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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, 18 August 2017

Halkyn, Limestone, Lead and More 17th August 2017

The Liverpool skyline as we descend towards Castle Wood.
Holiday experiences on the menu as they meander through Castle Wood.
Moel Famau and the Clwydian Hilld from the trig point on Billins, Halkyn Mountain.
At the trig point on Billins, Halkyn Mountain.
Lime kilns on the South west side of Bryn Mawr Quarry.
Our lunch spot on the North of the Pant-y-pwll-dwr Quarry.
Looking North across the Pant-y-pwll-dwr Quarry.
"Do we really have to go up there?"
The panorama looking Northwards from the Moel-Ffagnallt Millenium Cairn.
Capped mine shafts on Halkyn Mountain as w head for the Catch  wireless masts.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.6 miles. Climb: 1141'.
Time: 5 hours 26 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall wealk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Jim. Celia and Paul.
This turned out to be a superb day for walking, largely Sunny, pleasantly warm and occasionally a cooling breeze.
 Distant views were good, especially towards the Dee estuary and the Clwydian Hills.
 Our only disappointment was to find the path we usually take along the West side of the Pant-y-pwll-dwr Quarry is now closed. This forced us to rethink the route and find a new lunch spot. This trned out to be a small quarry North of the Pant-y-pwll-dwr Quarry, where we found plenty of suitable stones to sit on. Thankfully we were also hidden from the passing traffic on the nearby road.
 after lunch we headed along the East side of the Pant-y-pwll-dwr Quarry, much of it on a path that gave extensive views into this vast quarry.
 Our planned route was to take us across fields to Moe-Ffagnallt via Lilly Hill farm, but this time our way was blocked by a flood on the road East of Cefn-y-gildia farm, and much too deep for Celia to test out her new boots!
 After a short rest at the Millenium Cairn on Moel-Ffagnallt we headed across Halkyn Mountain back to the start.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Common buzzard, Jackdaw, Raven, Common kestrel, Black-billed magpie, Goldfinch, House sparrow and Barn swallow.
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Blue Bell Inn at Halkyn where one of the real ciders went down well. Celia was a bit mift as her usual "posh" lager was no longer on offer and she had to put up with a bottle of Pirroni.

Sunday, 13 August 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.
This walk will probably reappear on the list 
September or October.
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.

Two Walks Around Pentrefoelas 12th August 2017

Looking South over Pentrefoelas.
Not easy easy for me to photograph, but at least you can tell that it is a Red kite.
Looking South towards Pentrefoelas on the Hiraethog Trail.
The surprise of the day a car rally on the A543 heading towards Denbigh.
It's hard to believe that this quite lane to Gorse Nug is yellow on the OS map.
The track heading South west towards Ty'n Llwyn.
Blue skies at last. Looking over Ty'n Llwyn towards Cefnen Wen and the Denbigh Moors.
An even better view towards Cefnen Wen and the Denbigh Moors.
A pleasant track to walk on, but not for a motorised vehicle.
Back on the Hiraethog Trail, heading East towards Bryn Prys.
Ed on the path just South of Gallt-y-celyn.
Walk stats: 
North and South of Pentrefoelas.
Distance: 6.9 miles. Climb: 590'.
Time: 3 hours 30 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.9 m.p.h.
South west of Pentrefoelas.
Distance: 4.0 miles, Climb: 299'.
Time: 1 hour 51 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.4 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.2 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Ed.
Weather-wise this was somewhat annoying, the rain was a stop start all morning, but never enough to really wet you and only lasting for a few minutes at a time. Nevertheless w still had our waterproof jackets on all morning, but never felt the need to put overtrousers on.
 On reaching the open moorland, distant views were getting better, Moel Siabod could clearly be seen, but the higher tops were still in cloud.
 As usual we failed to spot the "Stone Rows" identified on the OS map, but apparently they are very harder to see due to field improvements that have been made. As they only consist of small limestone stones, we probably would have needed to go right up to them in order to see them. However there are a similar better preserved set of stone rows on the South west of Cefnen Wen at SH8852753713 that may be worth investigating the next time we walk in the area.
 As we arrived at the A543, near Hafod y Dre, we were treated to seeing about ten old sports cars pass by on a rally of some sort.
 The final approach towards Pentrefoelas from Plas Iolyn was new to me, always a bonus.
 Having found no suitable perching spots, we decided to have lunch at the car park in Pentrefoelas, where we new we could use the riverside picnic tables or the shelter if needed.
 At this point the rain became quite heavy, so we were grateful to be able use the bench in latter.
After a longer than usual lunch break, the rain eventually stopped and we experienced more and more  blue skies and sunshine as time went on.
 The walk South west of Pentefoelas started off on a good green track, passing first Tyn-y-wern and then along the access track to Ty'n Llwyn.
 The track South of Pont Newydd, in theory could have been used by vehicles, but the size of the gates and the state of the track meant that this is no longer possible, but for walkers it is OK, although it was necessary to walk along the adjacent field edge at times.
 We arrived back at the cars in glorious sunshine, having had a good day walking (over 10 miles in all involving a climb of just under 1000').
 All it needed now was a beer at the Foelas Arms, but alas it wasn't to be, the door was open, but the only welcome w got was from two small dogs - no one was there to serve us, so after five minutes waiting we left still thirsty.
 Birds seen or heard today included: Europen robin, Blue tit, House sparrow, Meadow pipit, Barn swallow, Pied wagtails, Winter wren, Common buzzard and Red kite.
 Eventually I did enjoy a pint at the Blue Bell Inn at Halkyn, where Facer's Summer Ale went down well.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Walk and Dates September 2017

Saturday 2nd September 2017.
Around Llyn Trawsfynnyd. 
Distance: 8 miles. Climb: 1000'.
Start: Trawsfynydd Cafe and Fishing Permit Car Park, just off the A470 down the road to the Power Station. Grid ref: SH696383.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
This is another walk that Ed has found. It is in a walk that is totally new to me, so I will enjoy exploring this area.
 It is described as a fine 8 mile walk with spectacular views in places. The walk goes round the lake in a clockwise direction, heading South towards the village of Trawsfynnydd. It involves a small section of the A470, but doing the walk this way round gets the road section over quite early in to the walk. Thankfully it is also on a wide footpath. After this the route heads towards the lake and crosses what is described as a unique footbridge. The route on the West side of the lake, looks as though it may be interesting in terms of path finding, whilst the section on the North side is described as going through as a swampy section, so this might be challenging too!
Thursday 7th September 2017.
Llansannan and Mynydd Tryfan.
Distance: 8-10 miles; Climb:1500'.
Start:Car park behind PC opposite the Post Office in Llansannan. Grid ref:SH933658.
Leave Chester 9-00 a.m.
This walk is mainly a walk taken from Lorna Jenner's book "Walking in the Vale of Clwyd". This is a varied walk along the Afon Aled and its tributaries, through rolling pastures edge with thick hedges and pockets of woodland, with a backdrop of mountains. However we will include an extension to include Mynydd Tryfan.
Saturday 9th September 2017.
Astbury Mere and More.
Distance: 10 miles. Climb:500'.
Start: Astbury Mere Country Park. Grid ref: SJ846627.
Leave Chester 08-30.
The described part of the walk is taken from the Patherfinder Guide to Cheshire. It is described as following mainly enclosed tracks, part of the Macclesfield Canal and visits the attractive village of Astbury. The extension is along the canal to High Town, the Gritstone Trail to Dane in Shaw, field paths to Heather Bank farm and Northward back to the canal and the described walk.
Thursday 14th September 2017.
The Alun Valley, Moel y Waun, Llyn Gweryd and Limestone Pastures.

Distance:11 miles; Climb: 2000'.
I'm sure we will look for a few short cuts to bring the distance down a little!
Start: Llandegla Village car park, adjacent to the bus shelter and opposite the Post Office. Grid ref: SJ196523.
Leave Chester at 9-00 a.m.
This walk combines another two walks from Dave Berry's book "Walks on the Clwydian Hills". He describes one walk as being delightful and the other as being an easy walk with scenic delights. What more could we want from a walk, and as we know Dave Berry is frequently delighted on his walks! From past experience parts of the route can be muddy underfoot.
Saturday 16th September 2017.
Deganwy Castle and the Great Orme.
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 21st September 2017.
Denbigh Castle, Goblin Fields and St Dyfnog's Well.
Distance: 9-10 miles. Climb: 670'
Start: Roadside parking by the weir, West of Brookhouse Mill and Pottery. Take the A525 from Denbigh. Just before the Brookhouse Mill Tavern on the A525, at a signpost for "Pottery", turn right (West), go past the marked parking bays for the pottery   and park on the left side of the road by the weir. Grid ref: SJ069656.
Leave Chester at 9-00 a.m.
These two walks are taken from Dave Berry's book "Walks in the Vale of Clwyd". One walk explores the attractive and varied countryside between Llanrhaeadr and Brookhouse and gives us the opportunity to see again the famous Tree of Jesse medieval stained glass window (1533) and Ann Parry's gravestone with its inscription"God kept His word".  The walk also includes two mile of riverside  alongside the Afon Ystrad and Afon Clwyd
The second walk is described as interesting and takes a "green"approach to a little known castle in Wales.
Saturday 23rd September 2017.
Coed Creigiau and Cefn Cyfarwydd.
Distance:8 miles; Climb:1800'.
Start: Trefriw Car park. Grid ref:SH782630.
Leave Chester 8-00 a.m.
This walk is taken from Dave Berry's book "Walks Around Betws-y-Coed and the Conwy Valley". He describes it as an exhilarating walk exploring the little known upland area North of Trefriw, utilising scenic upland roads offering extensive views. We will also include part of the way-marked path through Coed Creigiau.
Thursday 28th September 2017.
The Gorsedd Round, Pen-y-Ball and Pantasaph.
Distance:10-11 miles,. Climb:1000’.
Start: Roadside parking at Lloc. Turn left by the public house if approaching from Holywell on the A5026 on right if approaching on the A5026 from its nearest junction with the A55. Grid ref:SJ145765.
Leave Chester at 09-00 a.m.
This walk combines two walks from Dave Berry's book " Walks Around Holywell and Halkyn Mountain". we have done both walks many times before, but not often together. One walk explore the area between Holywell and Pantasaph, including the grounds of the friary. The other walk explores the attractive undulating countryside North of Gorsedd and Carmel.
 Although this walk can be upto 11 miles, we usually take a few short cuts to make the walk under ten miles.
 The last time we did this walk, we explored a path through the golf course, but couldn't find where the path left the golf course near the fisheries. I thought that this time we might investigate the path from the fisheries end to see if it really does exist!
Saturday 30th September 2017.
No walk - I will be going to a family  birthday celebration in Aldridge.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Another Ceiriog Valley Walk from Pontricket - E, A 10th August 2017

The Afon Ceiriog, East of Pontricket.
"You don't think you are coming this way, do you?"
The tramway at Pandy - looking westward.
Which one of Harris Hikers would be best suited to this role?
The delightful woodland path on the Ceiriog Trail heading for Gelli.
As ever - which way now?
The Teirw valley from the North.
Heather moorland at its best.
Another cairn conquered, well nearly! 
Does this cairn have a name - it isn't marked on the OS map.
Down hill all the way now, unless we extend the walk a little.
Looking South over Tregeiriog to the hills beyond.
The Afon Ceiriog from the bridge near the mill at Tregeiriog.
Walk stats: Distance: 7.9 miles (6 miles), Climb: 1076'.
Time: 5 hours 7 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.5 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, David S and Phil.
 A very select group, just three of us set from Pontricket along the valley towards Pandy. A good forecast was on the cards, so we were anticipating good walking conditions. It was, although at times the lack of any wind made it feel pretty warm and humid. We shouldn't complain, this was certainly the best weather we have experienced on the open moorland East of Rhyd Caledwynt.
 This was the first time that we have walked on the North side of the Teirw Valley and the route West of Gelli wasn't easy to find or in places negotiate. In future I think we will stick to the Ceiriog Trail until it meets the Upper Ceiriog Way.
 We decided to have lunch at the highest point as the Upper Ceiriog Way entered open moorland. At this point the Ling was in full bloom, quite stunning and the best display we have seen this year.
 Route finding across the open more was easy, now that we have done it a few times, bet it in the opposite direction.
 After a slight detour to visit the larg cairn seen from the path to it South east.
 After reaching the road and the Tregeiriog path above Ty-Uchaf, Phil decided to head home as it was his wife's birthday. The rest of us headed for Tregeiriog and back to Pontricket on the Southern side of the river, giving us another opportunity to "enjoy" the climb fro Pen y Bont to the Pontricket layby.
 Birds seen or heard today were few, but included: Carrion crow, Rook, Raven, Common buzzard, Meadow pipit and Barn swallow.
 Overall a very enjoyable walk,
 After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Pant-yr-Ochain at Gresford, where we sat outside, in the shade of course slaking our thirst on Snowdonia Ale and Brunning and Price's bitter.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

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

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

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Traeth Lavan and its Foothills 29th July 2017

The Free Car Park at Abergwyngeryn on the old road to Penmaenmawr.
The Afon Aber at Abergwyngeryn - the start of our walk today.
The view over Abergwyngeryn as we started the climb to to North Wales Path.
Looking towards the Aber Valley and the  lower hills of the Carneddau.
Our view as we arrived at the junction with the North Wales Path, but not the way ahead for us today.
The North Wales Path, Anglesy and Puffin Island ahead.
Penrhyn Castle as we headed across the field towards The Spinnies.
The bird of the day at The Spinnies Nature Reserve.
The bird of the day at The Spinnies Nature Reserve.
The bird of the day, now perched in the sunlight.
A few of the Mute swans on the coast as we headed towards Abergwyngregyn along the Coastal Path.
Not just birds we had flowers and butterflies too.
The foothills that we traversed in the morning.
Ed tip toeing through ...!
Cars of the future - flower powered!
This must be the ideal aim for Gove's policy to reduce the impact of petrol and diesel powered cars.
Well it is probably just as likely to work!
Walk stats: Distance: 8.2 miles. Climb: 1159'. Probably a little wind assisted on the GPS.
Time: 5 hours 6 minutes. On the move walk average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h. (Mostly because we spent about twenty minutes watching a Kingfisher at The Spinnies nature Reserve).
Group: Martyn and Ed.
As we approached Abergwyngeryn, we made a last minute decision to park at the free car park in the village, rather than use either of the coastal car parks marked on the route description. This also has the advantage of having a small information centre, beautifully maintained  with toilets too. I'm sure we will use this as a start for walks in the future.
 Just after nine we started our climb out of Abergwyngeryn, heading for the North Wales Path and then to follow it Westward.
 It confused me a little as I remembered it passing through a cross shape woodland, still on the math but now no more!
 This grassy track was delightful, giving superb coastal views, occasionally only marred by power lines.
 We noticed that footpath marker indicated that we were following three walks, the North Wales Path, the Pilgrim's way and the Circular Path. We later came across a sign that said we were on a Penrhyn Estate route.
 So far we had encountered no stiles and lots of very welcome gates  (not there on any of my previous visits) and this continued to the end of the walk, except for one stile, but we were still able to use the adjacent gate.
 However we still encountered a known "hazard", the cow dung enhance track past the farm to the road near The Spinnies Nature Reserve.
 We entered the hide at The Spinnies Nature Reserve, looked on to the pond and all we could see was a few Mallard and Blue tits and Great tits on the feeders  and then simultaneously we both proclaimed "Kingfisher!".
 Thankfully it wasn't put off by our shouts of delight as it perched on a post just a few yards in front of us, and then flew off to perch on  a log that was in bright sunshine - no doubt now the Kingfisher was the bird of the day!
 As we left the hide we saw over fifty Mute swans on the sea close to the tide line, but after having had lunch on the picnic tables at the Aber-Ogwen Car Park, they seemed to have disappeared cf. of a coastal walk with Roger. However on this occasion we did see them again as they moved towards Llanfairfechan along the water edge.
 Birds seen or heard today included: House sparrow, Carrion crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Comon buzzard, Meadow pipit, House martin, Barn swallow, Meadow pipit, Stonechat, Blue tit, Great tit, Chaffinch, Wheatear, Mallard, Little egret, Mute swan, Oystercatcher, Black-headed gull, Herring gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Eurasian curlew and Kingfisher.
 This was a really enjoyable walk, that I am sure we will do many times more.
 This was a walk that was completed in almost perfect conditions, pleasantly warm, a cool wind at times, only two spots of rain and just half an hour when I should have put on my sun hat!
 On the way home I called in at the Blue Bell Inn for a takeaway for a celebratory glass of cider. Steve and his wife are heading to Scotland for an extended break/holiday. On leaving Steve shook my hand and said "Carry on walking. You will still be welcome".
Who will we see behind the bar the next time we call in at the Blue Bell Inn at Halkyn!