We're having a Cheese and Pickled night, lots of cheese, a great night, lovely atmosphere and good fun! Bring along a piece of cheese as your ticket to feast on many others. Our next is on Saturday 12th January 2013!
Cheese Nights: We generally start at 8:30pm on a Saturday Night once a quarter to enjoy each other's company and of course, some cheese and pate. Bring along a piece of cheese, fruit cake, pate, pickle, etc, to add to all the others (our record is a little over 50 varieties of cheese) and you can enjoy them with your tipple of choice.
Be adventurous with your cheese / pate selection as there will be plenty to try if you don't like what you've bought with you. We will provide plenty of crackers, water biscuits, rice cakes and butter. We've also had folks bring in cake (cheese & fruit cake is lovely), home-made pate, cheese cake and other exotic fare to add to the fun.
During previous nights we've enjoyed as many as 50 varieties of cheese, these were all washed down with real ales, ciders, perrys, wonderful wines and a good time was had by all.
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 here. 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 mineshafts 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.
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.
We've won!!! - Thank you to everyone who voted for our walks. All three were shortlisted and amazingly 5,500 voters put all three of our walks among the best 21 dog walks in the UK. You can see the winners here.
We've been speaking to BBC Radio Wales Good Evening Wales programme which aired on Friday 16th January. You can listen to the programme here and you might want to fast forward to about 1:50:00 for the 4 minute piece.
The benefits of a good walk with your
canine companion are endless - from warding off depression and managing
weight problems to increasing your chances of meeting Mr or Miss Right.
And they're just as great for your pooch too - twice a day walkies will
help reduce canine obesity and related conditions including heart disease, arthritis, breathing difficulties and diabetes.