January 11th, 2018
Happy New Year to all our lovely blog readers! We hope that the festive season was filled with fun and laughter. And hands up, who’s holiday was filled with wine, cheese, chocolate and general overindulgence? Oh yes, our hands are up here!
Perhaps then, now is the perfect time to work some walks into your daily routine. It has long been known that regular exercise is the key to optimum health, but many experts now believe that a brisk walk provides as much of a work out as running, jogging, cycling or swimming. Regular walking at a brisk pace (between 3 and 4 miles per hour) can reduce the risk of heart disease, help to reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure and it can also help to increase bone density and strength which could help to prevent osteoporosis. Walking is also great for flexibility, co-ordination and general fitness, and of course, regular exercise helps greatly with weight control.
So this weekend, why not try this stunning (but strenuous) walk in the Snowdonia hills – exploring the landscape above the village of Beddgelert? Your post Christmas belly will thank you for it 🙂
Where: Aberglaslyn and Cwm Bychan, Beddgelert, Gwynedd
Distance: Approx 6 miles
Village Car Park (If coming from south follow the A498 from Porthmadog. Pass Royal Goat Hotel at village entrance, then soon turn left for car park. If from the north, follow A4085 from Caernarfon. Pass outdoor shop on right at village entrance, then shortly follow road over bridge to right. Pass shops, then soon turn right for car park)
Grid Ref: SH 588 481
Maps: OS Explorer OL 17: Snowdon
*Part of this walk involves a path alongside the river that can sometimes be perilous. Do not attempt this walk if there has been heavy rainfall and the river is high/fast, and turn back if in doubt. Take extreme care on slippery rocks and be extra vigilant if walking with dogs. We would advise that this walk probably isn’t suitable for young children, especially during winter.
1: Leave car park, go back to road and turn right. Pass TIC, then ice cream café. After Tanronnen pub, don’t go over bridge, but stay ahead along narrow road beside river passing gift shops. Right before footbridge, turn right through gate and follow path by river.
2: To visit Gelert’s Grave, follow diversion to right then back to path and continue through gates. Cross new footbridge, then the railway and continue along the river path – with the river to your right. Most of the path is sturdy, but occasionally it passes overhanging rocks and over narrow, slippery stones. Take care here!
3: At the end of the Aberglaslyn Pass, path veers upwards into the trees and just before reaching the road bridge, it heads to the left. Follow path then turn right downhill heading for car park (if you reach railway line you’ve gone too far).
4: At bottom of small hill, go left over stone stile but don’t go into car park. Instead, turn left under railway arch (signposted for Cwm Bychan) and into picnic area. Head straight through picnic area and up rocky path. Follow this path upwards, eventually crossing the stream and through small gap in wall. Path will level out onto valley floor with remnants of mining machinery mapping the path.
5: Keep ahead, aiming through two hills ahead. After a steep uphill climb cross a stile and onto summit, and continue on the path that leads ahead (don’t turn down to the left signed for Sygun, Beddgelert) – follow signs for Llyn Dinas.
6: Stay on the path, then at the lake edge, turn left along well-defined path and continue, to eventually reach gate into Copper Mine area. Go straight over road (unless visiting mine) and through another gate to follow path and signs for Beddgelert village.
7: Follow road past campsite, don’t deviate until you are almost at the main road. Turn left just before bridge at footpath sign. Follow path alongside river, then through gate bearing slightly right to another footpath between river and houses. Cross green then turn right over bridge and back onto road and into village.
**Please note that these directions are for guidance only. The Oakeley Arms can accept no responsibility for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use of this information. Always take a map with you and be prepared for the weather for turn. Do not venture out in bad weather and always take care with coastal tides.