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Jul
22

Nantlle Ridge (37309)

Event Overview

EDIT: Added camping category as a camping option is available, see Camping Option tab

We will be walking along the spectacular Nantlle Ridge, one of the classic Snowdonia walks, which is a succession of 6 peaks overlooking the Nantlle Valley from the south.  Each peak is over 600m and affords some fantastic views out towards Anglesey, Caernarfon Bay and the Llyn Peninsula.

The route involves some steep climbs and a bit of scrambling, over a total distance of about 11 miles, so you will need to be reasonably fit for this walk. After reaching our final summit at Garnedd Goch we will double-back a short way before returning v...

EDIT: Added camping category as a camping option is available, see Camping Option tab

We will be walking along the spectacular Nantlle Ridge, one of the classic Snowdonia walks, which is a succession of 6 peaks overlooking the Nantlle Valley from the south.  Each peak is over 600m and affords some fantastic views out towards Anglesey, Caernarfon Bay and the Llyn Peninsula.

The route involves some steep climbs and a bit of scrambling, over a total distance of about 11 miles, so you will need to be reasonably fit for this walk. After reaching our final summit at Garnedd Goch we will double-back a short way before returning via Cwm Dwyfor, along some of the old mine tramways, then through part of Beddgelert Forest, returning to our start point at Rhyd Ddu. This is a long drive for some of our members, so here will be the option to camp nearby for lads who want to make a weekend of it. See below for details. 

The leader will be camping locally for the weekend, see the Camping Option tab below if you want to join him.

More details on the route can be found here http://www.mudandroutes.com/nantlle-ridge-circuit-from-rhyd-ddu/

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What to bring

Boots:  A good pair of waterproof hiking boots will be essential for the walk, as we will be crossing some difficult terrain. Please make sure your boots are in good condition.
 

Socks: Walking socks are often overlooked by those new to hiking, with many novices failing to invest in proper socks.  Good walking socks are essential in regards to keeping the feet dry, and in turn stopping the development of blisters.

Gaiters:  Gaiters attach to the bottom of walking boots and extend to just under the knee, they provide waterproofing for the bottom half of the leg, and are essential in keeping the feet dry. Hopefully we won't need them in late July, but they're worth keeping with you just in case.

Walking Trousers:  Walking trousers should be of a windproof design and made of a rip stop material, that will stand up to walking through ferns and undergrowth.

Waterproof Over Trousers:  Waterproof over trousers are essential in keeping the legs dry in any significant rainfall, once again I hope we won't need them at this time of year, but pack them just in case.

Waterproof Jacket:  A good waterproof jacket is one of the most important pieces of kit you will require when hiking.  Walkers should look for a jacket that is both waterproof and breathable in order for them to be protected from sweat.  Materials such as Gore-tex are often the best choices.

Rucksack: A good two strap Rucksack that is comfortable to wear is essential, and required to carry both food and equipment.  Day sacks should have a capacity of around 30 litres with equipment ideally being placed in water proof bags inside.

Food & Drink

You will need at least 2 litres of water and a packed lunch for this walk, plus any snacks that want during the day. There are no shops either at the start point or en route, so you will need to make sure you have everything you need before we set off. The nearest shops are at Llanberis, Beddgelert or Pen y Groes

Meeting & Times

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Camping option

The event leader will be spending the weekend at the campsite on the shore of Llyn Cwellyn, about half a mile from Rhyd Ddu, so if you want to make a weekend of it, you're welcome to join him.

The campsite has excellent facilities, including an underfloor heated service block with free power showers, and is operated by the Cwellyn Arms, which is in the middle of Rhyd Ddu. http://www.snowdoninn.co.uk/camping_site.html

I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that they do allow camp fires and BBQs onsite, provided they are raised off the ground, so it would be great if we can all gather together in the evening for a drink and a natter. As this is in high season, it would be advisable to pre-book.


Event Reference No:
37309