Sunday 16th December 2012.
The ‘A’ walk was led by David Lewis. 10 miles
A suitable hill walk for the shortest daylight Sunday of the year, on which we can work up a good appetite for the evening meal at the ‘We Three Loggerheads’ pub. The forecast is for a fairly mild, dry afternoon which means we should not have any trouble negotiating icy slopes as in our previous walk here.
Leaving the coach at the Loggerheads Country Park car park, we head up the hill southwards. The first stage of the walk is across fields and down lanes and bridleways, until we drop down into the village of Llanferres.
A short climb out of the village takes us onto a contouring path that eventually joins the Offa’s Dyke Path. Now begins a short but steep climb to the top of Foel Fenli where the remains of an ancient hill fort can be seen. An equally short but steep descent takes us to the pass at Bwlch Penbarra, where begins the steady climb to the ridge that eventually joins up with the summit of Moel Famau.
From here it is downhill all the way. We drop down along the side of Ffrith Mountain until we reach the valley of the River Alun,and then it is just a matter of following the wooded river-side path until we are back in Loggerheads.
The ‘B’ walk was led by Keith Tattersall. 9 miles.
From Loggerheads we head south towards Maeshafn but on crossing a road just before the village our way continues southwards into Big Covert, a large expanse of woodland. We eventually turn northwards and leaving Big Covert pass through Maeshafn to ascend Moel Findeg, the highest point of todays walk. Crossing over the top we descend to Bryngwyn Farm where we turn north for a short ascent and then descend towards Gwernymynydd to cross the A494. From here we head first uphill on a track and then across fields to Gwernafield before turning west along paths to pass through Pantymywn. Descending from here we shortly join the Leete path which will bring us back to Loggerheads.
The ‘C’ walk covered 7 miles.
The walk takes you along the leete following the River Alyn for two miles before turning off to take the Pentre path to Cilcain for lunch. We leave Cilcain to make our return journey by skirting round Ffrith Mountain and back to Loggerheads in time for refreshments before our Xmas meal.