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Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Coed Llandegla is the place to go for a great forest walk.  The 650 hectares is managed by the Tilhill Forestry group and Oneplanet Adventure and between them they have produced a variety of very well signed mountain bike tracks, trail running routes and walking routes with downloadable maps.  The best bit is that the routes do not overlap – except for a few crossing points – so you can walk the trails and not be constantly dodging the bikes. We walked the 11k Moorland View Trail plus a detour onto the Black Grouse Trail – didn’t see any – a distance of about 8 miles in all. Big car park – big cafe/shop – loos – powerwash bay …. what more could you want?

I completed the recce on a day with fine visibilty, and the views are extensive, but Sunday 12th February was a bit gloomy, bit breezy with fine snow most of the day, so very chilly on the tops and no views. The paths are mostly forest tracks and trails so it’s easy walking and walking in the creaking snow was really enjoyable: we even broke out in song at one point.

Birding opportunities are very good.  Plenty of Crossbill in the tops of the conifers – Black Grouse often seen on the southern boundary – Nightjar, nocturnal but also seen early and late – Great Grey Shrike, a rare visitor.  But lots of the usual forest and scub species.

Arrived back at the Lodge and sampled the loos and browsed the shop – wow! the cost of some of the bikes – you could buy a half decent car for some of the prices.  All in all a grand day out.  BUT – arriving back at The Oak in a chilly thin snow we were looking forwards to a warming in front of the log-burner – stone cold!! Not good.

Thanks to all who came and all who drove – pics in the gallery – some Annie’s some mine.