Coed-y-Brenin is known far and wide as one of the premier mountain biking venues in Wales, and for very good reason – the graded mountain bike trails and skills area are second to none and that’s not to mention the excellent complex that comprises cafe, bike shop & hire, car parking, showers and bike wash facilities. On this particular occasion however we hadn’t come to bike, we’d come for a walking adventure with family.
This walk includes charming paths, quaint old cattle grids and stiles made of old railway tracks. The path that takes us up from afon (river) Gwyrfai is my favourite, crossing the Welsh Highland Railway and heading steeply upwards, through a farm and over a long-forgotten cattlegrid.
The Rhaeadr Ddu Waterfall walk at Ganllwyd near Dolgellau is a short but stunning circular family walk of about 2 miles.Starting from a convenient little car park on the a470 road on the way into Dolgellau this walk leads up along the river Camlan until you reach the impressive double drop waterfall.
Rhaeadr Ddu Waterfalls near Maentwrog in Snowdonia is a magical location hidden in a gorge that flows through Coed Felenrhyd Bach Woodland part of the Celtic Rainforest, a rare habitat and of global importance.
Llan Ffestiniog in Snowdonia North Wales is a beautiful location with expensive views towards Blaenau Ffestiniog up to Stwlan reservoir and down towards the coast – it’s a feast for the eyes on a clear day.
This beautiful walk through the remote Cwm Prysor in Snowdonia, close to the village of Trawfynydd. The walk is a beautiful combination of breath-taking countryside and mind-boggling engineering that created the railway.
The path is flat and open, the views towards the Carneddau and Glyders are phenomenal. It’s an easy going walk with lots of variety, a small estuary gave us the opportunity to pick some marsh samphire for our dinner – to my amazement the kids couldn’t get enough of these salty little shoots. Amongst the samphire shoots we spotted tiny little crabs scurrying about. I’m sure they didn’t like the attention from my kids.
Up in the Gwydyr Forest it doesn’t matter where you go there’s plenty to see – big fat pigs at of the farms and sometimes strutting peacocks, we’ve found newts in muddy puddles and plenty of tadpoles. There are fishing lakes, old mines, marked trails, plenty of geocaches, mountain bikes, mountain views and beautiful picnic spots.
Ffynnon Gybi is a delightful monument maintained by Cadw. Our expectations were exceeded immediately, the well’s buildings were in remarkable condition, especially the building that houses the well. The stone surround was complete with steps down into the well, the water looked crystal clear and I was tempted to bathe or sample the water, just as Pilgrims and people seeking a cure had done hundreds of years before.
This is a lovely walk of 6km it’s perfectly achievable for little legs. It’s a varied walk with lovely views of the valley, a glimpse of the industrial history, and stroll through the forestry at Braich Melyn.