- Range Walking Club
- Sunday 12th July 1981-North Wales-Snowdonia
- The next outing for the walking group will take place on Sunday 12 July
1981, and is to Snowdonia. In view of the length of the journey (at least
3 hours) it is essential that the coach leaves the school at 7.30 a.m. promptly.
please assemble for 7.15 a m.
There will be a short "convenience" stop on the outward journey.
On the return journey there will be a long stop at Betws-y-Coed for
refreshments. Notwithstanding this please bear the length of the day in
mind in assessing how much food and drink to bring with you. In
particular, if the weather is hot, it is essential to bring plenty to
drink on the walks. We expect to be back at the school by 10.30 p m.
Showell Styles has written that Snowdon is "vulgarised, overcrowded;
a mountain to shun on all but the darkest and stormiest days of
winter" It is true that, on average, over 1000 people a day reach
Snowdon summit during the summer months but Snowdon is big enough to
retain its dignity in spite of this. It has everything for the walker: 'B'
Party will ascend it, 'C' Party will walk round its spectacular eastern
cwm enclosed by crags and ridges. 'A' Party, on the other hand, will go up
to the main ridge of the Carnedds, north of the A5. This is a superb but
hard day, much of it continuously over 3000 feet, for those who have
already been up Snowdon or who want one of the classic Welsh mountain
If the weather is kind. the views will be magnificent - peaks, crags,
lakes; from the summit, on a clear day an immense panorama includes Eire,
the Isle of Man, the Lake District mountains - even Formby Point But these
are true mountains and are often shrouded in mist and cloud
The cost of the walks is £2.50 for adults and £1.50 for children.
'Details of these walks are below. Please indicate on the return slip
which one you intend to join, by Friday, 14 May.
The party will leave the A5 near Tal-y-llyn Ogwen Farm (grid ref: 668605)
and will follow the Afon Lloer, up on to the east ridge of Pen yr Ole Wen,
which is ascended to the summit (3210 ft.) The broad ridge then leads to
Carnedd Dafydd (3426 ft.), and on along the top of the great cliffs of
Ysgolion Duon, via Craig Llugwy (3185 ft.), to Carnedd Llywelyn (3484 ft).
The route descends past the tops of the great cliffs of Craig yr Ysfa to a
col, from which a short ascent leads to Pen yr Helgi du (2732 ft.). The
descent is by the broad, grassy south ridge to the CEGB's lake access road
and the A5, where we shall be picked up.
Distance: 10½ miles
- Total ascent: 3300 ft. The pace will not be fast.
- Time: 7 hours
Leader: Dennis Ashton
The Party will start from Pen-y-Pass (grid ref:647557) and will ascend by
the PYG Track via Bwlch y Moch, the Zig Zags and Bwlch GIas to Snowdon
Summit (Yr Wyddfa - 3560 ft.). There will be a short detour to the summit
of Crib-y-Ddisgl. (3493 ft.). After a good rest, descent will be by the
LIanberis Path, with a stop at Halfway House for fresh lemonade (yes!) or
tea. The coach will be at Llanberis. NB, Crib Goch will not be ascended by
any of this party.
Distances: 9½ miles
- Total ascent: 2,300 ft
- Time: 6 hours
Leader: Graham Oddy
This also starts from Pen-y-Pass (grid ref: 647557) and takes the Miners
Track to Llyn Llydaw, then up the waterfall to Llyn Glaslyn, nestling in
the upper cwm of the Snowdon Horseshoe, under the huge N.E. face. The walk
goes round Llyn Glaslyn, by the foot of the cliffs, past the old mine
ruins, up to the PYG Track and back down to Pen-y-Pass (the restaurant is
pricey!), then down the valley to Bwlch y Gwyddel and the Pen-y-Gwryd
Distance: about 8½ miles
- Total ascent: 500 ft
Time: 6 hours, including tea break and paddle in the lake.
Leader: Barbara Oddy
Please note that the coach will park in Llanberis to await 'B' Party, and
will not be waiting for 'C' Party as usual at the end of the walk, 'C'
Party will be picked up at Pen-y-Gwryd.