Walks

Walk Safe
As with many activities, while walking is usually a very safe pastime there is always the possibility that an accident can occur. Just as in crossing a road, to avoid the risk of an accident when walking on a footpath or in open country, all walkers should look out for possible hazards, such as tree roots or stones that might cause a trip.

Walk Slow If you have not done much walking before, or just want to try out walking as a new venture, or perhaps think yourself rather old for walking, then starting slowly with short walks is the ideal introduction.  You will find a welcome from fellow walkers and the pace will be easy, and soon you may well find yourself visiting parts of Snowdonia and North Wales that you have never seen before!

For last minute information about walks please go to the Forum

 

Saturday 2 December • Nant Pasgan Circular

 

 

 

 

This is an ‘off the beaten track’ walk in an area full of history and interest, well worth exploring.

10  am

SH 682 358

C

6.5  miles

Di

01286 881122

Parking area by Moelfyn Isaf

 

Wednesday 6 December •
Y Ffelinheli and old docks

 

This pre Christmas walk includes a newly opened section of the Wales Coast Path through the Faenol Estate and explores the history of the disused padarn railway in Felinheli. 

Mince pies and a panad to follow.

The No5 bus between Bangor and Caernarfon provides a frequent service through felinheli .

10.15  am

SH 523 674

D

6  miles

Graham

01248 670778

The Garddfon Tafarn, Beach Road, Felinheli

 

Tuesday 12 December •
Betws y Coed and llyn Elsi Circular

 

 

 

A mixture of forest trails and footpaths gives a nice circuit from the riverside at Betws y Coed up to Llyn Elsi, with plenty of choice for refreshments on return.

10.30 am

SH 795 565

C

6  miles

Joan

01286 870208

B Y C Railway Station

 

Sunday 17 December • Christmas Lunch

 

 

 

Once again it’s that most popular time of the winter – Caernarfon & Dwyfor Ramblers annual Christmas Lunch at the Royal Victoria Hotel, Llanberis.

Booking essential, please contact Guto on 01286 872746, or email him, gutoparry1@outlook.com

12.30 am

 

Guto

 

01286 872746

 

Saturday 30 December •
Y
Foryd, Fort Belan and the sea

 

 

 

From the airport we cut across to reach the inland sea at Y Foryd.  Today the tide should be out, allowing us to follow the shore line all the way round to Fort Belan, standing defiant on the edge of the Menai Straits.  A chance to explore part of the 18th century fort, with it’s cannons and old dock (£2 donation), before we walk along the beach to welcome refreshments at the airport café.

10.30 am

SHJ 436 584

D

6 miles

Dave

01286 650696

Caernarfon Airport CP


Tuesday 9 January • Dinorwig Circular

Date

Tues 9 January

A mix of lanes and paths climbing
around  800
ft through the varied
countryside before a descent though
Padarn
Country Park.

Start Time

10.30am

Start Grid Ref.

SH 5595 6230

Grade

C

Distance

6 miles

Contact Name

Joan

Contact No.

01286 870208

Meet

Pen Llyn, Padarn


Thurs 18 January • Trefor Circular

Date

Thurs 19 January

Paths and quiet lanes around Trefor,
with the sea never far away.

Start Time

10.30 am

Start Grid Ref.

SH 378475

Grade

C

Distance

8

Contact Name

Di

Contact No.

01286 881122

Meet

Trefor Pier CP

 


Saturday 27 January • Petes Eats for Lunch!

Date

Bus ride to Snowdon Ranger, walk over Bwlch Maes Gwm to Llanberis for lunch then back over Bwlch y Groes to the Snowdonia for after walk refreshments

Start Time

10.45 for 10.55 bus

Start Grid Ref.

SH 527 587

Grade

C

Distance

8

Contact Name

Dave

Contact No.

01286 650696

Meet

Snowdonia Parc Brewpub/WHR CP/BS


Wednesday 31 January • Dyffryn Nantle North side

Date

 

A leisurely walk exploring the paths on the north side of the valley.

Start Time

10.30 am

Start Grid Ref.

SH 488 529

Grade

D/C

Distance

6

Contact Name

John H

Contact No.

01286 881071

Meet

Talysarn CP/BS

 


Saturday 10 February • Dinorwig Quarry – High Level

 

Date

 

An uphill walk to the higher levels to see the remaining slate cutting machinery and power plant, with a welcoming pint in the Royal Vic afterwards/.

Start Time

10.00 am

Start Grid Ref.

SH 584 596

Grade

C+

Distance

5

Contact Name

Nigel

Contact No.

01248 352604

Meet

Royal Victoria Hotel rear CP (permission granted)


Wednesday 14 February • Mawddach Trail  Linear walk

 

Date

Train to Morfa Mawddach then follow the track bed of the old GW Railway to Dolgellau, to return to Porthmadog on the 15.20 Traws Cambria bus. Check for any timetable changes with John.  A Julia Bradbury Railway Walk.

Start Time

9.50am for 9.57 train

Start Grid Ref.

SH 565 392

Grade

D

Distance

8

Contact Name

John Bowers

Contact No.

01766 514396

Meet

Porthmadog Network Rail Station


Sunday 18 February • Snowdrops around Criccieth

Date

Paths from Criccieth lead to the wooded, snowdrop clad banks of the Afon Dwyfor, with a walk along the sea shore adding to the day’s attractions, not forgetting the Pat & Dave’s renowned  hospitality back at Trefais.. 

Start Time

10.30 am

Start Grid Ref.

SH 499 383

Grade

D

Distance

6.5

Contact Name

Pat and Dave

Contact No.

01766 523204

Meet

Trefais, top of Y Maes


Saturday 24 February                  
Moel Smytho and Betws Garmon

 

Date

A walk on part of the new Slate Trail up to the edge of the old Moel Tryfan quarry and returning via Betws Garmon.

Start Time

10.15 am

Start Grid Ref.

SH 527 587

Grade

C

Distance

6

Contact Name

Graham

Contact No.

01248 670778

Meet

WHR//Snowdnia Parc Brewpub CP/BS


Saturday 3 March
Stride – Yr Aran, Cwm Llan and Llyn Dinas

Date

 

After an easy walk to Craflym we head uphill and then off path to reach Yr Aran.  From here we drop to down to Cwm Llan and Pont Bethania, to meet the Stroll group for an easy walk back to Beddgelert via Llyn Dinas and the river path.

Start Time

10 am

Start Grid Ref.

SH 589 481

Grade

B

Distance

8

Contact Name

Dave

Contact No.

01286 650696

Meet

Canolfan Hebog, Beddelert

 


Saturday 3 March
Stroll – Pont Bethania to Beddgelert

Date

Sat 3 March

Arriving at Pont Bethania we hope to meet the Stride group for the delightful walk back to Beddgelert via Llyn Dinas and the riverside paths and lane.  With Caffi Gwynant at the start and lots of refreshment spots in Beddgelert it should be a relaxing afternoon of strolling.

Start Time

1.45pm for 1.55 bus

Start Grid Ref.

SH 589 481

Grade

D

Distance

4 miles

Contact Name

Dave and Pat

Contact No.

01766 523204

Meet

Canolfan Hebog, Beddgelert BS

 


Saturday 19 March  Foel Fawr and Craig Wen

Date

 

As well as the hills and 1800 ft of climbing today is the chance to explore a gold mine – bring a torch and hard hat. 

Start Time

10 am 

Start Grid Ref.

SH 707 389

Grade

C

Distance

8 miles

Contact Name

Roy

Contact No.

07721 592892

Meet

Tomen y Mur CP (limited space), or 9.15am Lidl Porthmadog for car share


Saturday 17 March • Llyn Crafnant via the Drovers trail

 

 

 

 

With a possible detour to Crimpiau the route follows the old drovers trail to Llyn Crafnant before returning to Siabod café via forest tracks

10.30am

SH 727 578

C

7 miles

John H

01286 881071

Siabod Cafe


Sunday 25 March  Aberglaslyn and Cwm Bychan

 

 

 

Following the Fisherman’s path through Aberglaslyn to Beddgelert we then continue alongside the Afon Glaslyn to Llyn Dinas.  Then a 200+metre ascent takes us over to Cwm Bychan and the winding path to the car park.

2 pm

SH 597 462

D

5  miles

John Bowers

01766 514396

Nantmor NT CP

 

Sunday 8 April                        Lledr Valley and Ty Mawr

 

 

 

 

A circular walk in the beautiful Lledr Valley, walking along Afon Lledr to Pont Gethin before climbing to historic Ty Mawr.  From there a further ascent to Foel Felin before a return to Dolwyddelan.

10.30 am

SH 738 521

C

6.2 miles

Guto Parry

01286 872746

Dolwyddelan Station

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

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