Category Archives: Sun 22 May

The Crafnant Horseshoe

Sunday 22nd May, 2022

The Crafnant Horseshoe

Not for the faint-hearted, this is possibly the toughest walk of the three days, and will demand a good level of fitness. We will be walking the route of the Trefriw Mill Race, with a total ascent of about 4,000 ft  (that’s higher than Snowdon!)

Ascending firstly up the ridge of Cefn Cyfarwydd – the ridge behind Trefriw – we head along its broad top to the peaks of Creigiau Gleision, from where there are incredible views over to the Glyders and the Snowdon Massif, but also down to the coast. After bagging the lesser tops of Craiglwyn, Craig Wen and the Crimpiau, we descend to Llyn Crafnant, then head over Mynydd Deulyn to Llyn Geirionydd on our way back to Trefriw.

This area is remote, one part is boggy, and it can be cold on the tops, even in May.  Please ensure that you have warm, waterproof clothing and good boots. Gaiters would not be out of order in places.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink.

Distance:  about 11 miles / 17.5 km

Grade:  Strenuous mountain (see the gradient profile below)

Suitability:    Fit, experienced walkers

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


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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Mines and Minerals

Sunday 22nd May, 2022

Mines and Minerals

The Gwydir Forest was once alive with metal mines and small slate quarries; indeed in the early 19th century the population of the Llanrhychwyn area was greater than that of Trefriw!  We’ll be passing some ten workings (mostly lead/zinc mines), both large and small, as we explore this pretty and scenic area on Trefriw’s doorstep.

We will walk from Trefriw up the steep lane to Llanrhychwyn, firstly passing the old slate caverns on the edge of the Gwydir Forest.  We then descend through the forest to Hafna mine – the largest remains in the area – before passing Parc mine (the last to close), the tiny Vale of Conwy mine, and Llanrwst mine up at Nant BH. Our return route takes us past the scenic lakes of Bwlch-y-gwynt and Glangors and the panoramic views of the mountains from above the remains of Pandora mine, which fed ore to the mill at Klondyke, which we’ll also pass. We descend to Trefriw on a scenic path above the Crafnant valley.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  10 miles / 16 km

Grade:  Moderate, though with a steep start.

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:  Tony Ellis and Jan Blaskiewicz


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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Cuckoo Country

Sunday 22nd May, 2022

Cuckoo Country

The cuckoo (invariably several) can be heard all through May in the scenic area covered by this walk.  The minibus will take us up to Llyn Crafnant, where we will then walk beside the lake to its far end, then up over the bwlch towards Capel Curig (with great views down towards Moel Siabod and Snowdon). On the way back, on good wide paths, we pass small Llyn Bychan before reaching Llyn Geirionydd (where there are toilets), returning to Trefriw on meadows close to the river Crafnant.

We can’t guarantee cuckoos, of course (though normally this area has loads!), but this anyway is a great round in its own right.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  about 10 miles / 16 km

Grade:  Moderate, with one steep section, 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:  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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Dolgarrog Disaster

Sunday 22nd May, 2022

Dolgarrog Disaster

This walk heads out of Trefriw up over Cefn Cyfarwydd, the hill behind the village, to the Cowlyd valley.  A steep walk to begin with, but with some stunning 360° views of Snowdonia and the coast. We will then cross in front of the Cowlyd dam and up over the shoulder of Moel Eilio to remote Cwm Eigiau and Llyn Eigiau and its dam. It was the breaching of this dam which caused the disaster in 1925. We will then follow the course of the floodwaters along the old trackbed of the Eigiau Tramway back to Dolgarrog, passing Coedty reservoir, high above the village (and where there are often cuckoos to be heard) before following the waterfalls down to Dolgarrog and visiting the memorial there. We’ll return to Trefriw on our minibus.

Please remember that it can be cold in the foothils 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 10.5 miles / 17 km

Grade:  Moderate/Strenuous, with some steeper uphill sections, particularly at the beginning where the first 3/4 mile has some 800 ft of ascent.

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:  Idris Bowen and John Ellis-Jones


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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Family Forage

Sunday 22nd May, 2022

Family Forage

A family-based (although everyone is welcome) activity walk. We will walk up from Trefriw past the Fairy Falls, following the Afon Crafnant into the beautiful bluebell-filled fields and woods of the Crafnant valley, where amongst many other things we will scavenger hunt, forage for wild food (your chance to munch on ramsons and dine on pignut pie), hug a tree or two, play environmental games and enjoy ourselves. The exact structure of the day and the focus of the activities will depend on the group demographics … and the weather.

Duration: about 5 hours.   Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  3 miles / km

Grade:  Easy/leisurely. The walk will not be strenuous and will mostly follow good paths, but at times we will move away from paths and tracks onto rougher ground so suitable footwear is required.

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:  Pete Kay 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).
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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Wildflower Wisdom

Sunday 22nd May, 2022

Wildflower Wisdom

Plants have evolved their own ways of combatting danger and disease. Our ancestors learnt how to make use of these attributes long before the discovery of antibiotics. Find out how the plants that grow in the Crafnant valley were essential to previous generations of villagers in their everyday lives. This is an opportunity to discover more about the history of the village as well.

A leisurely walk through the woodlands and meadows famous for bluebells and other spring flowers.  Most of the walk is through fields or on good tracks. (There is one stile.)

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

Distance:  About 4 miles / 6.5 km

Grade:  Easy, and at a leisurely pace

Departure time:  11:30 a.m. from Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
(This will be convenient for anyone arriving by bus to Trefriw.)
Refreshments will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. (More here.)

Walk Leaders:  Joan Prime 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).
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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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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