Snowdonia: 30 Low-level and Easy Walks - South
From Ffestiniog to the Dyfi, and Bala to 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 southern volume includes Trawsfynydd, Bala, Dolgellau, Machynlleth, the Harlech Coast and the valleys of the Mawddach and Dyfi.
SeasonsSuitable for year round walking. Excellent in summer, but still accessible in winter or poor weather when higher routes are inaccessible.
CentresLlan Ffestiniog, Trawsfynydd, Y Bala, Harlech, Barmouth, Dolgellau, Machynlleth, Aberdyfi
DifficultyEasy/moderate routes, mostly low-level and on clear paths. From 3km to 18km, covering valleys, lowlands and small hills. Suitable for walkers of all abilities and the whole family. GPX files available to aid navigation.
Must SeeWalking in Snowdonia is more than just Snowdon: sandy beaches; abandoned slate mines; ancient woodlands of Ceunant Cynfal and Coed Aber Artro; cormorants and choughs on Birds' Rock; Tomen y Mur fort; Harlech Castle; Cefn Coch gold mine; Pistyll Cain waterfall; and the first National Trust property
Through 30 day walks ranging from 3km to 18km, this guide offers opportunities for walkers of all abilities to explore the lowlands, moorland and estuaries of Snowdonia National Park. The second of two volumes to low-level and easy walking in Snowdonia, this guide covers the southern region between Llan Ffestiniog and Machynlleth. Other centres include coastal towns of Harlech, Barmouth and Aberdyfi, and lakeside settlements of Trawsfynydd and Y Bala.
Famous for its northern mountains, the Snowdonia National Park also features an expansive coastline of sandy beaches and wildlife-rich estuaries. Inland, the landscape showcases mossy-banked rivers, gorges and thundering waterfalls in ancient broadleaved woodlands, while tranquil valleys and moorlands dotted with ruined castles, mines and forts provide panoramic views of surrounding mountains and lakes.
Each walk features in-depth route description and 1:25,000 or 1:50,000 OS mapping, alongside a wealth of insights into the history, geology and wildlife of the area. The guide supplies what3words addresses for start and finish points and postcodes for car parks, as well as refreshments and facilities available on each route and an appendix of useful contacts.
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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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