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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. Whilst walking a loop that includes woodland and riverbank, learn how to identify birds by their song. A leisurely pace with 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 in the village hall 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:  x.xx 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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Booking:  Booking opens on 15 March, 2019.
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The Eigiau Horseshoe

Saturday 18th May, 2019

The Eigiau Horseshoe – A High Mountain Walk in the Carneddau

This challenging mountain walk, often called the Eigiau Horseshoe, will start and finish from the car park in Cwm Eigiau (we’ll get you there by minibus) to then take in the peaks of Foel Grach and Carnedd Llewelyn (both 3000’ers), plus Pen Yr Helgi Du and Pen Llithrig y Wrach.

The route does not always follow obvious paths.  Note too that some sections are exposed, and in a couple of places hands will be needed.

The walk entails a total of some 3500′ (1100m) of ascent, and will offer some great views, if the cloud is high; but please note that the route will likely be altered or shortened if weather conditions are not favourable.

Full water/windproofs, warm clothing, and good mountain boots are essential.

Duration:   All day,  8 hrs walking.   Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:   10 miles / 15 km

Grade:    Strenuous high mountain

Suitability:    Fit, experienced walkers

Meet:   x.xx a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)  for minibus to walk starting point

Leaders:    Keith Hulse and xx

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 Booking:  Booking opens on 15 March, 2019.
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To Ogwen and back – a two-day walk

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th May, 2019

Capel Curig round – a two-day walk

This is a two-part, two-day walk.

On the first day we’ll walk from Trefriw up over Cefn Cfarwydd, the ridge behind Trefriw, down to remote Llyn Cowlyd.  We’ll then walk along its to the Ogwen valley, making our way to Capel Curig along the old road. Our first day will end at Plas y Brenin, where we can have a drink before return on our minibus.

On the second day the minibus will take us back to Plas y Brenin where we will resume the round. We’ll return to Trefriw by a different, easier route (via Capel Curig and Llyn Crafnant), in time for our now-legendary Cake Fest at 4 p.m.!

Both days should reward you with splendid views.

Please note:  By making a booking you are committing to attend on both days.

Duration:  Two full days. Please bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink on both days.

Distance:  about 12 miles (x km)  +  12 miles (x km)

Day 1 gradient profile

Day 2 gradient profile

Grade:  Moderate/strenuous, much of it over open upland moorland paths. The first day will be the more challenging of the two.  Remember that it can be cold in the Carneddau foothills, even in May. Please ensure that you have warm, waterproof clothing and good boots.

Meet:  Saturday at xx.xx a.m. and Sunday at xx.xx at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)

Walk Leaders:  Nigel Thomas and Tony Ellis


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(Because this walk makes use of the minibus, numbers are restricted to 12.)

Booking:  Booking opens on 15 March, 2019.
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Cuckoo Country

Saturday 18th May, 2019

Cuckoo Country

The cuckoo (invariably several) can be heard all through May in the scenic area covered by this walk.  The minibus will take us up to Llyn Crafnant, where we will then walk beside the lake to its far end, then up over the bwlch towards Capel Curig (with great views down towards Siabod and Snowdon). On the way back, on good wide paths, we pass small Llyn Bychan before reaching Llyn Geirionydd (where there are toilets), returning to Trefriw on meadows close to the river Crafnant.

We can’t guarantee cuckoos, of course (though last year we heard loads!) but this is a great round in its own right, and a lot of hats will definitely be eaten if we don’t hear any!

Duration:  All Day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 10 miles / 16 km

Grade:  Moderate, with one steep section, but leisurely

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

Walk Leaders:  Gill Scheltinga and Idris Bowen


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(Because this walk makes use of the minibus, numbers are restricted to 12.)

Booking:  Booking opens on 15 March, 2019.
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Roman Roaming (Sarn Helen)

Saturday 18th May, 2019

Roman Roaming

This is a great scenic walk which starts at Pont y Pant in the Lledr Valley, south-west of Betws-y-coed. We will be getting there by minibus/public transport (?).

The walk will follow the old Roman path of Sarn Helen up over the hill to Betws y coed, passing the deserted village of Rhiwddolion.  The Roman route from Betws to Trefriw is less documented, but passed Nant BH and Llyn Geirionydd, which is the route we’ll be taking.

Duration:  All Day. Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about x miles / x km

Grade:  Moderate, and at a leisurely pace

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

Walk Leaders:  Dave Prime and xx


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(Because this walk makes use of the minibus, numbers are restricted to 12.)

Booking:  Booking opens on 15 March, 2019.
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Hike and Bike

Saturday 18th May, 2019

Hike and Bike

This is a walk with a biking element. 

There will be two groups of 8 (?) people:

  • The first group will travel by our minibus to the edge of the Gwydir Forest, where we will be providing you with e-bikes for a circular x-mile ride in the forest.  After lunch we will be walking back to Trefriw (x miles).
  • The second group will walk to the edge of the Gwydir Forest (x miles), where we will have lunch. Afterwards we will use the e-bikes for a circular x-mile ride in the forest. Afterwards we will return to Trefriw on the minibus.

Duration:  All Day. Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about x miles / x km of walking, with 2 hours of riding (?)

Grade:  Moderate, and at a leisurely pace

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

Leaders:  Roger Pierce and Ceri …. (bikes)
                      xxxx and xxxx (walking)


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(Because this walk makes use of the minibus, numbers are restricted to 12.)

Booking:  Booking opens on 15 March, 2019.
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Alpine Plants

Saturday 18th May, 2019

Arctic-Alpine Plants of Cwm Idwal

Arctic-alpine plants make up Britain’s most ancient plant communities and represent the first page of our island’s post glacial natural history. They mostly disappeared as our climate warmed, and have been extinct in most of the British Isles for many thousands of years.  Miraculously, in a few special places a handful of these both extremely beautiful and extremely hardy plants still survive, right on the edge of their geographical and ecological range.

Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve at the head of the Ogwen Valley is perhaps the most famous and the most accessible of these ‘Arctic Refugia’ in Snowdonia

This walk will visit some of these plant communities, take a look at their ecology and past and current threats to their survival as well as other aspects of this magnificent site’s geology, management and human and natural history.

(This is a chance to walk with an expert who knows where to find rare stuff!)

Duration:  All Day. Please bring a packed lunch, plenty to drink, and clothing for the upland environment. Binoculars and hand lenses if you have them may also be of use. Return for 5.30pm (earlier if the weather is inclement).

Distance:  No more than 6 miles / 10 km

Grade and suitability: moderate, but participants need to be comfortable walking over, at times, steep and very uneven ground away from paths in an upland environment.

Meet: x.xx a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631) for transport via car share.

Walk Leaders:  Pete Kay and Linda Roberts


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The Crafnant Horseshoe

Saturday 18th May, 2019

The Crafnant Horseshoe

See the walk here.

Not for the faint-hearted, this is possibly the toughest walk of the three days, and will demand a good level of fitness. We will be walking the route of the annual Trefriw Mill Fell Race, with a total ascent of about 4000′  (that’s higher than Snowdon!)

Ascending firstly up the ridge of Cefn Cyfarwydd – the ridge behind Trefriw – we head along its broad top to the peaks of Creigiau Gleision, from where there are incredible views over to the Glyders and the Snowdon Massif, but also down to the coast. After bagging the lesser tops of Craiglwyn, Craig Wen and the Crimpiau, we descend to Llyn Crafnant, then head over Mynydd Deulyn to Llyn Geirionydd on our way back to Trefriw.

This area is remote, one part is boggy, and it can be cold on the tops, even in May.  Please ensure that you have warm, waterproof clothing and good boots. Gaiters would not be out of order in places.

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

Distance:  about 11 miles / 17.5 km

Grade:  Strenuous mountain (see the gradient profile below)

Suitability:    Fit, experienced walkers

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

Walk Leaders:  Mike Bolsover and Nick Livesey


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Booking:  Booking opens on 15 March, 2019.
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