJ652763.
Distance: 8 miles. Climb: 500'.
Leave Chester at 09-300 a.m.
This is a later start than usual because we will be calling in at Focal Point Optics at Higher Whitley before we start the walk, and they open at 10-00 a.m. on Saturday mornings.
The walk is taken from an old Country Walking Magazine. It is described as a varied walk with exploring contrasting aspects of Cheshire's varied landscape.  Including the Meres and the Anderton Boat Lift.. The terrain is easy going, along field paths, back lanes and along the towpath, although it can be marshy around Pickmere.  There is a short section along the main road before picking up the towpath at Wincham. Bring binoculars with you if you can.
Thursday 22nd June 2017.
Eglwyseg Escarpment and Trevor Rocks.
Distance: 9-10 miles. Climb:1200'. Can be made shorter if need be.
Start: Off road parking on the Panorama road just East of the monument. Grid ref: SJ247426.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
This must be one of the best walks in the Llangollen area, especially on a sunny day. a walk that makes you feel like you're  on top of the world with superb views in all directions, including the Dee Valley, Dinas Bran, the Llantysilio Mountains and the Berwyns. Always a favourite walk and on the
list at least once every year
Saturday 24th June 2017.
Aled Isaf and More.
Distance: 10-11 miles. Climb: 1500'.
Start: Off road parking just before the dam on Llyn Aled. Grid ref: SH916579.
Leave Chester at 08-30 a.m.
This walk was originally planned for the end of last month.
This walk is taken from Dave Berry's book "Walks on the Denbigh Moors" or his slightly newer book "Hidden Heart of North Wales". The walk explores the expansive  tract of moorland and upland pastures around  Llyn Aled and  Aled Isaf. The route in part follows tracks not easily seen and is for experienced walkers only.  At one point the walk follows a delightful upland path via Llys Dymper, before returning South over the moorland top of Foel Lwyd. The extension allows us to explore moorland paths over Moel Bengam and Cefn Du along paths that I have wanted to explore for some time. Has been known to be boggy, but hopefully not too boggy at this time of the year. As an extra challenge we may complete this walk in an anticlockwise direction, the opposite way to the way we normally complete the walk!
The last time we did this walk in October 2015 we shortened the walk to 9 miles and a climb of just under 800'.
Thursday 29th June 2017.
Moel Arthur and Around Moel Plas-yw.
Distance: 8.0 miles; Climb:1250'.
Start: Car park area West of Cilcain. Grid ref: SJ170652.
To get to the parking area, at the crossroads in Cilcain turn right (Eastward), past the White Horse, Church and Village hall, at the end of a few houses on the right turn, left and the parking area is a few hundred yards further on on the right. 
This walk is one we did last year and includes most of  one of the walks from Dave Berry's book ""More Walks on the Clwydian Hills". The Moel Plas-yw walk impressed us last time with its excellent views and delightful woodland valley paths. I suggest a visit to the summit of Moel Arthur could be an extension at the end of the walk for most of us or maybe not!
Leave Chester at 9-00 a.m.

Eglwyseg Escarpments and Trevor Rock 22nd June 2017

Treking through the bracken above Trevor rocks.
Our first view of Dinas Bran from the path above Tevor Rocks.
Smiling in the rain, well at least some are!
Not Brexit again!
Thistles by demand.
Lokingn back towards the Eglwyseg Escarpments.
The start of the walk on the top of th Eglwyseg Escarpments.
Exploring a new path across the top of the escarpments.
The Egwyseg Escarpments from a new vantage point.
Last look at the limestone cliffs  with clouds starting gather.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.3 miles. Climb:1694'.
Time; 5 hours 29 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.0 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Sue and Michel, Phil, Mal, Wendy, Celia, Paul, Tim and Carol.
We set off on the walk with very light rain, but enough to warrant waterproofs, although a few did stop a little later to put on their jackets. 
 Views for most of the morning were minimal and left much to the imagination, but at least the Skylarks were still singing.
 It was good to have Tim and Carol join us for the first time since relocating to the midlands. It was a pity that the weather wasn't behaving itself, although it was still more pleasant walking today than it would have been had we been walking in the heat of yesterday (.30 Celsius).
 Paul, Tim and Carol had other commitments later in the day and decided to make their own way back just before lunch.
 The rest of us continued on route and around mid-day the rain stopped and the clouds lifted and we started to get the kind of views we have come to expect on this walk.
 We stopped for lunch on our usual spot overlooking the Eglwyseg Valley, using suitable perches in the  limestone outcrops adjacent to the path. The Sun even came out briefly as we had lunch.
 After lunch we set off on our usual rout across the top of the escarpments, but decided to explore one of the higher paths to avoid one of the more awkward gully paths. This proved a good choice ands probably one we will use again in the future.
 We arrived back at the car, having had a superb walk, despite the initial poor weather, but in reality this walk rarely disappoints.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Skylark, Stonechat, Wheatear, Meadow pipit, Carrion crow, Raven, Common buzzard, jackdaw, Common kestrel and Common blackbird.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Pant-yr-Ochain, Gresford, where some of us enjoyed a pint one of of our favourite tipples - Purple Moose's "Snowdonia Ale".

Sunday, 18 June 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. 
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.
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.
To be arranged if there is demand.
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.
To be arranged if there is demand.

Marbury Country Park and More 17th June 2017

Water lilies in flower on Budworth Mere.
Budworth Mere from the West as we started the walk.
A Cootlet on Pick Mere just a few feet from our lunch spot.
A Great cormorant on the landing stage near our lunch spot.
Me and the kids.
Mute swan and cygnets on the shore of Pick Mere.
A Grey heron on the Trent and Mersey Canal.
Great Budworth church from the Trent and Mesey Canal.
Looking across Budworth Mere towards Great Budworth from Big Wood in Marbury Country Park.
Binocular testing with a bit of bird watching.
See below for was he looking at?
Mute swan with seven large cygnets.
Walk stats: Distance: 7.6 miles. Climb: 299'
Time: 4 hours 18 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.5 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Mike.
The day didn't start well, with Celia deciding that she wasn't feeling too good and didn't want to risk walking, particularly as high temperatures had been forecast.
We started by heading for Focal Point Optics at Higher Whitley so that Mike could look at a variety of binoculars with the hope of buying one as his retirement gift from the local authority.
 Whilst testing out the binoculars we were luck enough to see a juvenile Great spotted woodpecker on the feeders just below us.
 After about an hour, Mike eventually decided on the pair that suited him, so with new binoculars in hand we headed for Marbury Country Park to give then a real test.
 We set off at about 11-30, wondering if we could cope with heat and exposure to lots of sunshine.
The first stop was at the screen overlooking the reedbed, where blooming Water lilies looked great and lots of Coots could be seen as well as a couple of Great crested grebes.
 Our first trek across open country was on the path heading for Great Budworth, but thankfully at this point clouds blocked out the Sun to give us some relief.
 We had a brief section of woodland to go through before taking the road to Great Budworth, but even on along the road we were able to walk in the shade of trees or houses for most of the way.
 On leaving Great Budworth and heading for Pick Mere were in open countryside and had no shelter from the searing sunshine until we reached the mere.
 We decided to have an extended lunch here, sitting in the shade overlooking Pick Mere and watching young people messing about in the water. It looked very tempting to take of my boots and cool my feet in the water.
 After lunch the road section through Wincham, not the most scenic part of the walk, when once again we were exposed to the Sun's rays.
 Thankfully once we were on the towpath of the Trent and Mersey Canal, we were largely walking in the shade.
 Arriving at the footbridge over the canal, we decided to explore Big Wood, rather than visit the Anderton Boat Lift as again we could enjoy walking in the shade of the trees back to the car.
 We finished the walk by once more visiting the screen overlooking the reedbed. On this occasion we saw a family of Mute swans, parent birds with seven large cygnets.
 As we arrived back at Marbury Country Park, we he a lot of happy sounding children's voices and some squeals and  wondered where it was coming from. We discovered that the Park had put up a giant pool - what a perfect day for for children to be splashing about in water.
 We arrived back at the car, having had a good walk despite the heat, but thankful it wasn't any longer!
 Birds seen or heard today included: Common coot, Mute swan, Great crested grebe, Woodpigeon, Carrion crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Blackbird, Blue tit, House sparrow, Great spotted woodpecker, Common blackbird, Barn swallow, Mallard, Mute swan, Common whitethroat, Reed bunting, Goldfinch, Great cormorant and Black-billed magpie.
 After letting the car inside cool down a bit we headed home and refreshment at the Netherton Hall at Frodsham where Lees bitter and iced Coca cola went down well.
 Overall a good day out with all objectives accomplished.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Prestatyn to Talacre and Back 15th June 2015

The Little Tern Colony at Gronant.
The Little Tern Colony at Gronant.
"Well it's like this".
Sea holly and orchid in Gronant sand dunes.
Sedge warbler in the coastal marsh off Presthaven Holiday park.
Ring plover on the beach off Presthaven Holiday park.
Ring plover on the beach off Presthaven Holiday park.
Blue skies above Point of Ayr Lighthouse.
What is this in the march grass at Talacre? 
Is it really a giant tortoise?
A Pyramidal orchid in the Warren.
Romance between crows.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.6 miles. Climb: Wind assisted 644' but in reality nearer 150'.
Time: 4 hours 22 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.6 m.p.h. Overall walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. 
Group: Martyn, Roger, David S, Wendy, Sue and Dave P.
Arriving at Prestatyn, the wind was a little stronger than we had expected, so we decided to head along the beach to Talacre so that the wind was behind us to avoid any sand being blown in our faces.
 The sea was well out all day, so we didn't see many wading birds up close, but we did see one Little tern looking for food over a pool quite nearby.
 Heading along the boardwalk we met two rangers from the local authority who gave us an update on future plans to extend the boardwalk to give a better view of the Little tern colony near the volunteer watch hut.
 Skylarks seemed to be everywhere, despite the notice saying that informed us the the Talacre Skylarks were in trouble.
 Just before the Lighthouse came into sight, two of the group deserted, and  headed back to fulfil grandparent duties.
 We saw very few people on the beach until the lighthouse was in sight, but even then there wasn't that many.
Approaching the picnic tables overlooking the marsh West of Point of Ayr, we felt heavy drops of rain, but thankfully they didn't last, so we could enjoy lunch being serenaded by singing Skylarks.
 Th return route through the Warren was uneventful, but as we approached the caravan site, three more disappeared into the distance never to be seen again! Well not until we got back to the cars.
 Wild flowers were in abundance adding to the delights of this gentle walk.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Herring gull, Lesser black back gull, Little tern, Meadow pipit, Barn swallow, House martin, Mute swan, Mallard, Coot, Sedge warbler, Carrion crow, Oystercatcher, Reed bunting, House sparrow, Linnet, Little egret, Grasshopper warbler and Common starling.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Bluebell Inn at Halkyn where the Cheshire Brewery's Squirrel's Jump went down well.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Tegg's Nose and Macclesfield Forest 3rd June 2017

Macclesfield Forest and Shutlinglsoe from Tegg's Nose.
Investigating the stone crusher in Tegg's Nose Country Park.
Bottom's Reservoir and and Shutlinglsoe from Tegg's Nose.
Cattle grazing in Tegg's Nose Country Park.
A delightful path through Macclesfield Forest on the way to Charity Lane.
Hang gliders over Shining Tor from our lunch spot near the Charity Lane entrance 
to Macclesfield Forest.
The path to Higher Ballgreave Farm.
Looking back towards Wickinford Farm.
Looking back towards Wickinford Farm from the re-routed path over Ely Brow to Snip House.
The informed finger post at Snipe House.
We went "This Way".
Field Forget-Me-Nots as we approached Tegg's Nose Country Park near the end of the walk.
Tegg's Nose and Sutton Common in our sights - nearly there!
Walk stats: Distance: 8.8 miles. Climb: 1740'.
Time: 6 hours 3 minutes. On the move walking average: 1.9 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.5 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Mike.
This is usually a walk that we usually do at some point during the Winter months, so doing it in Summer conditions was something new.
 In the main the weather was warm and sunny with a pleasant cooling wind at times, only clouding over for the last mile when we even felt a few drops of the wet stuff.
 Much improvements had been done along the route, with stiles replaced by kissing gates and duck boards put in one of the places that in the past were very difficult to negotiate without getting wet feet.
 As a change we decided to explore the path via Wickinford Farm and Snipe House, thankfully well signed as the path had been re-routed as it crossed a stream and went through the the wood and over Ely Brow.
 It was such a good day for walking that we really did dawdle, admiring the views and the flowers as we went.
 Lunch was taken near Charity Lane, where we took advantage of a bench with views towards Shining Tor and the Cat's Fiddle. Hang gliders performed over Shining Tor as we had lunch.
 Birds seen or heard included: Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Raven, Woodpigeon, Common chaffinch, Common blackbird, Mallard, Pied wagtail, European robin, Goldfinch, Common kestrel, Barn swallow, Rook, Skylark, Lapwing and Eurasian curlew.
 We arrived back at the car, having had an excellent walk and celebrated with a cup of tea and coffee at the Tegg's Nose Cafe before we headed home.
 Tegg's Nose and Macclesfield Forest will in future be a Summer walk and we can look forward dry mud conditions and clean boots at the end of the day!

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!