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Come up to the top of Halkyn Mountain and join us as we drink in the atmosphere of the house of ale repute
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Walking News

Look out for walking events here.  Check out our award winning walking leaflets: Walk One - Halkyns Four Peaks, Walk Two - Woods, Buffalo and Hill Forts, Walk Three - Limekilns and Quarries

You'll need appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather and to be prepared for a great time, lovely chat and good company, finishing off at the Blue Bell Inn for refreshment and a warm by the fire. We've some good links to walking equipment suppliers here and some others to those that organise walks here. Check out the Weather, Traffic and How to Find Us or Contact/Find Us if you do decide to visit and we'll work out a route from you to us! Please follow the countryside code.

We host FREE led walks organised by Walkabout Flintshire every week:

  • 7pm every Wednesday evening April to Sept, 3 to 4 miles of leisurely walking taking in the sunset.
  • 2pm every Thursday, 3 to 4 miles of leisurely walking.
  • 10:30am every Saturday, two walks, 3 to 4 miles of leisurely walking or 4 to 5 miles of brisk walking
  • 10:30am every 3rd Saturday in the month, 6-7 miles brisk walking
  • 1pm on the 1st Saturday of the month we've got Nordic Walking
  • 11am on the 1st Sunday of the month April to Sept, we've got some history walks.


Hugh's 1,500 mile sponsored Pilgrimage for Jamie's Fund - lost in France? PDF Print E-mail
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Jamie DevaneyHugh BurgessOur favourite vicar The Rev'd Hugh Burgess is embarking on a giant 1,500 mile charity walk from Halkyn in North Wales to Santiago de Compostela in North West Spain (he started on Sunday 28th Feb - click here to go straight to progress updates)!

Why?

It's in aid of the Halkyn based Jamie Devaney Memorial Fund for which Hugh is Chair.

Hugh will be taking 3 months to walk the 1500 miles (2400km) route and has dreamed of walking to Santiago since he was 18 years old (he's now 60) and is hoping his dream doesn't become a nightmare!

If you would like to donate to Hugh's amazing challenge you can do so here.

Hugh's Film & Songbook

A bit of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue fun to set Hugh on his way.

We've got more information (maps, route, Hugh's blog, etc) if you click on the READ MORE link below, you can follow Hugh on Twitter here and there's a great article in the local paper here too...

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ITV Coast & Country - We're on the telly! PDF Print E-mail
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Andrew Price ITV's Coast & Country with SteveNewITV's Coast and Country visited the Blue for some filming! Andrew Price joined Halkyn Mountain Ranger Rachael Watson and Archeologist Fiona Gale on our award winning Woods, Buffalo and Hill Forts walk. ITV Coast & CountryAndrew later joined Steve at the Blue to finish off with a pint and some post!

Fiona Gale with Andrew PriceThe programme went out on Friday 27th Feb 2015 at 8pm (between the two Coronation Streets) on ITV Wales. There's more information here and the programme replay link is here.

 
Free Guided Walks, Three Times A Week! PDF Print E-mail
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Our free guided walks are run here (can you run a walk?) by Troedio Clwyd Walks who, with their wonderful volunteer walk leaders guide us overfieldand mountain on different walks every week!

We had a fantastic a walking festival in July last year to celebrate 10 years of walking on Halkyn Mountain! Lots of new walkers joined us and now having thoughts on this year. We've had Halkyn Heritage Week with walks, reenactments, films, archaeology, lime kilns, geology, myths & legends. Next one is Halkyn Walking Festival from Wed 1st July to Tuesday 7th, lots more walks to come!

Fun Facts! Did you know that we've had well over 1,000 walking events at the Blue Bell Inn? If we multiply the number of walks by the number of walkers by the distance walked, on an average year we do over 10,000 miles a year! In fact we've walked the equivalent of more than twice around the planet since we started!

Don't forget our annual pilgrimage up on to the Moel-y-Gaer Hill Fort on Mid-Summer's Day each year, this year we meet here at 9:15pm for a 10:15pm sunset on the tops. So we've a date on Saturday 21st June at 9:15pm!

We have both regular weekly and monthly walks and also sneak in the occasional special walk too. Here they are:

  • 7pm every Wednesday evening April to Sept, 3 to 4 miles of leisurely walking taking in the sunset with John & Vicky.
  • 2pm every Thursday, 90 minutes of brisk walking with John & Vicky.
  • 10:30am every Saturday, two walks, 3 to 4 miles of leisurely walking with Jill & June or 4 to 5 miles of brisk walking John & Vicky all ably backed up by a multitude of other walk-leaders.
  • 10:30am every 3rd Saturday in the month, 6 to 7 miles of leisurely walking with Bob & Trish.
  • 1pm every Saturday Nordic Walking, we'll provide the loan of poles & a trained instructor!
  • 11am every 1st Sunday (from April to September) come for a 60min history walk and learn about your mountain!

If you can't make our free guided walks then how about using one of our free self-guided walks here? There's no excuse now as you can do one of these walks any time you like! If you want a bit more of a challenge why not try our new Treasure Trail?

You'll need appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather and to be prepared for a great time, lovely chat and good company, finishing off at the Blue Bell Inn for refreshment and a winter warm by the fire.

We've some good links to walking equipment suppliershere and some others to those that organise walkshere. Check out theWeather, Traffic and How to Find Us orContact/Find Us if you do decide to visit and we'll work out a route from you to us! Please follow thecountryside code.

 
Free Nordic Walking - every Saturday at 1pm PDF Print E-mail
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Nordic Walking

Come and join us as we take on the sport of Nordic Walking.  Come and learn for FREE (and you can borrow our sticks).

We've got you a qualified Nordic Walking instructor who will be providing a free 45min session (including stick loan) every Saturday.

Click this Google Event icon to check some of our on-line how-to videos.

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Click here for our award winning walking leaflets... PDF Print E-mail
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We won!ImageAs 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 now in 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.

Walk One - Halkyns Four Peaks Walk One - Halkyns Four Peaks
Walk Two - Woods, Buffalo and Hill Forts Walk Two - Woods, Buffalo and Hill Forts
Walk Three - Limekilns and Quarries Walk Three - Lime Kilns and Quarries


Copies of the walks and the countryside code are available from the Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn and its web site where you can also get a route map to the pub.
First Walk Leaflet developed & produced by the Ramblers' Association, Countryside Council for Wales, Walkabout Flintshire and the Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn.
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