Snowdonia: 30 Low-level and Easy Walks - North
Snowdon, the Ogwen and Conwy Valleys and the coast
By Alex Kendall
Guidebook describing 30 walks in Snowdonia, Wales. Routes are mostly low level and on clear paths and showcase the region's beautiful scenery and rich history and culture. Part of a 2-volume set, this northern volume includes the Snowdon area, the Ogwen and Conwy Valleys, Betws-y-Coed, Beddgelert, Ffestiniog and the coast.
SeasonsMost of these routes can be walked at any time of year. If there is ice on the ground some of the higher routes should be treated with care.
CentresConwy, Betws-y-Coed, Llanberis, Bethesda, Beddgelert, Capel Curig, Porthmadog, Dolwyddelan, Blaenau Ffestiniog.
DifficultyThe routes are easy to moderate; there are all lengths from 1½ hours to a full day out, but all are low-level and nearly all are on clear paths or tracks. There is no grading system, but notes on length, ascent, projected time and terrain are given.
Must SeeValleys - Cwm Idwal, Conwy Valley, Nant Gwynant, Fairy Glen, Vale of Ffestiniog Waterfalls - Conwy Falls, Aber Falls, Swallow Falls, Pass of Aberglaslyn Lakes - Llyn Padarn, Llyn Dinas, Llyn Gwynant, Llyn Llydaw, Llyn Crafnant Historical sites - Neolithic settlements, Iron Age Forts, Dolwyddelan Castle, Dolbadarn Castle, Conwy Castle, copper mines, slate quarries Other features - Sarn Helen Roman Road, Gelert's Grave, Taliesin's Birthplace, sites from the Mabinogion, River Conwy
This guidebook describes 30 low level and easy walks that are suitable for all abilities. The hikes covered are in the northern part of Snowdonia National Park, close to Conwy, Betws-y-Coed, Llanberis and Porthmadog. Most of the walks take around 2hr, with others ranging from 2 to 6hr.
Each walk has an accompanying Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 or 1:50,000 map showing the route, easy-to-follow route descriptions and information on distance, time, ascent, refreshments and where to park. The guide also includes more general advice on walking in the area, historical information, and facts about the points of interest seen on each walk.
In this part of Wales, neolithic settlements and Roman ruins stand beside the medieval castles of Welsh Princesses and the modern remnants of the mining industry. Myths and legends abound, and many walks relate to the stories of King Arthur and Merlin, Anfanc and Welsh fairies.
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Alex Kendall is an international mountain leader, both in the UK and abroad, and has led overseas expeditions to various places including Svalbard, Oman and India, but always looks forward to a walk in the mountains of the UK. Alex writes infrequently for a few different online publications, and developed the Snowdonia Way, a new long-distance trail, his guidebook to which was published in 2017 by Cicerone. He enjoys walking, mountaineering and fellrunning and lives in Cumbria, in the western reaches of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.View author profile
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