Sunday 25th February. Walk 1 . Moel Ddu. Grade 1.  8 miles. Leader Paul Edwards.  Start 08-00hrs

Walk 2. Clwydians. Grade 3.   6 miles. Leader Alan Jones. Start 09-00 hrs

John Robert`s blog re Mike`s Nant Gwynant walk


This was a warm calm start with the temperature 10 degrees.  With wisps of mist over the lakes and in the valleys, it all made made for a pleasant car journey to the area.


Thirteen of us met up at Bethania with the route then taking us along the banks of Llyn Dinas before turning abruptly left through woodland and towards the lonely cottage of Hafod Owen.  This was, for a time, the home of the very able climber Menlove Edwards who pioneered rock climbing in the 1930s and 40s  and who was responsible for starting the climbing guide books in Snowdonia.  He died in 1958 and his ashes were scattered near the cottage.  The plant  known as Rhododendron ponticum is everywhere in these parts and the buds for the flowers are forming - ready for the energetic growth that they will have later.


The path went over boggy ground [a foretaste of things to come], and we headed for the minor road which goes towards Nantmor.  This part of the walk was quite warm and some layers shed before we all had morning coffee. 


Crossing the road we headed towards Llwynyrhwch following the public right of way to the left of the river.  An injured sheep was near to the path but we unfortunately could do nothing to help.  The area is vast for the farmer to cover and this sort of accident can`t be easily rectified.  We approached the place known as Clogwyn Gottal with the ground becoming very wet and steepening.  Some people gingerly probed the bog with sticks to detect depth, while others simply ran across as fire walkers do.


The going was quite strenuous for the soft ground absorbs the energy stored in the muscle/tendons, and it was with some relief that a path developed and we could ascend in dryness.  We could look across to Llyn Llagi, which lies in an area of Special Scientific Interest.


Climbing up to roughly the 500 meter level, we found a sheltered spot and had lunch.  We were in the mist now, and there was a cold breeze blowing.  The usual group photo was snapped.


Mike set off along an indistinct path towards Llynnau`r Cwn and then headed for  Ysgafell Wen and the county boundary fence.  At this point we encountered our first snow patches and had the opportunity to walk in some too.  Here we judged a spot to be our "summit" and we snapped the photo in the murk.  Our objective was Llyn Edno and this was soon encountered.  It`s waters were concealed by misty vapours and it all looked quite mysterious, and was  possibly frequented by the red and white dragons which once inhabited these parts.  Mike assured us that the views were very good from here.


Our path then swung left so as to descend before Moel Meirch, and Mike warned us that the steep gorge to come was "a little rough".   The rocks were slippery with wet and slime and they needed respect.  Heather was in supply and could be grasped for security.  Route finding was difficult and one or two steep rocky sections needed great care.   We crossed a difficult wide stream and all avoided a dunking.   At one point it looked as if it would become too steep, but the path took us upwards and leftwards and after an awkward step it all became more gentle.


Hafod Brithion was the next objective and we went by through woodland covered in amazing luxurious dense moss.  Then we had the relief of the tarmacked road.  Most people don`t like to walk roads, but there were no complaints this time and we quickly covered the ground to the cars, with the rain just starting.


Tea was taken at the Siabod café.