Dolgarrog Disaster

Friday 17th May, 2019

Dolgarrog Disaster

This walk heads out of Trefriw up over Cefn Cyfarwydd, the hill behind the village, to the Cowlyd valley.  A steep walk to begin with, but with some stunning 360° views of Snowdonia and the coast. We will the cross in front of the Cowlyd dam and up over the shoulder of Moel Eilio to remote Cwm Eigiau and Llyn Eigiau and its dam. It was the breaching of this dam which caused the disaster in 1925. We will then follow the course of the floodwaters along the old trackbed of the Eigiau Tramway back to Dolgarrog, passing Coedty reservoir, high above the village, before following the waterfalls down to Dolgarrog and visiting the memorial there. We’ll return to Trefriw on our minibus.

Please remember that it can be cold in the foothils of the Carneddau mountains, even in May, so make sure you’ve got warm, waterproof clothing, and good footwear.

Duration:  All Day. Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 10.5 miles / 17 km

Grade:  Moderate/Strenuous, with some steeper uphill sections, particularly at the beginning where the first 3/4 mile has some 800ft of ascent.

Meet:  9.00 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.

Walk Leaders:  Nigel Thomas and Idris Bowen


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

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