2017/18 Programme of Walks:-

Disclaimer:-

The descriptions of the walks are for guidance only. Distances and indications to height are only estimates and are believed to be correct at the time of publication. The grading of walks is also subjective. The leader reserves the right to amend walks in the light of further information. If in any doubt as to the suitability of the walk, please contact the leader a few days beforehand.
Participants should remember that there is an element of risk on any walk, and every care should be taken at all times. Participation in walks is at your own risk.

Notes

For further information on any of the walks, including starting places and car sharing arrangements, please contact the leader of that walk or the club secretary, preferably a few days in advance.

Dogs are, with the exception of registered assistance dogs, in general not permitted on club walks. However, the Club does have walks with dogs and their owners in mind. Please see the programme for details.

Meeting Point

This is either the meeting point for Car Sharing (usually Holywell Community Hospital) or the start point of the walk. Some walks have an additional meeting point for Car Sharing.

It is essential that you contact the leader before the day of the walk if you intend being at either the secondary meeting point or the start of the walk. If insufficient members do not turn up at the main Car Sharing Point then the leader has the right to cancel the walk. If in doubt contact the leader!                                  

Sun Dec 3rd                                  Winter Idyll                             Walk Start 10 00

A lovely walk of meadows, woods and quiet lanes, we join the Offa’s Dyke path as far as St Bueno’s College, and then return via a different route. Fine views throughout.  We start and finish at the splendidly refurbished and newly opened Dinorben Arms, where we shall take refreshments at the end of our walk.

Agile dogs are very welcome, there are one or two tricky stiles for dogs.

Grade               Moderate                                   Grid Ref:  SJ 092 700   
Length              8 miles                                        Ascent:  1,700 ft.
Leader              Peter                                          Meet Point: Holywell
Telephone         01352 716886                         Meet Time:  09.30

Weds Dec 6th                              Maes Mynan and its Woods                    Walk Start 10 00

Starting from the Caerwys Golf Club Clubhouse this walk takes down to Maes Mynan Hall. From here we go along the Western Side of the woods and up towards Y Ffrith. From here we walk along lanes and footpaths to return to the start and a buffet lunch.

Grade               Easy                                           Grid Ref:  SJ 126 730
Length              5.5 miles                                     Ascent:  200 ft
Leader              Ron                                            Meet Point: Caerwys Golf Club             
Telephone        01352 757366                         Meet Time:  09 50
                          07967 513268

Sun Dec 10th                              Christleton                              Walk Start 10.15          

Starting from the village green this is a fairly flat walk using by roads,  fields and towpath. The walk takes us to the Roman bridges over the River Gowy and past the Hockenhall Platts Nature reserve.  Views towards Beeston and Peckforton castle should be visible on a clear day. The walk returns to the start via Waverton and Rowton Moor.

Grade                Easy.                                           Grid  Reference SJ  441 657
Length               8 miles                                         Ascent  minimal
Leader               Maureen                                     Meet Point  Holywell/ Northop 
Tel                  01352 761018                              Meet time    9.15 / 9.30.

Tues 26th Dec                     Boxing Day Ramble Round Ysceifiog              Walk Start 10 30

Starting from the centre of Ysceifiog the route will depend on the prevailing weather conditions on the day and hopefully end in front of a good fire with some light refreshment.

Grade                Easy                                            Grid Ref:  SJ 151 754
Length               5 miles approx                            Ascent:  Negligible
Leader               Elfed                                           Meet Point:  Ysceifiog village
Telephone         01352 780435                            Meet Time:  10.20 am
                           07544 605033

Thurs 28th Dec                             Stone Circles                         Bus 10 00

Park at the Car Park in the Centre of Penmaenmawr. We then catch the bus to Llanfairfechan. From here we pick up the North Wales Pilgrims Way and follow it to the Stone Circles. The walk then takes over and around Foel Lus and then down to Penmaenmawr. Walk suitable for dogs but please contact leader beforehand.

Grade:              Moderate Mountain                     Grid Ref:  SH 716 762
Length              12.5km/7 miles                            Ascent:  1600ft.
Leader              Ron                                              Meet Point:  Northop/Holywell/Jct 29
Telephone:        01352 715723                            Meet Time:0900N/0900H/0915 Jct 29
                          07967 513268

Sun 7th Jan.    Henryd from Conwy                                    Walk Start:  9.45

Starting from the Car Park near the school we follow the coast through the town. After passing the Castle we cross over to the low summit of Bryn. Then over another low top at Plas Iolyn. Our route now crosses over to Henryd. The return is on the other side of the valley over Maes Esgob. Finally we follow a short section of North Wales Path on Conwy Mountain.  

Grade              Moderate                                Grid Ref: SH 775 782
Length             9 mile                                      Ascent:  900ft
Leader             Ron                                         Meet Point: Holywell Comm Hospital
Telephone       01352 715723                       Meet Time:  9.00
                        07967 513268

Sun 14th  Jan.             Parkland Stroll                                  Walk Start:  10.00

We head straight out of the car park and quickly pick up the Wat’s Dyke Way which will take us through the Gwysaney Hall estate. We return via Sychdyn and Springy Lane, passing Soughton Hall and Lower Soughton. A gentle way to walk off some of the festive excess – though lunch will be available at a local hostelry if desired. 

Grade              Easy                                        Grid Ref:  SJ 245 683
Length             5.5 miles                                  Ascent:  550 ft
Leader             John                                         Meet Point:  Northop
Telephone        01352 757366                       Meet Time:  10.00
                        07954 272561

Sat 20th Jan.              ODP and NWP                                  Walk Start:  10.00

This walk takes in parts of the Offas dyke and the North Wales paths. Park in the small car park at the start of Gwaenysgor Hill in Prestatyn and we walk along the ODP to Rhuallt. Return along the road for 250 metres then along the forest track* to Cwm on to Dyserth and back to Prestatyn using the disused railway track and Bishops Wood.
* We may have to stay on the road because of forestry work.

Grade              Moderate                                 Grid Ref:  SJ 072 821
Length:            10 miles/19 k.                          Ascent:  984ft /300 m
Leader             Vaughan                                  Meet Point:  Northop/Holywell
Telephone        01745 857365                       Meet Time: 09.00(N) & 09.15(H)

Sun 28th Jan.              Llanddulas                             Walk Start:  10.00

Exit A55 at J23, right turn at roundabout and pass under A55.  Turn L into Wern Rd, pass under the railway bridge and arrive at the car park on the sea front.  We take the North Wales path up through the woods, skirting the old quarry, the walk levels off providing good views as we cross to Llysfaen and Old Colwyn.  We then descend back to the coast via Fairy Glen.  It is then as easy two mile walk along the coastal path back to Llanddulas.  (There is an option of getting the bus from Colwyn Bay if the weather is bad). 
    
Grade:             Moderate                                 Grid Ref:  SH 906 786
Length             7.5 miles                                  Ascent:  1,145ft.
Leader             Janet                                        Meet Point: Northop/Holywell
Telephone        01745 890453                       Meet Time(s): 9.00(N)/9.15(H)

Sun 4th Feb.                Llandudno.                            Walk Start:  10.00

Walk starts from the West Shore car park and heads along a route around the Gt Orme passing St Tudno’s church and the Bronze Age copper mines.  We will also visit the summit of the Great Orme.

Grade              Moderate                                 Grid Ref:  SH 773 814
Length             8.25 miles                                Ascent:  670 ft.
Leader             Maureen                                  Meet Point:  Northop/Holywell
Telephone:       01352 761018                       Meet Time:  08.45(N)/9.00(H)

Wed 7th Feb.              Nercwys Forest                      Walk Start:  10.00

Starting from Maeshafn this walk takes us across farmland to Nercwys Forest We then follow a Forest track with wide views over towards England. The return is via a section of the Clwydian Way.

Grade              Easy                                        Grid Ref:  SJ 201 609
Length             5.5 miles                                  Ascent:  500ft.
Leader             Ron                                         Meet Point: Holywell /Northop
Telephone        01352 715723                      Meet Time:  9.15/9 30
                        07967 513268

Sat 10th Feb.               Conwy to Rowen.                  Walk Start:  12.00

We meet and park in the free parking area on the right as you enter the village of Rowen in time to catch the number 19 bus at 1139 from Rowen to Conwy .  The walk takes us over Conwy mountain using the North Wales Path as far as Penysychnant . We then follow moorland tracks via Craigyfedwen to the old church of St .Celynin . Then it’s the Pilgrims’s Way down to Rowen , where refreshments should be available in the Ty Gwyn hotel and / or  tea rooms.  (Lawrence will be starting from Northop ).
           
Grade              Moderate                                 Grid Ref:  SH 760 719
Length             8 miles                                     Ascent:  1,850ft.
Leader             Lawrence                                Meet Point: Northop, Holywell, J29
Telephone:       01352 762162                       Meet Time: 10.0 (N)10.15(H)/10.30(J29)
                        07950 586262

Sun 18th Feb.              Dyserth to Prestatyn via ODP          Walk Start:  9.45

Free parking is available in Prestatyn by the church just off the High Street (do not park in the shopping area by Tesco etc as this parking is only for three hours ). We will be catching the bus at 09.21 from Prestatyn bus station to Dyserth. We walk south to Cwm and then east to join the ODP. We then head North passing Marian Ffrith and continuing on the ODP to Prestatyn.

Grade              Mod/Mountain                        Grid Ref:  SJ 057 790
Length             7.5miles/12kms                      Ascent:  1,450ft/440m
Leader             Toni                                         Meet Point:  Northop/ Holywell
Telephone        01352 715580                      Meet Time:  8.15(N)/8.30(H)
                        07767 323649
           
Sun 25th Feb.              The Ponderosa.                     Walk Start:  10.00

We cross moorland (can be boggy) to pick up the Clwydian Way to the hamlet of Hafod Bilston.  We then take the Offa’s Dyke path to World’s End with a short distance along the lane to pick up the Clwydian Way again back to the Ponderosa.

Grade:             Mod Mountain                        Grid Ref:  SJ 192 482
Length             9.5 miles                                  Ascent:  2,175ft
Leader             Janet                                       Meet Points:  Holywell & Northop
Telephone        01745 890453                       Meet Time:  9.00 (H)/9.15 (N)

Sat 3rd March             A Ramble Around Delamere           Walk Start:  10.00

Starting from the car park in the forest known as Barns Bridge Gates on Delamere Lane this is an easy walk with just one short climb to the viewing point at Pale Heights.  New routes, through the forest guaranteed, some muddy bits a possibility, Iron Age hill forts to admire and a visit to the Goshawk pub for refreshments afterwards.  This is a dog friendly walk and dogs are welcome.
    
Grade              Easy                                        Grid Ref:  SJ 543 715            
Length             8.5 miles                                  Ascent:  500ft
Leader(s)         June & George                       Meet Point; Northop
Telephone        01352 840809                       Meet Time:  9.15
                        07478 223246

Thurs 8th Mar                        Thornton Hough to Brimstage         Walk  Start:  10.00

This is a circular walk from the attractive village of Thornton Hough in the rural, historic heartland of the Wirral.  We walk north across open countryside taking paths to the hamlet of Brimstage.  Here there is an opportunity for coffee and cake before the return leg to our start point the Red Fox Inn where plentiful food and drink is available for lunch in the pub.
        
Grade:             Easy                                        Grid Ref:  SJ 305 810
Length:            5.5 miles                                  Ascent:  50m
Leader             Flo                                           Meet Point: Northop car park
Telephone:       01244 534445                      Meet Time:  9.30

Sat 10th March.                      Llyn Edno via Carnedd y Cribau  Walk  Start:  10.00

This walk starts from the Pen-y-Gwryd hotel (if coming from Capel Curig it’s best to park in the lay-by or on the side of the road before the hotel). Our route follows the county boundary up to Carnedd y Cribau, down to Bwlch y Rhediad and across to Llyn Edno. We then walk back to the bwlch and head west towards Llyn Gwynant. From here we walk up the valley and back to the cars. Dogs welcome.

Grade              Strenuous                                Grid Ref:   SH 662 559
Length             9 miles/14 km                          Ascent:  2765 ft/843 km
Leader(s)         Margaret                                 Meet Point:  Junction 29 (A55)
Telephone        01352 720477                       Meet Time:  9.00

Sun 18th March.         Maeshafn Circular                Walk Start:  9.50

A scenic circular from Maeshafn up over Moel Findeg, down and through Tir- y- Coed and Nercwys forest, returning over Bryn Alyn and woods back to Maeshafn. Good views throughout, 2 short climbs.  Refreshments at the Miners Arms to finish.
Dogs welcome although a couple of tricky stiles.
 
Grade              Easy                                        Grid Ref:  SJ 202 610
Length             7 miles                                     Short ascents of M Findig & B Alyn
Leader             Peter                                       Meet Point:  Holywell/Northop
Telephone        01352 716886                      Meet Time:  9.15(H)/9.30(N)

Sat 24th March.                      Bagillt Coast and Country   Walk Start:  9.30

Starting at Gadlys Lane we ascend Sandy Lane towards the Old Bagillt Road.  Views of farms and livestock en route, but no close encounters.  Following the lanes there is a lovely view across the estuary to the Wirral and beyond.  Briefly into Holywell where we descend via Tesco car park into Basingwerk Woods towards the historical Basingwerk Abbey.  Across to Doc Maes Glas where we follow the coastal path back towards Bagillt to view the dragon beacon, the tin man and various wood carvings.
  
Grade              Easy                                      Grid Ref:  SJ 223 753
Length             5 miles                                   Ascent; Negligible
Leader             Alison                                    Meet Point:  Car Park,Stag Inn, Bagillt
                                                                        Meet Time:  9.30

Sun 25th March.         Breidden Hills                                    Walk Start:  10.00

The Breidden Hills are not very high but rise steeply from the Severn Valley so a tough day is guaranteed. We start our up and down day at Criggion and make our undulating way to Middletown Hill, our first summit of the day. Then it’s along the ridge to Moel y Golfa, at 1322 ft. our highest point. We head homewards via the impressive Rodney’s Pillar atop our third summit of the day before descending back to Criggion in search of tea and cakes.

Grade              Strenuous                                Grid Ref:  SJ 294 149
Length             7 miles                                     Ascent:  2,500 ft
Leader             John                                         Meet Point:  Northop 
Telephone        01352 757366                       Meet Time:  08.45
                        07954 272561

Sat 31st March.                      Llanfair TH to Abergele       Walk Start:  10.45

This is a Linear Walk. From the Car Park at Pensarn Beach we walk to the bus stop to catch the 43 bus to Llanfair TH.  Starting from Wern Cross Roads we walk over Mynydd Modrochyn. From here we cross over to Moelfre. After visiting this viewpoint we continue, past Abergele Hospital, down to Abergele and Pensarn.

Grade:             Moderate Mountain                Grid Ref:  SH 929 724
Length:            8 miles/15km                           Ascent:  1,500 ft.
Leader             Ron                                         Meet Point: Holywell Comm Hospital.
Telephone:       01352 715723                      Meet Time:  9.15
                        07967 513268

Wed 4th April.                        Heswall Dales & The Dungeon        Walk Start:  10.15

The walk will start from the public car park at Banks Road in Lower Heswall next to the Sheldrake restaurant.  We will walk through the marshy foreshore of the river Dee to the sandstone gorge of the Dungeon.  Then on through the lowland heath of Heswall Dales with views across the Dee estuary. 

Grade              Easy                                        Grid Ref:  SJ 255 815
Length             4.5 miles                                 Ascent:  Minimal
Leader(s)         Jane & Gill                            Meet Point:  Northop
Telephone        01352 713972                     Meet Time:  09.30

Fri 6th April.               Annual General Meeting

Sat 7th April.              Abergwyngregyn – Rachub             Walk Start:  10.00

We park in the free car park (not the bus stop) near the Falls Hotel, then make our way via the North Wales Path past Aber Falls . Leaving the N.W.P. we go via Cras along the east side of Moel Wnion .We should be rewarded with excellent views to Anglesey, Menai straits and Snowdonia’s various peaks.

Then it’s over the minor peaks of Gyrn , Llefn and Moel Faban and down into Rachub. From there we catch a bus to Llandygai where we change for the bus back to Aber. It’s then refreshments & delicious cakes in the Falls Hotel.    (Lawrence will be at Northop )

Grade              Strenuous                                Grid Ref:  SH 656 728
Length             9 miles                                     Ascent: 2,500ft
Leader             Lawrence                                Meet: Northop/Holywell/J 29
Telephone        01352 762162                      Meet time: 8.30(N)/8.45(H)/9.00(J 29)
                        07950 586262

Sat 14th April             Up and Down the Clwyds    Walk Start:  9.30

Starting from the Plymog Lay by South of  Llanferres we take a bridleway towards the Clwyds. We then follow the Offa’s Dyke Path for a short distance and then go over Foel Fenlli. After crossing to Moel Famau the return is via tracks and bridleways to the start. There are very few stiles on this walk so it is suitable for dogs on a short lead.

Grade              Strenuous                                Grid Ref:  SJ 187 598
Length             8 miles/14kms                         Ascent: 2,400ft.
Leader             Ron                                         Meet:  Holywell/Northop
Telephone        01352 715723                      Meet time 09 00/0915
                        07967 513268 

Sun/Tues 15th /17th April.                  Trip to Pendle                       

Sun 22nd April.                      On the Pilgrims Trail            Walk Start:  10.30

Start: Go to the crossroads in Melin-y-Wig, park by the notice board if not possible go up road opposite to park on the bend by a footpath sign. This delightful 6.25 mile walk explores a little known area at the southern end of the Vale of Clwyd.  It visits two remote hamlets set in a deep valley on an ancient pilgrims track.  The undulating route follows riverside and field paths, tracks, bridleways and quiet lanes through attractive wooded valleys and includes a visit to a medieval country church.
    
Grade              Easy/Moderate                        Grid Ref:   
Length             6.25 miles                                Ascent:  Not Known. 
Leader(s)         Sandra & Phil                         Meet Point:  Northop
Telephone:       01352 741750                       Meet Time:  09.30
                        07952 215668

Sun 29th April            Black Hound and Slippery Witch    Walk Start:  10.00

We leave the car park at Gwern Gof Isaf and head up the steep road to Ffynnon Llugwy. Then it’s a pleasant scramble, first to Bwlch Eryl Farchog and then the first summit of the day. Pen yr Helig Du (2733 ft.). Pen Llithrig y Wrach (2592 ft.) is our second peak which we reach by traversing over Bwlch y Tri Marchog. We then pick a route down to a mountainside leete which pleasantly reconnects us with our initial ascent route -  great views of Tryfan if the day is fair.

Grade:             Strenuous                                Grid Ref:  SH 685 603
Length:            7 miles                                     Ascent:  2,650 ft.
Leader:            John                                         Meeting Point; J29 (A55)
Telephone:       01352 757366                       Meet Time:  9.00
                        07954 272561