Fairy Falls at Trefriw
David Lewis led the A party on a linear walk from Llanrwst to Betws-y-Coed.
Distance 11 miles
Height climbed 280 metres
Going – Generally good paths, no steep slopes.
A moderate grade, linear walk that traverses a variety of interesting landscapes, including woodland, open pasture and lake shores. In good weather it affords some surprisingly good views of the mountains of Snowdonia.
Having been dropped off the coach at Llanrwst North railway station, we cross the flood plain of the River Conway to Trefriw. From here we begin a steady climb out of the valley to reach the north end of Llyn Geirionydd. Heading west we join the western shore path of Llyn Crafnant, and then cross the hill to reach Llyn Geirionydd once more at its southern end. Here we will probably have our lunch break.
A gentle climb brings us to the secluded Llyn Bodgynydd, originally man-made to provide power to a water wheel at the former Pandora lead and zinc mine nearby. We then head in the direction of Betws across the Gwydyr Forest. The final 3.5 mile stretch takes us along a series of open paths and forest rides, encountering some interesting old mining features along the way. The final descent into Betws brings us out at the old bridge in the main shop, hotel and cafe area.
Well, that was the plan and 11 of us set off on what promised to be a good walk. But, navigation proved to be a bit difficult, not helped by the fact that some of the paths were covered in bracken. We had one or two unplanned diversions. I think we must have climbed well over 1000 ft in the first hour but eventually we arrived at Llyn Geirionydd where we stopped for lunch.
The next section was no easier and I am sure we ended up on top of Mynydd Deulyn. The circuit of Llyn Crafnant gave a welcome bit of level walking and we were soon back at the western end of Llyn Geirionydd.
Alongside Llyn Crafnant
Our unplanned diversions had probably added on an extra mile and taken up half an hour so we were way behind schedule. David decided to take a short cut! through the forest but one forest break looks just like another. Soon we were backtracking again. My GPS would not have been ant use because it would not pick up a signal in the forest and in any case it was lying on my desk in my office.
We eventually arrived back in Betws at 5.00pm with just enough time for a pint before our journey home.
I tried the Rev James Beer. Now owned by Brains brewery in is brewed to an old recipe dating back to 1885. The beer is named after Rev James Buckley one of the original owners of Buckley brewery. He had conflicting interests, saving souls and satisfying thirsts, sounds good to me.
It was full-bodied and warming 4.5% ABV. Perfect.
Although it had been a grey day with flat lighting no good for photography, the band of rain making its way north had held off.