Wednesday Walkers – walk from Llanymynech – 11th April 2018
Ten members came on a nine mile walk from the car park behind the Dolphin Inn at Llanymynech. The walk started by following the line of the mainly disused Montgomery Canal from near where it passes over the (river) Afon Cain. This route took us north to Llynclys and then back South through a nature reserve and up to a wooded ridge joining Offa's Dyke path. The path eventually dropped down past a deserted Llanymynech golf course, the base of the limestone cliffs to the panoramic observation platform (with views blocked by mist). The route continued with the limestone quarry on the left, down the English Inclined Plane and then through a tunnel ending at the Hoffmann Kiln. Since afternoon tea was not available in Llanymynech we took the cars to Llynclys (which we passed on the walk) and thus to the Cambrian Heritage Railway. This was opened by special arrangement and we had tea and cakes in one of the railway carriages.
Wednesday Walkers enjoy 10 mile walk in mid-Cheshire, 14th March 2018
Nine members of the Wednesday Walking Group enjoyed a good walk of nearly ten miles starting and finishing at the Whitegate Station Café – where we finished with drinks and home made cakes. Go for the cakes even if you don't do any walking! See the picture of us enjoying our elevenses at the locks on the Weaver Navigation. Thanks to Pam Hamill for leading and to John Hammond for the original route.
Wednesday Walkers have a memorable walk under and along Eglwyseg Cliffs, 14 February 2018
A small group of Wednesday Walkers enjoyed an energetic 10-mile walk on Valentines Day, starting at the 'Panorama Layby' above Llangollen, following Offa's Dyke Path to Words End, and returning along and above the Eglwyseg Cliffs. Weather conditions weren't ideal, comprising sleet, ice, gales, mud and slippery limestone, but the views were wonderful, and it was good to explore a new area. We followed the walk described here in reverse, with an interesting variation towards the end. Thanks, Ian, for organising such a challenging walk, and to Colin for taking the photos.
Wednesday Walkers enjoy a splendid walk from Llanarmon DC 8th November 2017
The Wednesday Walking Group's November walk followed a route to the east and south of the starting point at Llanarmon DC in mid-Wales, with wonderful views across the Ceiriog Valley to the Berwyns. Thanks to Tony Crane for leading the walk, and to the Hand Hotel for providing us with a selection of tasty cakes after the walk. The photo, taken by John Brinkley, shows the group at the end of the walk adjacent to the Hotel.
Wednesday Walking Group enjoys lunch among the snowdrops, 3rd March 2017
The Wednesday Walking Group's walk on 3rd March 2017 started at the Coed y Felin Nature Reserve, then headed for Cilcain along woodland tracks, bridleways and field paths. After a leisurely lunch amongst the snowdrops, the walk returned down the Alyn River valley to the start. Thanks, Helen, for a most enjoyable walk, for arranging a dry sunny day, and for avoiding most of the worst mud!
Wednesday Walkers enjoy Breidden Hills in hot, sunny weather, 14 September 2016
Wednesday Walking Group's visit to the Breidden Hills, near Welshpool, was noteworthy on several counts. The intended route to the start crossed the River Severn on a minor road that had been closed for maintenance, so an unexpected diversion had to be devised. The walk itself climbed steeply up to Rodney's Pillar on Breidden Hill (erected in honour of Admiral George Rodney), then crossed to Middletown Hill before returning via footpaths, fields and tracks. Thanks, Ian, for a most enjoyable walk. There was no café at the end of the walk, but the Lord Moreton Pub, on the outskirts of Chirk, provided much needed tea and cakes on the way home.
Wednesday Walking Group has lunch with the Gruffalo - 9th March 2016!
On 4th April 2014 Stephen O'Brien, Eddisbury's MP at the time, officially opened the Oakmere Way, a much needed link for walkers between the Whitegate Way and Delamere Forest. On 9th March 2016 Chester U3A's Wednesday Walking Group set off from Stoneyford Nursery and headed along this new bridleway to Delamere Station, then headed up Pale Heights, with its seven standing stones, before dropping down for lunch with the Gruffalo (see photo). The walk continued through Delamere Forest, round Blakemere Moss, and back to Stoneyford where we enjoyed tea and wonderful cakes.
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Wednesday Walking Group enjoys Offa's Dyke in the mud!
On 10th February 2016 our Wednesday Walking Group assembled at a small car park near Craignant. The walk headed south on Offa's Dyke Path to Carreg-y-big, before heading north through Selattyn and looping round to pick up Offa's Dyke Path again back to Craignant. Thanks to Annie Bellinger for leading this walk on terrain that was unknown to most (all?) of those taking part. A memorable walk on several counts – plenty of sticky mud, an unusual view of Chirk Castle from above, and a sheltered spot in the porch of Selattyn Church for lunch. Click thumbnails for bigger images.
Wednesday Walkers sample the Welshpool & Llanfair Railway, 13th August 2014
Chester U3A's Wednesday Walkers walk on 13th August started at the Weshpool station of the Welshpool & Llanfair Railway. The 11 mile walk headed west via fields, tracks and roads, and finished at Llanfair Caereinion where the group enjoyed tea and cakes before returning to Welshpool by train. Thanks to John Brinkley who organised and led this interesting walk. John knows the area very well and provided us with plenty of interesting information about the railway en route.
Wednesday Walkers head for the Cheshire Ridge for their first walk of 2013
The Wednesday Walking Group headed for the Cheshire Ridge on 9th January for their first walk of 2013. The 8-mile walk started by the Candle Factory, headed north along the Sandstone Trail, looped back through Peckforton Woods, and then continued to Bulkeley Hill and Rawhead. It was slightly misty and a bit muddy in places, but no rain! Thanks, Tim, for leading the walk.
Wednesday Walkers don't worry about a bit of frost!
Fourteen hardy walkers from Chester U3A's Wednesday Walking Group braved sub-zero temperatures on 12th December to enjoy a seven(ish) mile walk up and down Helsby and Frodsham Hills before retiring to the White Lion in Alvanley for a non-festive lunch. No silly hats and no crackers. Thanks to Gaye and Phil for sorting out the route and lunch. As a bonus, it didn't rain (or snow) all day.
Wednesday Walkers have bracing day on Conwy Mountain
The Wednesday Walking Group's walk on 12th October started at Conwy, then climbed Conwy Mountain, dropped down to Sychnant Pass, looped round through Llechwedd and Groesfford, and then headed back to Conwy. The weather was overcast and bracing, but at least it was dry - very different from the hot balmy conditions experienced by those who checked out the route two weeks earlier.
Wednesday Walking Group off to the Clwyd Hills
The new Wednesday Walking Group headed to the Clwyd Hills in wonderful weather on 27th April. Tim's 12km route included the summits of Penycloddiau and Moel Arthur, with views of Snowdon and the Arans. Don't be misled by the photo - the walk was more energetic than it looks! Please contact Tim Carley (01244-680460) if you're interested in joining this new group.
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