2017/18 Programme of Walks:-
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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)
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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