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Llandudno Weekend - February 2015

20 of us returned to the Queens Hotel. For those that arrived early, on Friday there was a 9 mile walk to Llyn Crafnant and Lynn Geirionydd, returning to Trefriw.

On Saturday both parties caught the bus to Llanfairfechan. The A party walked up the Roman road up to Foel Lwyd (603m, 1979 ft) and Tal y Fan (609.98 m, 2001 ft .) It was a little frosty up there and we had some hail. We then descended to Conwy mountain where we met B party. We parted company and headed down into Conwy town where we had a very welcome tea and cakes in Anna's tea room, 9 Castle Street; Highly recommended. The walk was 12 miles in total.

The B party walked up the North Wales Coast park to Conwy mountain passing the former CHA guest house where many Footprints members have stayed in the past. It was a 10 mile walk.

In the evening, after a good meal, we played a memorable game of Pictionary. Colin, as quizmaster and referee, had his hands full. One team was organised and very competitive, and the other took a more random approach and was, let's just say, artistically challenged. Even the barman was entertained.

On Sunday, in spite of extreme wet weather warnings both parties set out in different directions to the Great Orme. The A party passed through the Happy valley park which has some sculptures on the subject of Alice in Wonderland. Up on the Great Orme we had a good view of St Tudno's church. We met up again briefly with B party. The wind really began to blow and with great relief we arrived at West shore, around midday, where we had lunch part one in a cafe. Fortified, we proceeded up the Little Orme where we had lunch part two. The wind was now seriously blowing as we made our descent; it was a bit of a scramble. We then walked the length of the promenade and finished with a welcome cup of tea/coffee, while some began their journey home. Julian informed us that we had walked 14 miles!

The B party decided to just do the Great Orme and see how the weather developed. In the afternoon, as the wind was coming up, most of the party went to the cinema to see 'Shaun the sheep'.

In the evening, those of us, seven, that stayed an extra night had a sedate game of scrabble and cards.

In the morning, Peter and Chris walked to Deganwy and got the train back. The rest of us set off home.

Thank you, Peter for another well organised holiday, and to Elaine and Julian for leading the walks.

Chris

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