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Thursday, 14 November 2013

Cwm Bychan & Aberglaslyn 9-11-13

This was a short walk we did while having a relaxing weekend away at a lovely little hideaway in the Croesor Valley, just south of Beddgelert in the heart of Snowdonia. We have stayed at this place before and it has become a firm favourite of ours to forget about all what's out there in the real world and just lose ourselves in the natural rugged beauty of this area. Saturday morning's weather started with a small amount of mist as the sun tried to burn of any low cloud and made for a good feel for the day.
The sun getting to work on any low cloud
Full Autumn colours around the cottage
Here comes the sun
After a hearty breakfast and a lazy morning we drove a couple of miles towards Nantmor where we parked at the NT car park about 11.15am and headed off along the path that took us up the valley following one of the many streams where we came across a rather large seat that seems to be a memorial for someone who passed way in 2008. A fine view form here and I guess it was the persons favourite view.
Our route for the day
Off we go then
Out of the car park and under the railway bridge
Easy to follow path
The views start to open up as you gain height
Resting on the memorial bench
View all the way down to the coast at Porthmadog
After a rest and a chat to a Snowdonia Ranger it was onwards and upwards towards the old pylons, which are the remains of the ariel ropeway built in 1927 to carry ore from the upper end of Cwm Bychan down the valley where we started. The path here remains easy to follow and we had a good look at these old relics of time gone by before we veered off to the left where we climbed up to get some great views high above the Cae Ddu campsite at Beddgelert
Old Ropeway Plylons
View down to Cae Ddu Campsite and the Sygun Copper Mine
View over to Yr Aran & Y Lliwedd
From here it was up through a pass that took us to the old Llwyndu/Crib Ddu Copper Mine before dropping steeply down to Llyn Dinas
The pass goes up through the rocky outcrop
Great views all the way back towards Porthmadog
On the way up with Moel Hebog in the background
Llwyndu/Crib Ddu Copper mine abandoned in 1844
Our way down with a view of Y Lliwedd and a distant Moel Siabod
Snowdon under a moody sky with a bit of snow on Garnedd Ugain
On the easy to follow descent path
View down to Llyn Dinas
We got to Llyn Dinas where we had a rest taking in the tranquility of it before making our way into Beddgelert along the Afon Glaslyn and passing the Sygun Copper Mine below Bwlch y Sygun where we were looking down from a bit earlier in the day.
Llyn Dinas
Love by the lake :-)
Llyn Dinas
Afon Glaslyn from Llyn Dinas
Moel Hebog looms large over Beddgelert
Sygun Copper Mines below Bwlch y Sygun
Clouds rolling in
Although some clouds were rolling in from the Snowdon range it remained dry and quite warm as we made our down the Aberglaslyn Pass and back to the car. The Aberglaslyn pass is a good walk on it's own but when joined together with the Cwm Bychan as well, it makes it a good five and half mile round trip and at a gentle pace makes for a pleasant few hours in this great area with some mighty fine views
The start of the Aberglaslyn Pass
Easy going along the well paved path
Getting at bit more rocky
Looking back along the pass
Afon Glaslyn tumbling down the pass

Small wooden walkway next to the Afon Glaslyn
Are we there yet :-)
Just as we got back to the car it started to rain a bit, not much and by the time we got back to the cottage it had stopped. We got back to the car about 4pm so we were out for about five hours in good clear weather. A great little walk that is highly recommended.


  1. Looks like a beautiful day. Cracking view from the bench also!

  2. Foties 1 and 3 are stunning!. Methinks you should put them in the calendar comp. All the others are really good as well, I really like the view from the bench and the ones at the lake. Wonderful. :-)

    1. Cheers Lesley. A great little walk with great views :-)