Snowdon weekend (Rhyd Ddu & Ranger paths)

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Cwellyn Arms

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Accommodation: Cwellyn Arms, Rhyd Ddu, At the foot of Snowdon, Gwynedd, LL54 6TL

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***Joint weekend away with WAMM and Notts 20s-30s Walking Group***

Let's head for the nation's most popular summit where you literally have to queue for the trig point! But no, we're not taking the train or following the crowds up Llanberis Path...

Having ascended the Ranger Path last year, we'll come down that way this time and instead, our Saturday climb up Snowdon will follow the Rhyd Ddu Path, which is conveniently located just a stone's throw from our suggested Friday and Saturday night accommodation.

Take a look at this useful guide to the available routes (with pictures):

The Rhyd Ddu Path is one of the lesser used paths on Snowdon, so it should hopefully get us away from some of the crowds. It follows a narrow ridge at one point with an exposed steep drop on either side. However the path along the top of the ridge is fairly gentle and smooth (not the grade 1 style scramble of Crib Goch). The route should be suitable for dogs that are on a lead, confident with heights and used to tiring steep walks.

NOTE: In the event of bad weather we reserve the right to change the route plan at short notice for everyone's safety.

On the Sunday we'll be doing another hike of around 8 miles in North Wales to make the most of our weekend away, before returning home. Sunday's hike will be jointly led for WAMM and Notts 20s-30s Walking Group, who are doing a separate Snowdon hike the day before.

Saturday's Snowdon climb will take all day so please ensure you arrive on Friday afternoon/evening (20th September) - either joining us at the Cwellyn Arms or staying somewhere nearby so that we can set off promptly on the Saturday morning, perhaps as early as 9am. Exact timetable will be communicated nearer the time.

The plan is to base ourselves at Cwellyn Arms, Rhyd Ddu, at the foot of Snowdon, Gwynedd, LL54 6TL -

Cwellyn Arms offers pitches for tents (15 min walk from the pub) and limited indoor accommodation on a first-come-first-served basis. If you'd like to camp, please bring your own tent or pair up with others. The campsite allows well-behaved groups so please let us know so we can give them an idea of numbers. If you want indoor accommodation then you need to arrange this with Cwellyn Arms yourselves.

There is no charge for this weekend away - other than your accommodation costs. However we will be taking up optional donations towards the WAMSD group Meetup fees.

Approximate weekend timetable:
Friday 7pm - Arrive/pitch at campsite (bring a torch as sunset is 7.30pm)
Friday 8pm - Group evening meal
Satuday 7.30am - Breakfast
Saturday 9am - Set off for Snowdon day hike
Saturday 7pm - Group evening meal
Sunday 8am - Pack up ready to leave
Sunday 8.30am - Breakfast
Sunday 9.30am - Depart
Sunday 11am (or a bit later depending on location) - Group hike
Sunday 4pm - Return home

Suggested kit list:
Rucksack for walks
Water bottle/pouch
Packed lunches
Walking clothes
Walking boots
Sunglasses and suncream
Mini first aid kit
Clothes for group meals out
Cash for group meals out
Sleeping bag (if camping)
Pillow (if camping)
Air bed & pump or roll mat (if camping)
Tent (if camping)
Battery pack (for charging mobile phone)

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