North Wales – Scrambles & Easy Climbs

John on Pinnacle Ridge

Dave on Arete and Slab, Bochlywd

Dave on Pinnacle Ridge

This meet will be based at a climbing hut and will explore some of the many scrambles/easy climbs in Snowdonia.

The hut is Cae’r Fran, the climbing hut of the Merseyside Mountaineering Club, about 1km from Laanberis at grid ref SH570595.  Cae’r Fran lies in the hills above Llanberis, a small hill town near Caernarfon. The maps below should be of use in finding the hut.

Map of Llanberis area

For those who prefer the good old OS style of map, here for your delectations it is …

Directions to Caer Fran
These directions assume you are approaching Llanberis from the SE on the A4086…

  • 200m after the Snowden Railway station, turn left onto the High Street.
  • After the Dolbadarn Hotel take the second left. This is Capel Coch Road.
  • Continue for about 150m to a chapel on the left after which you take the turning on the
    right, Fron Goch.
  • Follow this road steeply up the hill, take the second turning on the left. After a few metres there is the Plas Garnedd care home on the left.
  • Continue up this narrow road carefully for about 600m until you come to a gate.
  • The first parking area is about 50m on the left. There is more parking about 200m further up the road.
  • From the first parking there is a track leading down leftwards to Caer Fran.
  • The club hut is the second building. The main entrance is a green side door between the hut and the adjacent barn.

There are three places in which cars can be parked (at their owners risk) within easy walking distance of Cae’r Fran. On no account must vehicles be driven off the tarmac road and down to Cae’r Fran. This path is a footpath and may only be used by farm vehicles. On no account must cars be allowed to obstruct the lane up towards Moel Eilio or the footpath to Cae’r Fran, both are used by farm vehicles at unpredictable times.

The hut has bunk rooms with beds & mattresses so all you’ll need are your sleeping bags and pillow (No need for roll matts). There are separate men’s and women’s rooms.

There are also seperate men’s and women’s toilets and shower rooms with lovely hot water.

The kitchen is really well stocked with cutlery, crockery, pots and pans as well as having a huge cooker / stove and fridge. You’ll need to bring your own food and snacks but the hut has everything you’re likely to need to cook it.

There is also a drying room which will be incredibly handy if the weather doesn’t play ball.

The communal living area is big and a nice space to eat and spend an evening so there is the option to eat in if anyone would prefer to cook. Pete’s Eats is a short drive away if not and is great value, serving big portions.

Plan for the day:

We will likely arrive at the hut Thursday evening and go out scrambling Friday day. We’ll make sure we’re back in time to welcome those arriving Friday- just let us know your ETA.

We’re hoping to get a couple of classic Scrambles under our belt over the weekend and are open to suggestions if anyone has a burning desire for a certain route, just let us know your thoughts. We anticipate some long days dedicated primarily to scrambling but welcome those wanting to get some easy climbing in too. Hopefully we’ll have a big enough group to accommodate both ‘missions’.

Look forward to seeing you there!

If interested, please add a comment so we can add you to the booking.

Meet Organiser: Mandy

Members attending are:

  1. Charlotte?
  2. Hannah
  3. Mandy
  4. Jim K
  5. Stu
  6. Darren

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17 Responses to North Wales – Scrambles & Easy Climbs

  1. Patrick says:

    I might be able to make this one but won’t know until later in the year.

  2. Pete says:

    I would like to attend but it clashes with a Steampunk weekend event, so I will have to decide nearer the time as to which I will be attending!

  3. Charlotte Rimmington says:

    I would like to come on this trip please and
    Can I have a Lift please?

  4. Tom Eskriett says:

    Extra points for climbing in Steam Punk gear Pete?
    Charlotte I’m sure we can sort a lift out for you.
    Looking forward to catching up with everyone.

    • Pete says:

      I do have some Steampunk climbing gear! (as part of one of my characters Colonel Frederick Pierre Cragratty), but I do not advise anyone climbing with it!

  5. Hannah says:

    I’m hoping to be able to get to this one. Looks great!

  6. Mandy Chapman says:

    This looks great, yes please

  7. Jim Kearn says:

    I’m hopeful I can come, will try to confirm for definite soon (work dependent)

  8. Tom Eskriett says:

    Hi all,

    Unfortunately Jenny and I are unable to attend this meet now.

    We are still in contact with the hut so could those still wishing to attend confirm when they are hoping to arrive. We will coordinate with the hut and then provide the details to you so that you can still go on the meet.

    Apologies for the inconvenience.


  9. Jim Kearn says:

    Hi, I’d still like to come and can arrive late Thursday evening.

  10. Stu Howie says:

    I’d like to come on this trip. Hope to arrive Thursday night but may have to head home Saturday night or early Sunday. Will confirm a.s.a.p.

  11. Charlotte Rimmington says:

    I still want to come on this trip on Friday
    From 1:30pm after work till Sunday.
    Could anyone please give me a lift on

  12. Pete says:

    I am not able to attend now as I have rather committed to the Steampunk event Friday and Saturday in Gosport. It was always a maybe, depending on the Gower trip going ahead, which I am committed to go on now – next weekend.

  13. Darren says:

    I’d like to come along too please! Could do Thursday evening arrival or Friday whichever fits in with lift sharing if poss.

  14. Mandy Chapman says:

    Hi Tom and Jenny, so sorry you cant now make it and a thanks for all the info about the hut.

    I’ve offered to help with arrangements for this North Wales Scrambles/climbs trip from the Thursday evening (fingers crossed) to the Sunday – 26-29th Sept. It looks like we have Me (Mandy) Charlotte, Hannah, Jim K, Stu, Darren who are interested.
    Possibles Patrick?, Pete?

    Lets hope the weather is OK, if not there’s plenty of scope for orienteering/walking.
    I’m in possession of the two guide books from the club, fantastic bed time reading.

    I’ll put a post onto RoCs facebook so we can look at lifts and leaving times.
    We can sort food nearer the time when we know who’s coming, happy to cook a meal for Thursday evening : )

  15. Stu Howie says:

    Hi Tom & Jenny. Shame you can’t make it along any more – would have been nice to catch up. Wondered if you had any other details about access/payment etc. to share ? I think a few of us at least will arrive on the Thursday night though not sure about exact timings at the moment…

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