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Aran Pen Llyn

Walking in Llŷn and the Snowdonia National Park

Snowdon itself, at 3,560 feet (1,085m), is obviously the prime destination for many with the most popular routes to the summit being the Llanberis Path, which runs parallel to the Snowdon Mountain Railway and the more strenuous Pyg and Miner’s tracks.

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.

Weatherman Walking Derek Brockway

Below are some of the walks Derek has walked in Snowdonia.

> Bala
> Bethesda
> Aberdyfi
> Llanberis
> Abergynolwyn

Wales Coast Path

700 536 (196x150) Yfed A Golygfa - Drinking With The View 700 536 (196x150) Cerddwr Yn Edrych Ar Y Map - Walker Looking At Map

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.



Slate Valleys Path

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. 


196 280 Clawr Llwybrau'r Dyffrynnoedd Llechi - Slate Valleys Path Cover

Snowdon Paths and Sherpa Bus Service

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.

Amserlen Bws Sherpa'r Wyddfa - Snowdon Sherpa Bus Timetable (PDF, 143KB)


Walking Trails in Bala and Penllyn

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.


Mary Jones Walk

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.

196 280 Mary Jones English
Mary Jones World is a new state of the art visitor and education centre that tells the story of Mary Jones and Thomas Charles, and the impact of world's best-selling book – on Wales and the world! The centre was officially opened on Sunday 5 October 2014 by Leta Jones, the great-great-great-granddaughter of Thomas Charles. Visit the website for more information.

Dinas Oleu Walk Barmouth

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.

> Trail: Walking
> Grade: Moderate
> Distance: 1.2 miles ( 2 kms)
> Time: 2 hours
> OS Map: Outdoor Leisure (OL 18)
> Terrain: The path is steep and rough in places. It may be slippery when wet.
 
> Facilities: Various shops and cafes in the town.
> Contact: 01341 440238
> How to get here:  See website below.

National Trust - Dinas Oleu Walk Barmouth

Rhaeadr Ddu and Coed Ganllwyd Walk

This is a great waterside walk, taking you alongside the turbulent River Gamlan and past the magnificent Rhaeadr Ddu waterfalls. They look different every time you visit, depending on rainfall, weather and light. 

> Trail: Walking
> Grade: Moderate
> Distance: 2 miles (3.2km)
> Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
> OS Map: Landranger 124
> Terrain: Mixture of tarmac, grassy paths (may be muddy), rocky slopes. Dogs welcome, under close control in woodland and on short leads on farmland. Please clean up after your dogs.
 
> Contact:  01341 440238 
> How to get here: See website below

National Trust - Rhaeadr Ddu and Coed Ganllwyd Walk

Dolmelynllyn Estate Walk

See the spectacular Rhaeadr Ddu Falls and the fascinating remains of the Cefn Coch gold mine.

> Trail: Walking
> Grade: Moderate
> Distance: 4 miles (6.4km)
> Time: 4 hours
> OS Map: Landranger 124
> Terrain: Woodland, grass paths, some tarmac. Can be muddy. Steep in places. Kissing gates, ladder and step-over stiles. Dogs welcome, under close control in woodland and on leads on farmland. Please clear up after your dogs.
 
> Contact: 01341 440238
> How to get there: See website below
 

National Trust - Dolmelynllyn Estate Walk

Ornamental Lake Walk, Dolmelynllyn

This ornamental lake has recently been restored with a new circular path and viewing platforms extending out over the lake edge. It's a fantastic place to watch wildlife and has been developed with accessibility in mind so is perfect for wheelchair users.

> Trail: Walking
> Grade: Easy
> Distance: 0.6 miles (0.9km)
> Time: 30 minutes
> OS Map: Landranger 124
> Terrain: Very easy, level ground, hard surface, suitable for wheelchair users. Dogs on leads are welcome; please clear up after your dogs.
 
> Contact: 01341 440238
> How to get there: See website below

National Trust - Ornamental Lake Walk, Dolmelynllyn


Brilliant Beaches

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 Pwllheli
which 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.

Crwydro ger y Lli / Seaside Stroll

Walking Holiday Operators

High Trek Snowdonia
Deiniolen
01286 871232
www.hightrek.co.uk

Plas y Brenin
Capel Curig LL24 0ET
01690 720214
www.pyb.co.uk

Edge of Wales Walks
Aberdaron, Pwllheli LL53 8BP
01758 760652
www.edgeofwaleswalk.co.uk

Wild About Wales
Betws y Coed
01286 831559
www.wild-about-wales.com

Wales Walking Holidays
Menai Bridge, Anglesey, LL59 5LP
01248 713611
www.waleswalkingholidays.com

Plas Tan y Bwlch
Maentwrog, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3YU
01766 772600
www.plastanybwlch.com

Snowdonia Guides
Plasglasgwn, Penmachno LL24 0PU
01690 760181
www.snowdonia-guides.co.uk

Walking North Wales
01758 521109
www.walking-snowdonia.com

Celticos
Y Felinheli LL56 4QX
01248 671234
www.celticos.com

Snowdonia Walking and Climbing
Bethesda LL57 3BW
07775623323
www.snowdoniawalkingandclimbing.co.uk

Freedom Outdoors
Llanberis LL55 4HT
07976 016039
www.freedom-outdoors.co.uk

Psyched Adventures
Llangaffo, Anglesey LL60 6NF
01248 408315
www.psyched-adventures.com
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