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Best Walks in Northern Snowdonia

Best Walks in Northern Snowdonia

by: David Berry
The 30 walks in this book have been selected to include some less well known areas which reflect northern Snowdonia's rich diversity of landscape, scenic value and historic interest. There are walks exploring the coastal foothills of the Carneddau range from above Conwy to Bethesda, including the stunning Aber Falls and a climb up Tal y Fan, Snowdonia's most northerly mountain.

There are waymarked trails through Gwydyr Forest Park past hidden upland lakes and lead-mining relics. They visit ancient monuments including Iron Age hillforts, stone circles and standing stones, and a remote upland medieval church. They follow in the footsteps of Romans, drovers and miners and pass close to Snowdon Mountain and the Welsh Highland Narrow Gauge Steam Railway. There are walks by rivers, through woodland, past valley and upland lakes. They visit historic communities including popular Betws-y-Coed, Beddgelert and Llanberis, as well as the former slate quarry village of Cwm Penmachno.

The walks range from a 1.5-mile waymarked National Trust woodland and upland trail to a challenging 8-mile ridge walk, one of the best in Snowdonia. Each walk entry begins with a short overview description giving an indication of difficulty and features plus the starting point including grid reference. Some of the walks have shorter options. Detailed route finding instructions follow in numbered paragraphs relating to numbered points on an associated sketch map. There are summary charts giving practical details of the routes.

The walk locations are:
Conwy Mountain - 3.75 miles
Alltwen and Penmaen-Bach - 2 miles
Maen Esgob - 4 miles
Maen Penddu - 7.25 miles
St Celynin's Church and Tal Y Fan - 7 miles
Llyn Crafnant and Llyn Geirionydd - 5.25 miles
Gwydyr Lakes - 5.5 miles
Llyn Elsi - 6 miles
Upper Machno Valley - 5.5 miles
Cwn Penmachno - 3 miles
Cwm Eidda - 7.5 miles
Rhiw Lwyd - 4.25 miles
Llyn Conwy - 3.5 miles
Bryn Ddu and Aberglaslyn Pass - 3.25 miles
Cwm Bychan and Cwm Nanmor - 8 miles
Craflwyn - 1.5 miles
Nant Gwynant - 7 miles
Hafod Y Llan - 2.5 miles
Cwm Llan - 4 miles
Llyn Gwynant and Cwm Glaslyn - 5 miles
Nant Gwynant and Llyn Gwynant - 6.25 miles
Moel Eilio - 8 miles
Llyn Dwythwch - 3 miles
Llyn Ogwen - 3 miles
Llyn Idwal - 3.25 miles
Moel Faban, Llefn and Gyrn - 5.5 miles
Coedydd Aber - 5.75 miles
Garreg Fawr - 3.25 miles
Roman Road - 6 miles
Druids Circle and Foel Lus - 5.25 miles

ISBN 9781908748256 Pages 41 (2015) 148mm x 210mm

Price: 4.95