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The riverside cobs

Sunday 19 May, 2024

The riverside Cobs

Most of our walks are on the Trefriw side of the river Conwy, but here’s a chance to also walk on the other side!

The river Conwy has flood defence cobs on both sides of it, which make for beautiful (and fairly flat!) riverside walking. From Trefriw we’ll walk on the southern riverside Cob round to Gower’s suspension bridge, then follow the riverside path into Llanrwst at Pont Fawr, Llanrwst’s famous old bridge. From here we’ll head back out of town using the back lanes, then descending to Tan Lan (this middle 2 miles is the only bit of ascent and descent).

We’ll now be on the other side of the river Conwy, and we’ll follow the 2-mile length of the northern riverside cob to Maenan, from where our minibus will bring us back to Trefriw.

In all, there’ll be plenty of easy, scenic riverside walking, and more often than not there’s plenty of birdlife to be seen on and near the river too.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  7 miles / 11 km

Grade:  Mostly easy, leisurely (though with a lane ascent in the middle from 10m up to 100m)

Departure time:  10:15 a.m. from Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Refreshments will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. (See ‘our cafe’.)  Please stay and socialise!

Walk Leaders:  Karen Martindale & Jan Blaskiewicz


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


Booking: To book a place, please click on the Eventbrite button below (opens in a new tab).
Booking opens on 15th March.

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 (card preferred, but cash accepted). More details on our funding page.


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An intro to trail running!

Sunday 19 May, 2024

An intro to trail running!

Here’s an opportunity to mix walking with some trail running.

This is a trail run that starts with an easy run out of the village before a steep climb after about a mile that takes us to the edge of the Gwydyr Forest. There’s a further climb that goes past St Rhychwyn’s Church in Llanrhychwyn (worth a quick visit if we have time) before we reach the highest point of the route with fantastic views. It’s then an easy descent to Llyn Geirionydd where we follow a rough track along the side of the lake to pick up a path that leads downhill to the village, with views down to the Crafnant Valley.

There are some steep climbs and some rough paths but we’ll move at a pace that suits the group, typically walking most of the uphill sections and no one will be left behind so we’ll regroup as needed.

Duration:  Half day (2½ hours, 10:30 – 13:00).

Distance:  About 7 miles / 11 km

Suitability:  You must be fit enough to tackle this ‘walk/run’ as described above.

What to wear:  Trail shoes must be worn (road shoes or walking boots won’t be suitable).  Bear in mind that we are very likely to encounter some wet and boggy sections. It would be a good idea to carry drinking water.

Departure time:  10:30 a.m. from Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Refreshments will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. (See ‘our cafe’.)  Please stay and socialise!

Walk Leaders:  Fliss Aries (a registered fell run leader with Welsh Athletics) & Nick Denney


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


Booking: To book a place, please click on the Eventbrite button below (opens in a new tab).
Booking opens on 15th March.

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 (card preferred, but cash accepted). More details on our funding page.


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Back to nature

Sunday 19 May, 2024

Back to nature

We will be using a car-share to travel to the start of our walk, which will be at the site of the former Cyffty Mine near Nant Bwlch-yr-Haiarn in the Gwydir Forest. (Cyffty is 4 miles from Trefriw – see the journey here.)

This is a fairly gentle walk, starting at one of the old lead mines of Nant Bwlch-yr-Haiarn. The route will follow a network of lakes formed for this centuries-old industry and explore the wild flowers, nature, history and legends of this unique area. Mainly on well-worn paths and forest tracks, with some short sections on steeper rough ground, we will gradually rise to a natural viewpoint for a lunch break before continuing back to the starting point. After the walk we will return in the cars to Trefriw.

This is a chance to look at nature in the hills with a couple of experts in this field.

Duration:  Half-day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:   About 5 miles / 8 km

Grade:  Moderate/leisurely

Departure time:  10:45 a.m. from Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631) using car share.
Refreshments will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. (See ‘our cafe’.)  Please stay and socialise!

Walk Leaders:  Pete Kay & Bernard Owen


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


Booking: To book a place, please click on the Eventbrite button below (opens in a new tab).
Booking opens on 15th March.

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 (card preferred, but cash accepted). More details on our funding page.


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Pot Luck Walk (Friday)

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)

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

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Pot Luck Walk (Saturday)

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)

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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Pot Luck Walk (Sunday)

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)

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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Marvellous Moelwyns – 23

Friday 19th May, 2023

Marvellous Moelwyns

The quiet mountain area of the Moelwyns is one we’ve not ventured to before. It’s a beautiful, remote area, made fascinating by the industrial heritage of slate mining; indeed, part of our route follows a section of the Snowdonia Slate Trail, with another part on the Cambrian Way.

We’ll be travelling by car-share to Tanygrisiau (near Blaenau Ffestiniog – 25 mins away, see the route here) to then walk up to the lovely Llyn Cwmorthin. Passing Cwmorthin quarry, we’ll ascend to the impressive but remote remains of Rhosydd slate quarry. From here we’ll head up past the quarry workings up the steep grassy slope to the summit of Moelwyn Mawr (770 m / 2,530 ft) from where there are great views towards Snowdon to the north, Cader Idris to the south, and Cardigan Bay to the west. On our descent we’ll cross Craig Ysgafn before then ascending Moelwyn Bach (710 m  / 2,330 ft).  From here we’ll descend to near Stwlan dam (in the picture above) before descending further on the steep grassy incline towards the lower lake and back to our cars at Tanygrisiau.

Note: It can be cold at altitude, even in May; please bring warm, waterproof clothing, including hat and gloves. Your boots should be waterproof with a good tread.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  7 miles / 11 km

Grade:  Strenuous mountain, with some 2,500 ft (800m) of ascent in total. This is a serious mountain walk and will include some uneven rocky ground, a few short ‘clambery’ sections, some steep sections and a degree of exposure at times. You should have mountain experience and be mountain fit.

Departure time:  09:00 a.m. from Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Refreshments will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. (See ‘our cafe’.)  Please stay and socialise!

Walk Leaders:  Tony Ellis & Jordan Lloyd


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

Booking: To book a place, please click on the Eventbrite button below (opens in a new tab).
1 PLACE LEFT!

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 (card preferred, but cash accepted). More details on our funding page.


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Lledr Gorge-ous – 23

Friday 19th May, 2023

Lledr Gorge-ous

The scenic Lledr valley and river, with sections of gorge, run from the Crimea Pass north-east down through Dolwyddelan towards Betws y coed, and is an area we’ve not led a walk in before. Our minibus will take us to Dolwyddelan, from where we’ll make our way downstream to Betws y coed, never far from the scenic river Lledr, or the river Conwy, which it joins outside Betws.

Having reached Betws, the minibus will take us back to Trefriw.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 7 miles /  11 km

Grade:  moderate

Departure time:  09:20 a.m. from Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Refreshments will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. (See ‘our cafe’.)  Please stay and socialise!

Walk Leaders:  Marianne Siddorn  & Maria Denney


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

Booking: To book a place, please click on the Eventbrite button below (opens in a new tab).
THIS WALK IS NOW FULLY BOOKED!

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 (card preferred, but cash accepted). More details on our funding page.


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Woods, Lakes and More – 23

Friday 19th May, 2023

Woods, Lakes and More

This gorgeous walk takes in a variety of scenery – hillsides, lakes, woodland, forestry and open moorland – between Trefriw and Capel Curig. We’ll be passing Llyn Geirionydd on the way out and at our furthest point (see the picture above) we’ll hopefully have great views of Moel Siabod, Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) and the Snowdon Horseshoe. We’ll return on the moorland below Crimpiau, eventually descending from the col to scenic Llyn Crafnant, then back to Trefriw, never far from the river Crafnant. This is cuckoo country, so we’ll be very surprised if you don’t hear the cuckoo on several occasions during the walk.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  11 miles / 17 km

Grade:  Moderate, but leisurely

Departure time:  09:40 a.m. from Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Refreshments will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. (See ‘our cafe’.)  Please stay and socialise!

Walk Leaders:  Mat Hancox and Matthew Driver


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

Booking: To book a place, please click on the Eventbrite button below (opens in a new tab).
1 PLACE LEFT!

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 (card preferred, but cash accepted). More details on our funding page.


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A Tale of Two Cobs – 23

Friday 19th May, 2023

A Tale of Two Cobs

Most of our walks are on the Trefriw side of the river Conwy, but here’s a chance to also walk on the other side!

The river Conwy has flood defence cobs on both sides of it, which make for beautiful (and fairly flat!) riverside walking. Our minibus will initially take us out to Maenan, across the valley from Trefriw, from where we’ll walk the 2-mile length of the northern riverside cob to Tan Lan. We’ll then take the back lanes into Llanrwst (the middle 2 miles – the only bit where there’s any ascent & descent involved) – and walk along the riverside path to our lunch stop by Pont Fawr, Llanrwst’s famous bridge. Afterwards we’ll return on the riverside path to Gower’s suspension bridge, to then walk back to Trefriw on the southern riverside cob.

In all, there’ll be plenty of easy, scenic riverside walking, and more often than not there’s plenty of birdlife to be seen on and near the river too.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  7 miles / 11 km

Grade:  Mostly easy, leisurely (though with a lane ascent in the middle from 10m up to 100m)

Departure time:  10:10 a.m. from Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Refreshments will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. (See ‘our cafe’.)  Please stay and socialise!

Walk Leaders:  Karen Martindale & Jan Blaskiewicz


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

Booking: To book a place, please click on the Eventbrite button below (opens in a new tab).
PLACES AVAILABLE!

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 (card preferred, but cash accepted). More details on our funding page.


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A Tomb with a View – 23

Friday 19th May, 2023

A Tomb with a View

Venturing across the Conwy Valley, we will rise nearly 1,000 ft above Betws-y-coed to Moel Trefriw, one of the furthest vantage points from which to see Trefriw. The walk, with its elevated location, will give splendid views over the northern Snowdonia mountains.

We’ll then descend via the famous Neolithic burial chamber at Capel Garmon. Tombs of this type belong to an archaeological grouping called ‘Cotswold-Severn’, after the area in which they are generally found, so its unusual position so far north remains a mystery.

We’ll be travelling to the area on the No.19 service bus (fare payable: £3.10, unless you have a concessionary pass), returning to Trefriw at the end of the walk in our minibus.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  7 miles / 11 km

Grade:  Moderate, with some 300m (1,000 ft) of ascent.

It is a steep ascent at the beginning but thereafter moderate. There are some streams and the odd boggy bits to cross, so good footwear is essential. There may be cattle in some fields.

Departure time:  10:25 a.m. from Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631) to catch 10.42 bus towards Betws-y-coed.
Refreshments will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. (See ‘our cafe’.)  Please stay and socialise!

Walk Leaders:  Cate Bolsover & Mike Bolsover


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

Booking: To book a place, please click on the Eventbrite button below (opens in a new tab).
PLACES AVAILABLE!

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 (card preferred, but cash accepted). More details on our funding page.


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A Short Mindfulness Walk – 23

Friday 19th May, 2023

A Short Mindfulness Walk  (afternoon)

Join us for a meditative and contemplative walk to connect with self and the natural world.

We will initially meet at Trefriw Village Hall for a car-share to Gwydir Uchaf chapel (just 2 miles from Trefriw – see the route here).

The walk will be an hour’s slow meditative walk from Gwydir Uchaf chapel along paths on the edge of Gwydir Forest.  There will be a short session of meditation before and after the walk, including a visit to the impressive chapel.  Afterwards we will return by car-share to Trefriw.

Whilst this walk is the shortest in the Walking Festival, we often hear of its powerful effect on people.

Duration:  2 hours.

Distance:  About 1.5 miles / 2 km

Grade: Easy, leisurely  (with some ascent and descent)

Departure time:  1:30 p.m. from Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Refreshments will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. (See ‘our cafe’.)  Please stay and socialise!

Walk Leaders:  Kate Hamilton-Hunter &  Lin Cummins


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

Booking: To book a place, please click on the Eventbrite button below (opens in a new tab).
SORRY, BUT THIS WALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS!

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 (card preferred, but cash accepted). More details on our funding page.


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Shapely Siabod – 23

Saturday 20th May, 2023

Shapely Siabod

Moel Siabod is the mountain which dominates the skyline from all round Capel Curig (and is visible from up the lane in Trefriw). This is a challenging round starting from Pont Cyfyng, near Capel Curig. Our minibus will take us there, then we’ll walk in past the old quarry to ascend Moel Siabod by its east Ridge, which involves a bit of easy scrambling and some slight exposure on the section from Llyn y Foel up to the summit. From the summit (2,861 ft / 872m) there are great views of the Snowdonia mountains in all directions, but particularly of the Snowdon Horseshoe.  We will descend to Plas y Brenin down Siabod’s broad, grassy back, then follow the scenic river Llugwy back to Pont Cyfyng. Our minibus will return us to Trefriw.

Please note that it can be cold on the tops, even in May. Please ensure that you have warm, waterproof clothing and good boots with a good tread.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  About 7 miles / 11 km

Grade:  A moderate/strenuous mountain walk, with some 2,500 ft (760m) of ascent.

Departure time:  09:00 a.m. from Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Refreshments will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. (See ‘our cafe’.)  Please stay and socialise!

Walk Leaders:  Keith Hulse a Paul Newell


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

Booking: To book a place, please click on the Eventbrite button below (opens in a new tab).
FULLY BOOKED!

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 (card preferred, but cash accepted). More details on our funding page.


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Cracking Crimpiau – 23

Saturday 20th May, 2023

Cracking Crimpiau

Crimpiau is a stunning mountain viewpoint between Llyn Crafnant and Capel Curig, and despite being only 475m / 1,558 ft high, many describe it as one of the best viewpoints in Snowdonia. We’d have to agree! (In the picture are Moel Siabod, the Snowdon Horseshoe and the Glyderau. Behind the camera is the Crafnant valley.)

(Crimpiau is pronounced locally ‘Crimp – ee – a’, meaning hard sharp edge; ridge, spur; ledge.)

We’ll walk from Trefriw out to this viewpoint, passing Llyn Crafnant on the way, then return to Trefriw a different scenic way, past Llyn Geirionydd.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance: 10 miles / 16 km

Grade:  Moderate/strenuous  (mostly moderate, though with a steepish ascent to Crimpiau itself)

Departure time:  09:20 a.m. from Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Refreshments will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. (See ‘our cafe’.)  Please stay and socialise!

Walk Leaders:  Nigel Thomas & Mat Hancox


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Booking: To book a place, please click on the Eventbrite button below (opens in a new tab).
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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 (card preferred, but cash accepted). More details on our funding page.


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Chasing Waterfalls – 23

Saturday 20th May, 2023

Chasing Waterfalls

We will initially travel in our minibus from Trefriw to Betws-y-coed (20 mins), to then walk upstream to Capel Curig. On this scenic walk – through meadows and forest paths – which follows the Betws to Capel Curig section of the Snowdonia Slate Trail, we’ll initially never be far from the river Llugwy, and its numerous falls, including the famous Swallow Falls. As we approach the end of the walk we’ll get great views over the mountains.

The walk will end at Plas y Brenin at Capel Curig, where we can have a cuppa while waiting for our minibus back to Trefriw.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  miles / 11 km

Grade:  Easy/moderate

Departure time:  10:00 a.m. from Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Refreshments will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. (See ‘our cafe’.)  Please stay and socialise!

Walk Leaders:  Liz Burnside & Stuart Martin


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

Booking: To book a place, please click on the Eventbrite button below (opens in a new tab).
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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 (card preferred, but cash accepted). More details on our funding page.


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Homeward Bound – 23

Saturday 20th May, 2023

Homeward Bound

There are so many scenic ways back from Betws y coed to Trefriw that we have no hesitation in repeating this gorgeous walk. We’ll be travelling to our start point at Betws y coed on the No.19 service bus (fare payable – £3.10 – unless you have a concessionary pass), then walking back on good tracks over the edge of the Gwydir Forest, passing several beautiful lakes and viewpoints.

We’ll initially head up through the Aberllyn gorge and then along the shore of Llyn Parc. From here, it’s downhill to Hafna mine, where we’ll probably stop for lunch. The walk then takes us over the highest part of the Gwydir Forest, past some gorgeous lakes with great views over towards the mountains. (There are toilets at Llyn Geirionydd.) 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: 7.5 miles / 12 km

Grade:  Moderate, with a couple of steep sections

Departure time:  10:20 a.m. from Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631) to catch 10.42 bus to Betws-y-coed
Refreshments will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. (See ‘our cafe’.)  Please stay and socialise!

Walk Leaders:  Colin Devine & Nick Denney


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

Booking: To book a place, please click on the Eventbrite button below (opens in a new tab).
THIS WALK IS FULLY BOOKED!

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 (card preferred, but cash accepted). More details on our funding page.


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To Grinllwm and beyond – 23

Saturday 20th May, 2023

To Grinllwm and beyond

Grinllwm (meaning ‘withered, bare’) is the hill which directly overlooks Trefriw. This peaceful, scenic walk starts by ascending this steep hill, at the top of which we’ll make slight detour to the highest point and take a break to enjoy the splendid views down the Conwy valley to the coast.

The other side of Grinllwm finds us on the edge of the sleepy hamlet of Llanrhychwyn where we’ll call in at the remote tiny church, one of the oldest churches in Wales.

Our route then taken us on the edge of the Gwydir Forest, up to a high spot above Llyn Glangors and the old Pandora mine where we get good views of the north Snowdonia mountains. We’ll descend to Llyn Geirionydd (toilets at the car park) and return to Trefriw through the woods and past the bluebell hillside.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  6 miles / 10 km

Grade:  Moderate (though a very steep start), and at a leisurely pace

Departure time:  10:20 a.m. from Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Refreshments will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. (See ‘our cafe’.)  Please stay and socialise!

Walk Leaders:  Clive Noble & David Davies


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Booking: To book a place, please click on the Eventbrite button below (opens in a new tab).
PLACES AVAILABLE!

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 (card preferred, but cash accepted). More details on our funding page.


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Little lakes, Legends and Loads of nature – 23

Saturday 20th May, 2023

Little lakes, Legends and Loads of nature

We will be using a car-share to travel to the start of our walk, which will be at the site of the former Cyffty Mine near Nant Bwlch-yr-Haiarn in the Gwydir Forest. (Cyffty is 4 miles from Trefriw – see the journey here.)

This is a fairly gentle walk, starting at one of the old lead mines of Nant Bwlch-yr-Haiarn. The route will follow a network of lakes formed for this centuries-old industry and explore the wild flowers, nature, history and legends of this unique area. Mainly on well-worn paths and forest tracks, with some short sections on steeper rough ground, we will gradually rise to a natural viewpoint for a lunch break before continuing back to the starting point. After the walk we will return in the cars to Trefriw.

This is a chance to look at nature in the hills with a couple of experts in this field.

Duration:  Half-day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:   About 5 miles

Grade:  Moderate/leisurely

Departure time:  11:00 a.m. from Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631) using car share.
Refreshments will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. (See ‘our cafe’.)  Please stay and socialise!

Walk Leaders:  Margaret Thomas & Pete Kay


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Booking: To book a place, please click on the Eventbrite button below (opens in a new tab).
THIS WALK IS FULLY BOOKED!

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 (card preferred, but cash accepted). More details on our funding page.


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Wild Horses – 23

Sunday 21st May, 2023

Wild Horses

We’ll be catching the no. 19 service bus (fare: £3.60, unless you have a concessionary pass) to the coast at Conwy, from where we will walk up over Conwy Mountain to Sychnant Pass, initially with great coastal views. We will then head inland, partly on the Cambrian Way, to Pen-y-Gaer, an Iron Age fort overlooking the Conwy Valley, passing through an area of ancient standing stones and burial chambers. The walk should reward us with splendid views throughout, and in this part of the Carneddau it is common to see wild ponies, though we can’t promise it!

At the end of the walk our minibus will collect us from above Tal y bont and bring us back to Trefriw.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 10 miles / 16 km

Grade: Moderate.  (There are couple of steeper sections, mainly going up Conwy mountain and up out of the Sychnant pass).  Much of the walk is somewhat elevated; remember that it can be cold in the foothills, even in May. Please ensure that you have warm, waterproof clothing and good boots.

Departure time:  08:40 a.m. from Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Refreshments will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. (See ‘our cafe’.)  Please stay and socialise!

Walk Leaders:  Ken Brassil & Marianne Siddorn


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

Booking: To book a place, please click on the Eventbrite button below (opens in a new tab).
PLACES AVAILABLE!

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 (card preferred, but cash accepted). More details on our funding page.


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