Category Archives: Saturday 16 May

The Prince and the Witch

Saturday 16th May, 2020

The Prince and the Witch

This is our big mountain walk this year  – a long high level hike to Wales’s 2nd highest peak

We’ll firstly be travelling by minibus (just 10 minutes) up and over the hill behind Trefriw, to Cwm Cowlyd.
From there we’ll be walking to the summit of Carnedd Llywelyn (the ‘prince’, at 1,064 m / 3,491′ second only to Snowdon), returning via the spectacular Pen yr Helgi Du ridge and Pen Llithrig y Wrach (the ‘witch’, 799 m / 2,621 ft) to Cwm Cowlyd and then back to Trefriw.  In good weather the views will be splendid, but make no bones about it, this is a long, tough walk with lots of ascent (1220m / 4000′) and some exposed ridges.

The route does not always follow obvious paths.  Note that some sections are exposed, and in a couple of places hands will be needed.

If the minibus is available, we’ll get a lift back to Trefriw from Cwm Cowlyd, otherwise we’ll start back and meet it part way.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  About 11 miles / 18 km   (further if we walk partly back to Trefriw from Cowlyd)

Grade:  Strenuous high mountain.  Remember that it is colder at altitude, even in May.  And it can be wet too. Full water/windproofs, plenty of warm clothing (including hat and gloves) and good mountain boots are essential.

Suitability:    Fit, experienced walkers

Meet:  8:15 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Tea and cake will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. You are welcome to stay and socialise!

Walk Leaders:  Mike Bolsover and Nick Livesey (award-winning photographer)


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

Booking:   To book a place on this walk, use the ‘Eventbrite’ box below.

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 or cash). More details on our funding page.

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Beating the Bounds

Saturday 16th May, 2020

Beating the Bounds

Gwydir Forest lies between Trefriw and Betws-y-coed. Whilst we often have walks in the forest (and we have this year too), this walk largely skirts round the edge of this northern part of the Gwydir.

We’ll start by heading over towards Gwydir Castle through the woods of Coed yr Allt, passing the Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall. From here we ascend  to Llyn Parc, with great views over the Conwy Valley. We then descend to Betws y coed, from where we will follow the route of the Snowdonia Slate Trail for the best part of 3 miles – some lovely riverside walking will see us following the river Llugwy past the Swallow Falls (and its free viewpoint) up towards the Ugly House, before we head away from the river towards the lakes of Crafnant and Geirionydd on our return to Trefriw.  This scenically rewarding walk is the longest walk in the Walking Festival this year.
We will pass public toilets at Betws-y-coed (5m) and Crafnant (12m).

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  About 15 miles / 24 km

Grade:  Moderate (but strenuous by virtue of its length), with a fair  bit of ascent and descent  (some 3500′ of ascent in total).

Meet:  8:30 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Tea and cake will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. You are welcome to stay and socialise!

Walk Leaders:  Tony Ellis and Paul Newell


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Booking:   To book a place on this walk, use the ‘Eventbrite’ box below.

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 or cash). More details on our funding page.

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Cwmorthin and the Moelwyns

Saturday 16th May, 2020

Cwmorthin and the Moelwyns

We’ll be travelling in our minibus to Tanygrisiau (near Blaenau Ffestiniog) to then walk up to the lovely Llyn Cwmorthin. Passing Cwmorthin quarry on the far side, we’ll ascend to the remote remains of Rhosydd slate quarry to then head on to Twll Mawr and the small peak of Moel yr Hydd (648 m / 2,126 ft), a grand viewpoint for the Moelwyns and many of the Snowdonia peaks. We’ll descend to the remains of Wrysgan quarry, with its tunnel and superb hyperbolic incline, to then return to Tanygrisiau, descending via Wrysgan Quarry, weather permitting.  The Lakeside cafe will provide a welcome cuppa while we wait for the minibus to take us back to Trefriw.

It can be cold at altitude, even in May; please bring warm, waterproof clothing, including hat and gloves.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  About 7 miles / 11 km

Grade:  Moderate/hard

Meet:  9:00 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631) for minibus to Tanygrisiau
Tea and cake will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. You are welcome to stay and socialise!

Walk Leaders:  Bernard Owen and Nigel Thomas


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Booking:   To book a place on this walk, use the ‘Eventbrite’ box below.

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 or cash). More details on our funding page.

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Overnight Camp (bed in a barn) – a two-day walk

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th May, 2020

Overnight Camp (bed in a barn) – a two-day walk

This is a two-part, two-day walk. This is the third year we’ve done a two-day walk, and what we love is the social element and bonding which develops over this longer period. But this year we’re doing something different – instead of coming back to Trefriw at the end of the first day, we’ll be overnighting in a bunkbarn!

On the first day we’ll walk from Trefriw over to Capel Curig (stopping at Plas y Brenin for a drink, if people fancy it), then on to the far end of the Dyffryn Mymbyr lakes, a location famed for its gorgeous views of the Snowdon Horseshoe.

We’ll then overnight there in Garth Farm bunkbarn. The barn is fairly simple, with cooking facilities and seating/dining area for 12. Sleeping is in a single mixed dormitory with comfy mattresses.  (Note – You’re welcome to bring your own tent to sleep in, if you’d prefer; we’ll transport it for you.)

On the second day we’ll return to Trefriw by an altogether different route, in time for our now-legendary Cake Fest at 4 p.m.!

Both days should reward you with good views if the clouds are high.

Food, Drink and Accommodation:  On Saturday night you’re welcome to bring your own food, or for a small contribution be treated to a simple meal prepared by your walk leaders. (Dietary requirements can be catered for; once you’ve signed up for the walk, we’ll make contact with you nearer the time to find out your preferences, but in the meantime, if you have any queries don’t hesitate to contact us.)

Tea and coffee will be provided while we’re at the bunkbarn. Please bring any other drinks (soft or otherwise!) for the evening and during the walk, your breakfast and packed lunches for both days.

You’ll also need to bring a sleeping bag.

Organisation:  You will only need to walk with a day sack. Items like sleeping bags, additional food/drink for evening meal/breakfast, clothing, etc. can be left safely with us at the Village Hall and we’ll transport it to the bunkbarn ready for your arrival. Similarly, on the Sunday we will bring back anything you don’t wish to carry in your day sack.

Please note:  By making a booking you are committing to attend on both days. You only need book the once.  Also, this walk involves a £12 fee to cover the cost of the bunkbarn; this will be payable prior to departure on the Saturday (card or cash).

Duration:  Two full days.

Distance:   About 9.5 miles (15 km)  +  9.5 miles (15 km)

Grade:   Moderate

Meet:  Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Tea and cake will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk.

Walk Leaders:  Brian Watson and Liz Burnside


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

Booking: To book a place on this walk, use the ‘Eventbrite’ box below.   Note that places are limited to 10 people.

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 or cash). More details on our funding page.

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The Hall of the Mountain King

Saturday 16th May, 2020

The Hall of the Mountain King

This is a lovely leisurely walk from Trefriw over to Capel Curig, via Llyn Geirionydd. We then walk through the Gwydir forest, past Llyn Bychan, ending up at Plas y Brenin (‘The Hall of the King’), the National Outdoor Centre, where we can have a drink (hot or cold) while we wait for the minibus back, and, if the weather’s good, enjoy the views of the Snowdon Horseshoe.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  About 9 miles / 14 km

Grade:  Moderate, but leisurely

Meet:  9:45 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Tea and cake will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. You are welcome to stay and socialise!

Walk Leaders:  Dave Prime and Mat Hancox


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

Booking:   To book a place on this walk, use the ‘Eventbrite’ box below.

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 16th May, 2020

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. (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

Meet:  10.00  a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)  to catch 10.43 bus to Betws-y-coed
Tea and cake will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. You are welcome to stay and socialise!

(Fare of £3.50 payable on bus, unless you have a pass)

Leaders:  Karen Martindale and Jan Blaszkiewicz


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

Booking:   To book a place on this walk, use the ‘Eventbrite’ box below. 

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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Discover Dolgarrog

Saturday 16th May, 2020

Discover Dolgarrog  (its history and its natural history)

Dolgarrog is a small village situated on the western side of the Conwy Valley a few miles north of Trefriw. Looming over the village rises Coed Dolgarrog National Nature Reserve.

The current village and its housing is almost entirely a result of a vast piece of engineering work carried out in the early 20th century that harnessed the water of the Carneddau mountains to power an aluminium smelter in the village.

This walk will climb up from the village though the Nature Reserve and will explore the industrial and pre-industrial history of the area. On the way we will visit once-famous waterfalls, deserted settlements, some very rare wildlife habitats, and gain some glorious views of the Conwy valley and the Carneddau mountains.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  About 6 miles / 10 km

Grade:  Moderate, but leisurely

Meet:  10:30 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Tea and cake will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. You are welcome to stay and socialise!

Walk Leaders:  Pete Kay and Tomos Jones


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

Booking:   To book a place on this walk, use the ‘Eventbrite’ box below.

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 16th May, 2020

Nature’s Creations

This leisurely, local walk, is aimed at families, and will be led by Tim Pugh, an environmental artist (see 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

Meet:  11:15 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Tea and cake will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. You are welcome to stay and socialise!

Walk Leaders:  Tim Pugh and Cate Bolsover


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

Booking:   To book a place on this walk, use the ‘Eventbrite’ box below.

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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