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Programme of Meets : Spring 2019



Annwyl Aelod/Dear Member

Croeso i Gwanwyn!  I hope you’re making the most of this fine week – it won’t last, you know….      Here’s an update on happenings, regardless of the weather, in Clwb Dringo.

STOP PRESS 1    TodayThursday 28th March    There are showings in Pwllheli this evening of the Oscar winning documentary “Free Solo” – Alex Honnold’s astonishing solo climb on El Capitan in Yosemite.   Google for details or ring Cathy on 01766 512115

STOP PRESS 2     Tomorrow - Friday 29th March   If you can’t get to Pwllheli to see Alex Honnold, come to our evening meeting in the Yacht Club to see the not-yet Oscar winning presentation on Arctic Mountaineering by your Newsletter Editor. 


Meets List for the next few months

There is another varied programme of walks in the next few months.

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!

We will have a few evening walks in the summer. These are low-level walks suitable for anybody and will be arranged to end up at a pub for a beer and/or a meal. Please let me or our Chairman John Parry (llwynderw@yahoo.co.uk) know if you have any suggestions.


Dringo a Cherdded / Climbing and Walking Meets

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

Date                                        Objective                 Leader

Sul/Sun Ebrill/April 7                 Ardal Llyn Hywel, Rhinog Fach        Haf Meredydd

Sul/Sun Ebrill/April 21*            Maesglasau                                          Keith Roberts

Sul/Sun Mai/May 5                    To be announced                                 John Parry

Sul/Sun Mai/May 19                  To be announced                                 Dafydd Hughes

Sul/Sun Mehefin/June 2             To be announced                                 Rob Piercy

Sul/Sun Mehefin/June 16           Moel Hebog                                        Cathy Woodhead

Sul/Sun Mehefin/June 23           Two Bridge walk                                Margery Warren

You will usually get a reminder email about each walk a few days before.

*  Sunday 21st April is Easter Sunday and is distinguished a little from ‘normal’ meets by being dedicated as our Remembrance Meet in honour of our absent friends – former members who have passed away. These include:  Showell Styles, Jean Styles, Rod Hughes, Roland Dawes, Tudor Bell, Sandra Bell, Alan Lyall**, Rhiannon Owen and Mike Lewis.

**Alan Lyall, who died aged 85 in 2017, was probably not known by many members. He was a regular attendee at our evening meets, but rarely if ever (as far as I know) came on outdoor meets as he was afflicted by rheumatoid arthritis from the age of about 50. Nonetheless he reckoned that he had ascended Yr Wyddfa over 500 times in his lifetime.  He had been a solicitor in Liverpool before retiring to his cottage in Nantmor. He was a stalwart of the Alpine Club (several members of Clwb Dringo are also members of the AC) and an expert on Swiss mountains and life in the mountain villages. He made a photographic record capturing Swiss customs before they were lost through ‘progress’ and this is now in the Alpine Club Library. He has a lasting memorial in the form of his scholarly analysis of the famous accident after the first ascent of the Matterhorn (The First Descent of the Matterhorn).

Nosweithiau Cymdeithasol / Social Evenings

It is the Last Indoor Meet of the season tomorrow Dydd Gwener/Friday 29 March 2019 when David Medcalf will give a talk entitled ‘Arctic Mountaineering’. See you there – dress up warm!




Residential Meets - 2019

Llangollen area - May 14th & 15th

David & Cathy will lead a circumnavigation of the Vale of Llangollen. Two days of walking, with one night in Llangollen.  Tuesday 14th to Wednesday 15th May. There is a lot of choice for accommodation in Llangollen – Cathy & David have booked into Gales Hotel which seems nice and not too expensive (Google it for details and booking).  The walk would be about 21 miles over the two days, leaving cars/luggage in Llangollen where we start & finish each day. Do join us on the exploration of this lovely valley on the quiet paths above the tourist traps of Chain Bridge etc.


Overseas - October

John Parry has suggested a week’s walk following the Camino Inglés, starting at Ferrol and ending at Santiago de Compostela.  This is a variation on the well-known pilgrim route of Camino de Santiago.   This is an opportunity to turn the Camino Inglés (the English Way) into the Camino Galés (the Welsh Way)   J

John has calculated that 7 nights B&B including pack transfers would cost in the region of 400 euros.  Flights to Compostela from Stansted starts at £51 then a train to the start point at Ferrol. 

John Parry will be happy to provide more info, as will Mr Google.  Let John know if you are interested.  Email: llwynderw@yahoo.co.uk


Any other suggestions?

Clwb Dringo “away trips” over the last few years have been very successful, visiting (amongst other places) Derbyshire, Pembrokeshire, Shropshire, Yorkshire and Brecon.  All the trips have been mid-week, usually for three days, but there is no rule.  If you have an idea for an interesting trip, check out possible accommodation and put a bit of detail together and let me know. I’ll circulate the Clwb.



We have a Facebook group! And there are now thirty-two members!  The group has reports & photos of Meets, plus items of local ‘mountain’ interest.

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.  Currently there are just very occasional Tweets on ‘local mountain’ topics.


And finally……our regular feature, Pensioners at Play


Pensioners at play


The Newsletter Editor wonders how to surmount an overhang on a ‘first ascent’ in the Anti-Atlas mountains of Morocco, two weeks ago.


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


David Medcalf     01766 512115     medcalf959@btinternet.com



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