Conwy Valley Ramblers

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Walks Reports

 

 

 


A group of 9 enjoyed a walk over the green hills near Llandogged with Kevin on Wednesday 19th Nov.

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On Peter’s  Friday walk (Nov 14th ) 21 Ramblers enjoyed an estuary walk from the RSPB reserve to Bodlondeb via Conwy.

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The annual Remembrance Sunday walk to Bachelor’s Baby saw 20 walkers pay their respects at the memorial to the crew  of an American Liberator aircraft. It crashed on the hillside above Llanfairfechan in 1944 killing five of the crew & their lucky mascot, a puppy called “Booster”.

The group managed a brisk walk to get to the site just before 11 o’clock & returned via Druid’s Circle, Clip yr Orsedd  & Penmaenmawr quarry. The sun shone for the start & the end of the walk & tea was enjoyed at the Beach Café.


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For Saturdays walk, around the Roe Valley, 9 Ramblers met in Rowen. Well prepared with waterproofs, we walked in sunshine and showers and enjoyed several spectacular double rainbows as well as the lovely autumn scenery. We picniced on a hillside with great views of the Carneddau and visited the old church in the valley now home to 'Ancients Arts'. An added bonus was that Allan was able to identify the fungi we found on the walk. Good use was made of the Ty Gwyn pub at the end.

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A cool northerly breeze did not stop 18 intrepid walkers meeting at the cenotaph Llandudno. St Tudno's cradle  was the first stop, neither Russ, nor Doreen were able to move it, so that's the last of them.
A possible collapsed cromlech was examined. Past the ski slope, above the coast, good examples of fairy rings of toadstools were seen. Onwards to the path of the deer, an ancient bronze age trackway?, made by aliens? the remains of a bridge to the Isle of Man? All were put forward as why they were there.
Lunch near the tramway, then a meandering route above the west shore took us back down via Halfryn gardens to the tea rooms.

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Saturday 1st November, Doreen led a group of 21 Ramblers on a linear bus walk. They caught the bus from

Conwy to the Groes Inn and then the shuttle taxi to Rowen. The walk took them through fields then up to the old

Llangelynin Church they continued over to Conwy via Sychnant Pass making the best of the mild autumn day.

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Friday 31st October, on the warmest Halloween ever Peter led 25 people on a linear walk from Abergwyngregyn

to Llanfairfechen. Tee-shirt walking on halloween- bendegedig!


 

Thursday 18th September 2014, Annette and Barry led a small group of on a 13 mile circular walk

through the hills around Moelfre Uchaf and on to Betws-yn-Rhos. Then they headed down to the coast

 for well-earned refreshments.

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Sunday 14th September 2014, 18 walkers joined Doreen on a walk around the Lakes of Ogwen, Idwal and

 Bochlwyd.

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Friday 12th September 2014, Doreen led a group of 23 walkers around Abergwyngregin.

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Sunday 7th September 2014, Margaret again led the Sheffield group along with rambling members on the

 Great Orme.

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Friday 5th September 2014, Peter led a group of 20 from Trefriw along the valley to Llyn Geirionydd.

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Thursday 4th September 2104, 23 walkers & four guide dogs from Sheffield Visually Impaired Walking

Group joined 12 locals on Conwy Mountain & Penmaenbach to discover the Three Tops of Conwy.

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Wednesday 3rd September 2014, Doreen led19 walkers on 9 mile walk along the beach and hills around

Abergwyngregin.

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The evening of Thursday 28th August 2014, a group of 15 ramblers led by Kevin walked to the end of the

Great Orme, where they watched the impressive cloud formations over Anglesey as the sun set behind

them.

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Sunday 17th August 2014, 32 Conwy Valley Ramblers travelled by coach to Porthmadog where they

enjoyed the choice of three walks. A C 12 mile, C 8 mile and a D 4 mile.


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Friday 15th August 2014, Doreen led a group 23 from Bwlch y Ddeufaen around Tal y fan

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On Thursday 14th August 2014, Barry and Annette led a group of 14 including a visitor from Shropshire.

The group set off from Llanddulas on the North Wales Path towards Llysfaen. They turned

inland towards Betws-yn-Rhos before finally returning  via Rhyd-y Foel and the coastal path.

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Eighteen walkers enjoyed a sunny day on the Great Orme on Wednesday 6th August 20th led by

Margaret. Half of the group were members of Hafal from Colwyn Bay the other half included Olivia & her

Taid from Dwygyfylchi, Charlie, Richard & Roy Smethills who was back marker for the group. 

After following some narrow paths the group went past Llys Helig & up to the Marine Drive. Afterwards

 the route was decided by the growth of bracken & gorse on the usual paths. These paths were blocked

in places so the wide grassy paths below the cabin lift were used.

 Lunch was taken at the viewpoint overlooking Llandudno Bay. Then down the side of the ski run, across

the miniature golf course & Haulfre gardens completed the seven mile walk. The views were spectacular

 all day & everyone seemed to have enjoyed their day out.


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 Friday 18th July 2014, Doreen took a group of 17 from Pensychnant up onto Cefn Maen Amor. They were

 greeted by young foals of the mountain ponies as they took in the views.


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Sunday 13th July 2014, Doreen led a group of 21 from Dolwyddelan they followed forest tracks before

climbing to the summit of Pen y Benar (1413 feet), then returned visiting Dolwyddelan Castle on the way.


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Sunday 29th June 2014, Doreen led a group of 18 to the summit of Carnedd y Cribau (1915 feet) where in

glorious sunshine they had fantastic views of the Snowdon Horseshoe. They returned by Llyn Gwynant

before ending in the Pen y Gwryd Hotel for refreshments.

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Friday 20th June 2014, Doreen led a group of 13 from Trefriw to Llyn Geirionydd, a change from the

programme as the paths above Dolgarrog are still closed for pipe work.

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Friday 6th June 2014, Peter led a group of 21 from Trefriw along the Afon Conwy to Llanrwst and back.

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Graham led a group of 19 from Conwy Valley and Bangor/Bethesda Groups to the summit of Snowdon from Pen y Pass last Sunday 31st May 2014. They returned to Llanberis by the Llanberis Path.

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Friday 16th May 2014, Doreen led a group of 14 on a 5 mile walk from the roadside lay-by near Llyn Dinas; they worked their way above the lake and descended past ancient Copper Mines and their workings before meandering beside the Afon Glaslyn.

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Friday 9th May2014, Doreen took a group of 14 from Rowen over the section of the ‘North Wales Pilgrim’s Way’ to Llanfairfechan passing the ancient Church at Llangelynnin. They used public transport to Rowen and from Llanfairfechan, which we are in danger of losing.

The ‘North Wales Pilgrim Way’ is a NEW 130 mile Trail across North Wales. It visits shrines, churches, chapels, wells and retreats between Basingwerk Abbey on Deeside in Flintshire and Bardsey Island off the West Coast of Wales. For more information visit http://www.pilgrims-way-north-wales.org/

 

The third anniversary of the opening of the All Wales Coast Path was marked by a group of Ramblers walking part of the Marine Drive on the Great Orme on Saturday 3rd May 2014. The group walked up the zig zags, turned left up the side of the hill to the quarry then along the wall to the picnic sites. Then they joined the Coast Path near to the Rest & Be Thankful. A brisk walk down to West Shore gave them time to visit the Extravaganza in Llandudno. The walk was changed from the one advertised  because of the damage to the Coast Path caused by the winter storms.

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Sunday 27th April 2014, Doreen led a group of 21 to Llynnau Geirionydd and Crafnant; the change in plan had to be taken because the pipe construction work above Dolgarrog had not finished despite reports to the contrary and some places were impassable.

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 Friday 25th April 2014, Peter led a group of 15 on a 4 mile walk from Abergwyngregin they followed the Coast Path to Penrhyn Park and caught a bus back.

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Friday 18th April 2014, Doreen led17 walkers on an easy 5 mile walk, from Betws y coed Station they made their way through Coed-y-celyn woods to Capel Garmon returning by Tan y Foel Hotel.

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Saturday 5th April 2014, a group of five Ramblers, led by Kevin, had a linear walk from Penmaenmawr,


 crossing the medieval agricultural fields of Waen Gyrach and the prehistoric settlement grounds of Maen Esgob


, before descending into Conwy and continuing to finish the walk in Llandudno.


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On Wednesday 2nd April 2014, starting from the Porth Eirias Water Sports Centre in Colwyn Bay, Kevin led a


group of 26 around and down the Nant y Glyn Valley. Because of the low and dense cloud cover, the usually-


stunning views of the Bay to the north and of Snowdonia to the southwest were obscured - but at least the rain


 held off until the end!


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Friday 28th March 2014, Peter led a group of 22 on a 4 mile stroll along the Coast Path from Abergwyngregin to


 Llanfairfechan.


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Saturday 20th March 2014, Alun and Diana with 20 walkers caught the train from Betws y coed to Pont y Pant


and in spring sunshine set off up Sarn Helen. Stopping for coffee at Rhiwddolion, a former slate quarrying village


now abandoned since 1914. Lunch was taken at Llyn Elsi before descending to Betws y coed across fallen trees,


 a reminder of the recent winter storms.


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Peter led a group of 13 from Llanelian yn Rhos into the Nant y Glyn Valley on Friday 14th March 2014.


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Friday 7th March 2014, Doreen took a group of 25 from Pensychnant car park to Sychnant Pass and onto Pen-


maen-bach, returning along the side of Conwy Mountain.


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Wednesday 5th March 2014, Mary led a group of 12 from Rowen up to the summit of Tal y fan returning by


Llangelynnin Church.


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Sunday 2nd March 2014, Graham led a group of 20 into the hills above Abergele. The walk was named the


 ‘Abergele Cake Walk’, postponed from last week; it was so called because the leader came loaded with cakes


 baked by himself for the coffee break on Tower Hill. They returned by forest tracks and paths the leader having


 a spring in his step now his rucksack was cakeless.


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On Wednesday 19th February 2014, Barbara led a group of 14 from Abergwyngregin up onto the summit of


 Drum (2526 feet). They returned over the Anafon Ridge.


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Saturday 22nd February 2014, Doreen took a group of 43 up above Pentrefoelas on a nine mile walk to view


 the carpet of snowdrops which were in full bloom. They also ventured out onto the Denbigh Moors.



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Friday 14th February 2014, 5 walkers joined Doreen at Pentrefoelas on her 5 mile stroll to discover snowdrops.


 Despite all the bad weather the snowdrops were appearing although a little behind previous years.


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Thursday 6th February 2014, Kevin led a group of 15 Ramblers on a circular riverside walk from the Waterloo


Hotel in Betws y Coed, before the Annual Lunch at the Waterloo Hotel, which was enjoyed by 33 members and


 friends.

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Wednesday 5th February 2014, Andy led a group of 10 from Craig y don, they over Nant y gamar to Bryn Euryn


 and returned by bus.

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Three hardy souls, two regulars & one newcomer,  joined Margaret for a morning walk round Deganwy on Friday


 31st January 2014 in spite of a miserable weather forecast. The forecast was correct and they walked for 4


miles in wind & rain. We hope we have not put Linda off walking & she joins again on a sunnier day.


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Getting off the bus at Penmaenmawr on Saturday 25th January 2014 17 walkers followed Doreen up to the


 Druid’s Circle and over to the reservoir. Below Maen Amor heavy rain, hail, thunder and lightening forced a


strategic retreat to the Pantry Cafe, Conwy.

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Twenty One walkers joined Doreen on Friday 17th January 2014 on her ‘River Views’ walk from


Conwy. They walked around Marine walk and then climbed through the Bodlondeb Woods


 arriving back in Conwy the made their way onto the town walls  and proceeded to the station.


 The views of the Conwy Valley were achieved by climbing up Benarth Hill.


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North Wales Area of the Ramblers held their AGM on Before the meeting Margaret


led a group of 26 members & visitors on  5 mile circuit of Nant y Gamar. After the storms everybody enjoyed the


sunshine & views from the top of Mynydd Pant.


At the meeting Joanna was appointed the new Area Chairman ,& Max Grant, also a member of Conwy Valley Group is the


new Area Secretary.



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Six hardy walkers set off on the walk around Llanfairfechan on led by Joanna. We crossed


 the A55 by the footbridge, holding on so as not to be blown away! We walked up the east side of the valley as the


 rain fell and ran down the paths. It was thunder and lightening that finally made us decide to shorten the route and


 head back to the village to tasty and welcome refreshments in the 'Riverside Pantry' cafe (near the traffic lights on


 the main road)


 


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New Years Day 2014 saw 10 walkers brave the wind and rain as they walked above Rowen, The strong wind and heavy


rain altered plans and instead of the exposed top of Pen y Gaer Doreen, leader, opted for a more sheltered route and they


made their way to  the Old Church at Llangelynnin before returning to the even better shelter and warming fire of the Ty Gwyn


Inn.


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On Boxing Day 2013, 28 walkers joined Doreen on the hills above Penmaenmawr. They visited the Druid’s Circle and the


 Reservoir below Maen Amor before returning by the Jubilee Path around Foel Lus.


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Morning walk, on Friday 13th December 2013, from Pensychnant car park.


Margaret led a Brian, two Davids & a Rob on a four mile walk along the valley as far as the phone box near Trecastell Farm.


then they walked down the lane & back via Llechen-isaf & Hen-dy. They started off in a fine drizzle but came back in steady


rain, exactly what the weatherman forecast.


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Friday 6th December 2013, Doreen led a group of 18 on a five mile walk ‘Into the Conwy Hills. Starting from Bodlondeb they


made their way over Conwy Mountain to the Sychnant Pass and then over the Benarth Hills.


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On Saturday 30th November 2013, 26 of us set out on a crisp morning from Penrhyn Bay. We climbed the Little


Orme and enjoyed excellent views from the summit.  After descending we crossed the busy coast road at the top


of Penrhyn Hill - our thanks go to the drivers who stopped on the main road to let us cross safely -  before making


our way through Penrhynside  and up to the top where we had a coffee stop. Llandudno lay below us and it was


 good to think we were out of doors instead of with the Christmas crowds below.


  It was not too muddy as we made our way through the woods above Nant y Gamar  to emerge yet again on the


 skyline, looking across to Llandudno Bay.  


  We had our lunch stop on the hillside looking down on LLanrhos, the Conwy Valley  and Snowdonia - excellent


views on a clear sunny day.


 We made our way back past St David's  College and Gloddaeth woods to our starting point,  thankful we were


 able to enjoy the walk on such a glorious day.


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Friday 22nd November 2013, Peter led a group of 22 along the promenade at Colwyn Bay to the Fairy Glen and


 back through the Glyn Valley.


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Sunday 10th November 2013,

The traditional Conwy Valley walk up to the memorial above Llanfairfechan attracted 20 walkers from various Groups. After


meeting at 9.30 the group reached the aircraft crash site just before 11 0’clock & the two minute silence was observed around


the cross set in the granite rock

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The plane crashed here in January 1942 killing most of the American crew & their lucky mascot, a puppy called Buster. They


had had a hazardous & eventful flight from Kansas but after refuelling at Valley were lost in low cloud & were unable to clear


 the mountain


above the village. The families of the crew erected the memorial & until recent years visited regularly.


In lovely sunshine the group walked over to the Druid’s circle then over the hill overlooking the quarry, Clip yr Orsedd, then


 back down the high level path below the quarry.


The day ended with tea & cakes at the Beach Hut café, especially enjoyed by our youngest & fittest member, Olivia.


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Friday 8th November 2013 Peter led a group of 17 from the Bird Reserve, Conwy over the Cob onto the quay they then


followed the Marine Walk to Aberconwy School and returned by way of Bodlondeb

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Wednesday 6th November 2013, 18 walkers joined Joanna's circular walk from Betws y Coed. We were pleased to welcome


 a number of visitors from Hafal who walk regularly with Doreen. We walked up to Llyn Elsi for coffee then through


 the forest paths to a lunch stop in a field above the Afon Llugwy before calling into the Ugly House for refreshments. We


 returned along the river path stopping to admire Swallow Falls on the way. 


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Saturday 2nd November 2013, A group of 7 braved the elements from Tal y Cafn. Led by Jean and Andy they

 

crossed the River Conway to the site of the Old Ferry Pub, now sadly a housing estate. As travelled through fields

 

 and woods heading for the Dutch Pancake House, the weather worsened until by the time we reached the hill

 

above Rhiw Youth Hostel, the water was bubbling up through the stones of the old road like little fountains in the

 

torrential rain. We decided to change tack and have lunch at the ancient church dedicated to St. Celynin. The

 

weather improved and we saw several rainbows, but  looming clouds and very strong winds persuaded us to head

 

 for Penmaenmawr, and the café and the buses home.

 

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Friday 1st November 2013 On a wet and windy day Doreen led a group of 22 from Mochdre up to the Obelisk. They then

 

made their way back around Glanwydden.

 

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On Saturday 26th October 2013, Doreen led a party of 11 from Llanfairfechan to Conwy. They caught the bus from

 

Conwy to Llanfairfechan and made their way up over Moelfre. Visiting the Druid’s Circle they then followed the

 

North Wales Path to the Sychnant Pass and back over Conwy Mountain. It was the day of the Food Festival so all

 

 the pubs were full so they made do with a cup of coffee in one of the many cafes in town.

 

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Saturday 12th October 2013,Kevin led a group of 23 from Aber making their way to Glyn Farm and up to

 

the North Wales Path. They followed the path around Wnion and then returned by Aber Falls. Finishing off in the

 

 Nant y Felin Cafe for tea and cakes.

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Friday 11th October 2013, saw Peter on his Strolls again he was joined by 10 strollers as he made his way

 

around the Great Orme

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Thursday 10th October 2013, Annette led a group of 13 ramblers on a 10mile coastal walk starting off from

 

 Llanddulas shoreline car park. They followed the coastal path towards Rhyd-y-Foel helped on by a brisk wind.

 

 After joining the North Wales Path they climbed up towards Llysfaen and reached the highest point of the walk at

 

Mynydd Marian. Following the descent to Old Colwyn, the walkers had to change into their rain gear at the beach

 

as very large waves were lashing the coast, quite spectacular. At the end  a few people stopped for a coffee at the

 

 cosy Tides Café on the way home.

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Friday 27th September 2013, Peter led a group of 23 on a 5 mile stroll from Llyn Sarnau car park up to

 

Llanrhychwyn Church then returned on tracks in the Gwydir Forest.

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Strong winds and rain caused the walk on Sunday 15th September 2013 to be cancelled for safety

 

 reasons as they were due to climb high into the mountains and the risks were too great.

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Friday 13th September 2013, Peter led a group of 16 on a 5 mile stroll in the Gwydir Forest. Starting from Llyn Sarnau car

 

 park they made their way on forest track and paths to Llyn Parc.

 

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Sunday 8th September 2013

 

Graham Gill.  The group of 11 made their way to Llyn Geirionydd passing the old Pandora mine

 

workings. The lead ore from here was transported along the side of the lake for some two miles on a

 

 tramway to a point above the Klondyke Mill where it was lowered via aerial cableway to the large

 

dressing mill. The Pandora Mine was never profitable and ceased operation in 1905. They then made

 

 their way over to Llyn Crafnant before returning to Trefriw.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Friday 6th September 2013, Doreen led a group of 17 from Rowen up to Llangelynin Church, which is reputed to

 

be one of the oldest churches in Wales, dedicated to the sixth century St. Celynin, the present Church probably

 

dates back to the twelfth century. They then passed the Iron Age Hill Fort of Caer Bach, returning by way of the

 

Cromlech.          

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On Joanna's evening walk Wednesday 4th September 2013, she led 18 walkers up to Alltwen hill fort for

 

spectacular sunset views. They crossed to Conwy Mountain as the light faded to see the castle floodlit and towns

 

full of twinkling lights and walked back as a procession of torches.      

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On Tuesday 27th August 2013, Kevin led a walk of 17 Ramblers from Dolwyddelan, half of whom had made use of

 

their passes to travel there by train. The walkers included two holiday makers staying near Pentrefoelas. We made

 

our way up and over to Ty Mawr- the National Trust owned birthplace of Bishop William Morgan who first translated

 

the bible into Welsh. Here we were able to have our picnic there on the wall before returning to Dolwyddelan via the

 

 Bwlch y Groes.

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Saturday 24th August 2013, Joanna led a group of 20 on a 6 mile walk into the Hills behind Henryd. Starting from

 

Pensychnant car park they walked around Craig y Fedwen and stopped to admire the ancient row of pigsties at Llechan Ucha,

 

 which are built into a retaining wall above a field known as Cae Moch and are grade 11 listed. Then onto the 12th century

 

Church at Llangelynin, situated in the left hand corner of the church yard as you enter is a small rectangular pool surrounded

 

by high stone walls and stone seats. The well was famous for its power to cure sick children.  They continued to  Caer Bach

 

Hill Fort, this fort belongs to the first millennium BC and has a commanding position on the flank of the Conwy Valley. They

 

 then passed the standing stone Maen Penddu and walked along Cefn Maen Amor to return to Pensychnant.

 

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Friday 23rd August 2013, Peter continued his Strolls with a 4 mile walk from Glasdir car park, Llanrwst. He was joined by 20

 

 strollers and they made their way through the town to Pont Fawr, since it was first built in 1636 it has dominated the life of the

 

 market town. They then walked beside the Afon Conwy turning off to pass Gwydir Chapel which dates to 1673 and was built

 

 by Sir Richard Wynn, fourth Baronet of Gwydir, as a family memorial chapel for the Wynn’s of Gwydir, noted for its fine

 

painted ceiling. They the continued above The Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall to return to the river and crossed the Gower Bridge

 

 which was built in the 19th century to link Trefriw with the railway station to return to the car park

 

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Sunday 11th August 2013,  Doreen led a group of 26 from Bryn Glo car park, Capel Curig. They crossed the

 

 Afon Lugwy by the Pont Cyfyng and made their way on a good track towards Moel Siabod. The path led them

 

past a small lake to the disused Rhos quarry, this closed in 1972 before reaching the larger Llyn Foel. After

 

crossing a boggy area they came to the East Ridge (Daear Ddu), this easy scramble gave them their excitement

 

 for the day and they soon reached the summit cairn at 872 m, 2861 feet. The flat stony top presented some great

 

views of the surrounding mountains.  A large windshelter was once used to pen tourist’s ponies, passing this they

 

headed down on the path once used by the Victorians to ascend on their ponies. They returned through Coed

 

Bryn Egan and had a welcome cuppa in the Moel Siabod Cafe.

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Friday 9th August 2013, 24 including Olivia and Alice both seven years of age met Peter the leader at

 

Llanfairfechan and caught the bus to Abergwyngregin. They then walked down towards the sea and followed the

 

All Wales Coast Path back, passing Morfa Madryn Nature Reserve. This area is rich in birdlife and throughout the

 

 year many species can be discovered.

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Friday 2nd August 2013, Doreen continued the Strolls programme with a six mile walk onto Cefn

 

Maen Amor. She was joined by 19 strollers including 6 year old Olivia, as the made their way

 

from Pensychnant along the track to the standing stone of Maen Penddu. This prehistoric

 

Standing Stone, over six feet tall sits between Tal y Fan and Cefn Maen Amor at a meeting of the

 

 tracks. They then went past the boulder of Maen Amor making their way back past the reservoir

 

 to the Sychnant Pass and by way of Gwern Engen (the name of the pond) back to the cars.

 

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On a bright clear summers morning onFriday 26th July 2013, 26 walkers met at Trefriw including Peblo

 

Mauro Gonzales Diaz, his wife Pippa and their Daughter Laura from Tenerife Spain. With Peter leading they made

 

 their way along the dykes beside the Afon Conwy to Llanrwst passing the cafe of Tu Hwnt i'r Bont which dates

 

back to the late 15th century. Once a farmhouse it became a Court of Sessions during the period of the Wynn's of

 

Gwydir. After lunch they returned over Llanrwst Bridge, or Y Bont Fawr, with its three segmental arches and cut-

 

waters it has dominated the life of the market town since it was first built in 1636.  Walking through the town they

 

 continued beside the river crossing the Gower Bridge which was built in the 19th century to link Trefriw with the

 

railway station and back to a pleasant cup of tea in the Woollen Mill Cafe. This was the first of a series of Friday

 

‘Strollers Walks’ that will take place throughout the summer programme. 

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Sunday 21st July 2013, Doreen led a group of 10 on an 8 mile walk from Dolwyddelan, following paths and

 

tracks through woodland, on one section following Sarn Helen. Sarn Helen is the old Roman Road that connected

 

Roman forts from Caerhun near Conwy to Carmarthen in the south, nowadays a series of old tracks and green

 

lanes which can still be walked in places.  They then climbed to the summit of Pen y Benar (1413 feet, 431

 

metres). Returning by way of Dolwyddelan Castle where many explored the ruins.

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Friday 5th July 2013, Doreen took a group of 19 from Penmaenmawr up to the Jubilee Path around Foel Lus. Opened in

 

1888, originally it was to be named Foel Lus Path, but it became popularly known as Jubilee Path commemorating Queen

 

Victoria’s Jubilee of 1887.  They then made their way over to the Druid’s Circle, circa 3000 BC., before returning by Graiglwyd

 

and a welcome cup of tea in the café

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Tuesday 2nd July 2013, Moira led a group of 9 from Rhuddlan along the River Clwyd to the Marine Lake, Rhyl, passing St

 

Mary’s Church built in 1301, but a church has been in existence on the site since 1080. The river was busy with all types of

 

birds feeding on the mud flats when the tide is out. They returned on the other bank making their way to the Castle at

 

Rhuddlan, the present building dating back to Edward 1 (1284), though a castle had been on the site in Norman times to

 

 protect the important river crossing.

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On Saturday 29th June 2013, afternoon eleven walkers set out from Trefriw, along the flood defences then zigzagged up

 

paths through Coed Creigiau. We passed through Gelli Newydd Farm with its water wheel then across the Afon Crafnant,

 

returning through the woods to Trefriw where Peter and Ann joined us for an excellent meal at the Fairy Falls Hotel.

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Sunday 23rd June 2013, Doreen led a group of 9 from Mochdre. They climbed up to the Obelisk and then made their way

 

 past Bodysgallen Hall onto Nant y gamar. Returning by Glanwydden village where they were greeted by ducks on the

 

roadside.

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 Thursday 20th June 2013 a bit of drizzle didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the eight walkers who joined Joanna and enjoyed

 

an evening walk from Conwy around to Conwy Marina, golf course and the Beacon area. The three junior members

 

particularly enjoyed the beach and the rabbits rushing for cover near the beacon.

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Friday14th June 2013 Doreen led a group of 10 from Pensychnant by the track to Maen Penddu. This prehistoric

 

Standing Stone, over six feet tall sits between Tal y Fan and Cefn Maen Amor at a meeting of the tracks.  From

 

here they walked along Cefn Maen Amor to another great boulder. After visiting the nearby reservoir they returned

 

 to Gwern Engen pool and the car park.

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Friday 7th June 2013,

 

 Port Eirias, should be great when the units are let. Walking along the Prom they turned into Tan y Coed Gardens

 

which extend from near the Prom to the Abergele Road. The gardens are planted to attract butterflies.  Passing

 

under the main road they entered the Fairy Glen which follows the Afon Colwyn and has many varieties of trees

 

and woodland flowers such as wild garlic and bluebells. Crossing the river they climbed on a path beside the

 

football ground over fields to finally descend by the Nant y Groes. 

 

 

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Friday 31st May 2013, on a fine sunny day Doreen led a group of 31 up onto the Great Orme from the West Shore.

 

Climbing the Monks Trod (said to have been used by Monks many years ago on their way to St. Tudno’s Church) they had

 

magnificent views of the North Wales coastline as far as Bangor with Puffin Island and the Isle of Anglesey clearly visible.

 

 Making their way over the limestone paving the visited the Free Trade Loaf Stone, which shaped like a Cottage Loaf was the

 

 centre of bartering in the years ago. After a lunch Stop at the church they passed the ski slope and visited the Iron Age Hill

 

Fort of Pen Dinas with its great views over Llandudno.  Nearby the Rocking Stone, this was said to be in Druid times a stone of

 

judgement, the accused was placed on the stone if it rocked they were innocent, if it rocked, guilty and thrown over the edge,

 

no jury in those times, it has now been wedged to stop it rocking. After all climbing aboard the Rocking Stone to see who the

 

guilty were, they called into the Haulfre Gardens Tea Rooms for Tea and cake.

 

 

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Doreen was out again on Sunday 26th May 2013, when in beautiful sunshine she led a group of 14 to the summit of

 

Snowdon. Leaving Rhyd Ddu they made their way up the Rhyd Ddu Path to the crowded top. The fine weather had brought a

 

 lot of people out on all the paths where they were rewarded with magnificent views. The return route was by the South Ridge

 

(Allt Maenderyn) where they looked down on the Watkins Path. Turning for home the passed through the disused slate quarry

 

 and finished on the quarry road.

 

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Friday 24th May 2013, Doreen led a group of 10 from Llyn Sarnau into the Gwydir Forest. They passed Llyn y Parc and

 

stopped to explore Vale of Conwy Mine and Mill on their way back to the car park. The mine operated from 1876 to 1886, the ores found in

 

 underground veins within local rock were loosened by drilling, blasting, and picking. It was then crushed at the mill, powered by a water

 

 wheel before being packed in barrels and shipped off for smelting from Trefriw Wharf.

 

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Thursday 23rd May 2013, high winds kept Doreen off the Drum and so she led a group of 9 around the wooded areas of

 

Rowen, keeping out of the wind as much as possible. They visited the Old Church at Llangelnin and worked their way over to

 

the Cromlech above Rowen.

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Wednesday 22nd May 2013, as a social event, 10 walkers including four newcomers to the Ramblers enjoyed an evening

 

 stroll out to Angel Bay below the Little Orme before trying the beers and cider at the Penrhyn Arms in Penrhynside

 

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Sunday 19th May 2013, Peter led a group of 9 into the Gwydir Forest. They made their way to Llyn y Parc and then on passing the Vale of Conwy Mine and Mill. The mine operated from 1876 to 1886, the ores found in underground veins within local rock were loosened by drilling, blasting, and picking. It was then crushed at the mill, powered by a water wheel before being packed in barrels and shipped off for smelting from Trefriw Wharf.

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Saturday11th May 2013 three Ramblers did a 12-mile circular walk from Llanrwst, via Betws-y-Coed, led by Kevin. Having taken in some panoramic views of Snowdonia and of the Conwy Valley, the day was rounded off with tea and cakes at the Ty Hwnt in Llanrwst.

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Sunday 5th May 3013, 14 walkers joined Peter at Moel Siabod Cafe, Capel Curig to walk over to Llyn Crafnant. The route then took them on forest tracks, passing Llyn Bychan to tea and cakes back at the cafe.

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The first anniversary of the opening of the Coast Path was celebrated by nine members of Conwy Valley group led by Margaret on Saturday 4th May 2013.

They travelled by bus to Penmaenmawr & walked back to Deganwy using the Coast Path, a distance of about eight miles. There were several opportunities to cut the walk short by catching the X5 bus back to the car park but most of the group completed the whole walk.

There have been several improvements to the route since the opening a year ago. Clear signage has been put in place & the path in the sandhills around the golf course at Conwy is now the official route. The biggest change is the new footbridge over the railway line near to the Penmaenbach road tunnel. This avoids walking a long stretch close to the busy A55 traffic. 

The number of people & cycles met on the walk show how popular the route has become with locals & visitors.

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The walk on Monday 29th April 2013 took twelve ramblers through the woods and fields around Dyserth. We had coffee on top of Graig Fawr with spectacular views of sea and countryside; walked part of the Offa's Dyke Path and visited the early 16th century church at Cwm with a hooded tomb dated 1649. The buds and spring flowers were just bursting through lambs were everywhere and two very young foals caught our attention. We returned through the spray of the waterfall for refreshments in the waterfall tearoom gardens.

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SATURDAY 13th APRIL 2013 24 walkers climbed out of Bethesda into the last of the winter snow, with Margaret leading. The route followed the “white stone” path to the old quarry track around Lavan, across the bottom of the ravine to the cairned path below Moel Wnion. This path is to become part of the North Wales Path in the future.

Patches of soft snow determined the route across the side of Wnion onto the high level path on the west side of the hill. Light rain & a bitterly cold wind meant following the tracks below Llefn, Faban & the radio mast back to Bethesda.

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Friday 5th April 2013, Peter continued his Strolls, starting from the Moel Siabod Café, Capel Curig the group of 20 made their way over to Ty Hyll (the Ugly House).  Crossing the bridge over the Afon Llugwy they returned by a minor road passing the Roman Fort of Caer Llugwy, finishing off in the Moel Siabod Café for refreshments.

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Tuesday 2nd April 2013, 16 ventured out onto the snow covered top of Tal y fan. Led by Doreen they made their way from Pensychnant car park on the North Wales Path to the Druid’s Circle. Then finding the tracks in the snow made for the summit of Tal y fan where the snow had drifted into wonderful shapes.

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Sunday 31st March 2013 Doreen led a group of 20 from Betws-y-Coed up into the snow. Climbing from the Ty Gwyn Hotel they made their way to the Burial Chamber at Capel Garmon. The snow was deeper as they rounded Moel Trefriw, with a final climb to Mynydd Garthmyn for the views. The weather was fine except for a cold wind and they had great views of the snow capped mountains of Snowdonia.

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Weekend 16th March 2013, 16 members of Conwy Valley Ramblers stayed at Dolserau Hall near Dolgellau which was a very comfortable and welcoming place to stay. Most of the group walked up to the snow line on Saturday picnicking in the snow at Llyn Gadair, just 1000 feet below the summit of Cadair Idris (2930 feet).

On Sunday we walked up the ridge at the back of Barmouth as far as the Bwlch y Rhiwgwr. We passed Dinas Oleu on the way up- the first land ever donated to the National Trust. There were spectacular views of the sea, mountains and the Mawddach estuary from both the walks, which were led by Joanna. Information on shorter walks was available for members looking for easier options. On the last day Kevin led the way from the hotel up the suitably named Torrents walk, returning in time for Lunch and the journey home.

Many thanks to Gail for organising a lovely weekend.

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The heavy snow at the weekend prevented the walk from Rowen to Tal y fan on Saturday 23rd March 2013 taking place. Conditions were too hazardous with snow drifting to many feet in places. Both leaders were unable to get their cars out of their drives.

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Thursday 14th March 2013, 11 of us set out from Colwyn Bay Rugby Club on a bright and crisp day. We took in the views from the top of Bryn Euryn before descending to Llys Euryn for a coffee break. We skirted the Bryn and then ascended the steep slope which passed the Welsh Mountain Zoo. Llamas and elk were on display! Then it was on to the top of The View above Mochdre for lunch. A descent through Mochdre followed and a final pull up above Llangwstenin saw us back at the Rugby Club 4 ½ hours later - which left us plenty of time for coffee and cake at Diana and Alun's house!

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Saturday 16th March 2013,  Doreen led a group of 29 from Abergwyngregyn in poor weather. Taking to the North Wales Path they descended to the Waterfalls and then up the road to the Roman Road. They then descended through the woods to the beach and followed the Coastal Path back to their cars to dry out.

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On Saturday 9th March 2013, 29 ramblers set out from Abergwyngregin. We walked along the coast path; past flocks of waders and had our coffee break on the shore. After coffee we walked up the hill past Hendre to join the North Wales path which we followed all the way to the Aber falls. The falls had been replenished by the recent rain and looked great as we circled around the valley. We came back through the village with many of the group stopping for tea and cake at Yr Hen Felin.

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Friday 8th March 2013 Doreen led a group of Strollers from Trefriw. They made their way up by forest tracks and lanes to Castell y Gwynt and Pandora mine workings, before descending to Llyn Geirionydd. They returned above the Klondike Mill to a pleasant walk along the Afon Crafnant.

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On  Wednesday,12 walkers, led by Kevin, left Craig - y -Don Community Centre heading for the "WAG" buildings - the Welsh Assembly Government buildings in Llandudno Junction. Passing St David's College, the group stopped for coffee at the Obelisk, with fine views of the Conwy Valley and Llandudno. After lunch in the Bont public cafeteria in the WAG building, the walkers then wound their way back via Marle Hall and Bodysgallen Hotel, returning in brilliant sunshine.

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Last Saturday Conwy Valley Group joined Bangor/Bethesda when 24 members led by Michael enjoyed a walk in the spring sunshine from Llandudno promenade to the hills of Bryn Pydew returning via Glanwydden. There were good views all round and snowdrops and celandines were seen on route.

Saturday 23rd February 2013, Barry and Annette led a group of 30 on a 8 mile brisk walk around Moelfre Uchaf. It started snowing at the car park in Betws-yn-Rhos and continued to snow on and off for the duration of the walk. The walkers enjoyed the firm frosty ground underfoot and the dry powdery snow. It was too cold to stop for long and the group arrived back at the cars in time to watch the rugby on TV!

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Tuesday 19th February 2013, 21 walkers caught the bus from Bodlondeb, Conwy to Penmaenmawr for the 10 mile walk back. Led by Doreen they made their way up to the Druid’s Circle, then to the reservoir and Maen Amor, where lunch was taken. On the way back they passed Maen Esgob (Bishop’s Rock) on their way to Benarth, with great views over Conwy.

 

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Sunday 10th February 2013, on miserable damp day, a group of 7 met at Betws y coed station where they caught a bus to Pont y Pant. From there led by Diana and Alun they made the 5 mile walk back by way of Cwmcelyn and Llyn Elsi. Finishing off in the Alpine Coffee Shop, where it was warm and dry.

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On Thursday 7th February 2013, Joanna led a group of 7 from Maenan Abbey up on to the rocky top of Cadair 

Ifan Goch before returning to the hotel.

 

 Twenty eight sat down to the annul Luncheon and were impressed with the food and service.

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Friday 1st February 2013 Doreen led a group of 11 from Penmaenmawr; they went around Foel Lus on the 


Jubilee Path (Opened in 1888 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee). With strong winds they visited 


the Druid’s Circle before returning to the Bakery Café in Penmaenmawr.


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Thursday 31st January 2013.  Barry and Annette led a group of 30 walkers on a10 mile coastal 


walk setting off from Llanddulas. The weather wasbright and sunny but very windy.  The group 


 headed east with theprevailing wind and then turned inland  towards the pretty village of Rhyd-y-


Foel and cut across the Dulas valley to follow the North Wales Path up to Llysfaen. They reached 


the highest point of the walk at Mynydd Marian before descending to Old Colwyn and returning  to 


Llanddulas along the coast.


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Doreen led a group of 18 from Mochdre up to the obelisk last Friday 25th January 2013. They then continued past Bodysgallen Hall and followed paths and lanes towards Glanwydden before returning.

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Saturday 19th January 2013, fourteen hardy souls ventured onto the Great Orme led by Margaret with snow on the ground & a bitter North wind. They followed the stony path to Llys Helig, past the houses & up the hill to meet the Marine Drive. After a brief coffee break the group followed paths round the perimeter of the headland. After a short lunch break in the shelter of St Trillo’s they continued round to Pink Farm, the top of the Ski slope & the Halfway tram station.

Crossing the road to the Copper Mine they diverted to cross over the Nature Reserve & down to St Bueno’s Road. The walk continued down the side of the hill to the top of the Zig Zags & back along Invalid’s Walk to West Shore. The seven miles was covered in just over four hours, it was not the day to dawdle or stop to admire the views.

Margaret Norwood

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Wednesday 16th January 2013, a group of 17 left Bethesda led by Paul. They climbed up to the tops of Faban, Gyrn and Moel Wnion. Although dry underfoot the mountains around them were covered in snow and the views well worth the effort.

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Saturday12th January 2013, 25 Ramblers from all over the North Wales Area met at Craig y Don Community Centre, Llandudno for the annual AGM walk. This year they were joined by the Chief Executive Officer of the Ramblers, Benedict Southworth.

On a crisp, cold morning they walked through Craig y Don to the Little Orme and then up to the trig point at 141m (462 feet). The group negotiated some muddy paths down to the Coast Path and back to Penrhyn Bay. Using the regular paths they crossed Nant y Gamar to take advantage of the views, arriving back at the Centre just after 1 0’clock.

Margaret Norwood

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Friday 4th January 2013, Doreen was out again this time with a group of 23. Starting from Bodlondeb they made their way to Maen Esgob (Bishop’s Stone) and back over Conwy Mountain by the North Wales Path.

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New Years Day 2013, 40 walkers joined Doreen to welcome in the year with a 7 mile walk. Starting from Aberconwy School they made their way to the Morfa and onto the cycle path by the new bridge and crossing over the A55 by the refurbished bridge to climb through Pendyffryn Woods. They then went on to climb Alltwen, before returning by the North Wales Path.

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On Boxing Day 2012, Doreen led a group of 28 from Bangor Old road, Conwy up past the Quarry and reservoir and on up to Pen-maen-bach, where they enjoyed Doreen’s mince pies before returning over Conwy Mountain..

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Friday 7th December 2012, on a wet and windy day 10 walkers braved the elements when Peter led his latest 5 mile stroll from Llyn Sarnau, near Llanwrst. They made their way on tracks through the Gwydir forest. Once on open ground had a good view of Moel Siabod with her winter coating of snow.

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Saturday Ist December 2012 Doreen led a group of 30 in a combined walk with Vale of Clwyd Ramblers. Starting from Llanfairfechan they made their way towards Nant y Felin where they climbed 119 steps to reach the North Wales Path. In good weather they traversed the Anafon Ridge before descending to Coed Gorddinog where they crossed the Nant y Felin-fach by stepping stones and then made their way to the Coast Path.

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A lucky thirteen of us assembled on a chilly Saturday morning on the 1st December 2012 for this five mile walk.  I say lucky because the early morning cloud vanished and
visibility was so good we were rewarded with views of the Lake District, IOM 
and Ireland  ( yes, the Mountains of Mourne really do come down to the sea.)

  A swift pull up to the top of the Little Orme provided us with an
excellent prospect of Llandudno , and how precarious its situation is between
two shores ! We then made our way up through Penrhynside to the masts where we
had our coffee stop.  We didn't stay too long, as although the weather was
sunny, the wind was quite keen.

 Next we were up above Bodafon (with views across to Llandudno North Shore) and then along the balcony above Craig y Don.  We stopped for lunch looking
across to a snow covered Foel Fras;  LLanrhos was just below us. This time we
were out of the breeze and able to enjoy some warm December sun as we munched
away.

     Then it was back through   Gloddaeth Woods with St. David's college to
our right. We were back at our car parking by 1. 45, after a leisurely stroll
with some super views.  We hope all who went enjoyed it as much as we did.

       Diana and Alun

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Saturday 24th November 2012, Doreen led a combined walk with the Vale of Clwyd Ramblers.  36 started from Lancaster Square, Conwy, they climbed over Conwy Mountain admiring the Iron Age Hill Fort (300 BC – 100 AD). On the western end a strong fort was built later possibly on the arrival of the Romans it was abandoned after the conquest of North Wales in 78 AD. They then visited Maen Esgob (Bishop’s Stone) and Craig y Fedwen, before returning by Benarth.

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Friday 23rd November 2012, Peter was joined by 20 on his latest Stroll with a 5 mile walk from the RSPB Reserve, Conwy along the estuary to  Conwy and then along Marine Walk to Conwy Marina and returned by Bodlondeb Woods. They finished off with lunch in the Reserve café. 

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On a wet and wild day, Thursday 22nd November 2012 4 members ventured out to see the Aber Falls which with all the rain recently were a glorious sight. The Hen Felin Cafe welcomed the bedraggled quartet and supplied cups of steaming tea.

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Friday 16th November 2012, Doreen led 11 ramblers on a 6 mile walk from Lancaster Square, Conwy. They visited the summit of Conwy Mountain and the Iron Age Hill Fort and then onto the top of Pen maen bach, with some great views of the coast line and Conwy Castle.

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Thursday 15th November 2012, Mary and Doreen set off for the Iron Age Hill Fort of Pen y Gaer from Rowen with a group of 24. At this time of year with the grass dying down the Chevaux de frise defence stones were plainly visible. These stones were set into the ground at an angle to slow invaders whilst they poured rocks down on them, are only to found on this one site in Wales.

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On Sunday 11th November 2012 the Group marked Remembrance Sunday by visiting the aircraft crash site above Llanfairfechan. A brisk walk up to Bachelor’s Baby, the American Liberator that crashed into the hillside in 1944, meant that we could pay our respects at 11.00 to coincide with the ceremony at the Cenotaph in London. Our poppies were added to the memorial before we continued round the hill to Druid's Circle. We then visited the top of the quarry before the long walk back down to the village. A young six year old was part of the Group & we were delighted by her company & very impressed by her stamina & fitness, please join us again, Olivia.

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The weather forecast for Friday 9th November 2012 was dire so who in their right mind would want to do a coastal walk on such a dank windy soggy day?  Answer, eleven members and visitors of the Conwy Valley Ramblers and believe it or not they enjoyed it so much requested more of the same;-  ‘Plan A’ was to do a four mile circular walk from Llanfairfechan beach car park to the bird hides and back for lunch in the cafe.  Having reached and taken a coffee break in the sanctuary of the bird hide the plan was modified to a ‘B’ and rather than returning it was decided we would carried on to Abergwyngregin and have a cooked lunch before catching the bus back to Llanfairfechan.  Plan C came into play when everyone elected to walk back rather than use public transport thereby doubling the original planned walk to eight miles. This is not good practice and I made doubly sure it was what everyone wanted before agreeing.  The wind and rain was now on our backs so in no time we arrived back at the car park where more steaming hot drinks were consumed in the Beach Cafe.  It was a very wet and bedraggled but happy group that finally headed for home. 

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On the beautiful crisp sunny morning of Friday 26th October 2012, twenty members, friends and guest met for the Friday Strollers walk at a lay-by near the Tal-y-Cafn Bridge.  The bridge is of considerable importance as it is the first crossing place of the Afon Conwy.  It was built in 1897 to replace the ferry.  Heading south west we followed the river upstream and soon arrived at the beautiful 13th century church of St Mary where we had arranged with the caretaker for a welcomed look inside.  The next place of interest was the Roman encampment at Caerhun which is situated close to the church.  Crossing the B5106 we followed the road in the same south westerly direction for approximately half a miles before  cutting back in a big loop through the fields towards the small village of  Pontwgan.  Without rushing the whole walk, with two breaks, took just over three hours. After the walk ten members drove the short distance to the Pancake house at Rowen for refreshments.  Many thanks to Jean and Doreen for their assistance.

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Wednesday  24th October 2012, Barbara led a group of 8 from Abergwyngregin. They climbed around Wnion  and made for the top of Gyrn Wigau ( 643 m, 2110 feet) and then to the top of Drosgyl 758 M, 2487feet).  Returning by the rocky outcrop of Cras, before visiting the Hen Felin Cafe.

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Thursday 18th October 2012 Barry and Annette led a group of 16 ramblers on a 13 mile walk. From Llanddulas the group walked up along the North Wales Path to Llysfaen before descending to Dolwen and walking along the valley below Mynydd Glyn Lws. They climbed up towards Moelfre Uchaf for lunch, and then headed down to Betws-yn-Rhos and returned via Rhyd-y-Foel and the coastal path. A large part of the walk was along paths not generally utilised which contributed to making this an interesting walk.

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Friday 12 October 2012 Peter continued his strolls, 11 ramblers set out from Glasdir car park and made their way along the River Conwy, crossing the road to visit Gwydir Chapel, built by Sir Richard Wynn in1673. Keys were found and they were able to view the remarkable painted ceiling depicting the Creation, the Trinity and the Last Judgment and the fine paneling. The Chapel also contains the empty coffin of Llywelyn ab Iorwerth, (Llywelyn the Great) who died in 1240 which was transferred from Maenan Abbey after the

 Dissolution of the Monasteries. They returned to Llanwrst by the riverside path.The town derives its name from the seventh century St. Grwst, a missionary who settled in the Conwy Valley.

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On Sunday 7th October 2012, twelve Ramblers accompanied Kevin on an 8 mile walk in gentle, sunny weather. Leaving Llanwrst, the group made its way upwards past Landdoged on infrequently-used footpaths, enjoying lunch with a panoramic view of Snowdonia, before descending to return to Llanwrst.

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On Saturday 6th October 2012 13 ramblers enjoyed the autumn sunshine on a walk from Dolwyddelan. We walked into Cwm Penamner then up through the forest plantation to the open ground with great, clear views of Moel Siabod and with Snowden just topped with cloud. We finished the walk with a visit to Dolwyddelan Castle, built in the 13th century by Llywelyn the Great.

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On Tuesday 2nd October 2012 a group of 9 set out from Trefriw to climb up towards Llyn Geirionydd. The weather turned against them and they returned rather wet. Seven of the party plus Brian who caught the bus down retired to the Fairy Falls Hotel where they dried out in front of a fire before sitting down to a meal.

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On Friday 28th September 2012 twelve members met at Llyn Sarnau for a five mile circular ‘Strollers Walk’ to Llyn Park and back.  On our way we passed Skelcy’s Point; a trig point named after a founding member of Conwy Valley Rambler and its first Chairman.  From there we took a steep descent down a stone stairway through the ruins of the Hafna Mine which has left a fascinating legacy of a bygone industry.   The Hafna Mine was unique in its day as it was not only able to mine and crush its own ore but also had the facility to smelt it... (1879 to 1915)

Our next port of call was our lunch stop at Llyn Park. Our timing was impeccable as the dull morning had transformed itself into a glorious sunny day.   As we sat almost spellbound by the simmering reflections on the water looking like the surface had been covered in diamonds.  Even more fascinating were the hundreds of Damselflies that danced and flirted in the beams of sunlight as they dipped into the lake to lay their eggs.  All too soon it was time to leave and complete the circle back to our vehicles.   All walks are pleasing in their own way but the walk from Llyn Sarnau will long be remembered.

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Conwy Valley Ramblers have held three Map-reading Skills sessions with 4 Walk Leaders supporting/ training small groups of members. We covered choosing paths, other map symbols, contour lines and grid references. We used the Tea Station cafe in Deganwy to study the maps and then walked on the Vardre looking at features on the map and practising the skills we had discussed. Nine members took advantage of the training and are now trying out some walks for themselves. We would be happy to organise more map sessions if members ask. We plan to organise some training in Map and Compass Navigation next year so if you are interested, and have not already said, please get in touch with Doreen:- 01492573727 dobri@tygwyn12.fsnet.co.uk.

 

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On Wednesday 19th September 2012 a group of 9 left Bodlondeb car park led by Mary, they made their way over Pen-maen-bach and onto Foel Lus.

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Friday 14th September 2012  Fifteen members and friends met at Llyn Sarnau in the Gwydir Forest for an five mile ‘Strollers Walk’ to  ‘Skelcey’s Point’,  a Trig Point bought and named after our founder member and first Chairman of Conwy Valley Ramblers. After a brief coffee break our walk progressed to the old church at Llanrhychwyn where members were able to visit  the church that is never locked. Rhychwyn was the son of Prince Helig ap Glannog, who lived at Llys Helig on the North Wales coast before it was inundated by the sea,. Helig had several sons who established churches throughout North Wales, including Celynin, who established the old church at Llangelynin a few miles down the valley. The oldest part of the present church dates from the late 11th century, and is known locally as Llewelyn’s Church after Prince Llywelyn ap Iorwerth, (Llywelyn Fawr or Llywelyn the Great). He and his wife Joan, the youngest daughter of King John of England would climb the steep hill to Llanrhychwyn church. In about 1230, Llywelyn tired of climbing the hill, endowed another church on the valley floor on the site where St Mary's Church of Trefriw now stands.

 Lunch was calling as we continued the short distance to the recreational area at Llyn Geirionydd.  From there we made our way home via Llyn Bodgenydd.  On the whole the weather had been better than expected and all enjoyed a good days walking.

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Wednesday 12th September 2012 Doreen led a group of 4 up on to the summits of Moel Eilio and Foel Goch the lower summits on the Snowdon Ridge. Starting from the quarry above Waun Fawr on a wet and windy day they battled their way to the tops and descended into Bwlch Maesgwm to return to the cars a little bedraggled but very happy.

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Friday 7th September 2012 Doreen led a group of 18 around the beautiful Llyn Crafnant. They were blessed by the weather and whilst some called in at the cafe others ventured on to Llyn Geirionydd before returning.

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Sunday  9th September 2012 Graham Gill led a combined group of Bangor/Bethesda and Conwy Valley walkers from Pensychnant car park. The group of 22 went past Gwern Engen and climbed up below Maen Esgob, turning right to follow the North Wales Path to the top of Sychnant Pass. They then made their way to Conwy Mountain with its Iron Age Hill Fort. Following the path below Pen-maen-bach they made their way back to the Pass and the cars.

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Friday 31st August 2012, 22 joined Alun and Diana on an ascent of Snowdon by the Rhyd Ddu Path.  The weather was good as predicted and the views on the way up were only matched by those on the way down. After stopping at the summit cafe, Hafod Eryri for a drink, they descended by the Snowdon Ranger Path.

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On the same day Peter led a Stroll from Trefriw up the valley to Llyn GeirionyddOn a fine (rare) summers day fifteen members and friends of Conwy Valley Ramblers arrived at Trefriw the starting point of a six mile circular ‘Strollers Walk’ to Geirionydd.  Setting of in good spirits we followed the River Crafnant upstream and soon arrived at the Fairy Falls which were in full flood making it spectacular viewing but unfortunately, our chosen route along the valley bottom entailed crossing the river at some point and as there is no bridge it was considered impractical to carry on and an alternative slightly harder route along the lip of the valley was found.

After a fairly strenuous climb we stopped at the top for a coffee break and were afforded a magnificent view of the valley below and could clearly hear the water as it boiled over the many rocks and boulders on its long winding journey to the sea.  Our next port of call was the Geirionydd recreation area.  It was a little early for lunch but it seemed a shame not to take advantage of the newly erected tables and seats provided to replace the many others that had been badly damaged with thoughtless people lighting their bar-b-qs on them...

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Friday 24th August 2012 Doreen led a group of 21 on the latest Stroll from Lancaster Square, Conwy. Leaving the square they climbed up through Benarth Woods to the television mast on the way they had great views of the town and castle of Conwy and beyond to the Great Orme. From there they made their way over the road and walked to the Iron Age Hill Fort on Conwy Mountain, before enjoying the delights of one of the many cafés in Conwy Town.

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Friday 17th August 2012 Peter led 7 Strollers along the dyke from Trefriw. Walking alongside the Afon Conwy they left the dyke to visit the Grey Mare’s Tails waterfall and then descended passing Gwydir Chapel. Passing through Llanwrst they made their way back to the river and finished in the Woollen Mill Cafe for tea and cakes.

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 On Wednesday 15th August 2012 an evening walk on the Great Orme was enjoyed by 10 ramblers. Walking up the zig zag path from the West Shore and across the western side of the Orme in the evening sunshine, they passed two groups of goats. Then watched the sun sink down, lighting up a low bank of cloud as they walked back along the pavement in the twilight. Most of the walkers finished with a welcome drink in The Lilly.

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18 walkers were led by Derek on Saturday 11th August 2012. Starting from Lancaster Square they made their way to Groesfodd by way of Conwy Mountain and Oakwood House. Then up to the mast on Benarth and returned through the woods to Conwy Quay.

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Friday 10th August 2012 Doreen led a 5 mile Stroll along the riverside at Llangernyw. Starting from Llangernyw car park, they passed through St Digain's churchyard, where the yew tree is reputed to be 4000-5000 years old. This means that the tree, a male Yew, would have been planted in the prehistoric Bronze Age and it’s still growing! They walked along the Afon Elwy, before paths led them to Bryn Barcut, returning on the banks of the Afon Clodwen, which when it joins the Afon Gallen at Llangernyw becomes the Elwy.

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Tuesday 7th August 2012, twelve members and friends met at the Conwy Quay to do a short walk along the tops of the town’s walls  with bird’s eye views of the River Conwy, the town centre and of course the Conwy Castle before descending by the railway station.  They returned by the Community Orchard below the town walls before repairing to the Albion Ale House for a Social Evening.

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The Group were very pleased to welcome Frank Parry back to lead a walk for us  on Saturday 4th August 2012 . It was a day of good views in between the thunder storm & invasion by midges but the 20 walkers enjoyed the 8.5 miles from Pensychnant to the Druid's Circle & back via the Jubilee Path round Foel Lus.

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Friday 3rd August  2012, 16 members and friends met at the Bryn Glow Cafe at Capel Curig for a five mile circular walk taking in some beautiful mountain views and visiting the new cafe at the Ugly House on the A5 to take a quick look inside.  The Friday Strollers walks are still very popular and it’s good to see the improved in fitness and confidence of new members in just a few short weeks.

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Wednesday evening 1st August 2012, Kevin led a small but perfectly-formed group of three from Dolgarrog across the footbridge over the River Conwy and up to the wonderful views of the Conwy Valley provided by Cadair Ifan Goch, the seat of mythical giant, Ifan Goch (Red Ivan), who would sit on the rock and bathe his feet in the River Conwy below.  

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Sunday 29th July 2012, 17 joined Peter on his walk from Betws y coed to Capel Garmon. The weather was good enough to give some magnificent views of the mountains of Snowdonia.

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Wednesday 11th July 2012 on one of the few sunny evening this 'summer' a group of 14 walked to the top of Bryn Euryn with its panoramic views. The orchids were admired on the way down to The Ship (Rhos-on-Sea) for a Social Evening. The Ship now hosts an interesting range of live music, search www.musicattheship for details.

We have been entertaining a group from Toronto, Canada over the past weeks and although the weather has not been kind to them, they have enjoyed outings with Conwy Valley Ramblers over the Great Orme, Conwy Mountain, Gwydir Forest and the Little Orme.

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Sunday 1st July 2012, Doreen led a group of 18 from the Beacon car park, Conwy. They made their way by tracks and fields to Oakwood Park and then up onto the top of Craig y Fedwen.  Crossing the Sychnant Pass they made their way through woods to Dwygyfylchi, then over the footbridge to the beach. The tide being out they followed the beach back to the car park and a welcome drink in the Mulberry Inn.