05-11 June 2014
One of the strong points of CLOG is that an away-break spawns many parallel activities with plenty of choice. Our Capel Curig visit certainly lived up to CLOG's time-honoured reputation! Of course, in these pages I focus on those activities in which I partook, or I had the opportunity to lead. Mount Snowdon (1035 metres) is a Welsh icon, so for many of us was a "must-do". On subsequent days, other walks, local to Capel Curig, whilst scaling lower heights, also proved attractive and gave us good exercise. An enterprising and demanding visit to Tryfan (917 metres) proved irresistible to some. More relaxing activities of a "touristy" nature also had their followers, and included visits to Anglesey and Plas Newydd, to Penrhyn Castle and the famous Bodnant Gardens as well as to the Slate Mines of Llanberis.
For those who espouse a more poetic slant to life, I have appended some verse. However, this humble endeavour of mine should not be seen as any attempt to take the poetic world by storm! It is indeed just intended to be a bit of playful rough and ready verse!
It was for the mountains of North Wales
that this time we "set our sails".
Up iconic Mount Snowdon we went
whilst to us the good weather was sent.
Next day, of Swallow Falls and Ty Hyll was the talk
as along Afon Llugwy's green valley we did our walk.
Goodness, time flew and then already it was Sunday,
destination Llyn Cowlyd and then a nice lakeside café.
On Monday it would be more leisurely, we reckoned,
when Penrhyn Castle and Bodnant Gardens to us beckoned.
To Jim and Penny and of course to Ralph our thanks do go,
to event leaders and all who their enthusiasm now did show.
I hope you enjoy reading and looking at these pages and that they will bring back memories of our recent trip. These pages may also provide an inspiration for future trips to Snowdonia, which I'm sure we would all like to make. In that case they will have fulfilled a further purpose. So, without further ado, let's relive some of our experiences!
Here you will see the maps, heights and other numerical items pertaining to our walks. In this section, the walks on June 6, 7 and 8, to Snowdon, the Miners' Bridge and Llyn Cowlyd are coloured blue, red and green respectively for ease of recognition. As always, please make allowances for the accuracy or otherwise of my map plotting (e.g. start and end elevations of our June 7 and 8 walks all should be the same, but are one metre out) and possibly of the - albeit very good - plotting tool which I use. However, at least you can see the overall gist of what we got up to!
Many Thanks to Jim and Penny who organised this CLOG away break. Unfortunately, for medical reasons, they could not participate in the fruit of their organisational endeavours. Ralph took over the administrative reins at the last moment. Thanks also to all the walk and event organisers and to everyone for a great time!
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