- Range Walking Club
- Sunday 20th September 1987-North
- Those lazy days of lying around on sunny beaches are
over, it's time to get up and walk. So-on your feet! The
first walk of the new season is to take place on Sunday,
September 20th in the Carnedd area of Snowdonia. The
walks may be found on the O.S. maps-sheet 115 of the
1:50,000 scale, and the Outdoor Leisure Map, scale
1:25000, Snowdon. A small part of the 'A' walk is on the
Conway Valley sheet of the Leisure Map series.
The coach will leave school at 8.00 am. so please be in
good time for a prompt departure. There is unlikely to be
a stop on the outward journey for there are no suitable
places on the improved A55 route which we shall be
following. The cost of the walks is £3.00 for adults and
£2.00 for children. Please indicate on the attached slip
which walk you are likely to join and return it to
Barbara Craine in the school office by Thursday, l0th
September. All walks end at the Ogwen Cottage where there
are toilet facilities and refreshments available. We hope
to be back in Formby by about 7.30 to 8.00 pm. but the
return route through Betwys y Coed and Ruthin can be
rather slow on a Sunday evening. We are offering four
walks this time. The 'A' is strenuous, the 'B'+ involves
a steep climb, with the option of going on to an extra
peak if time and weather allow it. The 'B' walk, though
slightly longer, is on easier terrain and the climbing is
gentler. The 'C' is a pleasant stroll along the Nant
Ffrancon Valley with a small climb at the end. Many times
in the past those who have done the reconnaissance walks
in foul weather have been blessed with good weather on
the actual day. There have been two recce walks for our
September outing, both in dreadful weather, with
visibility practically nil, so we are hoping for a really
good day on 20th. Nevertheless, the Carnedds are
notorious for mist, and some of the terrain is rough and
rather isolated, so it may therefore be necessary to
change our plans if the weather should be unkind. Boots
are essential on the 'A', 'B'+ and 'B' walks, and are
strongly recommended for the 'C' walk as well.
This will start from the little village of Aber G.R. 655727
on the A55. The route will follow the Afon Aber
southwards, first along a small road, then along a path
to the Aber Falls 669700. It is above the falls that the
main ascent begins up to the ridge which includes Foel
Fras, Carnedd Uchaf, Foel Grach, Carnedd Llewelyn (at
3485 ft. the highest point) Carnedd Dafydd, and finally
Penyrole-wen. Five of these summits are over 3000 ft. If
the weather is clear we shall take the direct descent,
which is very steep, from Penyrole-wen to Ogwen Cottage.
Otherwise, we shall take the easier route past Ffynnon
Lloer to the eastern end of Llyn Ogwen.
Distance: 12½ miles
- Ascent: 4000 ft.
- Leaders: Arthur Jones and Tom Dillon
This will start in Bethesda and proceed in a
south-easterly direction up the ridge to Carnedd Daffyd.
from that summit the party may like to go on to Carnedd
Llewelyn, about 1½ miles away and involving an extra 300
or 400 ft. of ascent. After returning to Carnedd Daffyd,
the walk will continue to Penyrole-wen, and take the
easier route down to Ogwen.
Distance: 8½ miles
- Ascent: 2700 ft.
Leaders: Ian Almond and Peter Thomas
This will start from Bethesda and follow the Nant
Ffrancon Valley up to Llyn Idwal. The party will then
climb up past the Devil's Kitchen 639588. From there it
will ascend via the southern slope to the top of Y Garn
632595. An easy footpath down a ridge then leads directly
to Ogwen Cottage.
Distance: 10 miles
- Ascent: 2500 ft.
Leaders: David Guiver and Ken Lamb
This too starts from Bethesda and after crossing
a wooded ridge will follow the old road along the floor
of the Nant Ffrancon Valley, and then climb up to Llyn
Idwal. If the weather is good it may be that the party
would like to follow the path that encircles the lake,
adding about 1½ miles to the walk, be before going for
refreshments at Ogwen Cottage.
Distance: 6 miles or 7½ miles
- Ascent: 500-600 ft.
Leader: Phil Morgan