However, there are a number of other mountain ranges that are equally as beautiful and challenging such as Y Carneddau, Y Glyderau, Y Rhinogau and Cader Idris. The scenic North Wales Path which follows the coast and lower mountain slopes between Prestatyn and Bangor offers fascinating sights such as Aber Falls and the Druid’s Circle whilst the traffic free cyclepath from Barmouth to Penmaenpool provides stunning views of the glorious Mawddach estuary.
Below are some of the walks Derek has walked in Snowdonia.
Here is a golden opportunity to experience the open but intricate country that is the Llŷn Peninsula, Menai and Meirionnydd coastline.
The path follows Gwynedd’s coastline, stretching 180 miles from Llanfairfechan in the north of the county, down to Machynlleth near the south of the county.
By following the path you can enjoy the splendour of the areas diverse landscape, there are small coves and long sandy beaches, rugged cliffs and wild heathland.
The path is part of the Wales Coast Path – a continuous 870 mile path that runs right around the coastline of Wales.
For further information, including maps to download, go to the Wales Costal Path website www.walescoastpath.gov.uk or the Gwynedd Council website.
Two circular routes along the path have also been developed around Llithfaen (Tre'r Ceiri) and Porthmadog/Borth y Gest. More details including and App and a downloadable PDF from Walking North Wales.
From the end of the 18th Century until the beginning of the 20th Century the slate valley communities of Gwynedd - Ogwen, Peris, Nantlle, Blaenau Ffestiniog and Corris - were dynamic, thriving industrial areas. Between them these areas consisted of over 60 quarries and mines employing over 18,000 people.
Snowdon’s so big and so varied in terrain that it would be a real shame to walk up and down the same path in a day! The Snowdon Sherpa bus network is your passport to total freedom. Why not hike up one path and come down another? Or take the bus from your accommodation and walk back? It’s easy with the Sherpa service. The Snowdon Sherpa shuttles around the base of Snowdon connecting all 6 main footpaths and the surrounding villages.
Bala is a veritable Mecca for walkers with a range of walks to suit everyone from families to experienced hill-walkers.
> For families there are: a Treasure Hunt, All-ability Trails suitable for pushchairs and scenic walks of various distances. Or just walk to the lake.
> For those with an interest in history and culture there are heritage walks including: the Town Trail, the Mary Jones Walk and the Betsi Cadwaladr Trail.
> Scenic walks with wonderful views will appeal to many. Walking around the lake is a highlight of the area. For a shorter walk along the lake use the Bala Lake Railway a “must-do” with children.
> For the experienced hill-walker there are mountains almost touching 3,000 ft, classic ridge walking and much more, all with views and without the crowds. The highlights include Arenig Fawr and the Aran ridge.
More details on the GoBala website.
By following this linear route, you will walk 28 miles through the spectacular countryside of the old county of Meirionnydd, from an enchanting valley at the foot of Cadair Idris to the shores of Llyn Tegid. You will cross public paths and paths used with the permission of the landowner, over mountain pastures and through woodlands, along old romantic lanes, country roads and short unavoidable sections on the main road. The splendid views of lakes and mountains will astound you.
The walk takes you from Barmouth town centre through the steep narrow winding streets of the Old Town and up to the top of the gorse-covered hill, known as Dinas Oleu (Citadel of Light). As you make your way upwards, dramatic views over the Mawddach Estuary and Cardigan Bay - stretching towards the Llyn Peninsula - unfold. The walk is rich in history and you will explore the first area of land donated to the National Trust in 1895 by Mrs Fanny Talbot.
National Trust - Ornamental Lake Walk, Dolmelynllyn
The Cambrian Coast Line has ‘Miles of Glorious Sands’. There are a wide variety of superb beaches, many of them award winning, at seaside resorts such as: Aberystwyth, Borth,Aberdovey, Tywyn, Barmouth, Harlech, Criccieth and Pwllheliwhich as well as the sands offer traditional favourites such as fish and chip shops, cafes, ice cream and cold drink vendors, pubs, rock and souvenir shops.
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Plas y Brenin
Capel Curig LL24 0ET
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Aberdaron, Pwllheli LL53 8BP
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Menai Bridge, Anglesey, LL59 5LP
Plas Tan y Bwlch
Maentwrog, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3YU
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Y Felinheli LL56 4QX
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Bethesda LL57 3BW
Llanberis LL55 4HT
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