Tuesday 20th January – a long lunchtime – 3.4 miles

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Came home for lunch and as it was a nice crisp day me & D set off along the road to Holywell.  We went up just before Pistyll and crossed the footbridge over the A55.  Along past the Crooked Horn and straight back down to the village along the road as we were short of time.

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Sunday 18th January 6 miles – Wirral Way

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Me & D on a freezing cold day.  We parked up in Neston and set off towards West Kirby.

When we set off the ground was lovely and crunchy as the puddles had all frozen but it started to sleet/rain as we walked and so by the time we were returning it was all muddy and horrible but still felt freezing cold.

We wanted to get 6 miles so kept going until Map my Ride said we had done 3 which just happened to be just past Heswall.  We then returned and got really cold and wet.  A bit of a miserable day.

Sunday 11th January 4 miles

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Me & D parked up in Blacon just next to the Deeside Dawdle path and set off towards Chester.  We headed in towards the city by the Northgate ponds and came up through some houses/flats along side the leisure centre.  We took the underpass to bring us out towards Love Lane and walked down to the canal.

We followed the canal back to the Deeside path and back to the car.

Saturday 10th January an aborted walk – just 1.32 miles

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Knowing that I had to make the most of my time in January I went to Prestatyn on the Saturday afternoon.

I paid my 50p to park in the seafront car park even though I could see the tide was right in and due to strong winds the waves were crashing over the car park.

I parked up at the back and set off into the wind…I didn’t get very far.  It was vicious.  The only other people around were staying firmly locked up in their vehicles and looked at me as though I was mad.  I was determined though, and what’s more I had paid my 50p.

I got to the end of the car park and turned into the dunes at the first opportunity.  Not only was walking into the wind a near impossibility but it was freezing and as the car park gave way to the dunes the waves were crashing over the promenade and there really was nowhere to walk.

I headed inland through the caravan park and through a housing estate which was all pretty boring and back the long way to the car.

A thoroughly disappointing day.

Sunday 4th January 3 miles

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With D we drove to Bagilt & parked up just by a railway bridge.  crossed the bridge and wanted to try and connect the Wales Coast Path bits up.  The book I recently bought had mentioned a dragon sculpture in Bagillt but neither of us recalled seeing it even though we thought we must have done most of the path.

We set off towards Mostyn and well, when the dragon sculpture came into view we were astounded, we hadn’t seen it before!  It is quite impressive and sits right on the top of a hill so you can’t miss it.

We continued on the path to try and reach the point we had got to coming from Mostyn.  It took longer than we had thought it would but we did eventually come across the car spares yard and the railway bridge where we had previously been trapped by the cows going in to milk.  That had been a scary day (one of the cows had followed us along the path and we had them in front and behind us and they didn’t seem friendly).

We then went back and on approaching the car hadn’t quite got 3 miles so I went over the railway bridge again just to make sure I achieved it.

Thursday 1st January 5 miles

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Didn’t map it, but think we have worked out what it was!  Hadn’t long been back from hols and J had gone off into movie watching marathon.  He & D booked to go to the cinema and me & D decided to squeeze in a quick wander out first.

We parked up in Flint but not at the castle but on the Ind. park nearer the interesting part of the path to see if we could link up to where we had got back to from Mostyn.

We reached Bagillt but had seriously run out of time as D had to get back for the cinema.  We thought it would be quicker to get back by following the roads so set off along Bagillt high street and along Coleshill area back to the car.

It was a nice walk but was quite windy and started to rain as we were walking back and as we were also up against the clock it was a bit of a panic at the end.  We still didn’t manage to link the Coast path either.

Sunday 8th March – 3 miles wandering above Hendre

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Took D to see the possible cottage to purchase just above Hendre.  Parked up in the small car park at the west end of the nature reserve and walked up the hill & along the cottage driveway.  Cottage obviously unoccupied so had a good nose around before following the footpath through the woods.  Was a very poor path but did eventually come back good.  Seems nobody has been through the woods this winter, maybe it will be repaired for the spring.

Came out by Big Wood and showed D the signpost before advising him it’s not worth the walk around. The signpost had been covered in bird poo since Friday.

We then set off to show him the old disussed quarry I found on Friday.  He was very impressed but wanted to know more about when it was operational.  He said that if we had noted the name of the quarry from the big wood sign we could search for it.  I said there was no name on the sign but he was convinced it was there.  We trekked back up hill to the sign at the entrance to Big wood.  There it said “Chwarel Quarry” I laughed all the way home but D really ought to have known, as I did that Chwarel is just the Welsh word for Quarry!!!

We followed the road back down the hill instead of taking the footpath, had another quick look at the cottage before heading home.

A nice pootley afternoon.