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Sacred Doors – 2018

Friday 18th May, 2018

Sacred Doors

This is a lovely local walk from Trefriw which takes in 3 churches and a chapel, namely Trefriw Church, ancient Llanrhychwyn Church, pretty Gwydir Uchaf Chapel and Llanrwst Church.

From Trefriw we will initially head up through the woods above the Crafnant valley to reach tiny Llanrhychwyn church (established in the 6th century), at the highest point of our walk. From here we will descend on the edge of the forest to Gwydir Uchaf chapel (built in 1673 and noted for its fine painted ceiling), with good views over to Trefriw and down the Conwy Valley.  We will then follow the riverbank into Llanrwst to visit Llanrwst church, then continue by the river back to Trefriw.

Duration:  All Day. Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 7.5 miles / 12 km

Grade:  Easy/moderate, at a leisurely pace

Meet:  10.30 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)

Walk Leaders:  Ken Brassil and Bernard Owen



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Far from the Madding Crowd – 2018

Friday 18th May, 2018

Far from the Madding Crowd

Betws-y-coed is busy in the season – but not up at Llyn Elsi where we’ll be going! We start with a walk along the riverside at Betws-y-coed, then crossing MIners’ Bridge to head up to pretty Llyn Elsi, partly along the old Roman Road of Sarn Helen. After walking the mile round the lake (with good views over the mountains of northern Snowdonia), we return to Betws-y-coed.

Although Llyn Elsi lies nearly 700′ above Betws-y-coed, the ascent is long and gentle, then on the way back it’s downhill all the way!

Our minibus will take us to Betws-y-coed, then bring us back at the end of the day.

Duration:  All Day. Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 5.5 miles / 9 km

Grade:  moderate, much of it on good wide tracks

Meet:  10.15 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)

Walk Leaders:  Cate and Mike Bolsover


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The Crafnant Horseshoe – 2018

Saturday 19th May, 2018

The Crafnant Horseshoe

See today’s walk here.

Not for the faint-hearted, this is 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)

Meet:  8.45 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)

Walk Leaders: Tony Ellis and Brian Miller


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The Tide is High – 2018

Friday 18th May, 2018

The Tide is High

The River Conwy is tidal to Tan Lan, between Trefriw and Llanrwst. This is a totally level, largely riverside walk on the Trefriw flood plain, with glimpses of the old quay from where slate and metals were shipped before steamers brought passengers in their hundreds. We’ll follow the Cob past Tan Lan to the suspension bridge over the Conwy, then cross to follow the riverbank on the Llanrwst side. After a refreshment stop at Ty Hwnt i’r Bont cafe, we’ll return to Trefriw on this side of the river, by a different route.

Duration:  Half day

Distance:  about 4 miles / 6.5 km

Grade:  Very easy and leisurely, but please wear good footwear as the riverbank can be a bit uneven underfoot.

Meet:  1.15 p.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)

Walk Leaders:  Jan Blaszkiewicz and Kim Ellis


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Alpine Plants – 2018

Saturday 19th May, 2018

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

Walk Leaders:  Pete Kay and Joan Prime


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Way Back When – 2018

Saturday 19th May, 2018

Way Back When (an archaeology walk)

This year we have again teamed up with the Snowdonia Society to present a walk with archaeologist and heritage consultant Dr Sarah McCarthy.

Starting and finishing in Llanbedr-y-cennin, highlights will include the Iron Age hillfort of Pen-y-gaer (with its defensive chevaux de frise), stunning views into the Carneddau and out to Liverpool Bay, and a brief sojourn in one of the best pubs in North Wales!

This will be a ‘mid-level’ walk, with some rougher (off-path) walking.

We will be getting to the start point of the walk in our minibus, returning by the same method.

Duration:  All day .   Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 5.5 miles / 9 km

Grade:  Moderate

Meet:  9.45 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)

Walk Leaders:  Dr Sarah McCarthy and Cat Scheltinga


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Cuckoo Country – 2018

Saturday 19th May, 2018

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

Walk Leaders:  Nigel Thomas and Mike Bolsover


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Water for the Coast – 2018

Friday 18th May, 2018

Water for the Coast

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This walk will visit the 4 lake reservoirs in the northern Carneddau foothills which provide water for the coastal towns and the Conwy Valley. We will be taken by minibus out of Trefriw to Cwm Cowlyd, then walk up to Llyn Cowlyd before heading over the hill to Llyn Eigiau. We then head up 250m to the mountain lakes of Llyn Melynllyn and Llyn Dulyn, before returning by a different path to the Eigiau valley to catch the minibus back. There’s lots of industrial history in this area too.

This area of the Carneddau foothills is remote. Please ensure that you have warm, waterproof clothing and good boots.

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

Distance:  about 10 miles / 16 km

Grade:  Strenuous in view of the terrain and distance (some 700m of ascent)

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

Walk Leaders:  Tony Ellis and Colin Boyd


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Down to the Sea – 2018

Saturday & Sunday 19th & 20th May, 2018

Down to the Sea

2018 is Year of the Sea in Wales, so we’re celebrating with a walk from Trefriw to the sea – and we want to go the scenic way, so we’re doing it in two stages, over two days.

On the first day we’ll walk from Trefriw to the area near Pen-y-gaer, the Iron Age fort above Llanbedr-y-cennin, after which the minibus will bring us back. This is by far the longer and more strenuous of the two days as we firstly ascend from Trefriw to the top of Cefn Cyfarwydd, the ridge behind Trefriw (this is a strenuous, long uphill section). From here on we are in the foothills of the Carneddau, and we’ll then descend to Cowlyd Dam and the Cowlyd valley before crossing the shoulder of Moel Eilio to remote Cwm Eigiau. From here we make our way over towards the bwlch between Pen-y-gaer and Penygadair.

On the second day the minibus will take us back to where we left off the previous day, and we’ll continue to the sea at Conwy. Initially we pass through an area of ancient standing stones and burial chambers, to then follow part of the North Wales Path to Sychnant Pass before descending over Conwy mountain.  And once there, hopefully there’ll be time for an ice cream on the quay, if we fancy it, before the minibus returns us to Trefriw, 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 (19 km)  +  7.5 miles (12 km)

  Day 1 gradient profile

  Day 2 gradient profile

Grade:  Moderate/strenuous, much of it over open upland moorland paths. The first day is far more challenging and remote, and may have some boggy areas – gaiters might prove useful.  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 9.30 a.m. and Sunday at 9.30 at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)

Walk Leaders:  Colin Devine and Karen Martindale


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