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.
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.
PIN IT I’ve recently fallen back in love with Chwarel Dinrowig (Quarry, chwarel in Welsh). This place was a regular family walk when I was young so it’s full of happy memories. Not only does it offer amazing views of Snowdon, Llyn Peris and Padarn (llyn, lake) and the beautiful Llanberis pass it’s an…