- Range Walking Club
- Sunday 12th July 1998, Bala area
of North Wales
The last walk ot the present series takes us to the Bala area
ot North Wales. The date is Sunday, 12 July, which also happens
to be the World Cup final day. However, we fully intend to be
back in time for that event allowing non-interested members the
time for a longer soak after their day's exertions. The programme
of walks for the day is varied, and not attempted by the club for
at least 13 years, but afford great views all round. As usual,
the coaches will leave school at 0800 hrs prompt and should be
back there by 1930 hrs. The cost of travel is £6.00 for adults
and £3.00 for children and students in full-time education and
who were formerly Range High School pupils. Please return slips
with cheque (not cash) to the school office by Thursday, 2 July
in an envelope marked "Range Walking Club". Walking
boots are essential for all walkers.
- 'A' Walk
- Starting on the A4212 at GR84516 we make the ascent of
Arenig Fach (2264' - 689m). We then descend southward to
the road and skirt the Llyn Arenig Fawr Reservoir before
making the steep ascent of Arenig Fawr (2800' - 854m).
This mountain is rarely visited but, on a fine day, has
spectacular views of Snowdonia and beyond so it is well
worth the climb! Continuing south along the ridge, the
gradual descent leads us to a bridle way which we follow
south-west to eventually finish in the village of
- Distance: 13 miles
- Ascent: 2500'
- Leaders: Ann and Ian Mitchell
- 'B'+ Walk
- The walk begins near Llyn Celyn on the A4212 (817394). A
track leads to the beginning of a steep climb up Arenig
Fawr (2820'). The effort is well rewarded by the high
level route along the top with panoramic views including
Snowdonia. All the significant climbing is in this first
third of the walk. The descent south and south-east is
cross country with a noticeable absence of paths. On
reaching the road, it is immediately ignored in order to
travel west across more isolated moorland, then
south-west through forest and fields until the final road
mile into Llanuwchllyn. Ground conditions make this a
strenuous but rewarding walk
- Distance: 10½ miles
- Ascent: 1900'
- Leaders: John Hughes and John Rothwell
- 'B' Walk
- The walk starts near the junction of the A4212 (Bala -
Trawsfynydd road) with the B4391. Heading south we pass
under Arenig Fawr (834m) on the left. Ascending, so
gently we won't even notice it, we pass, again under,
Moel Llyfnant (751m) to join a minor road near Blaen
Lliw. Here we change direction to head south eastwards
and, following the valley of the Afon Lliw and via a
combination of minor roads and footpaths (mostly
footpaths we reach our destination - Llanuwchllyn.
- Distance: 9 miles
- Ascent: 750'
- Leaders: Phil Morgan and Dave Luty
- 'C' Walk
- A mixture of lakeside, woodland, moorland and hillside
field paths with some good views of the surrounding
mountains. Starting at Bala, with a visit to the Old
School House for coffee and perhaps a slice of Bara
Brith, our walk follows the course of an old dismantled
railway alongside the river to bring us to Bala Lake.
Following a tarmac path we skirt the top end of the lake
to each the main A494 road by the Information Centre.
Walking down to a picnic site, we cross the main road
near Abercelyn to head north-west through woodland before
turning south-west and foliowing paths and tracks to
reach Caergai and the Roman Fort. We cross the A949 again
and make our way over fields to finish at the village of
Llanuwchllyn (14 stiles).
- Distance: 7½ miles
- Ascent: 400'
- Leaders. Ray Webb and Dave Griffiths