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Home arrow Meet Reports arrow Meet Report: Tyddyn Farm meet, North Wales, 9-11 January

Meet Report: Tyddyn Farm meet, North Wales, 9-11 January

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14 people came on this meet based at this very comfortable farmhouse near Betws-y-Coed.

Meet Report: Tyddyn Farm meet, North Wales, 9-11 January 2004


14 people came on this meet based at this very comfortable farmhouse near Betws-y-Coed.

It was a quick journey from London, even for those who didn't try the new toll road past Birmingham, and by half past nine most of us were sitting round the kitchen table at Tyddyn Farm, in eager anticipation - not so much of the weekend to come, but of a first glimpse of Paul Mandel's spectacular new hair colour. We were not disappointed.

On Saturday most people headed for Arenig Fawr. Paul, Tuba and Tim went to the Arans and I gather that Tim got a bit futher along the ridge than the others. Hazel, Debbie and I opted for a "pleasant walk with a scramble" over three tops leading to Arenig Fach. Having congratulated ourselves on avoiding the rain in the morning, the weather broke as we reached the foot of Arenig Fach. After ploughing through steep knee-deep heather in no visibility, we found something that looked like a ridge, but no sign of the scramble mentioned in the guidebook. It didn't lead to the top either, but a compass bearing got us there. I think the experience of others was fairly similar, especially as regards misty walks through trackless heather. Still, it was a good opportunity to test newly acquired equipment, a test which Tom's Chinese "North Face" jacket failed. However he compensated in the shops of Betws-y-Coed on Sunday, as far as I can tell from the shopping bags I shared the back of his car with on the way back to London.

We were plied with cooked breakfast and an excellent Saturday night dinner by our superb hostess Lynda, and further Saturday night entertainment was provided by the gadgets around the dining room, including a plasma globe thingy and a clock with a different bird singing to announce each hour. I won't try to explain what Derek was doing with his big torch . . . A certain amount of drinking also took place and given the weather and expected gale force winds, some of us contented ourselves on Sunday with a brisk tramp through the fields around Pentrefoelas before heading back home.

Sandy Gordon
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