Aug 14 – Jul 15
Thursday 23rd July 2015. Around Mynydd Carnguwch. Ian Spencer led 20 Ramblers, on a fine day, from Mount Pleasant Car Park, at the top of the Nant Gwrtheyrn road. They walked by the side of Yr Eifl and Tre'r Ceri before crossing the B4417 and onto the track around Mynydd Carnguwch. They had splendid views to both coasts of the Peninsula; with the Range of hills from " The Rivals" to Garn Fadryn on the North Coast and from Abersoch to Criccieth and then onwards down Cardigan Bay on the South Coast. The walk returned to Mount Pleasant after re-crossing and using the public footpath through a private garden in Llithfaen of the very pleasant occupier. Ian Spencer.
Sunday 19th July 2015. Moelwyns. With hallmark proficiency and enthusiasm, Hugh Evans led six ramblers on a splendid walk across the Moelwyns, climbing about 3000ft over 9 miles. The route started from Croesor, ascending steeply and unpromisingly though bracken, the actual right of way being blocked by fences, but soon reached the ridge and track up to Croesor quarry. After pausing for a panad in the quarry ruins, the party proceeded on to Moel-yr-Hydd before climbing the highest peak of Moelwyn Mawr. Wisely avoiding the precipitous path over Craigysgafn, the route then followed a lower traverse above Llyn Stwlan, eventually gaining Moelwyn Bach. While persistent cloud frustrated visibility on Moelwyn Mawr, clearer conditions on the lower peaks afforded magnificent views across Snowdonia and down to Blaenau, the Dwyryd Estuary and Dwyfor. The party returned in high spirits down the long but easy western shoulder to the rewards of tea at Caffi Croesor. Noel Davey.
Thursday 9th July 2015. Rhiw. On a glorious sunny David and Lis Williams led 15 members on a delightful walk from Rhiw down to the coast at Trwyn Talfarch, where appropriate making use of the All Wales Coast Path. The views both out to sea and of the distant Rhinog Range were quite magnificent. A picnic lunch was enjoyed on a rocky headland on a day when Pen Llyn was seen at its glorious best. To end a perfect day the walkers enjoyed tea in the leaders lovely garden. Ian Spencer.
Sunday 5th July 2015. Gallt y Wenallt, Lliwedd. Noel Davey (of C2C fame) effortlessly, patiently and confidently led a group of nine up from Bethania to Gallt y Wenallt and then to Y Lliwedd (East & West). Shortly after the waterfalls on the Watkin Path we turned North East, climbing steadily until we reached our designated coffee stop in the shelter of a ruin at the head of Cwm Merch. Then the climbing began ... and the mist and rain. An hour later having bagged Gallt Y Wenallt we reached our designated lunch stop in the lee of a large rock. Then the tough stuff started. But after 45 minutes we had reach the highest point on Y Lliwedd at 2888ft and then made the very steep and rocky descent to re-join the Watkin path at Bwlch Ciliau. The rain soon stopped before we knew it we were drinking cups of tea and hot chocolate, and munching on brownies and bara brith, at Cafe Gwynant. Despite the cloud and rain we did get some glimpses of some very impressive scenery around the Snowdon horseshoe. An excellent walk. Hugh Evans.
Thursday 25th June 2015. Mynydd Mawr to Porth Oer. The walk was led by Megan Mentzoni from Mynydd Mawr using probably the most westerly car park of the Llyn Peninsula. They walked along the All Wales Coastal Path as it frequently climbed and then descended with spectacular mountain and coastal scenery along the North Coast of the Peninsula. The weather was at its best as they arrived at Porth Oer and its Whistling sands. Megan Mentzoni, a seasoned and capable leader who knows the Peninsula well was thanked by the 15 strong party. Ian Spencer.
Sunday 21st June 2015. Carnedd y Cribau. Catrin Williams led a party of 13 walkers through Coed Mawr Farm at Blaenau Dolwyddelan. They climbed up a rocky and boggy path to Bwlchy Rhediad with great views of Snowdonia and of Llyn Gwynant below. They then headed up to the ridge which led them to the summit of Carnedd y Cribau. After their picnic lunch and in sunshine they headed down a grassy slope and then to the shores of Llyn Diwaunydd. After a short break the ramblers joined a forest track which led them for two miles back to their cars. The walk was very ably led at a sensible pace by Catrin who was warmly thanked by everyone. Ian Spencer.
Thursday 11th June 2015. Around Clynnogfawr.
Sunday 7th June 2015. Y Garn. Judith Thomas ably led 6 ramblers on an excellent walk in fine weather up Y Garn. The route of over 9 miles length started from Llyn Ogwen, skirting the lake, taking in the Devil’s Kitchen and the secret mushroom garden, reaching the peak itself at 947m. A most enjoyable day. Noel.
Thursday 28th May 2015 Beddgelert. Rhian Watkins led 17 members on a walk from Beddgelert setting out along the path to Llyn Dinas. They then climbed up to Bwlch y Sygyn and after a picnic lunch went down the Cwm Bychan path. From here they returned to Beddgelert via the Fisherman's Path. The leader provided tea, coffee and plenty of cakes in the delightful setting of her garden. It was agreed that the lovely walk was only bettered by the tea and cakes. Ian Spencer.
Sunday 24th May 2015 Y Fron. Kath Spencer led a 10 mile circular walk from Y Fron on a day of decent weather. The walk over the moorland landscape included climbs up Moel Tryfan, Moel Smytho and finally to the top of Moel y Cilgwyn. The party, which consisted of 10 members very much enjoyed the walk and congratulated Kath on her navigational skills. Ian Spencer.
Thursday 14th May 2015. Moelfre. Dafydd Williams led the party of 15 members on a lovely short walk from Moelfre on Anglesey. They followed the Coast Path to the North passing the New Lifeboat House , the memorial to the famous Coxswain Richard Evans and the site of the wreck of the Royal Charter. They soon turned inland coming to the site of the ancient Din Ligwy settlement and the nearby ancient Chapel. Finally they returned to Moelfre thanking Dafydd for a very interesting walk.
Sunday 10th May 2015. Cerrig Cochion Circular– Yr Arddu – Foel Goch. Hugh Evans led 7 ramblers on a first class and ably navigated walk of over 10 miles into the hills east of Bethania. A long 2000 ft ascent past Llyn Edno to Yr Arddu and Foel Goch was made in quite damp and misty weather, but drier and brighter conditions accompanied the descent across Afon Cwm Edno down to Llyn Gwynant, affording at least sombre glimpses of the spectacular scenery. The return route to the café and cars followed the delightful wooded path along the north shore of the lake. A strenuous but most enjoyable day in the mountains. Noel Davey.
Thursday 30th April 2015. Borth y Gest. Noel Davey led a party of 26 walkers on a lovely walk from Borth y Gest. The spring flowers made a beautiful display all along the walk. The views of the coast and also towards Tremadog were exceptional. The walk took the Ramblers past the memorial to Dafydd of the White Rock. The leader was particularly thanked for standing in at the last minute. Ian Spencer.
Sunday 26th April 2015. Arenig Fawr. Tecwyn Williams led a party of 10 ramblers up Arenig Fawr on a dry and largely sunny day. The walk was much enjoyed by all, who were grateful that the leader climbed up the mountain at a reasonable pace. The clear views from the summit were well worth the effort. Ian Spencer.
17th- 24th April 2015. Monk Coniston. Twenty seven members of the club enjoyed their annual holiday at HF Holidays Coniston Water country house. They were almost unbelievably lucky with the weather with 6 days of uninterrupted sunshine. Three walks were organised each day of differing difficulty with "volunteer" leaders. They had one free day to explore the Lake District. On the last day the 'A' party climbed the "Old Man of Coniston. Quizzes and entertainments were organised each evening. All in all an excellent holiday! Ian Spencer.
Sunday 12th April 2015. Grade C: Cwm Nantcol. The chairman Nick White led the party of 7 ramblers, on a windy and wet day, on a short walk from Nantcol. They dropped down to the bridge over the Afon Artro before following the well waymarked paths over the fields. The walk, then followed the Ardudwy Way for a while before eventually re-crossing the Afon Artro and back to the start. Despite starting in poor conditions the walk was very much enjoyed by all the walkers. Ian Spencer.
Grade A: Rhinog Fawr. The Immediate Past Chairman Noel Davey, bravely and with good cheer, led a group of three intrepid members up the Roman Steps and towards Rhinog Fawr. On the way up we were protected from the worst of the weather by the Rhinog Fawr foothills. But as we turned southwest, off the Step's path, towards Llyn Du, we became increasingly exposed to the wind and rain. We were within 45 metres of Llyn Du when we had to turn back. The wind was averaging over 50 mph and gusting up to 70mph (anemometer readings). We arrived back in the carpark at Cwm Bychan somewhat wetter than we had set out but glad we hadn't taken the easy option. Perish the thought! Hugh Evans.
Thursday 2nd April 2015. Bangor Circular. Dafydd Williams led this walk, which was both urban and pastureland, on a fine, dry day. The 13 walkers in the party had splendid views of the Carneddau Range and surprisingly soon were in open country having left the City of Bangor behind. Eventually they came to Bangor by way of a steady climb up to Ysbyty Gwynedd which they then passed on the way down to the Menai Straits and to Bangor's rather splendid Pier. At the end of the walk Dafydd was thanked for another very enjoyable walk. Ian Spencer.
Sunday 29th March 2015. Betws y Coed to Capel Garmon. Dafydd Williams led 11 Ramblers, on what was a very wet morning, on the walk from Betws y Coed. They started by the Waterloo Bridge and climbed up through the woods off the A470 road. This was a lengthy but steady climb eventually coming out by the dog kennels. From here Dafydd led the party, in what was by now improving weather, to Capel Garmon and then to the Capel Garmon Long Cairn, Here the walkers had their picnic lunch by the 5000 year old burial chamber. From here Dafydd led the Club on towards the Afon Conwy through a very muddy track before reaching the main path. The walkers followed this slowly descending to the river bank and then alongside the very full river full of white water. An excellent walk, well led. Ian Spencer.
Thursday 19th March 2015. Croesor Circular. Tecwyn Williams led a party of 22 ramblers from Garreg on the Llanfrothen road. From here they made their way up a steady hill climb and on to moorland before eventually reaching the road down to Croesor below the Moelwyns on their left. From Croesor village, where a picnic lunch was enjoyed, Tecwyn led the walkers back along an interesting path alongside the beautiful Afon Maesgwm Valley and then back to their cars. All enjoyed Tecwyn's walk Immensely. Ian Spencer.
Sunday 15th March 2015. Gaerwen – Bryn Celli Ddu. Noel Davey led 12 members on an eleven mile walk from Gaerwen on Anglesey on Sunday 15th March. They had an interesting walk along country lanes and footpaths. One highlight was the 5000 year old burial mound at Bryn Celli Ddu which it was possible to enter being in an excellent state of preservation. From here the party walked on and down to the Menai Straits where they had their picnic lunch, after which they walked along the banks before turning inland and eventually back to the starting point. The leader was heartily thanked by all for a very interesting walk very well led. Ian Spencer.
Sunday 8th March. Noel Davey kindly wrote up reports for the following walks. Thursday February 19th 2015, Portmeirion , Nick White's walk. Thursday June 26th 2014, Rhiw. David’s and Lis Williams’ walk. Thursday June 12th 2014, Moel y Ci. Pat Housecroft’s walk Thursday May 15th 2014, Coed y Brenin. Judith Thomas' walk. Thursday May 1st 2014, Bardsey. Miriam Heald’s walk,
Thursday 5th March 2015. The A.G.M of the Llyn Ramblers was held at the Capel y Traeth in Criccieth and attended by 32 members. The retiring Chairman Noel Davey presented his report on the preceding year. The Club was in excellent health having had a great variety of walks held every other Thursday and Sunday throughout the year. None were curtailed because of weather! The chairman backed up his report with numerous interesting statistics. The Treasurer Dafydd Williams then presented his report and was able to say the Club was in a healthy financial condition. The club had donated £100 to each of the local Mountain Rescue teams. The report was passed unanimously. Before proceeding to the elections the Secretary John Enser presented his report. Nick White was then elected as the new Chairman and the Secretary and Treasurer agreed to stand for a further year. The General Committee agreeing to stand again were re-elected on block. After a number of matters were discussed in Any Other Business Ian Spencer thanked Noel Davey for the splendid job he had done as Chairman.
Criccieth Circular. After lunch Dafydd Williams led a pleasant 4 mile walk from Criccieth, passing Lloyd George's old house and turning down the "top road" towards Llanystumdwy. After about a mile they turned left and headed for the coast and back to Criccieth. Ian Spencer.
Sunday 1st March 2015. Porth Oer to Aberdaron. On St. David's Day Roy Milnes led 8 members on a Coastal Walk from Porth Oer to Aberdaron. They set off in sunshine along a nice broad stretch of path, well waymarked, from the car park above Whistling Sands. The strong winds made for a splendid show of white horses on the sea. However the weather soon changed and it rained heavily but the scenery was still quite magnificent. The party had a picnic lunch to the lea of Mynydd Mawr and continued on their way in the ever changing weather, now hail, to Aberdaron. The Ramblers enjoyed tea and cakes at the leader's house which made a fitting end to a very well led and enjoyable walk despite the weather. Ian Spencer.
Thursday 19th February 2015. Porthmadog Circular. On a cloudy but fair day when forecast rain never arrived, Nick White led 19 ramblers on a congenial 5 mile walk from Porthmadog, across the Cob on the upper path past Boston Lodge and up into the delightful wooded hinterland of Portmeirion. Lunch was taken in the novel surroundings of Minffordd Cemetery, before the return over the Cob via the lower cycle track. The views across the Glaslyn Estuary to the mountains of Eryri were as magnificent as ever. An excellent outing. Noel Davey.
Sunday 15th February 2015. Llyn Crafnant, Llyn Geirionydd. The weather was sunny and calm with a bit of a chill in the air. The group looked keen, happy and fairly confident of their leader, Hugh Evans, as he lead them out on a 10 mile circular route from Capel Curig. They followed a well-worn path up Nant y Geuallt and over into Cwm Crafnant with its reservoir, Llyn Crafnant. The views were spectacular. Lunch was taken in dappled sunlight next to a stream at the Forestry Commission’s picnic site just beyond the end of the reservoir. Our route back took us past the old Klondike mine (out of sight), the Taliesin memorial (photo opportunity), the west side of Llyn Geirionydd and the old Pandora mine before plunging us into the forest. We re-joined our outward path near Clogwyn Mawr and celebrated our arrival back in Capel Curig by diverting into Pinnacle Pursuits & Café. A good time was had by all; so they told me. Hugh Evans. (‘glad to say our confidence proved well-placed as it was a most proficiently led walk’ Ed: ex-chairman)
Thursday 5th February 2015. Traeth Penllech, Porth Iago,Porth Oer Linear. The 24 Ramblers had a coastal walk along the North Coast of the Peninsula very ably led by Megan Mentzoni from the Penllech Beach. After sorting out the cars having found the car park inaccessible because of bridge rebuilding works the party followed the all Wales Coast Path. This was quite muddy at times after the recent rain but well waymarked. They past Porth Colman and Porth Iago and on to the famous whistling sands of Porth Oer. From here they were soon at the end of a very enjoyable walk. Ian Spencer.
Sunday 1st February 2015. Cwm Pennant circular. A party of 13 club members were well led from Dolbenmaen up the iconic Pennant Valley by Kath Spencer. The day was sunny bright and cold when they started up the valley before climbing up the Western side skirting around the lower reaches of Craig-y-Garn. It was at times boggy underfoot as they made their way to the remote, derelict Cae Amos cottage. From here they went ahead above the Cwm before meeting the road and crossing the Afon Dwyfor bridge. Next they were led South past Brithdir Mawr Farmstead and soon to the road briefly before leaving and following the path above the quarry. The walkers were soon back on the road and down to the bridge where they joined the road back to Dolbenmaen. Kath was congratulated on an excellent walk. Ian Spencer.
Thursday 22nd January 2015. Mynytho to Abersoch. Miriam Heald very ably led 24 members on a circular walk from Mynytho via Abersoch. Again they were lucky with the weather although it was quite muddy in places. This was a very pleasant walk along a series of narrow paths with high hedgerows on each side before they reached the side of a steep valley leading to Abersoch. Lunch was taken on the beach after which the party made their way back to Mynytho and the cars. The leader was thanked for a most enjoyable walk. Ian Spencer.
Sunday 18th January 2015. Moelfre Summit. Ian Spencer led the walk, on a quite sunny day, from the fabulous Nantcol Valley with great views of the Rhinnogau Mountains throughout. A good turnout of 14 ramblers climbed up the East side of Moelfre 1932 ft. scrambling up the rock field near the summit. They had their picnic lunch in remarkably warm sunshine sheltered by the wall by the summit. From here they descended the west side alongside the same wall they had followed to the top. They met up with 4 more ramblers who had walked around Moelfre and made their way back to the cars together.
Thursday 8th January 2015. Cwm Llan via Watkin path. Kath Spencer authoritively led 24 walkers on a mainly sunny, but cold day with a couple of short showers from the Bethania Car Park. The ramblers walked up the Watkin Path, passing the waterfalls which were in full flow after the recent rains; a magnificent sight! The party left the path near here and climbed up to the level where the old quarry rail track once ran. Kath led them to the site of the old quarries where lunch was taken. The walk resumed by descending on the Watkin Path stopping on the way to look at the Gladstone Rock marking the spot where "The Grand Old Man" addressed the crowd of 2000 in 1892 and where he and he and the crowd enjoyed the singing of several Welsh Choirs. Lower down they took a path to the right and through a farm yard to the Afon Glaslyn which the path followed to the start of the walk. It was agreed by all that this was a smashing walk.
Sunday 4th January 2015.Llanberis (part of 4 valleys walk). Diane Doughty led 14 ramblers on a lovely walk from the Talysarn Community Centre. They made their way up by Cilgwyn and to the East of Mynydd Cilgwyn and then past Y Fron. The views were quite magnificent and the going good underfoot. With the dominant shape of Mynydd Mawr behind them and to the right they proceeded past Moel Tryfan and Moel Smythio. From here the party made the steep descent towards Waunfawr. The walkers finished by calling in the Snowdon Park Inn where wine, beer, coffee or teas were consumed. Diane was thanked for very ably leading an excellent walk. Ian Spencer.
Boxing Day 26th December 2014. Boxing Day walk NOT up Moel y Gest. 4 walkers turned out, on a very wet day, for a walk led by Tecwyn Williams who had decided very sensibly to shorten the walk and not climb up Moel-y-Gest. Instead they enjoyed a most pleasant walk through Parc-y-Borth and across the road to the activity centre where they saw the Llamas. From here they walked on and through the Caravan Park to the Golf Course and back to Borth y Gest. Before returning home they enjoyed teas and coffees at the excellent local cafe. Ian Spencer.
Sunday 21st December 2014. Yr Eifl & Nant Gwrtheyrn. Judith Thomas led 14 stalwart members up Tre'r Ceiri and Yr Eifl in a wind that was regularly gusting up to a 55mph head wind making the walking hard work! They then descended down the rocky path to the Bwlch and on down to Nant Gwrtheyrn Language Centre. From here they followed the coast until they reached the cliff path leading up to the field path which would lead them back to the Mount Pleasant Car Park. Judith was thanked for an excellent and at times exciting walk Ian Spencer.
Thursday 11th December 2014. Mynydd Cilan. Ian Spencer bravely and ably (added by editor, as modesty obviously prevented Ian from putting the words in himself) led the walk from Porth Neigal [Hells Mouth] on a day of gale force winds and a sea too rough for the surfers. The 14 walkers followed the shore line before ascending the splendid, well marked new section of the All Wales Coastal Path which climbs up to the cliff top. From here they followed The Path about 3 miles, at times blown sideways, until they headed inland at Trwyn Llech-y- doll to an old chapel being converted into a dwelling and then back down to the beach. Afterwards the Secretary John Enser and his wife Rein's house for tea and cakes. Ian Spencer.
Sunday 7th December 2014. Carreg Fawr – Cwm Bychan. The walk was ably led by Tecwyn Williams from Cwm Bychan up Carreg Fawr and onto the edge of Glowy Lyn. They then headed West to pick up a clear green track to a small bridge at Cwm-yr- Afon and back to the starting point. The leader made good use of the "Open Access" by not confining the walk to designated paths. It was a windy dry sunny day marshy in places and rather wet underfoot. However it was a much enjoyed walk by the group of 14 members. Ian Spencer.
Thursday 27th November 2014. Llaniestyn. Miriam Heald delightfully led the walk from Llaniestyn Church following field paths in the most pleasant of areas. The 22 walkers present were invited by, on their way, to have a look at a most interesting model railway. They then resumed the walk before returning to Llaniestyn and enjoying tea at the leader's house this was a most interesting days walk. Ian Spencer.
Sunday 23rd November 2014. Volcano Trail,Coed y Brenin & environs. The walk was rather dramatically entitled "Volcanic Trail" in the Coed y Brenin. The volcanos have long, long been extinct of course! The walk was very well led by the Chairman Noel Davey on a cold sunny day from Ganllwyd. The party of 12 members climbed up along the forest tracks passing Bryn Coch, before stopping for a coffee break by the Afon Wen. They resumed their walk passing Buarthre Newydd. Lunch was taken on Moel Hafodowen with a splendid 360 degree view. The return route was along the path parallel to the Afon Wen leading back to their cars. Ian Spencer.
Thursday 13th November 2014. Tremadog circular. Tecwyn Williams led the walk cheerily from Tremadog on yet another wet day. He was accompanied by 11 Ramblers who started their walk by climbing "The Roman Steps" up the Tremadog Cliffs, From there they made thei way to Pant Egan where they had a well-earned coffee break. They continued their walk by following the leader to the road which led them down to Prenteg here a picnic lunch was had at the playground area, after which the walkers made their way back to Tremadog. Ian Spencer.
Sunday 9th November 2014. Ardudwy Way Harlech to Llandecwyn. Dafydd Williams led 12 members on the third section of the splendid Ardudwy Way from Harlech to Llandecwyn. An early start was needed because of the detour via Maentwrog however the party set off from Harlech in good spirits although the weather was never very good and at times very wet. The going was often quite wet underfoot. It was, however, always along a good clear track. Despite at times quite dark skies, the views of the Llyn Peninsula were spectacular and at times great views of much of Snowdonia could be seen. Dafydd was thanked for leading an excellent walk. Ian Spencer.
Thursday October 30th 2014. Circumnavigating base of Moelfre. The weather was mainly dry though overcast. Kath Marsden and Nick White stood in for Fred Foskett, ably leading a dozen walkers on a pleasant six mile circuit around Moelfre above Harlech. The walk started above the remote Nant Col, following tracks around the mountain at a height of 1000-1400ft, including part of the old coaching road near Pont Scethin. Noel Davey.
Sunday October 26th 2014. Mynydd Nefyn, Garn Boduan & Garn Fadryn. in mainly cloudy and blustery but dry weather, Roy Milnes expertly led nine ramblers on an interesting ten mile linear walk across three peaks of Llyn. The route started above Nefyn, first ascending the rocky prominence of Carreglefain (a higher and better viewpoint than nearby Mynydd Nefyn), and continuing on to Garn Boduan with its impressively large, but rather overgrown iron age hill fort. The walk then crossed the low-lying stretch of land north of Cors Geirch via Mochras, climbing up to the bwlch at 850ft, just below Garn Fadryn. Five walkers then braved gusts of 60mph in a further 400ft dash to the top of the mountain. A most enjoyable day. Noel Davey.
Thursday, October 16th 2014. Nefyn/Lifeboat station. Maureen Evans did an excellent job leading 22 walkers on an 8 mile circuit along the cliffs and beach from Nefyn to Porth Dinllaen, taking lunch below the impressive new lifeboat station before returning across the golf course via Edern and inland paths. Although warm and occasionally sunny conditions were punctuated by occasional short, sharp showers, all enjoyed this pleasant and convivial walk. Noel Davey.
Sunday, October 12th 2014. Tryfan & Heather Terrace. A group of 10 intrepid walkers, very professionally (added by editor, as modesty obviously prevented Noel from putting the words in himself) led by Noel Davey, made a challenging ascent of Tryfan. The route taken started from the A5 climbing past the waters of Nant and Llyn Bochlwyd up to Bwlch Tryfan to the south of the peak, from there clambering up over the chaotic boulder field to the iconic 3000ft summit. Joining the host of mostly much younger climbers at the top over lunch, the party was rewarded by breath-taking views over much of northern Snowdonia, enhanced by clear, calm and sunny autumn conditions. The return was made along the tricky high level Heather Terrace path to the east of the mountain, descending eventually to the roadside path at Gwern Gof Uchaf. A long and strenuous but unforgettable day. Noel Davey.
Thursday, October 2nd 2014. Egryn Circular. Dafydd Williams led a party of 15 members and followed the Egryn Trail from near Talybont on a 5 mile walk, ascending to the remarkable Neolithic twin burial chambers of Carneddau Hengwm at 900ft above sea level. The interesting medieval house of Egryn Abbey, now with the National Trust, was inspected on the way back. The walk was rounded off by a welcome tea at the community café in Dyffryn Ardudwy. Noel Davey.
Sunday September 28th 2014. Tal y Bont to Harlech Taith Ardudwy Way. Dafydd Williams led a small group who enjoyed a memorable day following the middle leg of the Taith Ardudwy from Talybont to Harlech, a distance of about 13 miles. The route led up through delightful woodlands to Pont Fadog, along the old coach road across moorlands as far as Pont Scethin, from there tracking northwards around Moelfre and across the Nant Col and Afon Artro valleys, and eventually descended westwards to Harlech, The views across Cardigan Bay to the Llyn Peninsula were magnificent throughout the day. Noel Davey.
Thursday September 18th 2014. Holyhead Mountain Circular. The Club made the most of the continuing warm weather during the last two weeks with walks in Anglesey and near Bala. Catrin Williams did a sterling job guiding 16 members on a delightful and interesting circular walk from the RSPB centre near Holyhead, taking in Holyhead Mountain/Mynydd Twr and the surrounding rocky landscape. The exceptionally warm weather dictated a leisurely pace which made the most of the spectacular coastal views. The walk was rounded off by a visit to the RSBP observatory, the café and, for some, the remarkable iron age remains of the Cytiau’r Gwyddelod. Noel Davey.
Sunday September 14th 2014. Aran Benllyn, Aran Fawddwy. Hugh Evans expertly led a small group into the Aran mountains from Llanuwchllyn on an invigorating walk of 12.6 miles. The route ascended the Craig y Llyn ridge directly north to Aran Benllyn. Following an unexpectedly cold and draughty lunch, the party continued to Aran Fawddwy, at almost 3,000 ft the highest point in Wales south of Snowdon. Conditions brightened here to afford magnificent misty views, while the descent was made in increasingly warm and sunny weather, across the Erw y Ddafad Ddu and through the lovely pastoral landscapes of Cwm Croes and Cwm Cynllwyd. A superb day of walking. Noel Davey.
Thursday September 24th 2014. Dyffryn Ardudwy. Nick White led ten members on an amble which seemed to go very well. Setting off from Benar Beach car park, the route continued over green fields, a magical wood and narrow lanes through the lower areas of Dyffryn Ardudwy, past holiday homes to the sand dunes and on to the beach in time for lunch. Eschewing the delights of the naturist area of the beach, the route back followed the Coastal Path and the dunes, some 3.5 miles. Noel Davey
Sunday August 31st 2014. Penmaenpool Circular. C Walk. Colin White led a party of ten from Penmaenpool through Taicynhaeaf and up a fairly stiff climb of some 800 ft to Foel Ispri, the start of the New Precipice Walk. Blessed by fine weather the walkers were rewarded with fantastic views over the Mawddach estuary to Cader Idris and the sea. Returning through pine woods they were surrounded by an amazing carpet of fungi, only some 5mm in height and diameter, and then along a forest track and a steep descent and back over the bridge to Penmaenpool. After a brief tour of the signal box used by the National Park as a nature centre, the group repaired to the George for a well-earned cuppa. Noel Davey.
On the same day. Moel Ispri & Y Garn. A walk. Also started from Penmaenpool and accompanying the C walkers for the first mile, a further nine ramblers, led by Noel Davey, enjoyed a more strenuous walk of some 9.5 miles up to the peak of Y Garn. At just over 2000ft the summit afforded spectacular views over the whole of southern Snowdonia. The ascent was made from the eastern side above Blaen y Cwm, while the descent followed the long south ridge of Foel Ddu, finally re-joining the woodland paths below Foel Ispri. Noel Davey
Thursday 21st August 2014. Harlech (Llandanwg on the programme). Fred Foskett led a party of 15 walkers, from his House "Llanfair Isaf" on a very varied walk starting by walking along the lovely sandy stretch of beach below the sand dunes for 2 miles. From here they headed inland past the end of the Royal St. David's Golf Course and up towards Harlech Castle. They then made use of the park benches to eat their lunches, after which the ramblers climbed slowly up and out of Harlech in a Southerly direction before finally descending to Fred's House for very welcome refreshments. It was a most pleasant walk on a day which defied the forecasts by remaining dry. Ian Spencer.
Sunday 17th August 2014. Clynnog Hills. Catrin Williams very ably led 12 members on a strenuous, but fairly short walk from the A499 near Trefor, up a steep path, past Dove Cottage and the old quarry workings. From here they followed a good track before they descended steeply to the summit of Gyrn Ddu and then continued in a North Easterly direction to the summit of Gyrn Goch. Catrin then led the party down and along the Cwm-gwared Plantation back to the A499 road which was followed back to the car. Ian Spencer.
Thursday 7th August 2014. Foel Cynwch & Torrent Walk. Nick White led 19 ramblers through the village of Brithdir up a relatively new path, being some 3 years old, to the summit of Y Foel [343 metres] where lunch was taken. There were fantastic views of Cader Idris, Rhobell and the Arans. After lunch they descended to the Torrent Walk where they passed through beech trees alongside the Afon Clywedog along another relatively new path being just 5 years old, again by courtesy of Rhys Gwynn and the local landowner. This was followed by a climb up the old footpath, a tourist attraction of some 200 years. The sunlight filtering through the trees made the whole effect quite magical with the recent rain ensuring there was a reasonable amount of water in the river. The walk again finished with a visit to the local Tearoom. Nick was thanked for a quite delightful walk. Ian Spencer.
Sunday 3rd August 2014. Mynydd Cribau. In ideal walking conditions, with the occasional heavy rain shower, a party of 10 walkers splendidly led by Hugh Evans enjoyed an 11 mile circular walk from the Pont-y-Pair car park in Betws-y-Coed. The walk began with a strenuous ascent through the Gwydyr Forest on the Jubilee Path to the monument overlooking Llyn Elsi. They passed through the "forgotten village" of Rhiwddolion on the old Roman road Sarn Helen, which was followed to the A470 at Pont-y-Pant. Here the path turned North at Ty Newydd Farm over the moorland between Moel Siabod and Mynydd Cribau. Near the Roman Fort at Caer Llugwy they turned East back through the Gwydyr Forest, passing Artists Wood, crossing Afon Llugwy at the miners Bridge and then following the river back to the start. The day was completed with refreshments at the excellent Moel Siabod Cafe at Capel Curig. Ian Spencer.