Range Walking Club
Sunday 15th October 1989-North Wales-Ogwen Valley
 
Our next walk is on Sunday, 15th October 1989, in the Ogwen Valley area of the Snowdonia National Park. The area contains some most spectacular mountains which, whether viewed from the valley floor or the summits themselves, cannot fail to impress. The coach will leave school promptly at 8.00 a.m. and should return by 8.00 p.m. The cost of the coach is 3.00 for adults and 2.00 for children. There will be a toilet stop on the outward journey and toilet facilities available at the end of the day at Ogwen, where all walks finish. Please indicate which walk you are likely to join and return slip with remittance to Barbara Craine at the school office by Thursday, 5th October 1989. Boots and warm waterproof clothing are considered essential as all walks cross exposed ground.

'A' Walk
This walk traverses four of the fifteen Welsh peaks which are over 3000 ft. Starting from Ogwen Lake we ascend Tryfan (3010 ft.) via the north ridge, a route which involves some scrambling to reach the summit. After a quick greeting to those passing acquaintances of mountain walkers who venture this way, Adam and Eve, we descend via the south ridge to the Col Bwlch Tryfan. From here we ascend to the summit of Glyder fach (3262 ft.) passing the famous Cantilever rock on our way. From Glyder fach we proceed west across the lunar like landscape, past the castle of the winds, and onto Glyder fawr (3279 ft.). We then descend to the col above the Devil's Kitchen before making our final descent of the southern slopes of Y Garn (3104 ft.). We descend the north-eastern ridge of Y Garn past Llyn Idwal to finish our walk at Ogwen Cottage.

Distance: 8 miles
Ascent: 3950'.
Leaders: Ian Mitchell and Tom Dillion

'B'+ Walk
This walk takes us to one of the finest summits in Wales, Elidir Fawr, a peak which is often neglected by fell walkers. Our walk starts in the Nant Ffrancon Pass where the Youth Hostel road meets the A5 (GR633643). After a short road walk we climb steadily up the north-eastern slopes of Carnedd y Filiast to the summit (2695 ft.). From here we sweep westwards over Mynydd Perfedd (2665 ft.) and onto Elidir Fawr (3030 ft.), the summit of which offers extensive views of the other peaks in Snowdonia. The route then takes us east and then south to Y Garn (3104 ft.), the highest point of the day. We descend from Y Gain via the north-east ridge past Llyn Idwal to finish at Ogwen Cottage.

Distance: 7 miles
Ascent: 3200'
Leaders: Arthur Jones and John Hughes

'B' Walk
Starts from the Gwern Isaf farmhouse (G.R. 685601) and follows the gentle ridge between the Nant Gwern y Gof and Nant Yr Ogof south-westwards. Upon reaching the main ridge of the Glyders mountain range we turn westwards until the summit of Glyder Fach (3261 ft.) is reached. Time for photographs by the Cantilever rock and then we continue our walk westwards past the castle of the winds, to descend via the Gribin ridge to Ogwen.

Distance: 5 miles
Ascent: 2300'
Leaders: Kate Croft and Phil Morgan

'C' Walk
A pleasant walk which offers excellent views of the mountains on each side of the Ogwen valley. Starting from Capel Curig we proceed along the A5 westwards for a short while before turning north to attain the col between Craig Wen and Pen Llithrig y Wrack, the only ascent of the day. Our route then meanders westwards crossing the A5 twice before we reach Llyn Ogwen. A circuit of Ogwen Lake brings us to the finish of our walk at Ogwen Cottage. Refreshments and toilet facilities are available at Ogwen Cottage.

Distance: 7 miles
Ascent: 670'
Leader: David Guiver