North Wales Ramblers Walking Festival - update
The Ramblers groups in North Wales have got together and agreed to hold a Walks Festival this summer. You may have seen the notice about this in the latest North Wales Rambler newsletter.
The Festival will take place from Saturday July 28th to Sunday August 5th and aims to offer a wide range of walks across the whole of North Wales area. All in all over 50 walks are being run by the ten North Wales groups. The Festival is being launched on Saturday July 28th with a number of different walks from Llanfairfechan. Although this is a long way from our patch, it is hoped that some members will decide to go along to support the launch. In the following eight days, the Meirionnydd Group is hosting four walks of very different lengths, grades and themes during the festival; a leisurely 3 mile walk with a Roman theme; 5 miles near Harlech with a focus on the castle and the area's history; a moderate 7 mile walk near Dolgellau visiting some old Quaker sites; and a strenuous 10 mile mountain walk in the Moelwyns. This will provide opportunities for all our members to take part in the Festival if they wish to. You'll be able to see details of these walks in the next N Wales Area walks booklet and, of course, on the programme page on this website.
There will be extra publicity for the Festival walks as we hope to attract new walkers, including families with older children on one or more of the routes. To make it easier for people to come along, our Festival walks will start from places with plenty of car parking and, ideally, public transport links.
Forthcoming Meirionnydd Ramblers meeting dates
Committee Meetings 2018
- Friday April 27th
- Friday July 20th
- Friday October 19th
Please note that committee meeting dates are provisional and may be subject to change. For further information about forthcoming meetings or minutes of previous meetings, please contact the group secretary.
- AGM 2018, Saturday October 27th at 10 am in the Village Hall, Llanelltyd. NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE.
For draft minutes of the last AGM, click here.
Bring and share social evening
After the success of our "bring and share" evening last spring, when Jean Napier gave an interesting talk and film show about the old drovers' routes in the Rhinogs, we are hoping to hold a similar event with another speaker later on this year. Watch this space for further details.
The committee is considering ideas for one or two other events during 2018. If you have any suggestions for things to do or places to go which you think would interest members, please let us know.
From time to time we organise leader training, for both new and experienced walk leaders, and first aid courses for leaders and walkers. You can read about our current training plans here. We will also alert you to training and development opportunities in and around the area organised by Ramblers GB or Ramblers Cymru.
Walk Leader Training
We are planning to hold a repeat of our “Workshop for Walk Leaders and Prospective Walk Leaders” which last took place in April 2016. This will be a friendly and informal discussion, for Meirionnydd Ramblers members, when we can share ideas about best practice and offer support to new and prospective leaders. Details will be circulated nearer the time. You can read the guidance notes drawn up after the last discussion here.
In addition, regular Volunteer Development Days are held by Ramblers GB, which often include sessions on walk leading. These range from basic guidance sessions to more advanced workshops on how to deal with difficulties and challenges. There is also plenty of guidance available in the Walk Leader Toolkit on the main Ramblers website.
First Aid Training
We occasionally run first aid courses for walk leaders, potential leaders and other interested members of the group. The next course will be this spring. Information will be sent out once we have more details. Meanwhile, please contact the group secretary to register an interest. Priority will be given to those who trained in May 2015 and who wish to renew their qualification but if the course is oversubscribed, another will be organised at a later date.
Ramblers Cymru Training Events
Ramblers Cymru are hosting a number of training events across Wales. Topics include Short Walk Leader training, Public Rights of Way training, Navigation Skills and a Practical Maintenance Workshop. Click here for details.
Members' News Update from the Meirionnydd Group Chairman – April 2018
For once, I’m not going to start by talking about the weather - there doesn’t seem to be much to say that hasn’t been said many times already. I just hope that next time I refer to the subject I’ll be able to say something positive!
Instead, I’m going to put on my other hat for a moment, that of Programme Secretary, and thank all of those members who have offered to lead walks for the second half of 2018. Between us we have managed to put together a very full and varied programme with no less than 37 walks plus the weekly short walks which take place every Wednesday. You can see how much these walks are appreciated by the numbers who turn up to take part, even in less than perfect conditions. So a big vote of thanks from me and on behalf of the committee and the group to all our leaders. The full programme will be available on the Walks Programme page in a few weeks’ time and, of course, in the North Wales walks booklet when it is published in June.
Among the walks in the new programme, we now have four taking place during the North Wales Ramblers Walking Festival – see above for more on this subject. A special thanks to the leaders who have volunteered for this event. For the rest of you, nearer the time we’ll be looking for understudy leaders (in case of large numbers of guest walkers necessitating splitting the group) and backmarkers. Let me know if you are interested in volunteering.
Switching back hats again, you may be interested to know that our group membership has been holding up well, somewhat contrary to the trend of falling membership across the UK. We are sorry to see occasional old members leave us or move away from the area but we are also very pleased to welcome new members, many of whom join the group after coming along and enjoying our walks. Our membership currently stands at a healthy 123 nearly half of whom walk with the group either on a regular basis or occasionally.
Membership lists are maintained by Ramblers head office and sent to us routinely to enable us to communicate with you. Of the total group membership, some 70 have registered email addresses with Ramblers while another 20 or so have provided email addresses directly to us for use by the group. But that still leaves over 30 members for whom we have no email address. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all those members who are computer users to register (and maintain) their membership details with Ramblers as this means that we automatically receive updates to your details from head office, making it easier to maintain our own mailing lists. Registering is easy to do – simply click on the Ramblers logo at the top of this page to go to the main Ramblers website and then select “Register” from the options at the very top of the page. You will be given the opportunity to opt in or out of mailings from Ramblers so you need not worry about your details being abused.
With that out of the way, it simply remains for me to wish you all good rambling in April.
Jacky Cross, Chairman Meirionnydd Ramblers April 2018
Members update from the CEO of Ramblers
Ramblers CEO, Vanessa Griffiths, regularly issues a newsletter to members, with lots of information about Ramblers activites, priorities and campaigns. If you are registered with Ramblers as a volunteer and have chosen to accept email updates, you should already have received a copy. If not, click here to read the latest edition.
Photos from some recent walks
As usual, hover the pointer on the top picture for information and click on it for an expanded view.