Aug 11 – Jul 12

Aug 11 – Jul 12

Thursday 26th July 2012. Llanaber to Barmouth Panorama. Twenty five ramblers led by Nick White most ably assisted by Ann White walked from Llanaber along the Panorama Walk to Barmouth. This delightful walk also made use of a bit of The Ardudwy Way and gave wonderful views of the Mawddach Estuary. Most of the party made use of the train Service from Pwllheli on this sunny, but at times hazy day. Ian Spencer.

Sunday 22nd July 2012. Anglesey Coastal Path Cemaes to Church Bay. Ian Spencer led 9 ramblers along the Anglesey Coastal Path from Cemaes to Church Bay. It was a dry day for a change, but quite breezy. The path took them past Wylfa Power Station and along some lovely coastal scenery crossing the shingle bar at Cemlyn Bay and onwards to Camel Head. The rockie skerries lie off the coast here and as a navigational aid two large beacons, known as the two white ladies line up witha tower on the White Mouse Isle. When the party turned South to Church Bay the scenery became even grander. The head wind became very strongand a speed of 61mph was recorded. All the party however very much enjoyed the walk. Ian Spencer.

Thursday 12th July 2012. Llanllyfni Circular. Kath Mair led 17 ramblers on a lovely circular walk from Llanllyfni. The weather for once was good too! They visited the village of Nasereth on route and along the "Slate Trails" below the Nantle Ridge with good views towards Anglesey and the Menai Straits. Ian Spencer.

Sunday 8th July 2012. Cnicht. There were two walks. The longer walk, when a small party, was led by Judith Thomas walked from Croeso up the Cnicht. From the summit they continued along the ridge before descending to Nanmor and proceeding up the lane to Geli Iago. From here they climbed up to Bwlch y Battel before returning to Croeso. After a fine morning the weather became damp in the afternoon.

Cwm Croesor. Nick White led 6 walkers on the second short walk along Cwm Croeso. Ian Spencer.

Thursday 28th June 2012. Cwmorthin & Rhosydd. Nick and Ann White led a party of 25 members who set out from Tanygrisiau. They climbed up towrds the old quarry site at Cwmorthin. The already heavy rain became torrential and when the reached the remains of the old chapel it was decided to retreat. The track was now a stream some 3 inches deep. A very welcome "panad" was had in the cafe back in Tanygrisiau. The side of Moel-yr-Hyd was by now a mass of white waterfalls cascading into the Tanygrisiau reservoir. Ian Spencer.

Sunday 24th June 2012. Across Carneddau. Noel Davey led 11 ramblers on an arduous Trans Carneddau walk. They started from Gwern Gof Isaf Farm by climbing straight up to the Carneddau Masif. Sadly visability was poor on a misty, cloudy day. The highlight of this long walk was the sight of the Rhaeadr Fawr falls, swollen by the recent heavy rains, as they neared Abergwyngregyn. Ian Spencer.

Thursday 14th June 2012. Llyn Trawsfynydd. Alan Edwards and Beryl Davies led 32 members on a delightful ramble of over 6 miles from Trawsfynydd through the woodlands of the Ceunant Llennyrch National Nature Reserve. The magnificent Rhaeadr Du provided a magical spot for lunch, though sadly the café at Trawsfynydd was not open for tea after the walk as planned. Noel Davey.

Sunday 10th June 2012. Cylchdaith Moel Fferna Circular. Dafydd Williams led 8 members on a pleasant 9 mile walk from Cynwyd up to Moel Fferna on the rarely walked northern fringes of the Berwyns. The weather was fine and there were good views all round, including Moel Famau, the Arenigs and the mountains of Snowdonia.

Llaniestyn. In the afternoon of the same day Miriam Heald led a small group on an enjoyable circular walk around Llaniestyn. Noel Davey.

Thursday 31st May 2012. Botwnnog. David and Elisabeth Williams led 26 members on a walk from Bontwnnog along the lanes to and from Llaniestyn. Sadly it drizzled all day, but the Ramblers remained cheerful throughout this pleasant walk. Miriam and Tony Heald kindly allowed the walkers to eat their picnics in their delightful house in Llaniestyn sheltering from the rain. Ian Spencer.

Sunday 27th May 2012. Llangybi, Bronmiod, Pen y Gaer, Three hills and a ffynnon. Catrin Williams, very ably assisted by Noel Davey, led the walk from Llangybi on a day when the temperature reached 28c. The party of 16 Ramblers visited St. Cybi's well and climbed up Garn Bentyrch and then walked North to Moel Bronmiod. After ascending this they went on in an Easterly direction before climbing their third hill Pen y Gaer; thus completing three hills and a fynon! Finally returning to Llangybi by a combination of lanes and paths. Ian Spencer.

Thursday 24th May 2012. Spring Lunch. 48 members enjoyed the Spring Luncheon held this year at Welsh Language Centre in the spectacular Nant Gwrtheyrn setting. After an excellent meal they heard a power point presentation by Dion Llwyd the Chairman of Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Team. The £200 proceeds of a raffle, organised by Tecwyn Williams, were handed to the speaker for the benefit of the Rescue team. Ian Spencer.

Thursday 17th May 2012.Abersoch to Foel Gron & back. Miriam Heald led a party of 24 ramblers from Abersoch a a splendid walk in the direction of Mynytho. They had spectacular views all the way down the Cambrian Coast to Cader Idris from the top of Foel Gron which they ascended before returning to Abersoch. The weather although dull was warm and very pleasant for walking. Ian Spencer.

Sunday 13th May 2012. Creigiau Gleision. Hugh Evans led 14 members on a walk from Capel Curig, at a brisk pace, up the ridge to Creigiau Gleision. From there they descended to the Llyn Cowlyd reservoir. The walk proceeded alongside the reservoir before returning to Capel Curig on what was a lovely sunny but very windy day. Ian Spencer.

Thursday 3rd May 2012. Llŷn Coastal Path. Two walks, led by John Enser from Rhiw with 22 ramblers and simultaneously, led by Judith Thomas, with another 20 ramblers from Mynydd Mawr converged on Aberdaron where they enjoyed scones with cream and jam. The walks were organised to celebrate the imminent opening of the All Wales Coastal Path. Ian Spencer.

Sunday 29th April 2012. Carneddau, Bera Bach & Bera Mawr. Walk had to be cancelled in view of the dangerous weather warnings. Ian Spencer.

13th - 20th April 2012. North York Moors. The club recently returned from a weeks holiday spent at H F Holiday's Larpool Hall in Whitby. Three walks were organised on each of five days. The walks varied from 13 miles to 6 miles both along the coast and over The North Yorkshire Moors. Despite some poor weather the holiday was very successful and enjoyed by the party of 41 members. A varied programme of evening entertainment was organised by Mary Williams. On the free day many members spent the day in the interesting and historic Whitby Town. Ian Spencer.

Thursday 5th April 2012. Woods Below Rhinog Fawr. Colin White very ably led 23 members on the walk through The woods below Rhinog Fawr. The ramblers were particularly grateful to Colin as he had stood in at the last minute following a family bereavement. This proved to be a most enjoyable walk. Ian Spencer.

Sunday 1st April 2012.l Roman Bridge. Ian Spencer led 20 ramblers on a walk from The Roman Bridge Station. On a fine day they walked up to the shores of Llyn Diwaunydd which made a perfect lunch spot. They then walked up the valley to Bwlch y Rhediad where there was a quite magnificent view of the Nant Gwynant Valley and the awe inspiring Snowdon Horseshoe looking all the better for being snow covered. Ian Spencer.

Thursday 22nd March 2012. Mawddach Trail. Karla Lightfoot led a very large party of 43 ramblers along the Mawddach Trail. The day was made all the more enjoyable as most of the walkers travelled to and from Barmouth by train. They then caught the bus to Penmaenpool to the start of walk. An easy but very enjoyable day. Ian Spencer.

Sunday 18th March 2012. Mynydd Maentwrog, Gold Mine. Tecwyn Williams led a party of 15 members on a ramble from Tomen y Mur over the Mynydd Maentwrog hills. This is an area not often walked and almost entirely without tracks. Nevertheless it provided an excellent walk, which included a visit to the site of the now abandoned Prince Edward Gold Mine. The party returned to the start having ascended Mynydd Maentwrog and Graig Wen on a lovely Spring day. Ian Spencer.

Llyn Trawsfynydd Reservoir. On the same day Nick and Ann White led 11 walkers on a less strenuous walk from the same starting point but towards the Llyn Trawsfynydd Reservoir where they found a most pleasant spot for a picnic luncheon. This walk was very much enjoyed by all who took part. Ian Spencer.

Thursday 8th March 2012. Club AGM held at Capel y Traeth in Cricieth. There were 43 members present; an excellent turnout. Thanks were given to the retiring Chairman Meirion Owen and tributes paid to the retiring Treasurer Arwel Davies after 18 years service. He was presented with tokens and Glenys his wife, who had provided delightful refreshments for Committee meetings held at their house, was given a bouquet of flowers. Noel Davey was elected chairman and Dafydd Williams elected as the new Treasurer. Nick White and Miriam Heald were elected to serve on the committee. Following the AGM the Coastal Footpath Officer gave a talk about the progress of the coastal path and the opening of the all Wales Path in May this year. He also answered questions on the progress of negotiations on problem stretches. After lunch Ian Spencer led 30 members on a walk to and down the Afon Dwyfor to Llanystumdwy, returning to Criccieth via the coastal Path. Ian Spencer.

Sunday 4th March 2012. Beddgelert,Sygun,Cwm Bychan. Judith Thomas very ably led 18 members from Beddgelert towards Sygun Copper Mines. They then climbed up to meet the top of Cwm Bychan before continuing to the summit of Moel Dyniewyd. From here the ramblers made their way towards Bryn Castell with magnificent views of the Snowdon Horseshoe and particularly of The Nantle Ridge all capped in snow. They continued until they met "The Ten Mile Road"and then returned to Beddgelert alongside Llyn Dinas. Ian Spencer.

Thursday 23rd February 2012. Footpaths of Sarn Meyllteyrn. Miriam and Tony Heald led a party of 33 members from Sarn Meyllteyrn. Unfortunately it was, at times, very misty, spoiling the views of the pastures and woodlands of the mid Llyn Peninsular. They had lunch in the delightful St. Mary's Church at Penllech now looked after by the Friends of the Friendless Churches. Ian Spencer.

Sunday 19th February 2012. Moel Eilio. Noel Davey led a party of 13 ramblers from Llanberis up Maesgwyn to the Bwlch. The fine snowfall added to the snow already covering the mountains. They then climbed up Foel Goch from the Bwlch and continued over Fron Gron before heading for the summit of Moel Eilio. Then returned, descending in a northerly direction, to Llanberis. When the sun made all too rare appearances the mountains of Snowdonia looked at their very best. Ian Spencer.

Thursday 9th February 2012. Mynydd Nefyn & Beaches. Maureen Evans led a party of 22 members on a walk from Nefyn. Despite a disappointing day with low cloud and with at times poor visibility the walk took them on an interesting series of paths by Mynydd Nefyn to the foot of Moel Ty Gwyn before returning to Nefyn. The walkers then followed the Cliff Path before turning inland using Lon Tyn Pwll to reach Morfa Nefyn. From here the walk returned cross country to Nefyn again. A jolly good walk it was voted by all who took part. Ian Spencer.

Sunday 5th February 2012. Moel Ddu. Tecwyn Williams led 13 ramblers from Pont Aberglaslyn, steeply up through the woods above Aberglaslyn Hall and then they continued steadily climbing to the summit of Moel Ddu where they had a picnic lunch. It was slippery with the remains of the snowfall underfoot as they continued across country to Tremadog. The walk although fairly short was considered to have been quite tough. Ian Spencer.

Thursday 26th January2012. Coastal Path & NCI Watch Station. The party of 23 ramblers was led by Megan Mentzoni from Edern. This smashing walk followed the coastal path back to Porthdinllaen where they were able to see and look around the Coastal Watch Station manned by volunteers. They then picnicked on the beach before continuing on the coastal path. The walkers headed inland into Morfa Nefyn and thence across fields and some very muddy stretches of footpaths into Edern. The weather was sunny but very windy. On the same day, in the evening, the Club held it's

Winter Dinner at Porthmadog Golf Club. The excellent meal was followed by an enchanting talk given by Dafydd Davies-Hughes. He spun many whimsical tales taking the diners from, amongst other places, to Australia, Greece, Antarctica and to our own Cwm Pennant. A lovely evening! Ian Spencer.

Sunday 22nd January 2012. Beddgelert. Kath Mair very competently led 18 members from Beddgelert up to Bryn Du and then down the steep wooded path to Pont Aberglaslyn. On this fine day they proceeded up Nanmor passing "Carneddi" and "Gelli Iago" before turning West towards the Nantgwynant valley with splendid views of the Snowdon Horseshoe. On the way to Llyn Dinas they passed Hafod Owen. After a well earned coffee stop the party made their way back to Beddgelert. All agreed this was an excellent Winter walk. Ian Spencer.

Thursday 12th January 2012. Cylchdaith Criccieth to Pontrhyybenllig. Lil Parker led 32 members on a short but enjoyable walk from Criccieth. The walk was made all the more enjoyable by the lovely sunny weather although at times it was very muddy underfoot. After the waly they returned to the leaders house for refreshments and a sale of items in aid of The Air Ambulance Service. This raised £126.00. Ian Spencer.

Sunday 8th January 2012. Bwlch yr Eifl From Trefor. Judith Thomas in her own joyous style, ably assisted by Catrin Williams, led 18 members on a walk from Trefor. They followed the coast round Trwyn y Tal before making the steep ascent to Bwlch yr Eifl. From here they walked around Yr Eifl and Tre'r Ceiri mountains before returning to the Trefor Harbour car park. This splendid walk was not marred by the damp low cloud which later cleared to reveal the green pastures, woodlands and hills of Southern Llyn. Ian Spencer.

Thursday 1st December 2011. Glasdir,Ganllwyd,2 waterfalls. Nick White nobly stood in for the indisposed Colin White. He led 15 members on a delightful walk in the Coed y Brenin forest.. Apart from the beauty of the forest itself they saw at least two waterfalls including one very spectacular fall. A splendid and dry day was enjoyed by all. Ian Spencer.

Sunday 27th November 2011. Mynydd Nodol. Noel Davey led a party of 11 ramblers, from Llyn Celyn, up the seldom visited or climbed Mynydd Nodol. The weather improved as the day progressed after what had been a very stormy night. They crossed some marshy ground then followed the former railway track, before ascending Mynydd Nodol. It is trackless on the Western side, but covered in thick heather right up to the summit cairn so progress was tough. The walkers then descended on a rough track down the Eastern side of the mountain before making their way to the Llyn Celyn Dam. Ian Spencer.

Thursday 17th November 2011. Nant Gwynant, Craflwyn Estate. 32 members led by Kath Mair had a very enjoyable walk from Bethania Car Park starting off up the Watkin Path and then following the National Trust trail to The Craflwyn Estate. From here they followed the path along edge of Llyn Dinas back to Bethania. As a fitting end to the day most of the walkers stayed to enjoy refreshments ion the excellent community Cafe. Ian Spencer.

Sunday 13th November 2011. Harlech to Llandecwyn. Ardudwy Way. Dafydd Williams led 14 members, on a glorious sunny day, along the final section of the Ardudwy Way. Starting from Harlech they walked to Llandecwyn. All day long they had tremendous views of Snowdonia and the coast with the Lleyn Peninsular stretching as far as Ynys Enli. Towards the end of the day they stopped to admire the remarkable Bronze Age Bryn Cader Fan [Crown of Thorns] This was a longish, but magnificent walk. Ian Spencer.

Thursday 3rd November 2011. Porth Meudwy,Pen y Cil, Mynydd Gwyddel & Mynydd Mawr. A smashing walk, well led by Rhian Roberts and Mary Jones, from Porth Meudwy along the dramatic coastal path with wonderful views of Ynys Enli. The 27 ramblers then climbed up Mynydd Gwyddel and Mynydd Mawr before crossing back across the Peninsular to Porth Meudwy. Apart from a short shower the weather defied the forecasters and remained fine and sunny. Ian Spencer.

Sunday 30th October 2011. Penamnen Horseshoe. Ian Spencer led a party of 17 members from Dolwyddelan up along the banks of the stream before climbing up the drovers track to the summit of Y Ro Wen. It was a misty day with just short glimpses of the beautiful scenery. There was also a very strong headwind for the first half the walk, which continued around the ridge before ascending Moel Penamnen. The walkers returned to Dolwyddelan but not before they completed the steep descent through the forest. The walk although quite long was enjoyed by all. On the same day Dafydd Williams led a small party of 7 ramblers also from Dolwyddelan. Ian Spencer.

Thursday 20th October 2011. Woodlands,Ynys, Traeth Bach. A large group of 30 members enjoyed a walk of great interest from Talsarnau which took them along the flood bank to Llechollwyn and then to the church at Ynys and returning via Glan y Wern climbing up through the woods and over Cae'r Ffynnon to Talsarnau. Ian Spencer.

Sunday 16th October 2011. Yr Aran. 16 members led by Tecwyn Williams climbed Yr Aran starting out along the Watkin Path before ascending the ridge to the summit and then returning via Cwm Llan. Most of the group refreshed themselves at the splendid community cafe at Bethania before returning home on a day which had been windy at times ,misty but suddenly giving a magnificent view of Caernarfon Castle and beyond to Holyhead Mountain. An excellent walk! Ian Spencer.

Sunday 2nd October 2011. Cylchdaith Bwlch Mawr Circular. On a very misty day with low cloud, Marian Hopkins and Ann Jones led a party of 9 ramblers along the shoreline and then steeply up to Gyrn Goch and Gyrn Ddu before going on to Bwlch Mawr. This proved to be a strenuous but very satisfying walk. On Thursday 6th October the Club's party of 29 members was led by the Chairman Meirion Owen on a delightful woodland walk by the Coed Cae Valley. Ian Spencer.

Thursday 22nd September 2011. Dinas Dinlle – Fort Belan-Y Foryd. Pam Foster led 32 members from Dinas Dinille on a fine dry day. This was a most interesting walk in an area seldom if ever visited by most of those taking part. During the walk they visited Fort Belan situated at the entry to the Menai Straits. The fort was evidently built in Napoleonic times to defend the Straits. It still has many of its canons in place. Ian Spencer.

Sunday18th September 2011. Tal y Bont to Harlech Ardudwy Way. Eight hardy ramblers, led by Dafydd Williams, undertook the middle section of the new Ardudwy Way between Barmouth and Llandecwyn. This was officially opened on 19th September 2011. It is 22 miles long, but can be done in 3 stages namely from Barmouth to Talybont 7 miles; Talybont to Harlech approximately 13 miles and Harlech to Llandechwn which is 11 miles. Sunday turned out to be very wet for the first half of the walk but did improve and they were able to were able to enjoy the magnificent views all around despite the soggy conditions. Ian Spencer.

Thursday 8th September 2011. Moelfre (Dyffryn Ardudwy). Nick White led a group of 16 on a 5.5 mile walk through the wild and remote moorland around Moelfre, high above Dyffryn Ardudwy. In spite of the pervasive mist and waterlogged ground, the rain held off and the party enjoyed the walk, catching occasional glimpses of Cwm Nantcol and admiring the remarkable dry stonewalling characteristic of the area. Noel Davey.

Sunday 4th September 2011. Moel Hebog. Hugh Evans led a first class walk of about 8.5 miles from Beddgelert up Moel Hebog and on to Moel yr Ogof and Moel Lefn, returning via interesting forest tracks and paths through Cwm Meillionen. The bright weather most of the day guaranteed fine views and light rain set in only towards the end of the walk. Noel Davey.

Thursday 25th August 2011. Cwm Cynfal. Ann and Nick White led a party of 19 down into the very beautiful Cwm Cynfal. The views were particularly wonderful from the start of this walk which passed the spectacular Rhaedr y Cwm waterfall. A sunny day was interupted by heavy showers. A very nice short walk. Ian Spencer.

Sunday 21st August 2011. Nantlle Ridge. Noel Davey led 11 members from Dolbenmaen Church on a strenuous walk to the Nantle Ridge. Sadly it was a day when the weather was atrocious with very heavy rain and low cloud all morning and into the early afternoon when it finally cleared. They all gallantly completed the walk safely with just one minor mishap when one member slipped and fell into a swollen river.

On the same day Ian Spencer led a party of 8 on a short walk from the head of Cwm Pennant. Despite the weather all remained cheerful even when following a bridleway clearly marked but non-existent on the ground. Ian Spencer.

Sunday 7th August 2011. Glasgwm and Cwm Cywarch. Judith Thomas led a party of 9 walkers on an enjoyable 7 mile walk from the head of the remote and magical Cwm Cywarch up to the 2500ft peak of Glasgwm, returning via Pen y Brynfforchog across a cleared forest wasteland and down the steep old mining track back to the valley. A lovely day with good views, in spite of intermittent showers. We recovered after in the Red Lion at Dinas Mawddwy. Noel Davey.