Sunday 26th January 2020

Walk 1. Hotel Cnicht  Leader Mike Wells  Grade 2  10 miles. Start 0800hrs.

Walk 2. Nercwys  Leader Hugh & Jacquie  Grade 3  7 miles Start 0900hrs.


Peter's blog re our Moel Huraddig walk on 19th January.

On a bright and sunny but cold morning 24 walkers set off from Prestatyn. The first part of the walk was along the Prestatyn to Dyserth Walkway, which follows the route of the old railway. The line closed in 1973 but there was a reminder of times past as we walked by the recently-opened Y Shed at Meliden.This former engine house is now a "hub" with small businesses and a cafe and so on.

We continued to the end of the Walkway where we stopped for a coffee break at the Maes Huraddig Nature Reserve.

At the end of the Walkway we turned right up the road and then left into Huraddig Road. I found the footpath on the right which then took us over fields with Moel Huraddig above us to our right.

I then followed the footpath that took us onto the access land and I then led our group to the fence above the Dyserth Quarry. This was a limestone quarry and it closed in the 1980's. In 1972 a blast at the quarry went wrong and a lot of rock debris landed on the village. Even the school had a rock through its roof. Fortunately there were no fatalities, but there were some injuries.

A few days later Sir Anthony Meyer who was the local M P raised the matter in Parliament and demanded that there be no more blasting at the quarry.

We then walked along the ridge of Moel Huraddig , or Dyserth Mountain, to the top.

During the Iron Age the Moel was occupied as a hillfort. There is evidence of ramparts having been built on the eastern side. The western side is so steep that ramparts were not needed.

The views were excellent, particularly to the west, with the snow-capped hills of Snowdonia on the horizon.   Rhuddlan Castle was prominent, with Bodrhyddan Hall a little nearer, as we looked out over the whole of the Vale of Clwyd.

We then had to negotiate a rather slippery descent to the road. The frost had long gone; it was the mud that was the problem.

I found a place for lunch overlooking the village of Cwm, still with an excellent view.

After lunch we dropped down to the outskirts of Cwm and then walked up through a wood and crossed over a road. We then walked over fields with a good view of the Gop Hill above Trelawnyd.

We then followed the Offa's Dyke Path towards Prestatyn. There was quite a lot of mud on some sections. This has to be expected in the Winter.

At Meliden we left the ODP and walked down past the old quarry and rejoined the Walkway. We then followed the Walkway back to Prestatyn High Street. Quite a number of us then enjoyed teas coffees and cakes in the Torello Lounge.

I enjoyed leading the walk.

The length of the walk was 9 miles ,and the total ascent was 1400 feet. It goes to show we don't have to go far from home to find a great walk with wonderful views and a lot of variety. It underlines how lucky we are to live where we do, with all of this on our doorstep.

Peter Simpson   20-1-2020