- Range Walking Club
- Sunday April 9th 2000 - North Wales - Betws-y-Coed
This next walk is on Sunday, 9 April in the Betws-y-Coed area of North
Wales (the name of the town means "Chapel in the Wood"). This is
an outstanding area of natural beauty and has not been visited by the club
since 1989. The coaches will leave school at 0800 hrs prompt and should be
back in Formby by 1930 hrs. The journey will be along the coastal road
(A55) up to the Conway Valley making for a more comfortable journey. All
walks finish at Betws-y-Coed where there are a number of cafes and places
of interest. The cost of travel is £7.00 for adults and £4.00 for
children and for students in full time education who were formerly pupils
at Range High School. Please return slips with cheques (NOT CASH) to the
school office by Thursday, 30 March in an envelope marked "Range
Walking Club". Boots are necessary on all walks.
Problems were experienced on each of the walks reconnoitred but, having
overcome those problems, we think we have come up with a good selection.
Starting just west of Dolwyddelan we head westwards past the castle at
Blaenau Dolwyddelan where we turn north, keeping to the east of the
forest, until we reach a small reservoir (697530). From here the route
takes us up the south-west shoulder of Moel Siabod to its summit at 2863'.
From the top, on a clear day, there are panoramic views of Snowdonia as
well as the coastal areas around the National Park. The descent is rocky
and leads down past disused quarries of a bygone era to Pant Cyfyng.
Following the Afon Llugwy towards Betws-y-Coed utilising a minor road and
riverside path which yields a close-up view of the Swallow Falls for no
charge, we return to our parked coach.
Distance: 12½ miles
Leaders: Ian and Ann Mitchell
From Betws-y-Coed, the walk takes a minor road south through woodland and
along the River Conway past Beaver Bridge to the joining with the River
Lledr. The road continues above the Conway Gorge until joining the River
Machno, past Machno Falls to the pretty "Roman" bridge. A long
steady climb along forest roads proves panoramic views of the Convey
Valley before descending into the Lledr Valley. Riverside paths are
followed west from Pont-y-Gethin to Pont-y-Pant. The return to Betws-y-Coed
is up the Roman road and over Rhiwddolion Forest uplands.
Distance: 11½ miles
Leaders: Arthur Jones and John Hughes
This walk starts at Betws-y-Coed and goes north, contouring high above
the Aberllyn Gorge with attendant waterfalls. This, being the main climb
of the day, will be taken at a steady pace until we come to Llyn Parc.
Passing along its east shore we take a forest track westwards emerging
near the, now defunct, Llanwrst Mine. Time to visit this interesting relic
of times past will be made. Turning south then west, we follow a waymarked
path down to another ruined old mine called Cyffty. Continuing
south-westerly we now start the descent to Swallow Falls but on the
opposite bank to the tourist trap area. Following the riverside path for a
short distance we then again turn north and ascend north-east before
starting the descent south-west to Betws-y-Coed calling at the Crag End
view point en route.
Distance: 8½ miles
Leaders: John Rothwell and Dave Luty
This walk will be a very easy stroll taking in minor roads and tracks,
visiting local beauty spots around Betws-y-Coed. Your walk starts with a
pleasant stroll along a track through the woods to Beavers Bridge. A visit
to "Fairy Glen", one of the famous beauty spots, will be made -
the cost of entry being met by the club. We continue along a Roman road
and a short stretch of the A5 before turning onto a minor road to a cafe
and woollen mill/craft centre before crossing back over the Machno River.
Stopping to view the old Roman bridge and the spectacular Machno Falls, we
return to Betws-y-Coed via a minor road.
Distance: 7 miles
Leaders: Nikki Harrison and Linda Trollope