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Snowdon Earlybird

Friday 17th May, 2019

Snowdon Earlybird

Over the years we’ve met a lot of people who confess they’ve never walked up Snowdon – but really want to!  Well, here’s your opportunity, in the company of a couple of Snowdon Volunteer Wardens who know pretty much everything there is to know about the mountain.  We’ll be leaving fairly early, ascending via the Pyg Track so that we get to the summit before it gets too busy, then our descent will be via the Miners Track.

Our minibus will take us to Pen-y-Pass, and bring us back afterwards.

(Note that whilst we are anticipating that the summit cafe and toilets will be open, if there are high winds trains will not run to the summit, so the building will not be open.)

Remember that it can be cold on Snowdon, even in May.  And wet. Full water/windproofs, warm clothing, and good mountain boots are essential.

Duration: All Day.  Please bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink.

Distance: 8 miles / 13 km

Grade:  Strenuous mountain

Suitability:    Fit, experienced walkers. You must be ready for over 2 hours of continual ascent. This is no walk in the park (well, strictly speaking it is, of course!)

Meet: 8.00 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)

Walk Leaders: Linda Roberts (Snowdon Volunteer Warden) and Tony Ellis (Volunteer Warden and Snowdon author)



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Dolgarrog Disaster

Friday 17th May, 2019

Dolgarrog Disaster Walk

This walk heads out of Trefriw up over Cefn Cyfarwydd, the hill behind the village, to the Cowlyd valley, then crossing the shoulder of Moel Eilio to remote Cwm Eigiau and Llyn Eigiau and its dam. It was the breaching of this dam which caused the disaster in 1925. We will then follow the old trackbed of the Eigiau Tramway back to Dolgarrog, passing Coedty reservoir, high above the village, before descending to Dolgarrog and visiting the memorial there. We’ll return to Trefriw on our minibus.

Please remember that it can be cold in the foothils of the Carneddau mountains, even in May, so make sure you’ve got warm, waterproof clothing, and good footwear.

Duration:  All Day. Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 10.5 miles / 17 km

Grade:  Moderate/Strenuous, with some steeper uphill sections, particularly at the beginning where the first 3/4 mile has some 800ft of ascent.

Meet:  9.00 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)

Walk Leaders:  Nigel Thomas and Idris Bowen


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Rocks and Rituals

Saturday 18th May, 2019

Rocks and Rituals

This walk offers an opportunity to learn about the historical landcape in the foothills of the Carneddau above Rowen. This promises to be fascinating, led by the “charismatic and brilliant” Ken Brassil.

Duration:  All day .   Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about x miles / x km

Grade:  Moderate

Meet:  9.15 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)

Walk Leaders:  Ken Brassil (former Education Officer at San Fagans) and Bernard Owen


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River Deep, Mountain High

Friday 17th May, 2019

River Deep, Mountain High

This walk explores both low and high places; in fact, we ought really to call it ‘Mountain High, River Deep’, as we will be visiting the higher places first. We start by ascending Grinllwm, the hill which directly overlooks Trefriw and offers splendid views down the Conwy valley to the coast. We then complete this wild first section by heading to the hills above Llanrhychwyn, which offer great views over the mountains. The forest section sees us heading to the trig point at one of the highest parts of the Gwydir Forest, then descending to Gwydir. The final part is the leisurely, level walk home beside the river Conwy, almost at sea level (the river is tidal to Tan Lan, between Trefriw and Llanrwst).

Duration:  All Day. Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 9.5 miles / 15 km

Grade:  Moderate (though a very steep start), and at a leisurely pace

Meet:  9.30 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)

Walk Leaders:  Karen Martindale and Graham Martindale


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Backpack and Paddle

Friday 17th May, 2019

Backpack and Paddle

A walk with a difference!  We’ll be doing some good walking between Trefriw and Llyn Parc (in the Gwydir Forest), and also an exciting two-hour packrafting session.  Packrafting is where you carry your light raft with you, then inflate it when you get to the water. The two hours includes the walk to the lake from Hafna Mine, so we should have a good hour on the water. Life jackets will be provided.  

  (pictures from ‘Tirio’)

There will be two groups of up to 8 people:

  •  The first group will go by our minibus to Hafna Mine in the Gwydir Forest, where they will meet the Tirio staff.  We will then walk up to Llyn Parc (a mile or so) for the packrafting session. Afterwards we will walk back to Hafna Mine for lunch (with the other group), then back to Trefriw (5 miles).
  • The second group will walk from Trefriw to Hafna Mine (5 miles). After lunch (with the other group) we will walk on up to Llyn Parc (a mile or so) with the Tirio staff for the packrafting session, then return to Hafna Mine to catch our minibus back to Trefriw.

Please note that we must ask for a payment of £10 from participants on this walk, as we have hired in the packpacking activity (at considerable discount – thank you, Tirio).

If you are planning on booking for this activity (using the normal button below), it is important that you also read
Tirio’s Terms & Conditions and the relevant part of Tirio’s Booking Information. The Tirio staff will ask to sign a copy of these before you engage in the packrafting session.

In addition to your normal walking gear, Tirio advise that you bring a waterproof top and bottom, a lightweight pair of water shoes – e.g neoprene shoes or something you don’t mind getting wet, such as an old pair of trainers, a warm extra layer and a lightweight change of clothes.

Duration:  All Day. Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 7 miles / 11 km of walking

Grade:  Moderate, and at a leisurely pace

Meet:  10.00 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)

Walk Leaders:  Roger Pierce and Mat Hancox
Packrafting activity supplied by Jason and Marianne of ‘Tirio’  (see their website here).


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Roots, Shoots and Leaves

Friday 17th May, 2019

Roots, Shoots and Leaves

Discover spring in the Crafnant Valley with this leisurely walk through the woodlands and meadows of the lower Crafnant Valley, famous for its bluebells and other spring flowers.  Find out how the local trees and other plants were essential to previous generations of villagers in their everyday lives. 

Most of the walk is through fields or on good tracks. (There is at least one stile.)

Duration:  Half day, starting mid/late morning. Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 4 miles / 6.5 km

Grade:  Easy, and at a leisurely pace

Meet:  10.45 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)

Walk Leaders:  Joan Prime and Brian Miller


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A Short Mindfulness Walk

Friday 17th May, 2019

A Short Mindfulness Walk  (afternoon)

Join us for a yogic and meditative walk to connect with self and the natural world. We will meet at Trefriw Village Hall for a car share to Betws-y-coed (4.5 miles away).

The walk itself will last about 2 hours, starting near Miners’ Bridge, then going into the forest and on to visit a yurt before returning to Miners Bridge for a car share back to Trefriw.

Whilst this walk is the shortest in the Walking Festival, its effect could be powerful.
 
Duration: about 2 hours.

Distance: about 2 miles / 3 km

Grade: Easy, leisurely

Meet: 1.15 p.m.  at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631) to then car-share to Betws-y-coed (4.5 miles from Trefriw)

Walk Leaders: Gwen Parri and Pam Boyd


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The Dawn Chorus

Saturday 18th May, 2019

The Dawn Chorus

Enjoy the dawn chorus on an early morning walk in and around the edges of the Gwydir Forest with some local bird watchers. While walking a loop that includes woodland and riverbank, learn how to identify birds by their song.  We will be going at a leisurely pace, though there will be some rough and short steep sections. The ground may be wet in places. Good boots and binoculars recommended.

There’ll be a hot drink waiting for us on our return, and we’ll be back in sufficient time for you to attend another walk, if you wish!

Duration:  Early morning, 2.5 hours.

Distance:  about 3 miles / 5 km

Grade:  Easy/moderate, and leisurely

Meet:  6.15 a.m. (i.e. early!) in the main car park in Trefriw (LL27 0JH, SH781631) (opposite the Woollen Mill)

Leaders:  Joan Prime and Alan Young


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