Category Archives: 2022 Archive

Bristly Ridge and the Glyders

Friday 20th May, 2022

Bristly Ridge and the Glyders

We will travel to the Ogwen Valley Visitor Centre by car-share from Trefriw, from where we will walk up to Bwlch Tryfan to start the ascent of Bristly Ridge up onto the Glyders. This is a long grade 1 scramble with some exposed sections, but with plentiful hand-holds (see the ridge in the photo above).

Once at the top we will explore Glyder Fach (994 m / 3,261 ft), including the Cantilever and Castle of the Winds, then walk over to Glyder Fawr (1,001 m / 3,284 ft), before descending, probably by way of The Devil’s Kitchen, to Llyn Idwal and Ogwen for the car-share back to Trefriw.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  About 6 miles / 10 km

Grade:  Strenuous mountain, with a long section of grade 1 scramble. Exposed in places.

Suitability:  Fit and experienced walkers. Participants must be used to coping with rough terrain  and long days in the mountains.

Remember that it will be much colder on the tops, even in May.  Please ensure that you have good, warm, waterproof clothing, including hat and gloves, and suitable sturdy boots (no trainers).

Departure time:  8:30 a.m. from Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Refreshments will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. (More here.)

Walk Leaders:  Rob Collister (author of ‘Days to Remember’) and Paul Newell  (Read an interview with Rob here.)


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

Please click here to read about the current Covid regulations in Wales and how we will be managing them.

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

Places will be limited to 8 people on this walk.

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 (cash or card). More details on our funding page.

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Ten Lakes

Friday 20th May, 2022

Ten Lakes

A full day from Trefriw into the Gwydir Forest visiting 10 of the area’s hidden lakes

Starting and finishing with the largest and best-known lakes in the area – Geirionydd and Crafnant – this long round from Trefriw will visit a total of 10 lakes in the Gwydir Forest, many with history linked to local metal-mining.  Much of the walk is in the upper, elevated part of the forest, offering excellent views of the mountains if the cloud is high. The pace will be easy, and uses a lot of good forest tracks, but is rated as moderate/strenuous simply by virtue of its length. We will be passing toilets at 2½ miles, 10½ miles and 12½ miles.

You can download a .pdf of the walk here.

Duration: All day. Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance: 15 miles / 24 km

Grade: Moderate/Strenuous, and long

Departure time: 9.15 a.m. from Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Refreshments will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. (More here.)

Walk Leaders: Tony Ellis and Nigel Thomas


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

Please click here to read about the current Covid regulations in Wales and how we will be managing them.

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


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 (cash or card). More details on our funding page.

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Sacred Doors

Friday 20th May, 2022

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

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. (More here.)

Walk Leaders:  Ken Brassil (the “charismatic and brilliant” former Archaeology and History Education Officer at San Fagans) and Bernard Owen



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

Please click here to read about the current Covid regulations in Wales and how we will be managing them.

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 (cash or card). More details on our funding page.

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The Grey Mare’s Tail

Friday 20th May, 2022

The Grey Mare’s Tail

Join us for a local walk from the village, calling in at the Grey Mare’s Tail, a splendid waterfall a couple of miles away. This waterfall also provides water for the fountains at Gwydir Castle, via a leat at the top, and it was Lady Willoughby of Gwydir who gave it its name. We will then head on past Gwydir to the meadows at Llanrwst, returning to Trefriw alongside the river Conwy.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  About 6 miles / 9.5 km

Grade:  Moderate, but leisurely

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. (More here.)

Walk Leaders:  Cate Bolsover and Marianne Siddorn


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

Please click here to read about the current Covid regulations in Wales and how we will be managing them.

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

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 (cash or card). More details on our funding page.

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A Short Mindfulness Walk

Friday 20th May, 2022

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 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, its effect could be powerful.

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) to then car-share to Gwydir Uchaf chapel (2 miles from Trefriw)
Refreshments will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. (More here.)

Walk Leaders: Kate Hamilton-Kapur and Lin Cummins


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

Please click here to read about the current Covid regulations in Wales and how we will be managing them.

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

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 (cash or card). More details on our funding page.

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Walk and Woof!

Friday 20th May, 2022

Walk and Woof!  (afternoon)

Normally we do not permit dogs on our walks, for various reasons, but this year there will be a walk specifically for walkers with dogs!

Rather than meeting and registering at Trefriw Village Hall, our usual venue, for this walk we will meet at Sawbench. (This is the car park for the Gwydir Mawr and Bach bike trails, just 5 minutes by car from Trefriw, on the edge of the Gwydir Forest – see the location and journey from Trefriw here). From there we will be walking on good forest tracks where there will be no likelihood of encountering sheep or ground-nesting birds.

Please note: We would request that you keep your dog on a lead, please.

Duration:  About 2 hours

Distance:  About 4 miles / 6.5 km

Grade:  Moderate, but leisurely

Departure time:  2:00 p.m. from Sawbench car park (SH790 609) near Gwydir Castle  (marked on the map as Gwydir Mawr/Bach, as this is also the bike trail car park).   Note that this walk does not meet at the Village Hall.

Refreshments will be available in the Hall after your walk should you wish to come back to Trefriw. (More here.)

Walk Leaders:  Jan Blaskiewicz (with her dog, Indie) and Val Pontin


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

Please click here to read about the current Covid regulations in Wales and how we will be managing them.

Booking: To book a place, please click on the Eventbrite button below (opens in a new tab).
(Numbers will be limited to 8 on this walk.)

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 (cash or card). 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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If Carlsberg did good views …

Saturday 21st May, 2022

If Carlsberg did good views …

Crimpiau (pronounced locally ‘Crimp – ee – a’, and meaning hard sharp edge; ridge, spur; ledge) is located between Capel Curig and Llyn Crafnant and is a stunning viewpoint despite being only 475m / 1,558 ft high. Photographer Nick Livesey writes in his book ‘Photographing the Snowdonia Mountains’, “Being little more than a minor incident on a long knobbly ridge, lowly Crimpiau harbours a secret that few would suspect from below”.  Nick’s not alone – many articles describe the lowly summit of Crimpiau as one of the best viewpoints in Snowdonia.

We’ll be taking the minibus to Capel Curig, then taking the scenic walk back to Trefriw, making a small steeper detour to ascend Crimpiau. And Crimpiau aside, it’s a great walk with lovely views from start to finish.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  About 9 miles / 14 km

Grade:  Moderate, but leisurely

Departure time:  9:00 a.m. from Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Refreshments will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. (More here.)

Walk Leaders:  Keith Hulse and Matthew Driver


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

Please click here to read about the current Covid regulations in Wales and how we will be managing them.

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

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 (cash or card). More details on our funding page.

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Rivers, Lakes and Falls

Saturday 21st May, 2022

Rivers, Lakes and Falls

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 some great views, before descending to the river Conwy upstream of Gwydir Castle.
Time allowing, we’ll also make a short detour to see the Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall.
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.

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)

Departure time:  9:30 a.m. from Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Refreshments will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. (More here.)

Walk Leaders:  Brian Watson and Liz Burnside


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

Please click here to read about the current Covid regulations in Wales and how we will be managing them.

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 (cash or card). More details on our funding page.

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