Wednesday, 23 January 2019 (Group: Meirionnydd)
Start time 10:00
7 miles / 11.3 km
At 661 metres, Tyrrau Mawr (Big Towers) is the high point on Cadair Idris’s long western spur. The ridge offers spectacular views over the Mawddach Estuary to the mountains beyond, down to Barmouth and along the Dysynni Valley towards the sea. Today’s walk starts at the beautiful twin Cregennen Lakes, making its way initially across fairly level ground and then up on to the ridge. After an airy walk along the ridge, a steep descent down the rough, grassy hillside brings us back to the start.
Wednesday, 30 January 2019 (Group: Meirionnydd)
Start time 10:30
7 miles / 11.3 km
The route heads north on the coastal path from below Harlech Castle then turns inland past the historic house of Lasynys Fawr, home to 17th-/18th-century author Ellis Wynne. A long gradual climb brings us up to Merthyr Farm. We then take a footpath to west of Foel Senigl, descending back to the castle, with an option to visit Harlech Pool cafe for tea and cakes at end.
Friday, 1 February 2019 (Group: Meirionnydd)
Start time 10:45
3 miles / 4.8 km
Gwaith Powdwr, near Penrhyndeudraeth, is a decommissioned explosives works now managed as a Nature Reserve by the North Wales Wildlife Trust. It is an example of how wildlife can thrive in a post-industrial setting and today’s walk provides an opportunity to explore this fascinating area. This is one in our series of shorter walks, over smooth and rough paths with not a lot of ascent. Suitable for people starting, or getting back into, rambling, or those slowing down.
Sunday, 3 February 2019 (Group: Meirionnydd)
The description of this walk is encapsulated in its title. The route follows the coast for a short distance and then turns to head along the dyke beside the marshes of the Mawddach Estuary. The Rock Cannons referred to are on the little outcrop of Fegla Fawr and probably date from the 19th century. Rock Cannons are holes bored into the rock, which can be partly loaded with gunpowder and ignited to make explosive sounds during celebrations. The walk continues into the low hills above the estuary, following the Pant Einion valley back to Fairbourne.
Wednesday, 6 February 2019 (Group: Meirionnydd)
Start time 9:45
This walk climbs reasonably gently uphill from Dolgellau to the stream of Nant-y-Ceunant, and then continues through meadows in the foothills of Cadair Idris past the ruined Tan-y-Fedw. There are wonderful views of the Rhinogs. We then head downhill on minor roads back to Dolgellau.
Saturday, 9 February 2019 (Group: Meirionnydd)
“Salem” is well-known painting from 1908, depicting a scene within Capel Salem at Pentre Gwynfryn near Llanbedr. This walk in the area will give us an opportunity to hear from leader Derek something about the painting and the people who had links with the artist, Vosper.
Sunday, 17 February 2019 (Group: Meirionnydd)
8 miles / 12.9 km
Carnedd y Cribau is a rocky little ridge which never quite reaches the 2000 foot mark but which provides spectacular views across the Glaslyn valley into the Snowdon Horseshoe. This route heads up over open, often marshy, land and hen climbs on to the ridge. There follows a mile or more through crags and past small pools, gradually dropping down to Bwlch y Rhediad and then descending to cross the A498. The walk back to the starts follows first a quiet lane and then a rough track.
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 (Group: Meirionnydd)
3.5 miles / 5.6 km
Another in our series of shorter walks, this walk explores the wooded countryside around the secluded and picturesque little lake of Llyn Mair. These walks do not have too much ascent and are suitable for people starting, or getting back into, rambling, or those slowing down.
Thursday, 21 February 2019 (Group: Meirionnydd)
6 miles / 9.7 km
The pretty little seaside town of Aberdyfi is a popular destination for holiday makers and locals alike. The town has a backdrop of rolling green hills with wooded valleys and rich pastures. Caroline’s walk today explores this area before ending with a walk along the beach.
Thursday, 28 February 2019 (Group: Meirionnydd)
8.5 miles / 13.7 km
A hill and valley walk climbing up grassy hillsides to Mynydd Pant Coch before dropping down past the Maesycriau farm to the lane in Cwm Ffrydlan. The route then ascends again to fields above Llanwrin, returning via Ysgubor and Aber Glesyrch valley.