Category Archives: Sunday 17 May

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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Earlybird

Sunday 17th May, 2020

Earlybird

Enjoy the dawn chorus on an early morning walk in and around the edges of the Gwydir Forest with some local bird watchers. While walking a loop that includes woodland and riverbank, learn how to identify birds by their song.  We will be going at a leisurely pace, though there will be some rough and short steep sections. The ground may be wet in places. Good boots and binoculars recommended.

There’ll be a hot drink and cake waiting for us on our return to the Village Hall, and we’ll be back in sufficient time for you to attend another walk, if you wish!

Duration:  Early morning, 2.5 hours.

Distance:  About 3 miles / 5 km

Grade:  Easy/moderate, and leisurely

Meet:  6:15 a.m. (i.e. early!) in the main car park in Trefriw (LL27 0JH, SH781631) opposite the Woollen Mill.    NOTE – This walk does not meet at the Village Hall.

Leaders:  Joan Prime and Alan Young


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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Wild Horses

Sunday 17th May, 2020

Wild Horses

The minibus will take us to the coast at Conwy, from where we will walk up over Conwy Mountain to Sychnant Pass, initially with great coastal views. We will then head inland on to Pen-y-Gaer, an Iron Age fort overlooking the Conwy Valley, passing through an area of ancient standing stones and burial chambers. The walk should reward us with splendid views throughout, and in this part of the Carneddau it is common to see wild ponies, though we can’t promise it!

The minibus will return us to Trefriw, in time for our now-legendary Cake Fest at 4 p.m.!

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

Distance:  about 10 miles / 16 km

Grade: Moderate.  (There are couple of steeper sections, mainly going up Conwy mountain and up out of the Sychnant pass).  Much of the walk is somewhat elevated; remember that it can be cold in the foothills, even in May. Please ensure that you have warm, waterproof clothing and good boots.

Meet: 8:00 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: Karen Martindale and Graham Martindale


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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Hidden Gwydir

Sunday 17th May, 2020

Hidden Gwydir

Tucked away in the Gwydir Forest are some gorgeous places and some fascinating items of historical and other interest, including the elusive Caerdroia (see here). And being elevated, the forest also offers views over the valleys, down to the sea, and across to the Carneddau and Glyder mountains. Join two local walk leaders who know pretty much every inch of this fascinating area, and its trivia, and have picked for you some of the best hidden bits. We’ll be following good paths throughout.

We’ll be back in time for our now-legendary Cake Fest at 4 p.m.!

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  About 10 miles / 15 km

Grade:  Moderate, with a fair bit of up and down  (see below; max. elevation 310m)

Meet:  8:45 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Tea and cake will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk.

Walk Leaders:  Tony Ellis and Mike 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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Hot Rocks and Megaliths

Sunday 17th May, 2020

Hot Rocks and Megaliths

This is a traverse across deep time on the northern edge of the National Park.  We’ll be travelling by minibus to Bwlch y Ddeufaen, in the Carneddau foothills above Rowen, then walking on good track, open moorland and 1/4 bog-crossing (no snorkelling!).  Walking poles and waterproof boots a must!

We’ll return on the minibus, and be back in time for our now-legendary Cake Fest at 4 p.m.!

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 6 miles / 10 km

Grade:  Moderate, but leisurely

Meet:  9:00 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:  Ken Brassil (the “charismatic and brilliant”* former Education Officer at San Fagans) and Bernard Owen


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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If Carlsberg did good views …

Sunday 17th May, 2020

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 / 1558′ 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 a scenic walk back to Trefriw, making a small steep detour to ascend Crimpiau. And Crimpiau aside, it’s a great walk with lovely views from start to finish.

We’ll be back in time for our now-legendary Cake Fest at 4 p.m.!

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  About 9 miles / 14 km

Grade:  Moderate, but leisurely

Meet:  9:15 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Tea and cake will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk.

Walk Leaders:  Keith Hulse and Linda Roberts


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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A Walk in the Lakes

Sunday 17th May, 2020

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.

We’ll be back in time for our now-legendary Cake Fest at 4 p.m.!

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  About 6.5 miles / 10.5 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.

Walk Leaders:  Colin Devine 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 Grey Mare’s Tail

Sunday 17th May, 2020

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.

We’ll be back in time for our now-legendary Cake Fest at 4 p.m.!

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  About 6 miles / 9.5 km

Grade:  Moderate, but leisurely

Meet:  10:15 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Tea and cake will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk.

Walk Leaders:  Clive Noble and Jo Noble


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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Wildflower Wisdom

Sunday 17th May, 2020

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.)

We’ll be back in time for our now-legendary Cake Fest at 4 p.m.!

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

Meet:  11:00 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
(This will be convenient for anyone arriving by bus to Trefriw.)
Tea and cake will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk.

Walk Leaders:  Joan Prime and Karen Black


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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