SATURDAY 23rd November 2019

Walk 1. Fish & Chip walk. Leader Mike Wells Grade 2  6 miles Start 1600hrs.

SUNDAY 24th November 2019

Walk 1. Llanrwst Leader Charlotte Hughes  Grade 3   6 miles  Start 0930hrs.


John Roberts` blog re Ian`s walk to Bryn Du


The day dawned wet and cold on the coast, but undaunted, nine members drove to Beddgelert in improving weather.  Indeed, on the side of Llyn Gwynant an early morning artist was painting Yr Aran from a favoured viewpoint - a good sign for a good day.

The free car park was a nice bonus and we set off through the village and then along the riverside.  Moel Hebog seemed dominant in the early light and was starting to shrug off the early morning clouds.

We now passed by the supposed grave of Gelert - the faithful dog - and who now sleeps here as the canine martyr of distrust.  Gelert was killed by his owner Llewelyn when he mistakenly concluded his dog had killed his son, whereas Gelert had in fact defended the child against a nasty wolf who had probably sneaked down from the local "Valley of Wolves" - a place which we had recently visited.  Some visitors have been reduced to tears upon reading the story of Gelert.  There is a bronze cast of the dog nearby and Mike was able to add human interest to the photo.

The path crossed the railway line and a steady ascent, helped by plenty of stones placed in the wet ground brought us to the summit of Bryn Du.  There are good views from here - golden Autumn colours down the valleys and across to the Moelwyn mountains.  There is a small round stone building here and this may be a WW2 observation post, but for us it was the place for morning refreshments.

We now descended through forest having to take particular care with wet tree roots.  There were no mishaps and we arrived at the main road and the Aberglaslyn pass.

The next objective was Cwm Bychan and Ian set a nice steady pace up the valley.  The area has old copper mines and the pylons remain where once buckets of ore were carried down to Nantmor on wires.  Near the top of the pass, there is a bench dedicated to a local man, and Ian signed a small book to record our visit.

The top of the pass brought us to our lunch place, and we had great views across to Lliwedd and Llyn Dinas until with the temperature dropping, Ian gave the two-minute warning to start up again.  The path to Llyn Dinas is good and stepped, and it looks like further improvement will be done as numerous one-ton baskets of stones have been carried up by helicopter.

Having reached the lake all that remained was a short amble back to Beddgelert.  We had refreshments at Gwynant Cafe and our thanks go to Ian for the lead on this walk.  The GPS showed we had done 7.5 miles with about 1600 foot of ascent.

John Roberts  17/11/2019