Category Archives: The Walks Programme

Sacred Doors

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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Gwydir and the Wynns

Sunday 20th May, 2018

Gwydir and the Wynns

The Wynns of Gwydir Castle were descendants of the Kings of Gwynedd. Their vast estate of some 36,000 acres of land dominated life in C16 North Wales. This leisurely walk will visit their house, Gwydir Castle, the beautifully decorated Gwydir Uchaf Chapel, the intriguing row of almshouses and the Wynn mausoleum, Gwydir Chapel in Llanrwst.

We’ll also stroll along the ‘Chinese Walk’ by way of Gwydir Quay to cross Pont Fawr bridge and follow the river back to Trefriw in time for our now-legendary Cake Fest at 4 p.m.!

Duration:  All Day. Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 7 miles / 11 km

Grade:  Easy/moderate, leisurely, with a lot of level walking

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

Walk Leaders:   Gill Scheltinga and Cate Bolsover


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Back from Betws

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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Earlybird Walk

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

Sunday 20th May, 2018

Rivers, Lakes and Falls

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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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A Short Mindfulness Walk

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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Trefriw’s Classic Two Lakes

Sunday 20th May, 2018

Trefriw’s Classic Two Lakes

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 Klondike mill and the monument to the bard, Taliesin.

The views from both lakes are stunning so do bring cameras. We’ll take a break for lunch and there will be plenty of opportunity to talk to your guides about the area along the way. After completing our loop of the two lakes we’ll head back to the Trefriw. 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)

Walk Leaders:  Brian Watson and Liz Burnside


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Alpine Plants

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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