Our replacement for the postponed 2020 trip took place in glorious Autumnal weather. Including self-organisers and day-trippers, roughly 25 members took part in the 1 – 4 night break.
Our base was Beechwood Court, a Christian retreat centre on the slopes of Conwy Mountain. Although the Welsh COVID rules were slightly more strict than we on the English side of the border were accustomed to, a great time was had by all.
On Friday morning Peter led a ‘town trail’ around Conwy for the early arrivals, then in the afternoon led a larger group on a 5-mile circular walk up Conwy Mountain (Mynydd y Dref).
On Saturday two groups took different buses to Lanfairfechan then walked back to the house. Julian’s ‘A’ party walked up Afon Du then took a high-level route over Foel Lwyd and Tal y Fan for a total of 11 miles and 2500 feet of ascent. We were to have been joined by a day-tripper but unfortunately due to problems parking and confusion over the buses, and despite frequent text messages and phone-calls, we were two-thirds of the way through the walk before meeting up. The last section of the walk took us back over Conwy Mountain, where we encountered some short-tempered wild horses.
Peter’s group took a lower-level route passing the old CHA house and along the North Wales Path, a distance of about 10 miles.
On Sunday a smaller ‘A’ party drove to Aber Falls car park then climbed up above the falls cross country up to Llwytmor Bach (very windy) where they had lunch part 1. On to Llwytmor and trig point on Foel Fras (very very windy). Then Drum where they had lunch 2 in the shelter, then down over a descending series of minor peaks. A total of 10 miles and 3600 feet of ascent. The ‘B’ party did a circuit of the Great Orme before succumbing to the tea-shops of Llandudno, though three members then walked the 4 miles back to the house.
On Sunday evening the wonderful Autumn weather finally broke, with torrential rain overnight. Nevertheless the ‘A’ party were not to be put off, and on Monday drove to a parking place above Dolgarrog, climbed up to the same ridge as the previous day but from the eastern side, then Carnedd Gwenllian and on to Foel Grach (976m and extremely windy!) descended to Cwm Eigiau and the disused quarry workings, then onto Llyn Eigiau with the broken reservoir dam. 10 miles, 2330 feet of ascent. Meanwhile the rest of us headed for home.
Thanks to the staff and volunteers of Beechwood Court for their hospitality during our stay, and to Peter and Julian for organising the walks.
Maps of the walks