Sunday November 26th

Walk 1.  PorthPenrhyn  Leader Dave Salter Grade 3  6.5 miles / Start 0830hrs.


Dear all,  

For the third time in recent weeks it is my sad duty to advise you of the death of one of our members.
Mrs Christina Lewis of St Asaph has passed away after a lengthy period of ill health . I will advise funeral arrangements as soon as they are to hand.
Christina was Perry Robert,s sister and usually joined her on our walks  ,occasionally leading. Christina had not been able to walk with us in recent months but nevertheless she will be remembered for the contribution that she made to the club and I will contact her family to express our condolences.
Yours sincerely,   Hugh Irving.


John Roberts` blog re Judith`s Tremeirchion walk


A walk in this area was to have been led by Sandra.  Her friend Judith, at relatively short notice, decided to lead a walk along some of the paths Sandra would have gone.  Today`s walk was done in Sandra`s memory.


Twenty five members of the club met up in the quiet leafy village of Rhuallt on a calm slightly cloudy morning.  Judith led the way uphill along what used to be a Roman road onto a footbridge over the A55.  An easy trek over fields on gently rising ground followed.  To our left we could make out Rhuallt castle through the trees,  This looked like a "folly" for no-one with defence in mind would have chosen a location on the side of a hill like that.

After crossing a minor road the path went through woods on the outskirts of St Beunos College/Retreat.  This is a peaceful spot which must enhance the religious contemplation of people staying there.

One or two awkward stiles were encountered which needed care, but before long we arrived at a grassy bank where morning coffee was taken.  The views were clear over to the coast and a distant Tryfan could be seen.  Hugh read out a message to the group from Sandra`s two sons which was well appreciated.  During the reading the sun came out and lit up the autumn colours, and people were left with their own thoughts.

People knew Sandra in varying degrees, but you did not have to be in her presence long to realise that you were in the company of a lady who had an enormous resolve and focus to complete a task once started.  Easily likeable, she was popular and    well respected, and always seemed to have time for people.


Our location looked down upon a steep hill upon which is perched a small church.  Judith said it was known as the Rock Church and it is in an extraordinary location.  I later found out that it`s formal name is St Mary`s and was build in the 1860-70 period by the Jesuit Priest Ignatius Scoles and is associated with the St Beuno complex.

We then walked through fields and passed by church of Corpus Christi Tremeirchion, and Alan confirmed that the rare "Vinegar Bible" is associated with this church.

After passing by "Cae Gwyn" the route passed aound Graig Tremeirchion.  In this area we spotted a large cave in which I later found out had been discovered human bones of age 36000 BC and mammoth bone too.  It is thought that the caves also were amoung the last places occupied by Neanderthals before extinction. It is of international importance.

The route then turned upwards and along very pleasant lanes to a sheltered spot with wide distant views, where we had lunch.


Continuing on we went up Cefn Du, and the Offa`s Dyke path passed a private wind generator swishing in a gentle breeze.  We were now going in a homeward direction and after a couple of miles spotted a "fairy ring".  These things have some dubious explanations and beliefs associated with them, but Louise gave the scientific explanation, and for me, this was a much more fascinating set of facts than the folklore.

Approaching Rhuallt, we came across a friendly horse who insisted on walking us across his field to the exit gate. We arrived back at the cars having done almost 7.5 miles and a surprising 2017 feet of ascent.   This was a very enjoyable walk which was on fairly easy terrain and which allowed people to chat.

We thank Judith for leading this walk which I understand linked two or three of her favourite paths in this area, and for taking the time out 10 days previously to do the recce.  We also thank Myles and Wilson for sending us their message, and to Hugh for reading it out.


John Roberts 19 11 2017


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