If you had told me a couple of years ago that we’d only get 19 people on a coach to walk the Nantlle Ridge - probably the finest linear ridge walk south of the border - during a settled spell of weather in July, I’d have said you were bonkers, but that’s what happened last month!
Maybe the fact that it was initially advertised as a “Long Meet” put some folk off, something that was rather unnecessary as most people can complete the full ridge (7 peaks if you include Mynydd Graig Goch) comfortably in 6 hours.
Maybe it was the distraction of the Club’s attempt on the “Three Peaks” a few weeks before, although this can’t really be the case as 5 of the participants, 4 of whom finished the challenge, were actually on the coach and did the 8.5 mile 'feature' walk.
Whatever the reason, those absent missed out on a lovely day out - mild conditions with a stiff, cooling breeze and great views intermittently hidden by high cloud what occasionally swept over the ridge. 10 members alighted at Nebo to do the ridge while others on the coach stayed on until Rhyd Ddu to tackle Mynydd Mawr, where the approach paths seem to have become very overgrown, or do Route 1 in reverse. The latter headed up towards Yr Aran before dropping down into Bwlch Cwm Llan and the Watkin path to the Hut or Beddgelert. The forecast was for rain to come in from the NW at around 3.30pm and this proved exceeding accurate, but it wasn’t very heavy and we only had around 1 hour with cags on before we hit the pub.
There was an excellent selection of real ales on tap at the Cwellyn Arms and for once we had time to sample most of them - Bragdy Conwy Brewery’s “Clogwyn Gold” (3.6%) “West Coast Pale Ale (3.9%) & “Welsh Pride” (4.0%), Great Orme Brewery’s “Welsh Gold” (3.6%) & “Orme” (4.3%) & Grafton Brewing Company’s “Jazz” (4.0%), “Prowler” (4.3%) & “Lady Mary” (5.0%)
Needless to say the meet made a large loss, wiping out whatever profit had been returned from the first 6 month’s coach meets. Hopefully next month’s trip to the lovely Howgill Fells will be better supported.