Snow­do­nia’ scenery insp

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Theguide -

ON Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28, walk­ers from the Hal­ton area trav­elled south to visit the Snow­do­nia Na­tional Park and the ‘hon­ey­pot’ of a vil­lage Betws-y-Coed.

The vil­lage has a mag­i­cal and a dis­tinctly alpine feel, with its gush­ing rivers, ma­jes­tic moun­tains and dense forestry.

The vil­lage was founded around a monastery in the late sixth cen­tury, grow­ing slowly with the de­vel­op­ment of the lo­cal lead min­ing in­dus­try.

It is si­t­u­ated in the val­ley where the River Conwy is joined by the River Llugwy and the River Lledr.

The area is most pop­u­lar with out­door en­thu­si­asts hav­ing many foot­paths and cy­cle ways, but also fish­ing in the rivers and moun­tain lakes.

The first group to start their walk was the long­est A group led by Ian Hilditch. They left the coach at Tal-y-Cafn where they crossed the River Conwy, and the group steadily climbed on the west side of the river, look­ing down on the vil­lages of Tal-y-Bont, Dol­gar­rog and Tre­friw. Still climb­ing they made their way up to Llyn Ge­ri­onydd, a beau­ti­ful lake nes­tled in the moun­tain range – a dif­fi­cult lake to ac­cess by car but peo­ple do, to take their power boats and go water ski­ing.

The walk­ers then headed across moor­land be­fore en­ter­ing into Gwydyr For­est, pick­ing up the Llyn Parc trail be­fore de­scend­ing to Betws-yCoed.

Phil Gre­gory led a hard B walk of just over 10 miles. The group left the coach at Llan­r­wst and headed to the small vil­lage of Tre­friw, where they started their climb through wood­land up to Llyn Ge­ri­onydd. The lake is more than a mile long but never more than 50ft deep.

Con­tin­u­ing, they walked up the hill­side to cross the dam at Llyn Glan­gors, en­ter­ing the for­est to fol­low tracks to the Hafna Mine.

The mine has the most ex­ten­sive and best pre­served re­mains of any of the mines on the Gwydyr es­tate, and was once the most im­por­tant lead min­ing area in the UK.

The area now has in­ter­pre­tive boards to ex­plain the his­tory.

The walk­ers then fol-

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