Category Archives: Snowdonia Walks

The Hidden Faerie Glen

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Hidden in the woods of Ynysymaengwyn is a mysterious glen frequented by ….. fairies. On a recent visit to the woods we veered from our usual route and took a look around the secret garden and to our shock we came across this hidden gem. Of course, the faerie glen may only become visible to us mortals at certain times of the day or year and so multiple visits maybe needed before you are lucky enough to catch a glimpse of this magical place. Don’t believe me? Here’s the evidence!

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The Broad Water

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The Broad Water is a salt water lagoon a mile or so north of Tywyn. The lagoon is formed from the salted-up estuary of the River Dysanni and is a popular spot for fishing and canoeing. The wetland is a huge draw for birdwatchers and nature lovers alike as it is a haven for many birds including moorhen, coots, swans, nesting cormorants, buzzards, grebes and various species of duck, including the red-breasted merganser.

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Devil’s Bridge

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Devil's Bridge

Devil’s Bridge Falls has been attracting visitors to this part of Wales since the 18th century.  You get to see the underside of a bridge – actually 3 – and the falls themselves joined-up by a pleasant walk.

There are two walks on offer: a nature trail or the punchbowel. The nature trail is conservatively estimated at 45-minutes but we are slow walkers and like to stop, look, and listen, a lot. I’m sure we were there nearly 3-hours.

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Ynysymaengwyn

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Ynysymaengwyn

The site for the Ynysymaengwyn Caravan Park was once a country house built around 1758 and the house’s ruins still remain. The house was bequeathed to the town council in 1948, following it’s use by the army at the end of WWII, as the current owners were unable maintain it’s upkeep. Unfortunately, neither was the council. The house quickly fell into disrepair and ended it’s days as a practice site for the fire brigade.

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Barmouth’s Panorama Walk

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Barmouth Panorama Walk

In its Victorian heyday, Barmouth’s Panorama Walk was a must do to the extent that there was a tea room and an admission charge.  Those days are long gone and your average visitor is unlikely to be aware that there is a walk never mind be able to summon up the reserves of energy required to attempt the climb.  However, with the advent of modern technology, i.e. the car, you can whittle the walk down to manageable proportions by cutting out the trudge of the road walk.

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Craig yr Aderyn (Bird Rock)

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Craig-yr-Aderyn

Craig yr Aderyn (Bird Rock) is a rocky outcrop given its name by the nesting cormorants and choughs that make it their home.  Typically, cormorants nest near the sea and not 6-miles’ from it!  The answer to this riddle is that the Irish Sea, 400-500 years ago, inundated the valley and lapped at the foot of Craig yr Aderyn  before it started its inexorable retreat back to Cardigan Bay.  The cormorants, being creatures of habit, mortgaged to the hilt, and hit by the late medieval property slump, saw no reason to relocate.

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Torrent Walk

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Torrent Walk

The Torrent Walk is probably one of the most popular low-level circular walks in Snowdonia and takes you through the striking gorge formed by the river Clywedog. The path was commissioned by Baron Richards of the mansion Plas Caerynwch and built by Thomas Payne and his son. The path is now maintained by the Snowdonia National Park. Being 2-3 Km you can rush the walk in an hour or take your time, as we did, and spend most of the morning.

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Aberdovey Bandstand Walk

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Barmouth

Aberdovey has a great beach, donkey rides, a fish & chip shop, ice cream shop, and a pier from which you can enjoy a spot of crabbing. That lot should be on anybody’s checklist of essential beach-related facilities and Aberdovey ticks them all off.
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Barmouth’s Heritage Trail – Part 2

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Barmouth

As Barmouth is so big I couldn’t fit it all into a single post!  Here is the concluding post for Barmouth’s Heritage Trail.  Please let me know if I have missed something that should have been there.
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Barmouth’s Heritage Trail – Part 1

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Barmouth

When you think of Barmouth, what images spring to mind? Whatever your age there’s a good chance that they’ll include donkey rides, deckchairs, candy floss, wind brakes, sandcastles, crabbing, ice-cream and the dodgems. When we visited in August Barmouth had all that together with yapping dogs, running kids, stressed mums and dive-bombing seagulls.
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