Gaudeamus igitur iuvenes dum sumus. Post iucundum iuventutes Post molestam senectutem Nos habebit humus. - Author Unknown. So let us rejoice, While we are young. After happy youth after annoying old age The earth will have us.
A real treasure – a proper rural pub at the heart of its community.
We try to keep a few spare forms here at the Blue Bell Inn Halkyn Post Office but thought this might prove to be useful...
We've gathered together the links for all the forms you can get at a Crown Post Office we can think of. If any are not working or you've found one we don't have, please click
to email us and we'll fix or add it.
V14 DVLA Application for a refund of vehicle tax (here)
V20 DVLA Application for a duplicate tax disc (here)
V85 DVLA Application to tax a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV here)
V62 DVLA Application for a vehicle registration certificate (here)
Quiz Night is on every Wednesday at 8pm through the winter (Oct-Mar).
Now raising funds for @NEWSAR North East Wales Mountain Rescue!
You may recall that we don't charge for the quiz but we do ask for a donation to our favourite cause, this year it is to raise funds to support our Halkyn Pensioners Christmas Party to be held here in at the Blue Bell Inn in December and then after that we'll be supporting the North East Wales Search & Rescue.
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...
National Map: The United States Geological Survey (USGS) offers several mapping services, including a tool that enables individuals to create their own maps.
Community Mapping: For those wishing to create community maps, this is a great detailed tutorial that explains how to go about community mapping.
History of Map Making: Map-making before technology such as GIS/GPS and remote sensing was very different from how maps are made today. This informational article takes a look at map-making throughout history.
Remote Sensing 101: Remote sensing is a science that focuses on gathering information about areas through the use of satellites or aircraft. This website further explains how remote sensing takes place.
Fundamentals of Remote Sensing: A detailed diagram explaining the fundamentals of remote sensing is provided by the Natural Resources Department of Canada.
Introduction to Remote Sensing and GIS(PDF): Remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) technology often work together to produce results. Experts at Yale University provide a glossary of terms as well as explain how the two technologies function.
Satellite Remote Sensing(PDF): A compilation of charts and diagrams by experts in the field explain everything there is to know about satellite remote sensing.
What is Geography?: Geography is defined as the study of the physical features of Earth as well as human activity. A more in-depth explanation of the make-up of geography is given within this resource.
Five Themes of Geography(PDF): There are five main themes of geography, according to experts at California State University Stanislaus. This document covers each theme, from Location to Human/Environment Interaction.
Geography(PDF): Students wishing to pursue an education as a geography major will find this document discussing geographical education and career paths helpful.
The Nature of Geographic Data(PDF): In this document, keywords, concepts and major points of geographical data, such as spatial variation, are outlined.
What is Geography?: Geography experts at Marshall University explain the basics of geography.
As you know we produced our first walk leaflets with very welcome help from The Ramblers Association (Holywell Ramblers), Walkabout Flintshire and other groups to help you take your own self-guided walks on Halkyn Mountain. Three leaflets are available nowin PDF format.
The first walk will be called Walk One - Halkyns Four Peaks is a reworking of our original circular walk of 5.75 miles. The second walk is a shorter circular walk of around 3.5 miles called Walk Two - Woods, Buffalo and Hill Forts which will take in some different terrain and part of the Wat's Dyke Way. The third walk is a longer circular walk of 9.5 miles and called Walk Three - Limekilns and Quarries.
Walk one gained the prestigious title of one of the top ten walks in the UK with MyFavouritePubWalks.com! In fact all three walks gained the accolade of appearing in the Twenty One Top Dog Walks and Walk two gained a place as on of the Best Walks for 2009 by the Sunday Times!
Click on a map below to download the walk leaflet you are interested in.
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.