Category Archives: Saturday 16 May

The Prince and the Witch

Saturday 16th May, 2020

The Prince and the Witch

This is our big mountain walk this year!

We’ll firstly be travelling my minibus (just 10 minutes) up and over the hill behind Trefriw, to Cwm Cowlyd.

From there we’ll be walking to the summit of Carnedd Llywelyn (the ‘prince’, at 1,064 m / 3,491′ second only to Snowdon) , returning via Pen Llithrig y Wrach (the ‘witch’, 799 m / 2,621 ft) ….. etc etc ; and back to Trefriw.  In good weather the views will be splendid, but make no bones about it, this is a long, tough walk with about xxx of ascent.  (more detail needed, please)

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 10-12 miles / 16-19 km

Grade:  Strenuous mountain

Suitability:    Fit, experienced walkers

Remember that it can be cold at altitude, even in May.  And wet too. Full water/windproofs, plenty of warm clothing, and good mountain boots are essential.

Meet:  8:15 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)

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


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Booking:   To book a place on this walk, click on the ‘register’ button below. (Not available till mid-March when booking opens.)

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

Please note that, although we make no charge for our walks, we do ask for voluntary donations. More details on our funding page.

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Beating the Bounds

Saturday 16th May, 2020

Beating the Bounds

Gwydir Forest lies between Trefriw and Betws-y-coed. Whilst we often have walks in the forest (and we have this year too), this walk largely skirts round the edge of this northern part of the Gwydir.

We’ll start by heading over towards Gwydir Castle through the woods of Coed yr Allt, passing the Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall. From here we ascend  to Llyn Parc, with great views over the Conwy Valley. We then descend to Betws y coed, from where we will follow the route of the Snowdonia Slate Trail for the best part of 3 miles – some lovely riverside walking will see us following the river Llugwy past the Swallow Falls (and its free viewpoint) up towards the Ugly House, before we head away from the river towards the lakes of Crafnant and Geirionydd on our return to Trefriw.  This scenically rewarding walk is the longest walk in the Walking Festival this year.
We will pass public toilets at Betws y coed (5m) and Crafnant (12m).

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 15 miles / 24 km

Grade:  Moderate (but strenuous by virtue of its length), with a fair  bit of ascent and descent  (some 3500′ of ascent in total).

Meet:  8:30 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)

Walk Leaders:  Tony Ellis and Paul Newell


Click on the map to see the rough location of this walk.

Booking:   To book a place on this walk, click on the ‘register’ button below. (Not available till mid-March when booking opens.)

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

Please note that, although we make no charge for our walks, we do ask for voluntary donations. More details on our funding page.

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Cwmorthin and the Moelwyns

Saturday 16th May, 2020

Cwmorthin and the Moelwyns

We’ll be travelling in our minibus to Tanygrisiau (near Blaenau Ffestiniog) to then walk up to the lovely Llyn Cwmorthin. Passing Cwmorthin quarry on the far side, we’ll ascend to the remote remains of Rhosydd slate quarry to then head on to Twll Mawr and the small peak of Moel yr Hydd (648 m / 2,126 ft), a grand viewpoint for the Moelwyns and many of the Snowdonia peaks. We’ll descend to the remains of Wrysgan quarry, with its tunnel and superb hyperbolic incline, to then return to Tanygrisiau, descending via Wrysgan Quarry, weather permitting.  The Lakeside cafe will provide a welcome cuppa while we wait for the minibus to take us back to Trefriw.

It can be cold at altitude, even in May; please bring warm, waterproof clothing.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  7 miles / 11 km

Grade:  Moderate/hard

Meet:  9:00 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631) for minibus to Tanygrisiau

Walk Leaders:  Bernard Owen and Nigel Thomas


Click on the map to see the rough location of this walk.

Booking:   To book a place on this walk, click on the ‘register’ button below. (Not available till mid-March when booking opens.)

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

Please note that, although we make no charge for our walks, we do ask for voluntary donations. More details on our funding page.

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Overnight Camp (bed in a barn) – a two-day walk

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th May, 2020

Overnight Camp (bed in a barn) – a two-day walk

This is a two-part, two-day walk. This is the third year we’ve done a two-day walk, and what we love is the social element and bonding which develops over this longer period. But this year we’re doing something different – instead of coming back to Trefriw at the end of the first day, we’ll be overnighting in a comfortable bunkbarn!

On the first day we’ll walk from Trefriw over to Capel Curig (stopping at Plas y Brenin for a drink, if people fancy it), then on to the far end of the Dyffryn Mymbyr lakes, a location famed for its gorgeous views of the Snowdon Horseshoe.

We’ll then overnight in the bunkbarn there.  (Gill, what cooking facilities will there be?)

On the second day we’ll return to Trefriw by an altogether different route, in time for our now-legendary Cake Fest at 4 p.m.!

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

Organisation:  You will only need to walk with a day sack. Items like sleeping bags, additional food/drink for evening meal/breakfast, clothing, etc. can be left safely with us at the Village Hall and we’ll transport it to the bunkbarn ready for your arrival. Similarly, on the Sunday we will bring back anything you don’t wish to carry in your day sack.

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

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

Distance:  about 10 miles (16 km)  +  10 miles (16 km)

Grade: Moderate, leisurely

Meet:  Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)

Walk Leaders:  Brian Watson and Liz Burnham


Click on the map to see the rough location of this walk.

Booking: To book a place on this walk, use the ‘Eventbrite’ box below. (Not available till mid-March when booking opens.)

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

Please note that, although we make no charge for our walks, we do ask for voluntary donations. More details on our funding page.

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The Hall of the Mountain King

Saturday 16th May, 2020

The Hall of the Mountain King

This is a lovely leisurely walk from Trefriw over to Capel Curig, via Llyn Geirionydd. We then walk through the Gwydir forest, past Llyn Bychan, ending up at Plas y Brenin (‘The Hall of the King’), the National Outdoor Centre, where we can have a drink (hot or cold) while we wait for the minibus back (and, if the weather’s good, enjoy the views of the Snowdon Horseshoe).

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 9 miles / 14 km

Grade:  Moderate, but leisurely

Meet:  9:45 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)

Walk Leaders:  Dave Prime and Mat Hancox


Click on the map to see the rough location of this walk.

Booking:   To book a place on this walk, use the ‘Eventbrite’ box below. (Not available till mid-March when booking opens.)

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

Please note that, although we make no charge for our walks, we do ask for voluntary donations. More details on our funding page.

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The Scenic Way Home

Saturday 16th May, 2020

The Scenic Way Home

We will initially travel up the Conwy Valley from Trefriw to Betws-y-coed by public transport (bus).  From there, we’ll be taking the scenic route back!  We’ll head up the Aberllyn gorge to Llyn y Parc, then on to Hafna mine where we’ll stop for lunch.  From here the walk takes us over the highest part of the Gwydir Forest, past some lovely lakes with great views over towards the mountains. This is a gem of a walk at a leisurely pace.

The route will follow a mix of wide forest paths and other paths.

Duration:  All day.    Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 8 miles / 12.5 km

Grade:  Moderate

Meet:  10.00  a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)  to catch 10.43 bus to Betws-y-coed

(Fare of £x.xx payable on bus, unless you have a pass)

Leaders:  Karen Martindale and Jan Blaszkiewicz


Click on the map to see the rough location of this walk.

Booking:   To book a place on this walk, use the ‘Eventbrite’ box below.  (Not available till mid-March when booking opens.)

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

Please note that, although we make no charge for our walks, we do ask for voluntary donations. More details on our funding page.

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Dolgarrog

Saturday 16th May, 2020

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Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about x miles / x km

Grade:  Moderate, but leisurely

Meet:  10:30 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)

Walk Leaders:  Pete Kay and Tomos Jones


Click on the map to see the rough location of this walk.

Booking:   To book a place on this walk, use the ‘Eventbrite’ box below. (Not available till mid-March when booking opens.)

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

Please note that, although we make no charge for our walks, we do ask for voluntary donations. More details on our funding page.

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Nature’s Creations

Saturday 16th May, 2020

Nature’s Creations

This leisurely, local walk, heading up into the Crafnant Valley, is aimed at families, and will be led by environmental artist Tim Pugh (see his website here). Tim makes elaborate site-specific artwork using natural materials such as sticks, leaves and pine cones.

Duration:  Half day, starting late morning; please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about x miles / x.x km    (detail needed)

Grade:  Easy and leisurely

Meet:  11:15 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)

Walk Leaders:  Tim Pugh and Cate Bolsover


Click on the map to see the rough location of this walk.

Booking:   To book a place on this walk, use the ‘Eventbrite’ box below. (Not available till mid-March when booking opens.)

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

Please note that, although we make no charge for our walks, we do ask for voluntary donations. More details on our funding page.

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