Lôn Gwyrfai - 1 February 2017
Grade: Moderate Leisure Route
Distance: 4½ miles - 7 km
Time: Around 3 hours
Terrain: Wide and even paths with some steep sections. Path surface varies from crushed slate and gravel to tarmac.
This is my ‘Walk of the Month’ for February. It is a moderate walk linking the picturesque village of Beddgelert to Rhyd Ddu to the north. During February, the higher mountains are often subjected to cold, harsh conditions, not to mention snow and ice. This path offers a great, low-level alternative, but still providing stunning views of Snowdon and the surrounding hills.
The path winds through various landscapes including forest, peatland, lakeside and mountain pasture offering you a chance to see some wildlife. Keep an eye out for creatures such as Heron, Pochard and Goosander. There are even Otters living in the area! You can walk or cycle from either Beddgelert to Rhyd Ddu, or vice versa (car park and café, pub, WC etc at both). If you don’t fancy walking or cycling both ways, you can create a circular route by using the forestry trails, the public bus service, or the ‘Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway’ to bring you back to the start. For timetables, call the numbers or follow the links below: Traveline Cymru: 0871 200 22 33 or www.traveline-cymru.info ‘Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways’: 01766 516000 or http://www.festrail.co.uk/
Rhys W.Roberts (Area Warden)