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Mines and Minerals – 2019

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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Views and Vistas – 2019

Sunday 19th May, 2019

Views and Vistas

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 catch the bus to Gwydir (just 1.5 miles from Trefriw), then the route heads up from Gwydir Uchaf 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 the lovely lakes of 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 9 miles / 14 km

Grade:  Moderate, and at a leisurely pace

Meet:  9.20 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.
(You will need to pay on the bus (£2.70) unless you have a bus pass.)

Walk Leaders:  Karen Black and Gill Scheltinga


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Pen-y-Gaer to the sea – 2019

Sunday 19th May, 2019

The minibus will take us to Pen y Gaer, an Iron Age fort overlooking the Conwy Valley, from where we’ll walk 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.!

The walk will reward us with splendid views.

Duration:  A full day. Please bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink.

Distance:  about 8 miles (13 km)

  gradient profile

Grade: Moderate. 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:  9.35 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: Colin Devine and Clive Noble


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Statements in Stone (aka Graveyard Watch – A walk through history) – 2019

Sunday 19th May, 2019

Statements in Stone (aka Graveyard Watch – A walk through history)

Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Conwy valley and Gwydir forest, and discover some of our “hidden gems” – those special places, and their history, that only locals know much about.

In the company of well-known cultural historian and archaeologist, Ken Brassil, learn how these ancient places reveal and illuminate the historical links between our yesterday, today and tomorrow.

“A good walk improved”  (Oscar Wilde would approve!)

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

Duration:  All Day. Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 5 miles / 8 km

Grade:  Easy/moderate, 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:  Ken Brassil (former Education Officer at San Fagans) and Bernard Owen


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Navigation Skills – 2019

Sunday 19th May, 2019

Navigation Skills

This walk is ideal for people who want to feel more confident in their ability to navigate. It’s all about making sure you’re familiar and well-practised at the basics, with a solid understanding of what strategies to use if the cloud comes down and you need to navigate your way through the fog.

This is a relatively easy walk with plenty of opportunities to learn more about navigating with a map and compass. A treasure hunt around Crimpiau and Craig Wen in the afternoon will be a great chance to test the skills you’ve learned during the morning.

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

Duration:  All Day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 6 miles / 9 km

Grade: Easy/moderate, and at a leisurely pace

Meet:  10.00 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631) for a car share to Capel Curig (20 mins away) and back.
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.

Walk Leaders:  Dave Evans and Nicola Jasieniecka


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Family Forage – 2019

Sunday 19th May, 2019

Family Forage

A family-based (although everyone is welcome) activity walk. We will walk up from Trefriw past the Fairy Falls, following the Afon Crafnant into the beautiful bluebell-filled fields and woods of the Crafnant valley, where amongst many other things we will scavenger hunt, forage for wild food (your chance to munch on Ramson’s and dine on Pignut pie), hug a tree or two, play environmental games and enjoy ourselves. The exact structure of the day and the focus of the activities will depend on the group demographics … and the weather.

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

Duration: about 5 hours.   Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  3 miles / km

Grade:  Easy/leisurely. The walk will not be strenuous and will mostly follow good paths, but at times we will at move away from paths and tracks onto rougher ground so suitable footwear is required.

Meet:  10.15 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:  Pete Kay and Netti Collister


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Two Lakes Loop – 2019

Sunday 19th May, 2019

Two Lakes Loop

Join us for the walk that attracts many visitors to Trefriw – the classic round of Llyn Crafnant and Llyn Geirionydd. From Trefriw we ascend past the Fairy Falls and onto the edge of Gwydir Forest. Gwydir Forest was mentioned in written texts at least 500 years ago, and we’ll certainly witness some of its history, passing old mine works, the infamous Klondyke mill and the monument to the bard, Taliesin.

The views at both lakes are great.  After completing our loop of the two lakes we’ll head back to the Trefriw, and if the seasons are kind to us, we’ll take in the vast and stunning field of bluebells as we return to the village.

We’ll be back in time for our now-legendary Cake Fest at 4 p.m.!

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 6.5 miles / 10.5 km

Grade:  Moderate, but leisurely

Meet:  10.30 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:  Cate Bolsover and Mike Bolsover


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