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We've got 4 pint jugs to take away real ale and cider!
Come up to the top of Halkyn Mountain and join us as we drink in the atmosphere of the house of ale repute
CAMRA Vale of Clwyd 2017 Branch Cider Pub of the Year
20p per pint discount on cider for card carrying WPCS members
and on cask ale too for CAMRA members
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.


Geocaching, the new game / sport with a GPS on the Mountain PDF Print E-mail
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Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the geocaching.comworld 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.Geocache Badges from Badge Planet

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?

Cache In Trash OutWe 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.

All the geocaches in our patch 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...

Information from www.thesnugg.com

Geography Resources for Mapping, GIS, Smartphones and More!

GIS/GPS

  1. Geographic Information Systems (GIS): This resource discusses the basics of geographic information systems.
  2. What is GIS?: An introduction to Geographic Information Systems is provided.
  3. GIS: Geographic Information Systems are covered in detail within this guide.
  4. Questions a GIS Can Answer: Geographic Information Systems can be difficult to understand; this website answers questions about GIS.
  1. GIS Data: Geographic Information System data comes in many forms, such as layered, 2-D, and 3-D. The specifics of GIS data are explained in this resource.
  2. Global Positioning Systems and Geographic Information Systems(PDF): In this document, both GIS and GPS technology are explained in a manner that is easily understood for beginners.
  3. GIS or GPS? A Comparison: GIS and GPS technology have some similar technology, which is discussed here.
  4. GPS or GIS: What's the Difference?(PDF): This document examines the differences between Global Positioning Systems and Geographic Information Systems.
  5. The History of GPS: The history of Global Positioning Systems is presented here in a timeline format.
  6. How Does GPS Work?: Global Positioning Systems tell people their exact locations on Earth. This Q&A guide answers questions about how the GPS technology works to bring information to users.
  7. Understanding the Global Positioning System (GPS): Many people use GPS technology on a daily basis; reading this article gives users a better understanding of how the technology works to provide their GPS services.
  8. GPS Frequently Asked Questions: Questions about Global Positioning Systems are common; this FAQ tackles the most common ones.
  9. GPS and Mathematical Basis: Global Positioning Systems are fueled by technology that is backed by mathematical data; this article discusses the specifics of the technology.
  10. GPS: A New Constellation: The Air and Space Museum examines GPS technology and takes a look at navigation methods in history.
  11. Satellite Navigation System: In this detailed overview, satellite navigation systems such as GPS are discussed.
  12. GPS 101(PDF): This document discusses all of the technologies behind GPS and provides many charts and diagrams as well.

Maps and Mapping

  1. Online Mapping: With the use of this website, users can view and navigate maps online.
  2. Maps, Imagery, Publications: Map information and a tool to make interactive maps are both included on this website.
  3. National Map: The United States Geological Survey (USGS) offers several mapping services, including a tool that enables individuals to create their own maps.
  4. Community Mapping: For those wishing to create community maps, this is a great detailed tutorial that explains how to go about community mapping.
  5. 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

  1. Remote Sensing Methods: The methods for remote sensing are discussed on this website.
  2. What is Remote Sensing?: Remote sensing is unfamiliar to many; this resource explains the technology and its uses.
  3. 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.
  4. Remote Sensing Scientist: This article discusses those who specialize in remote sensing science.
  5. Introduction to Remote Sensing: The basic concepts of remote sensing, including technologies and concepts, are examined here.
  6. Fundamentals of Remote Sensing: A detailed diagram explaining the fundamentals of remote sensing is provided by the Natural Resources Department of Canada.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Image Processing and Remote Sensing(PDF): In this document, the fundamentals of image processing in relation to remote sensing are explained.

General Geography Resources

  1. Human Geography: People, places, and things related to human geography are addressed on this website.
  2. Geographical Association: The Geographical Association provides information about current geographical issues and concerns.
  3. Geography Teaching Resources: Resources for teachers to assist with teaching geography to students have been complied and are featured here.
  4. Geography of Jobs and Jobs in Geography: Information about employment issues, job resources, and business opportunities for those who are in the geography field is given here.
  5. 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.
  6. Introduction to Geography: This website provides basic information about geography for beginners.
  7. 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.
  8. Geography(PDF): Students wishing to pursue an education as a geography major will find this document discussing geographical education and career paths helpful.
  9. The Nature of Geographic Data(PDF): In this document, keywords, concepts and major points of geographical data, such as spatial variation, are outlined.
  10. What is Geography?: Geography experts at Marshall University explain the basics of geography.
 
Looking for something to do? Try fossil hunting on the mountain! PDF Print E-mail
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And no, we don't mean chasing granny over the hill tops!Halkyn fossils and fossil collecting 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 Exploring Halkyn Mountainof 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 Halkyn Mountain Leaflet (click to download) 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.

  • Notes:
    • Please keep dogs on a short lead at all times.
    • Wear good quality shoes or boots & keep to recognised paths & tracks.
    • Follow the Countryside Code.
    • 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. 
 
Download Walk Two - Woods, Buffalo and Hill Forts Here! PDF Print E-mail
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ITV Coast & Country STOP PRESS: We've just recorded this walk for ITV's Coast and Country! More information here.

This walk has been picked as one of the Best Walks for 2009 by the Sunday Times!

Check out Walk Two - Woods, Buffalo and Hill Forts now!

Click here to download Walk 2 - Woods, Buffalo and Hill Forts PDF (1.01Mb)
As you know we produced our first walk leaflet We won! to help you take your own self-guided walks on Halkyn Mountain and we gained the prestigious title of one of the top ten walks in the UK with MyFavouritePubWalks.com!

We are building a new series of walk leaflets, reworking the first walk leaflet and creating a second and third leaflet. We are making early versions of them available to you for testing so do please feed back any errors or omissions you have This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We are hoping that the final versions of the walks will be in a foldable pocket sized A3 leaflet with lots more information available than our first leaflet.

The first walk will be called Walk One - Halkyns Four Peaks and is a reworking of the original circular walk of 5.75 miles (download the original walk from here). The second walk (this walk) will be 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, more of which later. The third walk will be a longer circular walk of 9.5 miles and called Walk Three - Limekilns and Quarries .

One of the interesting things about these walks is that they share the common feature of the Hill Fort of Moel-y-Gaer. This provides the option to string more than one walk together, for instance, Walk Two + Walk Three is about 12 miles as they share a part of the route in common. Each of the maps will be to scale and list as much information as we can of the flora, fauna, geology and anything else we can find of interest.

We have lots of ideas for other walks and the exciting prospect of providing postcards and prints of features, sights and views found on the walks.

Watch this space! In the meantime, the maps are available for all the walks by clicking the icons if you click READ MORE, we'll add the basic text and bird lists as soon as we can. We'll also try to include as much of interest as we can & make the leaflets available on-line & in hard-copy from the Blue Bell Inn.

 
Read more...
 
Download Walk Three - Lime Kilns & Quarries Here! PDF Print E-mail
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Check out Walk Three - Lime Kilns and Quarries now!

Click here to download Walk 3 - Lime Kilns and Quarries PDF (1.01Mb)
As you know we produced our first walk leaflet We won! to help you take your own self-guided walks on Halkyn Mountain and we gained the prestigious title of one of the top ten walks in the UK with MyFavouritePubWalks.com!

We are building a new series of walk leaflets, reworking the first walk leaflet and creating a second and third leaflet. We are making early versions of them available to you for testing so do please feed back any errors or omissions you have This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We are hoping that the final versions of the walks will be in a foldable pocket sized A3 leaflet with lots more information available than our first leaflet.

The first walk will be called Walk One - Halkyns Four Peaks and is a reworking of the original circular walk of 5.75 miles (download the original walk from here). The second walk will be 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, more of which later. The third walk (this walk) will be a longer circular walk of 9.5 miles and called Walk Three - Lime Kilns and Quarries.

One of the interesting things about these walks is that they share the common feature of the Hill Fort of Moel-y-Gaer. This provides the option to string more than one walk together, for instance, Walk Two + Walk Three is about 12 miles as they share a part of the route in common. Each of the maps will be to scale and list as much information as we can of the flora, fauna, geology and anything else we can find of interest.

We have lots of ideas for other walks and the exciting prospect of providing postcards and prints of features, sights and views found on the walks.

Watch this space! In the meantime, the maps are available for all the walks by clicking the icons if you click READ MORE, we'll add the basic text and bird lists as soon as we can. We'll also try to include as much of interest as we can & make the leaflets available on-line & in hard-copy from the Blue Bell Inn.

Read more...
 
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