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A Memorable Walk


Today we had a quite excellent walk over the hills south east of Beddgelert. I've put the route online here on Google Maps. We both our cameras and you can find photos online here, both of this walk and the previous day's.

It was a mix of quite hard climbs uphill, interesting bits of industrial archaeology both at the top where there's mine workings, on the way down where there's the remains of a cable conveyor of some sort, and at the bottom where we found a man made tunnel and there's also the old narrow gauge line (soon to be re-opened as an extension to the Welsh Highland Railway).

There's a view over a lake on the way up, views towards Snowdon (although it was shrouded in cloud again today) and a general feel that you're up on the hills and away from civilisation at the top.

Looking back the way we'd come from near the top

The walk back, alongside the Afon Glaslyn from the "Fisherman's Path" is quite impressive too. The first section is a real scramble up and down over boulders. They've put in a walkway for a couple of sections and hand holds on other bits.

Looking up the Afon Glaswyn, people on the Fisherman's Path on the right

And to end it all tea and a cake awaits at the café at the copper mine. What more could one want from a walk? It's only 5.7 miles but it's hard walking and a popular loop judging by the number of people we met twice going the other way.

Tags: photos, Snowdonia, walks Written 26/04/08

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