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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.

Snowdonia Slate Trail

What is this path? This is an 83 mile circular trail which enables walkers to explore the industrial heritage of the slate villages throughout Snowdonia.

The route, part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, starts at Porth Penrhyn near Bangor and ends at Bethesda and attracts walkers to villages such as Llanllechid, Bethesda, Dinorwig, Llanberis, Waunfawr, Nantlle, Rhyd Ddu, Beddgelert, Croesor, Ffestiniog and Penmachno. The path passes by a number of social enterprises and community run facilities and provides opportunities for people to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the slate heritage of the area.

The Trail sponsors, Cwm Community Action Group of Cwm Penmachno, Betws y Coed, acknowledge the significant assistance in developing the Trail provided by Gwynedd and Conwy Councils, The Ramblers, The Snowdonia Society and, in particular, officers and wardens of the Snowdonia National Park.

Visit www.snowdoniaslatetrail.org to download maps and route instructions, and to read about the many features and attractions along the Trail.

Betws-y-Coed Autumn Walks

Betws-y-Coed literally translates as “prayer house in the woods", and is the ideal place to contemplate nature, especially in the colourful autumn months. There are a variety of walks, in and around Betws-y-Coed, where you can experience the best of the season's colours, all with a little something extra to enjoy along your way, such as Llyn Elsi. Details of the walks are available here.

Llyn Elsi

NEW Coastal Circular Walks

To make the most of the coastal walking offer, 18 circular walks have been developed by Gwynedd Council through funding received by the Big Lottery Coastal Communities Fund. The circular walks give you the opportunity to enjoy the Coast Path, but also to appreciate nature, heritage, culture and adventure opportunities available in the nearby villages and towns. Details of the walks are available here.

Mud and Routes Walks

If you're looking for more walks in the Llŷn and Snowdonia area then have a look at the Mud and Routes website which has many to choose from. You can view maps, download GPX files and even share your own special route.

Wales Coast Path

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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. For further information, including maps to download, go to the Wales Costal Path website www.walescoastpath.gov.uk

Llŷn Digital Trails

Five spectacular walks around the Llŷn Peninsula including Plas yn Rhiw, Plas Glyn y Weddw, Porthdinllaen, Aberdaron and Nefyn. Download them App free to your iPhone, iPad or Android from www.ahne- llyn-aonb.org

Walking App - Wales Coast Path Circular Routes in North Wales

Developed by Geosho the App provides the opportunity for walkers to be guided along the route by their phone using GPS technology. The Rogueo web based mapping plaform enables walkers to see their progress while walking the stunning circular routes around North Wales and Snowdonia. Within the App you'll also find details of the route in writtern format together with some interesting facts, history and wildlife information together with fascinating scenery. 

Three of the seven circular routes are in the Snowdonia Mountains and Coast area. One has been developed around Llithfaen (Tre'r Ceiri) where you'll see one of the best coastal views in North Wales. The Porthmadog/Borth y Gest routes takes around one of the most beautiful estuaries in Wales while the Barmouth walks gives you a long sandy beach walk and takes you along the famous Barmouth Bridge. More details including and App and a downloadable PDF from WCP Trails 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. 

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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
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