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Name: Shaun Kendrick
Home town/county: Mold/Flintshire
Age (optional): 43
How many people in your party: 1
Date of walk: 18/08/2015
How long did the walk take you? 7 hours 30 minutes including breaks
What was the weather like? Sunny for most of walk turned cloudy during the last hour. Temperature ranged from 12 to 18.
Wildlife seen: Black grouse on moorland
Comments about your walk: Completed the 15.5 mile walk which I found very good with good directions and rewarding views from Sir Watkins Tower. The area on the map which indicates that the forest is cleared has now been replanted and the area to the right of the path is now cleared giving great views of the Dee Estuary and beyond as you climb.
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Name: Frank Hughes
Home town/county: Ellesmere Port
Age (optional): 57
How many people in your party: 2
Date of walk: 11/04/2015
How long did the walk take you? 11 hours
What was the weather like? Sunny and cold wind
Wildlife seen: Wild geese, pheasants, rabbits, grouse
Comments about your walk: I am a novice walker but thoroughly enjoyed this walk. We finished it by the light of my girlfriend's torch. Sometimes I struggled to interpret the directions but made it.
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Name: Brian Rogers
Home town/county: WCBC
Age (optional): 57
How many people in your party: 2
Date of walk: May 2009
How long did the walk take you? 8 hours
What was the weather like? Sunny
Wildlife seen:  
Comments about your walk: Best walk in the area
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Name: Richard Griffith
Home town/county: Wrexham
Age (optional): 49
How many people in your party: 2
Date of walk: 30/08/08
How long did the walk take you? 8hrs 30mins including stops
What was the weather like? Occasional breaks in the cloud mainly overcast. Ideal walking conditions with good visibility.
Wildlife seen: Apart from the usual Grouse, Cattle and Sheep, no other "less common" wildlife was spotted.
Comments about your walk: At the point where the path meets the stile in the fence to Llandegla Forest (SJ 23930 51150) we took path within the Llandegla Forest and followed it South West and rejoined the published path where it meets the Offa's Dyke path (SJ 22380 50130). This made it much more of a pleasant walk and avoided the very wet areas in the moorland on Esclusham Mountain.

A landowner from near Nant Mill was helpful when he came out of his house to advise us to keep to edge of his field where their were cows with their calves which might be a danger as we had a dog with us. All in all the 15 1/2 mile walk (which actually measured 16.2 miles on my GPS receiver) was a well thought out and very enjoyable walk. We normally travel further afield for more challenging walks but having this right on our doorstep is a bonus. Thank you.
Editor's Note: I'm particularly interested in the diversion you took in the forest as we intend to change the 'official' route in this way for conservation reasons (black grouse in particular) and am pleased to hear that in your opinion it will be an improvement. Glad you enjoyed the walk!
Name: Gerald Moss
Home town/county: Whitchurch
Age (optional): 65
How many people in your party: 1
Date of walk: 17/08/07
How long did the walk take you? 6 hours 5 minutes
What was the weather like? Dry, cloudy, cool, light northerly wind.
Wildlife seen: Stonechat
Comments about your walk: Comments or stories about your walk: Did the intermediate length walk. I had no problems; previously I did the long route and had a couple of difficulties finding the right path. The route from the quarry to Ty Hir Farm: there is a SP at the start of the path, but it is partly obscured by vegetation (this caused a problem before). After Cae llwyd Reservoir care is needed in finding the route. It is a superb walk with a variety of terrain.
Editor's Note: Vegetation cleared around the signpost on 8/9/07. This summer's overgrowth was pretty bad!
Name: Gerald Moss
Home town/county: Whitchurch
Age (optional): 65
How many people in your party: 1
Date of walk: 27/07/07
How long did the walk take you? 8 hours 10 minutes
What was the weather like? Fine, shower around midday, cool (14-18C), brisk W wind, good walking conditions.
Wildlife seen: Lots of plants around Minera. Interesting bog plants on moor just above Ty Hir.
Comments about your walk: SUPERB - a variety of terrain, good views, not too strenuous; few problems.

Problem 1: Between SH2553 5215 and Ty Hir -difficulty finding the best path; highland cattle + bull prevented direct route to ty Hir.

Problem 2: Just after Cae-llwyd resr. easy to take wrong route (on fold of map).  If route becomes popular could a distinctive waymarker be considered?
Editor's Note: Problem 1: Added waymarkers to the make route clearer 11/08/07.
Problem 2: It appears the OS map has a fold where the problem is - no folds on our walk maps!
Glad you enjoyed the walk!
Name: Peter Wade
Home town/county: Runcorn, Cheshire
Age (optional): 66
How many people in your party: 10
Date of walk: 24/09/09
How long did the walk take you? 7:00
What was the weather like? Dry, calm, overcast, cool. Dry underfoot.
Wildlife seen: Buzzard, red grouse, black grouse, wheatear, ravens, meadow pippit, goldfinches
Comments about your walk: We all enjoyed the walk. I did a lone recce beforehand which took 9 hours. I did not take the written description - a mistake. The views were superb especially from Sir Watkins Tower. Thanks for a brilliant walk.
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Name: Bruce Roberts
Home town/county: Wrexham
Age (optional):  
How many people in your party:  
Date of walk: November 2008
How long did the walk take you? All day!
What was the weather like? Torrential rain most of the day. By the time we got back to Nant Mill the ford was impassable with water pouring down the road like a river. We were all soaked to the skin.
Wildlife seen: Nothing much. Too wet to see anything
Comments about your walk: Pretty tough walk particularly in poor weather but fantastic terrain and scenery.
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