We set off from Macc around 7am on Wednesday 11th April 2007, and made
straight for Lymm Truck Stop for a full English breakfast (2 sausage, 2 bacon,
fried egg, fried bread, tomatoes, 2 hash browns, mushrooms and a mug of tea for
less than a fiver - it's a favourite!). Getting into the car after breakfast I
realised that we had left the overnight clothes bag on the landing at home, also
containing the toothbrushes and Liam's inhalers. Drove back to Macc to get it,
and back out to the M56 junction again - one hour lost already!
The first objective was the lesser-spotted GW/NW-073 - Mynydd Rhyd Ddu. I had
fully intended to follow BVE's described route, but Jimmy had been studying the
map and wanted to "just check out" the line from the highest point in the road
to the south. Surprisingly, there was a convenient parking spot right at this
point, and the gate into the field was open. A fairly well trodden route ran
from here to the summit, albeit with several fences and gates to be climbed. At
the summit we were joined by several farm workers in tractors, JCBs and 4WDs.
They had witnessed our approach to the summit and our radio gear, but did not come to
talk to us. One of them did give us a wave goodbye as we made our way off the
summit though! I was concerned that this hill would be difficult on 2m FM, but
it proved not to be so. This was a unique for us.