Trefriw with CRC

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.

38 Fairy Falls

We started the walk by visiting Fairy Falls which were quite spectacular after all the recent rain.

41 Fairy Falls

We then joined a woodland path that led us up the quite steep hillside and out of the valley.

42 Climb through the trees

Emerging from the woodland we continued along the marked path passing above the now derelict Klondyke Mill.

48 The way ahead

We dropped down to the northern tip of Lynn Geironydd, a place steeped in history and legend.

54 Llyn Geironydd

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.

56 Taliesin Monument

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.

60 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.

70 Lichen covered rocks

Our path led us to the southern tip of Llyn Geironydd where we joined a quiet which ran alongside the lake.

72 Llyn Gerionydd

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.

85 Llanrhychwyn Church

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.

84 Tombstone79 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.

83 Llanrychwyn Church81 Llanrhychwyn Church

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.


About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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4 Responses to Trefriw with CRC

  1. Marilyn says:

    It was a scenic day out. Great report, Alan!

  2. crosbyman66 says:

    After a slow start it really warmed up.
    Lots of local history.

  3. dolewis says:

    Wish I’d been there with you.

  4. crosbyman66 says:

    You missed a good walk David, although with over 4000 ft of ascent it was a tough B walk.

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