Clifton Campville Work Party 7 Feb 2017
The latest work party project took place between No Mans Heath and Clifton Campville (grid ref SK272104) on 7 February, a beautifully sunny day. The task was to reinstate an impassable right of way through a holly hedge.
It took about half an hour for the team to break through the hedge and clear away the brambles behind it. Perhaps we should have been doing the job before Christmas!
It then took us about an hour and a half to erect a stile and straighten up the finger post.
The team: (Team pic, from l to r) Tony, Mac, Nigel (from Staffs County Council) Phil and Peter (with Ed behind the lens).
Snowdon Trip - May 2016
Fifteen people took part in this midweek break, staying in the Mount Garmon View and The Ferns guest houses in Betws-y-Coed.
On Monday afternoon, the first walk, an easy one to get in trim was at Dolgarrog, 10 miles north of Betws y Coed. Reaching the car park involved a hair-raising drive up a single track lane for 3 miles. The walk took us past the Dolgarrog reservoirs, still used to generate hydroelectric power, the oldest of which catastrophically failed in 1925.
On Tuesday the plan was changed and it was decided to attempt Snowdon because of the good weather.
A party of five took the bus to Pen y Pass and made the ascent by the PYG track, led by Alan, and the views were spectacular, both of Alan and Snowdonia in general.
Ed and Jean intended to go up by steam train, but lack of seats meant that they came up the PYG track as well.
Descent was made by the Llanberis route, allowing views of the Snowdon Mountain and Llanberis Lake Railways, as well as the huge purple scars left by the Dinorwic slate quarries.
Some of the ladies made a trip to Bodnant Gardens, led by Anne. Another party of five made the ascent of the Nantlle ridge.
On Wednesday the weather was not good enough to allow ascent of Tryfan and the Glyders, so we parked at the Sygun Copper Mine at Beddgelert and walked down the Aberglaslyn Pass, where we were surprised to find the Welsh Highland Railway, then back up Cwm Bychan with its remains of an old cableway from the copper mines.
We then skirted the east bank of Llyn Dinas before starting up what is the Watkin Pass. But there was no intention to return to Snowdon! We turned left at a short way and returned to Craflywyn Hall and the car park. The ladies’ trip this time was to Penrhyn Castle, a National Trust Property near Bangor..
On Thursday a walk around Llyn Geirionydd and Llyn Crafnant took place as planned, led by Alan. There were fine views of both lakes. Afterwards most people had lunch by the lake, others set off home, after a very pleasant trip indeed.
Thanks are due to Tony and Anne, and Alan and Pauline who organised and ran the trip very well.