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High Mountain Scramble

Friday 17 May, 2024

High Mountain Scramble (Grib Lem)

Grib Lem (“sharp/pointed ridge”) is situated on the northern slopes of Carnedd Dafydd. Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the Ogwen Valley, this amazing grade 1 scramble really is a forgotten gem of Eryri (Snowdonia), a high quality easy ridge scramble in a stunning mountain setting that finishes on the summit of Carnedd Dafydd – 1,044 m (3,425 ft).

The route is never too difficult, with many options to choose from, and plenty of hand and footholds. And don’t forget to look back every now and then to take in the spectacular views of the ridge and valley.

The photo shows part of Grib Lem. (© Live for the Outdoors). You can see some footage on YouTube here: Crib Lem in Snowdonia

This walk is limited to 8 people. We will be car-sharing to and from Trefriw.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:    5 – 6 miles / 8 – 9 km

Grade:  Strenuous mountain, with a long section of grade 1 scramble. Exposed in places. The height gain is over 800m and much of it is not on a path.

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

Remember that it can be much colder at altitude, even in May.  Please ensure that you have good, warm, waterproof clothing, including hat and gloves, and suitable sturdy boots.

Departure time:  9:00 a.m. (car share) 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:  Rob Collister & Leo Scheltinga


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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The Sleeping Lady

Friday 17 May, 2024

The Sleeping Lady

This is a strenuous walk from Trefriw over to  Capel Curig, initially up the ridge of Cefn Cyfarwydd, behind Trefriw, then via the tops of Creigiau Gleision, Craig Wen and Crimpiau, whose skyline form ‘The Sleeping Lady’ (see the picture). This elevated area offers some great views of the mountains of Snowdonia.

Some areas may be a bit boggy.

At the end of the walk our minibus will bring us back from Capel Curig to Trefriw.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  8.5 miles / 13 km

Grade:  Moderate/strenuous upland

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

Remember that it can be much colder at altitude, even in May.  Please ensure that you have good, warm, waterproof clothing, including hat and gloves, and suitable sturdy boots.

Departure time:  09:15 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:  Roger Pierce & Zac Pierce


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 open 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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Welsh water

Friday 17 May, 2024

Welsh water

This walk will visit the 4 linked lake reservoirs in the northern Carneddau foothills which provide water for the coastal towns and the Conwy Valley. We will be taken by our minibus to Cwm Eigiau, from where we will head up 250m to the mountain lakes of Llyn Melynllyn and Llyn Dulyn, before returning by a different path to the Eigiau valley. From here we’ll pass by Llyn Eigiau (the source of the Dolgarrog disaster in 1925) and walk over the hill to the Cowlyd valley, where Llyn Cowlyd’s dam dominates the area. From here we’ll catch the minibus back over the hill to Trefriw. There’s lots of industrial history in these areas too.

This area of the Carneddau foothills is remote, and it can be cold at altitude, even in May. Please ensure that you have good, warm, waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  About 9 miles / 14 km

Grade:  Moderate/strenuous in view of the terrain (rough in places) and distance (some 1,400 ft / 425 m of ascent)

Departure time:  09:30 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:  Tony Ellis & Nigel Thomas


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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A walk in the Parc

Friday 17 May, 2024

A walk in the Parc

From Trefriw we’ll walk up to the scenic lake of Llyn Parc (between Trefriw and Betws y coed), returning by a different route.

The name of the walk comes from Llyn Parc, though the whole walk is also in the Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park. That said, in the figurative sense this has sections of moderate gradient so is not ‘just a walk in the park’ (if you see what we mean!)

Having initially walked over to the area above Gwydir Castle, from there we’ll follow the path overlooking the Conwy valley, up to Llyn Parc. We’ll walk along the lakeside (the lake is 2/3 of a mile long), then we’ll head back to Trefriw through some of the most scenic parts of the Gwydir Forest. Expect pretty paths and good views.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  About 10 miles / 16 km

Grade:  Moderate, but leisurely

Departure time:  09:45 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 & 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).
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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Now that’s what I call local

Friday 17 May, 2024

Now that’s what I call local

You may know that there is a series of walks around Trefriw called the Trefriw Trails. What we’ll be doing here is a lovely walk which combines part of four different trails, to make a 7-mile loop, never too far from the village itself.

The walk is undulating, with a total of 1,000 ft of ascent, and sees us on forest paths and on field paths.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  7 miles / 11 km

Grade:  Moderate

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:  Jan Blaskiewicz & Karen Martindale


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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Hike & eBike

Friday 17 May, 2024

Hike & eBike

A walk with a biking element – we will be providing you with e-bikes (battery-assisted bikes).  Essentially there will be some 3 – 4 miles of walking, and about 6 miles of biking.

This is an e-bike introduction on quiet lanes and roads with stunning views of the Conwy Valley, its lakes and surrounding hills and mountains. (Please note that there will be no technical terrain, but there are steep hills both up and down, so participants need to be reasonably confident and competent cyclists.)

The walkers will be accompanied by two of our leaders, and the cyclists will also be accompanied by FFIT Conwy e-bike instructors.

There will be two groups of up to 10 people –

  •  The first group will ride by e-bike from Trefriw, ending up at Llyn Geirionydd (in the photo).  After a lunch stop (with the second group) we will swap and walk back to Trefriw by quiet footpaths.
  • The second group will largely do this in reverse, i.e. walk up to our lunch stop at Llyn Geirionydd, then use the e-bikes to return to Trefriw.

Note that if you do not want to ride and walk in the same footwear, you will need to bring a second pair. You will need to ride with your rucksack anyway.

We will provide helmets (but you’re welcome to bring your own).

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Walking distance:  about 4 miles

Grade:  Moderate

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!

This particular event has been made possible through funding from the Carneddau Landscape Partnership. Thank you!

Walk Leaders:  Brian Watson & Marianne Siddorn (assisted by 3 eBike leaders)


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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Mindful Meditation Walk

Friday 17 May, 2024

Mindful Meditation 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 (5 mins) 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).
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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