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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 will start and finish from the car park in Cwm Eigiau (we’ll get you there and back 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 walk entails a total of some 3500′ (1100m) of ascent, and will offer some great views – if the cloud is high. The route does not always follow obvious paths.  Note that some sections are exposed, and in a couple of places hands will be needed.

The mountains can be cold in May. Full water/windproofs, warm clothing, and good mountain boots are essential. Please note that the route will likely be altered or shortened if weather conditions are not favourable.

Duration:   All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:   10 miles / 15 km

Grade:    Strenuous high mountain

Suitability:    Fit, experienced walkers

Meet:   8.15 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)  for minibus to walk starting point.
or, if the Village Hall repairs are not completed in time, meet at Peniel Chapel, LL27 0JL, just a minute’s walk up the road opposite the hall.

Leaders:    Keith Hulse (of Snowdonia Walker) and Colin Boyd

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Booking:  To book a place on this walk, click on the ‘register’ button below.

Please ensure that you have read the booking information, terms and conditions before you attend any walks.

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Cwm Idwal – A very special place

Saturday 18th May, 2019

Cwm Idwal – A very special place

Join us on a visit to Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve and discover why this place is so unique.

This walk will visit some of the arctic-alpine plant communities that make this site so famous, as well as many other aspects of this magnificent site’s geology, management and human and natural history. Threats and possibilities will be discussed, and there will be plenty of time to enjoy the views and soak up the atmosphere.

(Pete’s very modest, but this is a chance to walk with an expert who knows where to find rare stuff, including the Snowdon Lily.)

Duration:  All Day. Please bring a packed lunch, plenty to drink, and clothing and footwear for the upland environment. Binoculars and hand lenses, if you have them, may also be of use.

Distance:  No more than 5 miles / 8 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: 8.30 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631) for transport via car share, or, if the Village Hall repairs are not completed in time, meet at Peniel Chapel, LL27 0JL, just a minute’s walk up the road opposite the hall.
Note – if we find that some participants are coming from the opposite direction to Trefriw, we will likely contact you and suggest meeting you at Ogwen at 9.15, if you’d prefer.

Walk Leaders: Pete Kay (mountain leader and site expert) and Linda Roberts (Snowdon volunteer warden)


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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:  8.45 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
or, if the Village Hall repairs are not completed in time, at Peniel Chapel, LL27 0JL, just a minute’s walk up the road opposite the hall.

Walk Leaders:  Mike Bolsover and Nick Livesey (award-winning photographer)


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Ogwen Valley and Capel Curig round – a two-day walk

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th May, 2019

Ogwen Valley and 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 Cyfarwydd, the ridge behind Trefriw, down to remote Llyn Cowlyd.  We’ll then walk along its shore to the Ogwen valley, crossing the road and river at Helyg (the famous climbers’ hut) before making our way to Capel Curig along the track of the old coaching road. This is an opportunity to really enjoy being in the mountains without having to climb up them!  Our first day will end at Plas y Brenin, where we can have a drink at the cafe/bar before we 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 an altogether different, easier route (via Llyn Crafnant), in time for our now-legendary Cake Fest at 4 p.m.!

Both days should reward you with splendid views if the clouds are high.

Please note:  By making a booking you are committing to attend on both days. You only need book once.

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

Distance:  about 12 miles (17 km)  +  9 miles (14 km)

Grade: Moderate/strenuous, much of it over open upland moorland paths. The first day will be the more challenging of the two, as there is some 2,000 ft of ascent, much of it in the first hour and a half!  Remember that it can be cold in the Carneddau foothills, even in May. Please ensure that you have warm, waterproof clothing and we recommend leather boots.

Meet:  Saturday at 9.00 a.m. and Sunday at 8.45 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
or, if the Village Hall repairs are not completed in time, at Peniel Chapel, LL27 0JL, just a minute’s walk up the road opposite the hall.

Walk Leaders:  Nigel Thomas and Tony Ellis (Snowdon volunteer warden)


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Booking:  To book a place on this walk, click on the ‘register’ button below.

Please ensure that you have read the booking information, terms and conditions before you attend any walks.

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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 anyway is a great round in its own right.

Duration:  All Day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 10 miles / 16 km

Grade:  Moderate, with one steep section, but leisurely

Meet:  9.15 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
or, if the Village Hall repairs are not completed in time, at Peniel Chapel, LL27 0JL, just a minute’s walk up the road opposite the hall.

Walk Leaders:  Gill Scheltinga and Idris Bowen


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Booking:  To book a place on this walk, click on the ‘register’ button below.

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Roman Roaming

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 walking off-road from Trefriw to Llanrwst station (a mile), then catching the train to Pont-y-pant. (Tickets currently cost £3.90 *, but bus pass holders can travel free on this line.)

The walk will then follow the old Roman path of Sarn Helen (more here) up over the hill to Betws y coed, passing the deserted slate quarry village of Rhiwddolion, and crossing the river Llugwy at Miners’ Bridge.  The Roman route from Betws to Trefriw (on its way to the fort at Caerhun) is less well documented, but it passed Nant BH and Llyn Geirionydd, which is the route we’ll be taking.

(* The train fare is currently £3.90, but may rise. If paying by cash, the correct fare will no doubt be appreciated.)

Duration:  All Day. Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 11 miles / 18 km

Grade:  Moderate, and at a leisurely pace

Meet:  9.45 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
or, if the Village Hall repairs are not completed in time, at Peniel Chapel, LL27 0JL, just a minute’s walk up the road opposite the hall.

Walk Leaders:  Dave Prime and Mat Hancox


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Booking:  To book a place on this walk, click on the ‘register’ button below.

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Lanes and Lakes of the Conwy Valley  (hike & bike)

Saturday 18th May, 2019

Lanes and Lakes of the Conwy Valley  (hike & bike)

A walk with a biking element – we will be providing you with e-bikes (battery-assisted bikes).  Essentially there will be some 3 – 4 miles of walking, and about 6 miles of biking.

This is an e-bike introduction on quiet lanes and roads with stunning views of the Conwy Valley, its lakes and surrounding hills and mountains. (Please note that there will be no technical terrain, but there are steep hills both up and down, so participants need to be reasonably confident and competent cyclists.)

The walkers will be accompanied by two of our leaders, and the cyclists will also be accompanied by experienced e-bike leaders.

There will be two groups of up to 10 people –

  •  The first group will ride by e-bike from Trefriw, ending up at Llyn Geirionydd.  After a lunch stop (with the second group) we will swap and walk back to Trefriw by quiet footpaths.
  • The second group will largely do this in reverse, i.e. walk up to our lunch stop at Llyn Geirionydd, then use the e-bikes to return to Trefriw.

Note that if you do not want to ride and walk in the same footwear, you will need to bring a second pair. You will need to ride with your rucksack anyway.

Duration:  All Day. Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 3 – 4 miles (5 – 6 km) of walking, plus 6 miles of biking

Grade:  Moderate, and at a leisurely pace

Meet:  10.00 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
or, if the Village Hall repairs are not completed in time, at Peniel Chapel, LL27 0JL, just a minute’s walk up the road opposite the hall.

Leaders:  Cate Bolsover and Colin Devine (walking)
Roger Pierce, Tomos Jones and Tim Ballam (bikes)


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Booking:   To book a place on this walk, click on the ‘register’ button below.

Please ensure that you have read the booking information, terms and conditions before you attend any walks.

(If you’re interested in biking, you may be interested in Llandudno’s U3A Cycling Groups. Their details are on our Local Organisations page.)

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Pot Luck Walk (Sat.)

Saturday 18th May, 2019

Pot Luck Walk

Every year some people find that their first choice of walk is fully booked, which is frustrating for walkers and leaders alike. However, people often drop out at the last minute, so please come along on the day and take POT LUCK !

You will have 3 choices:

      1. Join one of our published walks which has spaces free at the last minute
      2. Take a self-guided walk which we will help you select from our Trefriw Trails series of printed walks
      3. Take the new self-guided, printed Legends Trail, launched in 2017

Duration: Suitable for the group. Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:   Suitable for the group

Meet:  from 9.00 a.m. onwards at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
or, if the Village Hall repairs are not completed in time, at Peniel Chapel, LL27 0JL, just a minute’s walk up the road opposite the hall.

Although there is no need to book a ticket for this event, our general conditions still apply so please ensure that you have read the terms and conditions before you attend any walks.

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Mines and Minerals

Sunday 19th May, 2019

Mines and Minerals

The Gwydir Forest was once alive with slate and (mostly) metal mines; indeed in the early 19th century the population of tiny Llanrhychwyn was greater than that of Trefriw!  We’ll be passing some ten workings, both large and small, as we explore this pretty area on Trefriw’s doorstep.

We will walk from Trefriw up the steep path to Llanrhychwyn, firstly passing the old slate caverns on the edge of the Gwydir Forest.  We then descend through the forest to Hafna mine – the largest remains in the area – before passing Parc Mine (the last to close), the tiny Vale of Conwy mine, and Llanrwst mine up at Nant BH. Our return route takes us past the scenic lakes of Bwlch-y-gwynt and Glangors and the panoramic views above the remains of Pandora mine, which fed ore to the mill at Klondyke, which we’ll also pass. We descend to Trefriw on a scenic path above the Crafnant valley.

We’ll be back in time for our now-legendary Cake Fest.

Duration:  All Day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  9.5 miles / 15 km

Grade:  Moderate, though with a steep start.

Meet:  9.05 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
or, if the Village Hall repairs are not completed in time, at Peniel Chapel, LL27 0JL, just a minute’s walk up the road opposite the hall.

Walk Leaders:  Karen Martindale and Jan Blaszkiewicz


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Booking:   To book a place on this walk, click on the ‘register’ button below.

Please ensure that you have read the booking information, terms and conditions before you attend any walks.

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