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« Reply #1935 on: April 19, 2018, 05:49:18 PM »
Talacre walk

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« Reply #1936 on: May 05, 2018, 11:11:31 AM »
Sadly a woman hiker in her 40's from South Wales has died after having fallen on Glyder Fawr in Snowdonia.



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« Reply #1937 on: May 10, 2018, 03:33:13 PM »
Yesterday, with a fairly good weather forecast we decided to meet in Surf Snowdonia to do a walk that we had done a few times before.  The walk is described in Chris Draper's book of walks in the Conwy Valley and is called "bobl y topiau and the lost village of Ardda"  but we now take the easy option using two cars, one parked in Surf Snowdonia and the other at the start and highest point of the walk.  It's then a fairly easy walk to do but we just wanted to see the Bluebells that are in masses along certain parts of the track
So we set off and Tellytubby drove his car, with me in the back and old Uncle Albert in the front passenger seat.  You take the Crafnant Road and then turn right at the lane marked Ardda, this is a narrow, windy and steep road and a few hundred yards further up is a fork in the road where we take the right fork in the road to Ardda.    Anyway, Tellytubby must have been looking elsewhere as he went left and up another even narrower, windier and steeper track and we realised that we were on the wrong road.  With no passing places or turning circles we had to continue on the track heading to Llyn Cowlyd and must have gone a few miles before finding a place to turn around in. Still the scenery was nice to see as a passenger but Tellytubby had to keep his eyes on the road this time.  About 20 minutes later we arrived at the starting point of the walk and parked the car opposite Blaen Y Wern Cottage.  When we got out of the car we were freezing as there was a cold wind blowing and we were all dressed in shorts with our Winter gear still at home   The walk from there is straightforward and we passed the derelict  Capel Ardda and then followed the leat until it went into a tunnel and we then headed uphill  until we came to the track and turned right to follow the pipeline.   We soon came to the spot where we had previously seen masses of Bluebells but this time there were very few and we must have been at least two weeks too early to see them.  That was disappointing to say the least but we carried on to the pipeline and walked about half way down it and had our refreshments by a building that had superb views of the valley below us.    After having had something to eat and drink we decided to end our walk and go through the woods alongside the pipes and it is very steep indeed. Luckily for us the ground was dry so we took our time going down and only Tellytubby had a slight tumble but we all arrived safe and sound and headed for Surf Snowdonia where we enjoyed a nice hot chocolate.

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Re: Walking
« Reply #1938 on: May 10, 2018, 03:35:09 PM »
Ardda Walk

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« Reply #1939 on: May 17, 2018, 03:27:30 PM »
Yesterday we did a walk to see the Lakes and Woods of Tan Y Bwlch.  Tellytubby and I met Uncle Albert at the Oakely Arms in Maentwrog and then drove uphill to the car park at the end of Llyn Mair. From there we crossed the road and followed the well defined track to walk alongside Llyn Mair.   It's a pretty man made lake which had loads of Water Lilies on the surface ready to flower in the Summer. Towards the end of the lake we followed the path uphill crossing the Ffestiniog to Porthmadog miniature railway line and passed an unusual looking property called Hafod Y Llyn.    We deviated from our planned route and took a lower path to Llyn Trefor  and we were lucky to have superb views over the Afon Dwyryd and the Maentwrog Valley down to Porthmadog.
We had our refreshments on a bench overlooking the small man made lake called Llyn Trefor and watched the young ducklings swimming nearby.   
Before long it was time to move on and the remainder of the track was steep or rough caused by the forest vehicles going over it. Then it was a steep downhill descent to Llyn  Hafod Y Llyn which is another pretty man made lake. We followed the path to the B4410 and then walked along the road until we got to the Tan Y Bwlch railway station and had a coffee there and waited for the 14.10 train to Blaenau to arrive .  It's a lovely little station and very well kept and when the trains came in we were very impressed to see how packed with passengers thet were.
From the station it's a short walk downhill to the car park but the day wasn't finished as Tellytubby and I headed for Plas Tan Y Bwlch and we had a good look around the gardens there. The Rhododendrons were out in all their glory and I have never ever seen them as big as they were at Plas Tan Y Bwlch but then it was time to head home after another lovely day out walking

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Re: Walking
« Reply #1940 on: May 17, 2018, 03:30:13 PM »
Tan Y Bwlch Lakes and Woodlands