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Sunday 24th March 2019

Walk 1.  Carnedd y Filiast Leader Mike Wells Grade 1   10 miles. Start 0800hrs.

Walk 2.  Llansannan Leader Brian Arrowsmith Grade 3  7.5 miles Start 0900hrs.

John Roberts` blog re Phil`s walk from Nannerch

Ten walkers met up on a cool windy day, thankful that the weather had improved from the downpours of Saturday.

The first part involved walking up the rising path running through the Penbedw Estate.  Lambs and sheep were all around on this fertile land, with good views unfolding as height was gained.  We passed some Yurts high up on the path which then led to open country.

We continued to the car park below Moel Arthur and in a sheltered spot had refreshments in sunlight.  Next was the steep slope of Moel Llys y Coed  before swinging round to Moel Dywyll.  The wind was strong, bringing a big wind chill and we could now see across to the Clwyd Valley which had flooded fields next to the river.  A glider plied to and fro in the strong gusts which must have required a good pilot. We continued towards Moel Fammau and to the point where four paths meet and Phil announcing that we were making very good time, asked if we wanted to modify the walk so as to take in an extra mile or so.  All agreed to this and we slowly descended to the woods where a few weeks before we had had elevenses on Amanda`s walk.

We dropped height until we arrived at an area of broken trees were we had lunch.  There was a short hail shower, and the sun gave way to clouds and we continued on to Cilcain.  The path back to the Penbedw estate was a path of styles some easy some rickety.  We then reached the only really muddy section - a field of mud trampled by cattle.  It had a sticky clay consistency and indeed one could not linger for fear of sinking and being consumed by the land.  

We received a text from our friends on David`s walk.  They were in the Rhuddlan area and had reported big problems from the flooding and had to deviate from their route in the near toTwt Hill.  Perhaps we had been lucky, and our mud was not as bad as their water.

The route back from the high ground seemed longer than the approach but was through varied countryside and areas where it was obvious shooting was a key activity.  The walk length was about 11 miles and the ascent nearly 2000 foot.  Refreshments were had at the "Dragons Den" on the way back.

Thanks to Phil for this walk, and a few of us had not gone along the estate paths before nor the route from Cilcain - so that made it all the more interesting.

John D Roberts  17 03 2019