SUNDAY  1st October 2017 

Walk 1.  Llandegla Leader David Lloyd Grade 3

7miles Start 08-30 hrs  

Walk 2    Casualty Care day at OVMRO HQ

 Start   08-45 hrs



John Roberts` blog re Paul`s walk Moel Ddu 24/09/2017


The day started dry, with eleven walkers meeting at the Beddgelert car park.


With a height of 1814 foot and with a longish approach, Moel Ddu is not often frequented especially with the draw of Moel Hebog nearby.


We walked over Nant Colwyn bridge and through the housing estate and woodland before hitting the mountain path proper.  It all became increasingly wet both on the ground and in the air, but it did not seem long before we had stopped for coffee in the shelter of the few rocks that were around.


We took the indistinct path through muddy grass  towards the Gorseddau Quarry to the sound of the hooting train engine destined for Porthmadog, and with puffs of steam in the Aberglaslyn valley far below.


The rain and wind looked "set in" for the day and as we approached the quarry the group decided that it not be worth tackling Moel Ddu proper.  The way up this mountain is pretty steep and the summit was shrouded in mist [clearing for a short time later] and there would be little to see.  We therefore looked around the quarry which seemed deep and extensive.  Dave Salter had sent us some information about the area to include the quarry.  In spite of large capital introduced, returns were derisory and by 1859 it`s 200 men were producing only 1400 tons per year.  It was only open a few short years.


We descended some steep slippery slate and passed some stone circles of bronze/iron age vintage, before having lunch in a good sheltered spot.


Progressing through Cwm Oerddwr, our path became one of steep bog with wobbly tufts of grass floating in it.  It was perhaps near here that in 1784 a bronze age shield had been found in very good condition and which is now in the British Museum.  It is one of the finest examples of its type.  Paul had recc`d the route here about three weeks ago and had dropped his flask into the bog - perhaps like the warrior had with his shield 3000 years ago.  The bog may have accepted Paul`s accidental offering, for the flask was nowhere to be found.


The steep, wet and slippery descent continued, passing Pen y Gaer and we arrived at a large wooden shelter high in Aberglasyn Woods.  Group spirits were quite high and the Mexican wave was practised by a line of ten walkers.


A delightful path through the woods next to a torrent  led us to the Devil`s Bridge at Aberglaslyn.  The Devil was not around and we continued down the rather wet  path at the river`s side.  The river was loud and swollen, and the via ferrata hand holds were thankfully grasped around the short exposed parts.


Tea/cakes were taken in the excellent Siabod cafe.  The walk was 6.5 miles and the vertical ascent 2300 foot approx.  The terrain needed care to navigate, especially to avoid a muddy dunking.


We thank Paul for the leadership and in spite of the heavy mizzle, spirits stayed high, and Moel Ddu was saved for another day.

John Roberts  24/09/2017


There were much more welcome conditions for Phil Murray,s ten strong group who travelled to the Denbigh Moors for an easy grade nine mile route commencing at Pentre Llyn Cwmer.
After leaving the village the group plunged into the Clocaenog forest and after a steady climb following forest trails  forming   parts of the Clwydian Way and The Hiraethog trail  emerged at the summit of Craig Bron  Banog for the lunch stop at the  climate change research facility located there.
  The return route found the walkers descending along a particularly testing stretch of forest path both waterlogged and blocked in several places by fallen trees and were glad to finally gain the forest track taking them down to the banks of the Afon Alwen and the final stretch of  Clwydian  Way to the start point with a total of 1890' of ascent behind them.

Hugh Irving  24-9-2017







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