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Home arrow Meet Reports arrow NORTH WALES-ARENIG FAWR - 29-30 Nov 2008


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Contributed by Ian Powditch   
The west of England is known to have more rain than eastern regions. The Snowdonia area of Wales very often gets the full force of low pressure induced rainfall. What a change in circumstances, while we were bathed in sunshine, albeit at -3 deg C, the rest of southern England was just plain miserable and 'wet'.

Friday evening's forecast for the following morning was cold and dry. Our early start on Saturday proved the forecasters were right. Without de-icer for the cars, it was a window scraping job with engines left running.
Our drive out to Pont Rhyd-y-Fen took twenty minutes; with easy parking on the road- side, and boots on…. we were off!
The frost was hard with plenty of ice from the frozen puddles. We could see a dusting of snow further up Arenig Fawr, and soon we were above the snow line.
With hardly a cloud in the sky, the brisk wind negated the suns rays; although out of the wind it was indeed very pleasant.
As we gained height the snow became deeper, and in places was at least 350mm deep.
At last we arrived at the trig point. Adjacent to this is a stone memorial in memory of the occupants of a plane that crashed during the war.
The views from 854m were spectacular, especially as the weather remained on its best behaviour…looking north we could see the Snowdon range; and to the south west Cadair Idris… but it was too cold to linger for long. We were soon on our way, and split into two groups; one group took the high level snow covered path to Moel Llyfnant, leaving three of us to head down to the lower slopes.
A very wet and boggy decent was experienced, but when we reached stable ground a change of socks was made possible. Dry feet at last!
We headed north looking for the disused rail track, but keeping an eye out for the other group. To our surprise, we saw them a short distance from the disused quarry, and soon we were all walking back together.
It was good to reach the cars, change footwear and take five minutes rest before heading to a small 'caffi' along the A412. We were not disappointed either. A good hot brew and an almond slice or two was just perfect-it matched the day.

Sunday started out to be a bit cloudy but still good weather conditions. All of us were in agreement on a walk in a flat low level terrain. Derek and Jon went off in pursuit of some more climbing. We started our walk in Llandegla and walked along the Offa's Syke path. The path wound its way through thick forests which seemed to be completely frosted. The path was treacherous in places with ice and frost but the views over the moors were fascinating. We finally reached Worlds End, which , had a stream passing over the path , and ice covered all over it. Tom braved the ice and fell over and the rest of us decided not to brave it. We had lunch nearby and headed back on the same path back where we started.


PS: Take a moment to look through the pictures of this meet on the gallery ( All pictures courtesy of Gareth Pratt )

More pictures here. :-) 

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