Mar 10 – Jul 10

The side of a stone buidling near Trawsfynydd

The side of a stone buidling near Trawsfynydd

Mar 10 – Jul 10

Thursday July 29th 2010. Uwchmynydd, Mynydd Mawr, Ffynnon Mair. We had good weather for Judith's walk to Ffynnon Mair and Mynydd Mawr,at the tip of the Llyn peninsula with spectacular views over Ynys Enlli, and ending with an 'al fresco' afternoon tea at Brynllwyd. Judith Thomas.

Afternoon tea at Brynllwyd following the walk Afternoon tea at Brynllwyd following the walk

Sunday July 25th 2010. Moel Cynghorion to Moel Eilio from Llanberis. Robert Herve led us over the aptly named Carousel , starting from Llanberis lake,up Moel Cynhorion, Foel Goch and Foel Gron with a final ascent of Moel Eilio, before ending the walk with a celebratory hot chocolate and scones at Pen y Ceunant Isaf. Judith Thomas.

The day after the annual Snowdon race, nine club members ably led by Robert Herve, ( Robert Pierre), followed the route of the runners alongside the Snowdon Mountain Railway track. The two Moels can be seen across the valley and when we reached Halfway House, the now re-opened cafe, we had a short rest prior to heading off right towards Llyn Du’r Arddu and dropped down to Cwm Brwynog and ascended to the Snowdon Ranger path. More or less immediately we turned west and went steeply up hill for 500ft to reach the first summit, Moel Cynghorion(2211ft.)

Starting off from the car park. Dafydd and Robert in the lead. At the end of Cwm Brwynog Nearly at journey's end.

We continued in a westerly direction along the ridge with views of the Elidir Fawr quarries to the North East and reached the summit of Foel Gron(2064ft.) and descended to the bwlch and after ascending again quite steeply for 400ft, reached the last summit, Moel Eilio(2382ft.) when the up to now quite pleasant day became somewhat cloudy. It was then a straightforward trek downhill back to Llanberis and whilst there were various different distances quoted from a number of G.P.S.’s when downloaded from Tecwyn’s instrument onto the computer a distance of 11.4 miles was obtained. Another marvellous day in the hills in excellent company, what else could one ask for? Dafydd Williams.

Thursday July 15th 2010. Cylchdaith Beddgelert circular. An equally spectacular walk from Beddgelert was led by Gwenda, returning alongside the dramatic Afon Glaslyn on the Fishermans Path. Judith Thomas.

Sunday 11th July 2010. The Arans.

Setting out from the car park at Blaencywarch Crossing the stream about halfway up the first ascent. The top of Aran Fawddwy.

A sensational walk from Cwm Cywarch up and along the ridge to the mighty Aranfawrddwy (almost 3,000ft) was led by Hugh and Noel, offering phenomenal views over the whole of Snowdonia and beyond. Judith Thomas.

Thursday 1st July 2010. American giants,the Welsh Venice Bianale, Sierra Craig y Castell. Colin led 15 members on a very interesting walk from Penmaenpool. We saw some giant Redwoods which in 150 years had grown to 130feet [ They can live up to 4000 years !] The walk also took us to the working model for the Welsh exhibit at the Venice Bianale Exhibition. It was a strange or rather an exotic shaped "hut" The walk continued through the Sierra Craig y Castell before returning to Penmaenpool. Throughout the walk we were treated to glimpses of the wonderful Mawddach estuary. A poor weather forecast had exaggerated the rainfall which never amounted to much. Ian Spencer.

Sunday 27th June 2010. Moel y Gyrafolen. Tecwyn led an excellent and enjoyable 10 mile walk from the Maentwrog Dam at Trawsfynydd. We climbed up a number of the lesser peaks in Northern Rhinogedd Range. They included Moel Criafalon, Diffwys, Foel Penolau and Moel Ysgyfarnogod and there was a bit of scrambling too for the ten members present. We returned by way of the remote Bronze Age cairn circle Bryn Cader Faner. It was another warm day although there was a good wind at the summits. Ian Spencer.

Maentwrog Dam Dafydd' new nurse Looking down on the power station

Sunday 13th June 2010. Mynydd y Dref (Conwy Mountain) & Foel Lys. The forecast was occasional showers in the morning followed by some more persistent showers later. And we got it. As a result the day was filled with a series of synchronised rain gear changing events which would have done credit to the Red Arrows. Ten members, led by husband and wife team, Cleaton (leader) & Mary (middle marker), were taken on an excellent figure of eight walk in some spectacular scenery. Especially impressive were, the views over Conway towards Llandudno, Puffin Island and Anglesey, and the Jubilee path.

Soon after setting off View over Conway and the river Conway. A brief halt after a tough climb. Castle in the background.

Lunch-time found us back at the car park in a heavy drizzle and half way along our route. Would the temptation to cut the walk short prove too much? Not a chance. Onward we went. Cleaton tried one last time to tempt us from the path when our route took us past the 'the Fairy Glen' inn, "Now serving home cooked food and traditional ales". We were not for turning. It was ice-cream we wanted and that was on sale back at the car park. 15 minutes later, the end of the walk and the ice-cream, joy. - Hugh Evans.

Thursday 3rd June 2010. Cylchdaith Sant Seriol Llangoed/Penmon circular. Mary Williams led 26 members on a delightful walk from Llangoed in Anglesey to Trwyn Penmon where they had a great view of Puffin Island and the Lighthouse. They returned by way of Augustine Priory where they saw the fine old church, the dovecot and the remains of the Priory itself. Ian spencer.

Sunday 30th May 2010. Berwyn mountains, Cwm Maen Gwynedd. On Sunday 30th May Ian Spencer led a party of 9 walkers from Cwm Maen Gwynedd in the Berwyn Mountains. On a dry day, but with a strong cold wind they completed the horseshoe ridge walk around the valley which including seven summits. The most noticeable of these were Cadair Bronwen,Cadair Berwyn and Moel Sych. From this ridge walk they could see the mountains of North Wales and the Plumlumons. They had enjoyed a very good day in the hills. Ian Spenser.

All ready Taking a breather Quite a view Last tea  break

Sunday 16th May 2010. Dysynni Valley, Castell y Bere walk. A fantastic day for a walk. Sunshine and a chilling wind. We started east from the Castell car park, dropped in on Mary Jones' chapel (unable to see the exhibition as there was no lighting), briefly looking at the Mary Jones' memorial before heading west alongside the Dysynni river. A light lunch was taken at a Y junction on Yr Allt; to prolong the suspense.

Ready for the first ascent Birds' Rock / Craig yr Aderyn Pressure beginning to tell. Finally the top of Birds' Rock. For some the effort was too much.

We chose the righthand fork, which proved correct. This was not a path which was trodden on the recci. Our descent was fairly gentle until the final part. It was then an ambling walk east along the river to the base of Birds' Rock. Dafydd' car parked in the lay-by there was a tempting refuge. In the event just the ruckstacks were lodged in it and up we went.

The views of over the valley from the top were well worth the effort for those of us who were orientated in a vertical position. Once we got back to Dafydd's car, exhausted, we were saved a 2 mile road trek back to Castell Bere, when Dafydd (Organiser and leader) drove us back for our cars. A pity we couldn't have done that when we did the recci! Hugh Evans.

Sunday 2nd May 2010. Six members turned out for the 9 mile walk from Trearddur Bay to Breakwater Country Park Holyhead led by Noel Davey and John Ensor. Numbers were depleted slightly as several members were away on the club annual holiday. The conditions were ideal being sunny although there was a bit of a cold breeze. The photographs were taken at South Stack where we stopped for lunch. Rob Herve.

Lunch-time at South Stack Lunch-time at South Stack

Friday 30th April - Friday 7th May 2010. Newfield Hall, Malhamdale in the Yorkshire Dales. The club holiday, this year, was based at the H.F. Holiday's Country House, Newfield Hall,Malhamdale in the Yorkshire Dales. It was held by the party, of 37, which included 5 new friends from the North East of England, to have been a great success. This was greatly helped by excellent walking weather with the exception of a short hail storm encountered by the "A" group on top of Great Whernside.

Pen-y-ghent  Malhamcove Janet's Foss   Malhamcove

Each day three walks were provided with two leaders to each walk. A big thank you is due to the leaders especially Lil Parker who led all the "C" walks. The "A" walkers tackled a short, but serious scramble up Gordale Scar, Great Whernside and Pen y Ghent during the week.

Mary Williams deputised for Cath Tebbitt and took charge of the evening entertainment. A thank to all who provided the Quizzes and to Joan "Parsley" who again compared, with and ran the Dancing. I am told it was very popular with those who took part ! Our Chairman Meirion presided with style.

Next years holiday will be at Dovedale in the Derbyshire Peak District. We are limited to just 43 places.
Ian Spencer. Organiser.

Sunday 18th April 2010. Gareth Hughes very ably led a party of ten on quite a tough walk from Cwm Mynach up Diffwys and then Y Llethr before returning via Llyn y Bi. The weather was perfect and all returned with a sense
of achievement. Ian Spencer.

Thursday 22nd April 2010. Fred Foskett led 33 members on a quite delightful walk from Llanbedr around Cwm Bychan and Cwm Nantcol visiting the Salem Chapel where they saw the very famous "Welsh Lady" picture. They returned to Llandanwg not before being partaking of tea and cakes at provided by Roberta Foskett. Ian Spencer.

Thursday 8th April 2010. Arwel Davies led a party of 39 walkers up Snowdon using The Snowdon Ranger Path. This was a special occasion as it celebrated Arwel's 80th Birthday. He made it in some style ! The weather was very kind with wonderful views of Snowdonia's scenery; made all the better by the last of the snow on the tops. Ian Spencer.

The group in the car park at the start Victory on reaching the top Celebratory champagne at the end of the walk

Thursday 25th March 2010. Emyr and Rhian Jones led the walk up The Great Orme on a lovely warm sunny day. The 22 members who took part agreed that this was a really nice walk and most enjoyable. Ian Spencer.

Sunday 21st March 2010. Dafydd Williams led 10 walkers on a circular walk from Penygroes. They walked along lanes, through fields and on mountainsides on a rather grey day which gradually became wet. Nevertheless this ten mile walk was enjoyed by all who took part. Ian Spencer.

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