Packed with multi-instrumentalists, the Helsby Mountain String Band (HMSB) & friends invite you to a night of fun with a bluegrass / country flavour.
Helsby Mountain String Band are taking a break until Sept
We'll meet on the second Friday each month at 9pm where you'll find many popular songs to join in the singing with, or to just sit back and enjoy. We’ll also have guest spots for local musicians.
The night starts with a set from HSMB then one from our specially invited guest and after that a second set from HSMB. It doesn't stop there, if you play then bring an instrument and join in our monthly session.
Come and join us for a night of musical fun at the Blue!
And no, we don't mean chasing granny over the hill tops! We've just discovered a fantastic new site for fossil hunting here on Halkyn Mountain, point your browsers to the UK Fossils Network site here!
Halkyn Mountain is a little over 300m years-old and was formed by being squashed between two ice sheets gathering shellfish/crustaceans as they developed. It has been occupied since Neolithic times and supports a variety of wildlife habitats
We can start you off with your first fossil hunt - just look at the rocks in the car park and you'll find some (ask if you're not sure what you are looking for). We can point you to many good brachiopods, corals and pieces of crinoidal limestone (more information on the UK Fossils Network).
Park in the car park to start your expeditions and don't forget to come back to share your discoveries. Pop in to collect a Story of Halkyn Mountain Leaflet for more information or download it here.
We've also some more information about Halkyn Mountain here (also on the notice board outside the Blue Bell Inn) and of course you can download our award winning walk leaflets here.
Please keep dogs on a short lead at all times.
Wear good quality shoes or boots & keep to recognised paths & tracks.
Take particular care near old mine workings. The mountain is covered with old, deep & vertical mine shafts in various stages of repair. Report re-opened shafts to the Grosvenor Estate Office 01244 684400.
This lovely Benromach 100 proof 10 year old whisky is a beautiful golden amber single malt. Take a few small inhalations to start to enjoy the aroma without water. It has an intense Sherry nose with heaps of stewed apple, pear and delightful vanilla pod aromas... delicious toasted malt aromas develop and complement an underlying menthol edge. Now take a sip and savour the taste without water... there’s cracked black pepper with juicy fresh strawberry and raspberry... hints of orange peel and milk chocolate combine with a delicate smoky edge.
Add a smidge of water to release your dram of 100 ̊ Proof and enjoy the aroma with water... it’s fabulous, with initial hints of beeswax polish and peat smoke... followed by sweeter aromas developing with ripe banana and kiwi bound together by honey. Now for the taste with water. Roll it around your palate and enjoy the sweet and salty effect with ripe banana and blackcurrant flavours. Notice the emerging creamy milk chocolate edge with a long rich finish of lingering subtle smokiness and bonfire embers. [well, at least that's what they say at the distillery!]
Benromach distillery was founded in 1898 by Duncan MacCallum, of Glen Nevis Distillery in Campbeltown, and FW Brickmann, a spirit broker of Leith. It was designed by Charles Doig, the noted Elgin architect who was responsible for several other Speyside distilleries. Its original buildings were modernised in 1966, and extended in 1974 and 1998.
The distillery has had a chequered career, with several changes of ownership and dormant periods, the last closure
being in 1983 when all the distillation equipment was removed. Happily, it was rescued in 1993 by Gordon & MacPhail,
the Elgin whisky merchants, and production commenced again in 1998.
Benromach's whitewashed buildings and tall red brick chimney create a striking local landmark in the lush arable
landscape of the Laich of Moray on the northern edge of Forres. Process water is drawn from the Romach Hills and
Chariot barley is supplied lightly-peated to order. Benromach operates a large stainless steel mash tun, 4 larch washbacks
and 2 traditional steam-heated stills. The stills are shorter than most to distil a full, rich spirit, and are currently producing about 0.5 million litres a year. The malt whiskies are matured in traditional dunnage warehouses using new Spanish sherry casks, while the whisky for use in blends is matured in American oak bourbon barrels and refill sherry casks.
Benromach "Traditional" Speyside Malt whisky was the first to be produced by the new distillery, and contrasts with the
whiskies distilled under the previous management which are also available. Benromach malt whiskies have won several
awards in international competitions.
Bottled at the old Imperial measure which equals 57% alcohol volume. A combination of 80% bourbon and 20% sherry casks for the first 9 years, then finished for one year in sherry casks.
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices (like the iPhone, Nokia, Garmin and other GPS devices). The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online (there's an introductory leaflet here). Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.
Halkyn Mountain supports a number of Geocaches and if you join geocaching.com you will be able to start to partake in this up and coming sport / past-time / hobby while getting out into the fresh air and enjoying yourself. Here is a great link to help get you started and another great one hereand trying not to loose your buddies while splitting up for a search, you may find this helpful. Why not try and find our first Cache here?
We would welcome you at the Blue Bell Inn to use the facilities, park up and start your search. Note that we are supporters of Cache In Trash Out which is an ongoing environmental initiative supported by the worldwide geocaching community. Since 2002, geocachers have been dedicated to cleaning up parks and other cache-friendly places around the world.
If you are a member of geocaching.com (it's free) you can get a list of all the geocaches in our patch by clicking this link or in map form here.
Halkyn Mountain is an urban common which means you can walk freely across it. However, please take great care near old mine workings as the common is covered with vertical mine shafts in various stages of repair. Please report any re-opened shafts to the Grosvenor Estate Office at 01244 684400.
Try different search criteria for the Electronics or Books box below, e.g. GPS, geocache, N96, iPhone, etc.
We were sent a great geography resource which unfortunately (when we tested it) didn't link from the UK so we're reproducing it here and hope all the links work ok for you...
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