Aug 18 - Jul 19

Wednesday August 8th 2018. Snowdon Summit. In what is becoming something of an annual Club tradition 18 members and friends met at the Ranger car park to accompany Dafydd Williams on an impromptu ascent of Snowdon, on the occasion of his 82nd birthday. Most of the party successfully completed the climb with Dafydd, covering the net 3000 ft of ascent over 4 miles in 3-4 hours. While the first mile or so of the Ranger Path (the zigzags) have been improved with gravel, the route remains a steady long slog up the mountain on the predominantly rocky path. After queuing with the crowds for a photo at the summit, the party pushed into the ever busy café for lunch. The weather proved substantially better than forecast, remaining dry, if cloudy on the way up with mist from about 2750ft; but at lunchtime the cloud began to lift, soon providing stupendous views across the landscape of north-west Gwynedd and Ynys Môn which could be savoured at leisure during the afternoon’s descent in the sunshine. Catherine and Dafydd offered most welcome celebratory refreshments to follow. Congratulations, Dafydd, on another successful ascent of Snowdon! Noel Davey.

Thursday August 2nd 2018. Ardudwy Rivers. Today’s walk of some 6 miles explored the delightful wooded river valleys of Artro and Nantcol in Ardudwy. 14 walkers met near the station at Llanbedr and took a route starting by the village bridge and circling north past the War Memorial and the substantial house of Penrallt; this led down to the road at Pentre Gwynfryn which was followed for a few hundred yards as far as Salem Chapel, its interior immortalised as the subject of S.C.Vosper’s  much-reproduced painting of ladies in Welsh dress used by Lord Lever to sell soap throughout Britain.  An upland route was then taken across finely walled fields down to the busy campsite at Nantcol. From here an interesting circular path was followed through Coed Cefn Cymerau up onto the  open moorland plateau, reaching the spectacular rocky tiers of the Nantcol falls, a good spot for lunch. Then a river path took the party back down, passing a further impressive waterfall. The return route wound along delightful mossy woodland paths and tracks through Coed Cadw’s Coed Aberartro with recurrent views down to the rushing waters of the river below. The Victoria Inn in Llanbedr provided welcome tea and coffee to finish off a relaxing and enjoyable ramble in fine, warm and lightly clouded conditions.  Noel Davey