My latest walk was with Crosby Rambling Club when we visited Trefriw in North Wales. I decided to do the ‘B’ walk, at 9.5 mile it would be enough for today but it also seemed the most photogenic walk.
We started the walk by visiting Fairy Falls which were quite spectacular after all the recent rain.
We then joined a woodland path that led us up the quite steep hillside and out of the valley.
Emerging from the woodland we continued along the marked path passing above the now derelict Klondyke Mill.
We dropped down to the northern tip of Lynn Geironydd, a place steeped in history and legend.
According to tradition it was the birthplace of the 6th century bard Taliesin, one of the first recorded poets in the Welsh language. On the nearby hill is a monument to commemorate Taliesin. It was erected around 1850 by Lord Willougby d’Eresby of Gwydir Castle to the ‘Chief of the Bards’. Following damage by lightening it was restored by Trefriw Community Council in 1994.
In 1863, the poet Gwilym Cowlyd chose this site for his annual “Arwest”. This was a cultural festival, similar to an Eisteddfod.The festivals were held each year until 1927.
We continued round the hillside before dropping down to Llyn Crafnant.
We crossed the footbridge over the Afon Crafnant and after a very brief stop for lunch, trying to keep out of the wind. we followed a broad path to the southern tip of the lake.
We then had to climb up through woodland. It was very slippery but beautiful with the rocks and tree trunks covered in moss and lichen.
Our path led us to the southern tip of Llyn Geironydd where we joined a quiet which ran alongside the lake.
After another climb through woodland we entered open fields. There should have been good views of the surrounding mountains but the weather had turned a bit murky.
Our path led us to Llanrhychwyn Church which is said to be the oldest church in Wales.
It is the site where Rhychwyn originally established his church in the 6th century. The present church dates from the 11th century and is known as Llewelyn’s Church after Prince Llywelyn ap Iorworth. ( Llewelyn the Great)
The churchyard contains many ancient tombstones.
The interior of the church was lovely and very atmospheric. An ancient alter and font and an early example of stained glass. It was very dark inside but I did manage a couple of photos.
Services are held here during the summer and weddings occasionally take place.
We now had just a couple of miles walking left to bring us back to Trefriw with time to visit the Fairy Falls. Not the waterfall this time but the pub of the same name. Time for an excellent pint of ‘Doom Bar’ I had earned it. We had done over 4000ft of ascent on our walk.