- Range Walking Club
- Sunday 18th May 1997-North
- The walks on Sunday, 18 May centre on Blaenau Ffestiniog
- returning to Meirion's roots in a picturesque Welsh
village! As usual the coaches leave school at 0800 hrs
prompt and there will be a short toilet stop en route at
Betws-Y-Coed. The return journey will start half an hour
later than normal, at 1800 hrs, and we should be back in
Formby about 2045 hrs. The cost of travel is £5.00 for
adults and £3.00 for children and students in full-time
education. Please return slips with cheque (not cash) to
the school office by Thursday, 8 May, in an envelope
marked "Range Walking Club".Walking
boots are essential for all walks.
Starting at the entrance to Tanygrisiau Power Station
we climb Craigysgain and on the Moelwyn Mawr (770 m -
658448) then descend westward to the tiny hamlet of
Croesor. A long ascent of Cnicht (689 m) is followed by
an easy descent to Llyn yr Adar (Lake of the Birds)
before turning east to pass through a series of disused quarrys back to the starting point. Although only a
moderate pace will be necessary, the climbing makes this
a strenuous walk requiring a full 7 hours so there will,
unfortunately, be no cafe stop to look forward to.
Distance: 11 miles
- Ascent: 4000'
- Leaders: Meirion Williams and Gordon Spence
The main attractions of this walk are excellent views of
Snowdonia, lakes, slate mines and quarries. Starting at
the highest point of the Crimea Pass (1200') we will take
a direct route (no paths) to Moel Druman (2718') and
Ysgafell Wen (2205'). We return to the starting point
along the Afon Ledre valley before descending into
Blaenau Ffestiniog via Moen Offren quarry.
Distance: 9½ miles
- Ascent: 2000'
- Leaders: Rick Tynan and Dave Miles
A circular walk starting from the village of Ffestiniog,
south of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Walking eastwards, we climb
to the old disused 'Drum' quarry and up into the lonely
hills where the Afon Cynfal rises before returning along
the river as it makes its spectacular plunge towards the
coast. We have a good view of the Rhaeardr-y-Cwm
waterfall and negotiate the Afon Cynfal gorge before
climbing to finish back at Ffestiniog where the coach
waits to return us to Blaenau Ffestiniog. (NB) This walk
involves a degree of exposure near the falls and in the
gorge where the path skirts the edge with sheer drops of
30' or more. Care is needed especially if wet and the
walk is not advised for small children.
Distance: 8½ miles
- Ascent: 1100'
- Leaders: David Poole and Dave Wake
This is a very pleasant 'C' walk with a variety of
scenery and undulation, usually within sight of the
Blaenau - Portmadoc railway line, which should provide
several photo opportunities for steam train enthusiasts.
Starting at Blaenau (toilet facilities) we initially pass
through the old mining village of Tanygrisiau before
following tracks overlooking Tanygrisiau Reservoir to the
train halt at Dduallt. We then head across the valley of
the Afon Dwyryd to climb through woods to reach the
outskirts of Ffestiniog. Here we collect the coach for
the short drive back to cafe, bar and other facilities at
- Distance: 7½ miles
- Ascent: 600'
- Leaders: Vicky Fahey and David Willis