Rivers of Snowdonia

July 11th, 2019

The stunning area of Snowdonia boasts many natural features, but one of the most notable is the miles and miles of beautiful rivers that run through it. Afon is the Welsh word for river.

From small streams trickling down hillsides to powerful watercourses that over centuries have gouged out valleys and tunnelled through rock. From the small Afon Lledr in the COnwy Valley to the mighty Afon Glaslyn. Today’s blog celebrate some of the finest rivers in Snowdonia, because there’s nothing quite like an amble along a riverside. Usually havens for nature and expanses of tranquillity, the rivers of Wales are celebrated, and there are often hidden depths to their watery history; their unique power being drawn upon for industry, commerce and leisure. Come with us as we discover the beautiful rivers of Snowdonia.

River Colwyn (wikicommons)

  • Afon Aber – this little river rises in the Carneddau mountains and trickles into the sea at Abergwyngregyn on the North Wales coast.
  • Afon Artro – in the south of Snowdonia this little river empties into the sea by Shell Island.
  • Afon Colwyn – A tributary of the River Glaslyn, the Colwyn rises on the slopes of Snowdon before meeting the Glaslyn near Beddgelert.
  • Afon Conwy – this mighty river rises in the Migneint hills in central Snowdonia and flows for almost 30 miles to the sea at Conwy.
  • Afon Dwyfor – this 12 mile river rises in Cwm Dwyfor in the hills of Cwm Pennant, just above Porthmadog and flows through the picturesque village of Llanystumdwy before emptying into the sea near Criccieth.
  • Afon Dwyryd – this lovely river rises in the hills of Ffestiniog and flows down through the Ffestiniog Valley, through Maentwrog (you can see the Dwyryd from here at the Oakeley Arms…), where soon after it empties into the tidal estuary near Porthmadog. While not deep enough for sea-going ships, it is popular with canoes and kayaks.
  • Afon Glaslyn – one of Gwynedd’s primary (and most well know) rivers, it runs for 16 miles from the hillside of Snowdon, through the pretty Gwynant Valley, the village of Beddgelert and onto the Traeth Mawr near Porthmadog.
  • Afon Mawddach – One of the longest in Snowdonia, the Mawddach runs for 28 miles. And it’s estuary near Barmouth, is one of the most stunning in Wales.
  • Afon Tryweryn – another well-known river, the Tryweryn is known for its water sport activity near Bala.

Glaslyn Gorge (wikicommons)