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Programme of Meets : Summer 2018


Mehefin/June 2018 Newsletter


Annwyl Aelod/Dear Member

Here’s an update on happenings in Clwb Dringo.


Meets List for the next few months

There is another varied programme of walks in the next few months, including a few evening walks that all happily finish quite near pubs that serve delicious food! Do come along to as many meets as you are able to, and don’t be shy to offer to lead a walk – I’m sure you’ve all got favourites, or places that you always intended to visit but haven’t yet got round to. Now is your chance!


Dringo a Cherdded / Climbing and Walking Meets

Meet at 9.30am in Heol y Parc, Porthmadog unless otherwise noted below

Date                                                    Leader                     Objective                      

Sun/Sul 24th Mehefin/June            Dafydd Hughes                 Elidyr Fawr. 

Sun/Sul 8th Gorffenaf/July            David Medcalf                   ??

Sun/Sul 15th Gorffenaf/July          Margery Warren                 Low level walk from Felinheli to                  Bangor

Sun/Sul 22nd Gorffenaf/July         Eirlys Wyn                         Rhinogau

Sun/Sul 5th Awst/August               John Williams                    Llangower, Foel y Geifr/Foel Goch

Sun/Sul 19th Awst/August             Howard Peace                    Y Fron Circuit

Sun/Sul 2nd Medi/September         Paul Smyth                        Llanfihangel-y-Pennant

Sun/Sul 16th Medi/September        Rob Piercy                         Carneddau

Sun/Sul 30th Medi/September        Dafydd Hughes                 Margo Trail – Bryn Cader                

                                                                                                Faner/Moel y Geifr

You will usually get a reminder email about each walk a few days before. However, as the next walk is on Sunday 24th June, there won’t be an email, but here is the description provided by Dafydd Hughes….

Meet as usual at the Park at 9.30.We will park at 595631 above Deiniolen and do a circular walk via Elidir Bach,Elidir Mawr,Mynydd Perfedd and Carnedd y Filiast a distance of about 8 kilometres If all goes well we could include Foel Goch.


Evening Meets:

Friday 29th June      David Medcalf.            Meet at 5.30pm at Layby between Llanfrothen and Penrhyndeudraeth (GR614399) for walk including Llanfrothen church, followed by a meal at The Ring

Friday 13th July       John Williams.  Meet in the square in Tremadog at 5.00pm.  Walk to Y Fedw followed by meal at The Union, Tremadog.

Friday 17th August  Cathy Woodhead. Meet at 5.30pm at The Grapes, Maentwrog.  Walk including Llyn Mair and followed by meal at The Grapes.

Nosweithiau Cymdeithasol / Social Evenings on the last Friday in Autumn/Winter months. 

Your very efficient Secretary has already found speakers to entertain us on the last Friday of most months between October 2018 and March 2019. More details in future Newsletters.

Away Days in May

A dozen or so members enjoyed a few days in the Brecon Beacons in May, when the summer weather made a brief appearance.  

It was interesting to see how many variations on the themes of accommodation and walks could be achieved by just a dozen people – three different lodgings, one campervan, several different walking destinations. One member came along, walked on the same hill that we were on, and went away again without us seeing him – though we did spot his car in the same car park as ours! He didn’t answer his mobile when we called him, as the mobile was in his car, not on his person…. 

I did discover the solution to the Clwb Dringo version of herding cats – cwrw (beer)!!  Everybody, apart from the lone phone-leaver, managed to appear in the same pub each evening to enjoy some excellent beer and food together! 

It is wonderful walking country in the Bannau Brycheiniog (the Beacons) with some big hills, including the over-crowded Pen y Fan (Powys’s answer to Yr Wyddfa), but plenty of quiet hills too! And, for the Flat Earth section of Clwb Dringo, there was also the Brecon and Radnor Canal which I believe has some interesting locks. Well, interesting for the first three or four anyway.

Where shall we go next?


And to answer that question….

The Committee have been decisive as usual and come up with several possibilities…perhaps Borrowdale in the Lake District? There are lots of options for walking and even climbing up there, including nice valleys for the Flat Earth Society.   

Or how about Kettlewell in the Yorkshire Dales?  Clwb Mynydda Cymru have been there recently and survived – they have recommendations for accommodation and walking that we could follow up on.

Or maybe we could stay in Wales and visit Sir Benfro (Pembrokeshire) which has a large section of the Wales Coast Path (though not as large as Gwynedd has), but not many mountains.  It does have some amazing rock-climbing though, so maybe we could put the Dringo back into CDP?

Any thoughts or suggestions, please let the Chairman or the Secretary know.



We still have a Facebook group! And there now twenty-eight members!  

Here’s a reminder:

You can find it at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/485241128340969/    or simply search on “Clwb Dringo” within Facebook.



If you use Twitter, follow us! @ClwbDringo.  I think we have ‘tweeted’ at least twice since the last Newsletter!


And finally……our regular feature, Pensioners at Play…

One of our oldest members, though it’s hard to tell, is Margery Warren. She was spotted in May at the EcoBro Greenshoots Fair in Penrhyn, sporting her red Snowdonia Society sweatshirt…. Next thing…she is the star of the Snowdonia Society stall and featuring on their Facebook page…


This is Margery. She has been a member of the Snowdonia Society for 25 years. She's also a member of the Porthmadog Climbing Club and in her 70th year climbed Maccu Piccu and made it to Everest Base camp.

On Saturday Margery graced our stall at the Penrhyndeudraeth EcoBro fair and told her story, clad in her red Snowdonia Society jumper from 1990!

She lives and breathes Snowdonia and firmly believes that those who enjoy the National Park should help to protect it. So go on, take a leaf out of Margery's book and support our work.

Thanks Margery for sharing your smile and epic tales of adventure last Saturday. You too can join the Snowdonia Society, online at http://snowdonia-society.org.uk/join/

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The lady engaging with Margery above is Claire Holmes who is the Snowdonia Society Community Engagement Officer. She will be coming to engage with CDP and give us a talk at our evening meeting on 30th November.



That’s all for now folks.  If you have any items for the next Newsletter, due in September, let me know.




David Medcalf           medcalf959@btinternet.com






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