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

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Back from Betws – 2018

Saturday 19th May, 2018

Back from Betws-y-coed

We will initially travel up the Conwy Valley from Trefriw to Betws-y-coed by public transport (bus), to then start the walk back to Trefriw along a high level route through the Gwydir High Park. This is a gem of a walk at a leisurely pace, with excellent views of the surrounding hills and Snowdonia Ranges.

From Betws y Coed, we head up the beautiful Aberllyn gorge past  the old mine workings, then along the bank of Llyn y Parc where we’ll stop for lunch.  We’ll visit Nant Bwlch-yr-haearn (Nant BH) mine, then on to a viewpoint looking back over Llanrwst and the Conwy valley.  As we cross over Mynydd BH the views change to look out over the main north Snowdonia ranges as we make our way down to Llanrhychwyn church and the Crafnant valley back to Trefriw via the Fairy Falls.  The route follows a mix of forest access roads and forest tracks.

Duration:  All day.    Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 7.5 miles / 13 km

Grade:  Moderate

Suitability:  Anyone who is reasonably fit

Meet:  10.15  a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)  to catch public transport to Betws-y-coed

(Fare payable on bus, unless you have a pass)

Leaders:  John Barber and Dave Prime


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Views from the High Gwydir – 2018

Friday 18th May, 2018

Views from the High Gwydir

This is a great scenic walk in the higher parts of the edge of the Gwydir Forest, with some lovely open views over the surrounding valleys and over to the mountains of northern Snowdonia.

We’ll go by minibus to Gwydir Uchaf (just 2 miles from Trefriw), then the route heads up to Llyn Parc, with elevated views over the Conwy valley, then over to Nant Bwlch-yr-haearn, from where it’s possible (in good visibility) to spot nine 3000′ peaks. We pass Llyn Bwlch y Gwynt and Llyn Glangors, each offering their own views over to the mountains, then back to Trefriw via Llyn Geirionydd and above the Crafnant valley.

Duration:  All Day. Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 7.5 miles / 12 km

Grade:  Moderate, and at a leisurely pace

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

Walk Leaders:  Karen Black and Joan Prime


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

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Llugwy River Ramble – 2018

Friday 18th May, 2018

Llugwy river ramble – from Betws-y-coed to Capel Curig

We will initially catch public transport (bus) from Trefriw to Betws-y-coed (20 mins), to then walk upstream to Capel Curig. On this scenic walk we’ll never be far from the river Llugwy, and we’ll pass the Swallow Falls and Tŷ Hyll (the Ugly House – always good for a cuppa).

The walk ends at Plas y Brenin, at Capel Curig, where we can have a cuppa before catching our minibus back to Trefriw.

Duration:  All Day. Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  6.5 miles / 10.5 km

Grade:  Easy/moderate

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

(Fare payable on bus, unless you have a pass)

Walk Leaders:  Dave Prime and Nigel Thomas


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

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Hills and Skills – 2018

Saturday 19 May, 2018

Hills and Skills

Fancy a good walk, and at the same time developing your walking skills a little, such as using a compass, map reading, basic first aid, etc.?

This walk will take us from Trefriw up into the pretty area of Crafnant and Geironydd, but you’ll get more out of this than just a good walk!

Duration:  All Day. Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 5 miles / 8 km

Grade:  Moderate, leisurely

Meet:  11.45 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)

Walk Leaders:  Roger Pierce and Ceri Jones


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A Short Mindfulness Walk – 2018

Friday 18th May, 2018

A Short Mindfulness Walk

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 .
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.

Duration:  about 2 hours.

Distance:  about 2 miles / 3 km

Grade:  Easy, leisurely

Meet:  12.30 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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Earlybird Walk – 2018

Sunday 20th May, 2018

Earlybird Walk

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:  6.15 a.m. (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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Rivers, Lakes and Falls – 2018

Sunday 20th May, 2018

Rivers, Lakes and Falls

See the walk here!

This is a gorgeous walk in three parts: The first part of the walk sees us walking past the Fairy Falls waterfall, then beside the river Crafnant out of the village and up along the Crafnant valley, as far as its confluence with the Afon Geirionydd. Here there is a short strenuous section as the river flows past waterfalls and down a gorge, and we follow this short river up to Llyn Geirionydd (with toilets at its far end).

The middle section sees us crossing the upper part of the Gwydir Forest, passing a couple of beautiful lakes, and with some great views, before descending to the river Conwy upstream of Gwydir Castle.

The last third of the walk – a level section – sees us following the banks of the river Conwy, past Llanrwst, then round the riverside Cob back to Trefriw.  We’ll be back in time for the Cake Fest at 4 p.m.!

Duration:  All dayPlease bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 10.5 miles / 17 km

Grade:  Moderate (with a short, steeper uphill section, but also a long final easy section)

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

Walk Leaders:  Tony Ellis and Nigel Thomas


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