Category Archives: Sat 21 May

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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Hot Rocks and Megaliths

Saturday 21st May, 2022

Hot Rocks and Megaliths

We’ll be travelling first by minibus to upper Rowen. This is a circular route with ascent to open moor and rocky path, rising to Tal y Fan ridge-walk. We will then descend to Bwlch y Ddeufaen. Here we’ll join the original A55, the prehistoric route way and Roman road which drops down to the Afon Conwy.

Our journey is through a dramatic landscape of igneous rocks, sacred places and field systems – rich testimony to the pressure and passage of time over 450 million years to the arrival of the first farmers.

The last section is on tarmac down to Rowen, to then catch the minibus back to Trefriw.

Please remember that it can be cold in the foothills 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 6 miles / 10 km

Grade:  Moderate, with some steeper sections, but leisurely

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 St Fagans) and Idris Bowen


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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The Scenic Way Home

Saturday 21st May, 2022

The Scenic Way Home

We will initially travel up the Conwy Valley from Trefriw to Betws-y-coed by public transport (bus).
From Betws-y-coed, we’ll be walking back to Trefriw, via a most scenic route!  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:  About 8 miles / 13 km

Grade:  Moderate, with a couple of steep sections

Departure time:  10.25 a.m. from Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)  to catch 10.43 bus to Betws-y-coed
Refreshments will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. (More here.)

(Fare of £3.00 payable on bus, unless you have a pass)

Leaders:  Mike Bolsover and Dave Tetlow



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 Walk in the Lakes

Saturday 21st May, 2022

A Walk in the 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 Klondyke mill and the monument to the bard, Taliesin.

The views at both lakes are great; Crafnant is justly described as one of the most beautiful lakes in Wales.  After completing our loop of the two lakes we’ll head back to Trefriw, and if the season is kind to us, we’ll take in a vast and stunning field of bluebells as we return to the village.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  About 6.5 miles / 10.5 km

Grade:  Moderate, but leisurely

Departure time:  11:00 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:  Mat Hancox and Colin Devine


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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Nature’s Creations

Saturday 21st May, 2022

Nature’s Creations

This leisurely, local walk is aimed at families, and will be led by Tim Pugh, an environmental artist (see some of his art above and his website here), who will help us to create temporary artworks of shapes and patterns inspired by the natural world, using materials collected on our walk in the Crafnant valley.  Tim makes elaborate site-specific artwork using natural materials such as sticks, leaves and pine cones. Do bring a camera to record your masterpiece!

Duration:  Half day, starting late morning; please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  About 3 miles / 5 km

Grade:  Easy and leisurely

Departure time:  11:30 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:  Tim Pugh and Cate Bolsover


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).
NOTE – Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
NOTE – When booking a place, only ONE adult should apply on behalf of the family group. (It will ask you how many adults and children are in your group.)

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 (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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