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Programme of Meets : Winter 2018



Rhagfyr/December 2018 Newsletter

Annwyl Aelod/Dear Member -Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!

Here is your quarterly window into the wonderful world of Clwb Dringo! It has been a good autumn season for the Club, starting with our “away days” visit to deepest Yorkshire. The Hostel at Kettlewell was great for the hoi polloi and the ‘posh set’ who stayed in the Racehorses Hotel also enjoyed their accommodation. The weather smiled on us and many miles of Yorkshire Fells were covered. The home meets have also been good…Cathy found a quiet way to the top of Yr Wyddfa, via the Rhyd Ddu path, though the summit was far from quiet! Alun Roberts introduced a ‘first’ for CDP – the use of taxis to take members out to Rhyd Ddu and another taxi to bring them home from Ystradllyn. On other walks, Arwyn took us to the historic land above Penmaenmawr and Haf led a walk into the less well known areas of Ardudyw. Full reports of all our walks are archived by Arwyn so that future generations can be enthralled by our exploits (I’m sure they will be….).

We have already enjoyed two of our ‘winter season’ indoor meets. John Parry entertained us with slides and stories of his traverse of the Corsican mountains and Claire Holmes told us about the work of The Snowdonia Society, with a challenging quiz to follow. Our volunteer Park Warden, Haf, used her detailed knowledge of the Park to good effect to win Snowdonia Society calendars for her team.

Anyway, enough of history….here’s a glimpse into the future…..


Meets List for the next few months

More interesting places to visit 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 in future – 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! A traditional excursion is to the summit of Moel y Gest on Boxing Day – whatever the weather! Though it is noticeable that fewer people make it to the top when the weather is inclement! Come along by whatever route you wish and feel free to bring along any leftover pince mies or maybe even a wee dram! Lots of people from the area choose this as a way to work off some Christmas excess so it’s a very social occasion! Target time on top is 2pm, but some people (the runners) can be there as early as 10am! Another ‘special’ walk will be when Arwyn takes us to the summit of Wales’ newest mountain, Moel Penolau in the Rhinogydd. Elevated in status due to re-surveying rather than volcanic upheaval, though there is plenty of evidence of such upheaval in the Rhinog wilderness.






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 23 Rhagfyr/Dec Cwm Dwyfor Horeshoe Howard Peace

Mercher/Wed 26 Rhagfyr/Dec Moel y Gest (Meet on summit around 2pm)

Sul/Sun Ion/Jan 1 New Year’s day Walk (To be decided on the day)

Sul/Sun Ion/Jan 13 Stroll among the reservoirs. Moelwynion Rob Piercy

Sad/Sat Ion/Jan 26 Pre-Dinner Walk Chairman

Sul/Sun Chwefr/Feb 10 Bwlch Mawr John Williams

Sul/Sun Chwefr/Feb 24 Nant Gwynant Alun Roberts

Sul/Sun Mawrth/March 10 Moel Penolau (Mynydd newydd) Arwyn Jones

Sul/Sun Mawrth/March 24 Moel Gerddi and Moel Goedog Paul Smyth


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



Nosweithiau Cymdeithasol / Social Evenings


Please support our kind speakers at 7.30pm at Madoc Yacht Club.

Friday 22nd February 2019 Gerallt Pennant – Mynyddoedd a Mascara -Of Mountains and Mascara

Friday 29th March 2019 David Medcalf. Arctic Mountaineering



The AGM is on Friday 25th January 2019 and will be followed be a variety of short and interesting mountaineering related films The Annual Dinner is on Saturday 26th January 2019 at Porthmadog Golf Club. Booking forms for the dinner will be sent out at the beginning of January.


Club Subs

At the CDP December Committee Meeting it was suggested that the Club subs should be increased as our minimal costs are less minimal than they were ten years ago. (Editor: I blame Brexit…) This needs to be discussed and possibly approved at the AGM on Friday January 25th . Please come to the meeting and have your say.


Christmas Quiz Rob Piercy has devised a Visual Quiz involving Welsh Mountains. (Some say that this will be paintings left over from his Christmas Exhibition….) Rob will email this out before Christmas. Winners will be announced and rewarded at the Annual Dinner.


Residential Meets

There is a proposal for a two day midweek meet in the vicinity of Llangollen. Suggested dates are Tuesday 21st May to Wednesday 22nd May 2019. Reserve the dates! There will be more information in the next newsletter.



We still have a Facebook group! And there now thirty-one members! Here’s a reminder: You can find it at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/485241128340969/ or simply search on “Clwb Dringo” within Facebook.


Twitter If you use Twitter, follow us! @ClwbDringo.

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


David Medcalf medcalf959@btinternet.com David Medcalf 01766 512115 medcalf959@btinternet.com


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