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Support received for our social dog-walking group

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The group is pleased to acknowledge support from a variety of sponsors during 2017-2018.

In particular, we received a generous award from Grwp Cynefin's Hafod y Gest Community Fund, which hugely helped us in establishing our flourishing community of members. This provided us with some Canine First Aid training (from Active First Aid), and with insurance for our members and volunteers when partaking in group activities.

The report to Grwp Cynefin is available here.

Our walks leader was also nominated in 2017 for the Ordnance Survey's Get Outside Champions scheme. It's for recognising those with an infectious enthusiasm for the Great British outdoors!  Here in the Madog Dog Walks Group we want to encourage and motivate others (including their dogs!) to be more active in the hills, countryside and coastline here in North Wales.  We weren't successful, but we did get rewarded with a year's subscription to Ordnance Survey Digital Maps.

We've also had some great inter…

Stroll - Circuit of the Tanygrisiau reservoir

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A moderate circular stroll around the Tanygrisiau Reservoir.
Plenty opportunities for dogs to paddle. Great little (dog-friendly) cafe beside the station at Tanygrisiau.

The reservoir is part of the Ffestiniog Power Station complex. This installation was the first major pumped storage system in the UK. Pumped storage is a way of coping with rapid, short-term changes in the demand for electricity in the National Grid. At times of low demand and excess production elsewhere on the grid, water from the lower Tanygrisiau reservoir is pumped back up to the upper Llyn Stwlan reservoir. At times of sudden demand, water is released from Llyn Stwlan, to generate power as required. For this reason, the levels of both the Tanygrisiau and Llyn Swlan resevoirs can change significantly day-to-day.

The building of the lower reservoir flooded the route of the Ffestiniog Railway which had to build a deviation around the reservoir and power station. Directions:  From A496 to Blaenau Ffestiniog, follow …