Summer in the Nantlle Valley Camping Weekend
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We'll be staying at a peaceful and isolated campsite in the heart of the Nantlle valley, overlooked by Mynydd Mawr (known to locals as elephant mountain) and the Nantlle Ridge. It is a working farm and offers a modern service block with toilets and free showers, plus fridge/freezer, cooking and washing up facilities and a coin operated laundry.
On Friday evening after dinner, we will gather around the campfire for a couple of drinks and a chance to meet and get to know one another.
On Saturday we plan to walk the spectacular Nantlle Ridge, which affords excellent views of Snowdon, Anglesey, the Menai Strait, Caernarfon and the northern Llyn peninsula. The ridge crosses the 6 summits of Y Garn, Mynydd Drws-y-Coed, Trum y Ddysgyl, Mynydd Tal-y-mignedd, Craig Cwm Silyn and Garnedd Goch and has a total height gain of nearly 1,000 metres. There is a steep ascent to get up onto the ridge, a little bit of scrambling is required in places and you will need a head for heights!!
If you prefer more leisurely pursuits, you could catch the Welsh Highland Railway from Rhyd Ddu to either Caernarfon, where you could explore the ancient castle, or Porthmadog with its harbour and craft shops.
Saturday evening will likely be spent socialising around the camp fire, if you still have the energy...
On Sunday we have a few options, these include a visit to Pant Du vineyard and orchard, where there is a shop selling their wines and ciders, along with a cafe selling local produce. We could also visit Dinas Dinlle where we could explore the remains of an old hill fort which looks out to sea, and maybe go for a paddle on the beach. I would also be happy to lead a short coastal drive from Dinas Dinlle to Caernarfon, along an area called the Foryd, before we say our final goodbyes.
Photos: All photos are the property of OutdoorLads, except for the 2 mountain views which are copyright Jeffrey Buck (event leader) and used with permission.
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What to bring
Tent: make sure you know how to pitch it, even in bad weather or in the dark. Check you have all the poles, ropes and pegs. A 3 season tent is the minimum recommended level of protection.
Sleeping bag: one that provides adequate warmth, designed to go below the temperature that you expect
Sleeping mat: will keep you warmer and dryer
Clothing: normal hiking clothes and boots, not forgetting shorts and a fleece or warm jacket for evenings, and swimming trunks/shorts (for the beach)
Waterproof bags: for spare, dry clothing
Food: search online for camping food that’s easy to cook and filling
Hot drinks: at least in cold weather
Cooking Equipment: check you have fuel and know how yours works
Eating equipment: mug, bowl or plate and cutlery
Washing up equipment: detergent, brush/scourer and tea towel
Wash kit: remember to include a towel, shower gel and shampoo
Torch: or easier still, a head torch
Food & drink
Please bring your own food for the weekend - breakfast, lunch and dinner. Please also bring any drinks you will require. Don't forget a packed lunch for Saturday!
If you need any additional provisions there is a Co-op in Penygroes, plus Morrison and Tesco supermarkets in Caernarfon. If you don't feel like cooking, the nearest pub is approx 3 miles away at Rhyd Ddu, they have an extensive menu and wide selection of drinks available.