TWENTY-ONE members had a good day’s walking on March 28, from Corwen, in North Wales, led by Peter and Linda Hough.

The weather was blustery, but at least it had stopped raining by the time the party came out of the Workhouse Café, having consumed bacon butties and toasted tea-cakes with cups of tea and coffee.

After a brief history lesson in Corwen Parish Church, the ninemile walk began with a short steep climb to Pen y Pigyn, passing Gorsedd stone circle.

This offered a magnificent viewpoint above the town and Dee Valley.

The group continued through pine forest, being careful to side-step breeding toads, and onto open moorland.

There was a slow climb to the highest point; Liberty Hall, 1,400 feet above Corwen. The prevailing wind made the ascent more difficult, and at times walkers were swathed in mist, with occasional breaks exposing the surrounding valleys and slopes of the Clwydian hills and Berwyn mountains.

Liberty Hall, a ruined shooting lodge, offered sufficient shelter for lunch, and then came the rapid descent into forest which gave respite from the wind.

One of the highlights of the walk was the beautiful waterfall in a wooded gully near Cynwyd.

After walking down through the village, the party returned to Corwen along a former railway track, following the River Dee.

The day was completed with refreshments at The Grouse Inn in nearby Carrog.

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