Llugwy and Gwydyr Forest

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Submitted by driver 16 on 23 November 2010
OS Explorer Map: OL17 - Snowdon
 
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A circular, full-day countryside walk in national park Snowdonia (Wales) starting at Betws-y-Coed, Conwy, about 12km (roughly 8 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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A riverside walk along the Afon Llugwy near Betws-y-Coed, with panoramic views and forest trails to enjoy.
Start: Betws-y-Coed, OS Grid: SH791566
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 409m (1344ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 806m (2644ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 396m (1300ft)
Max. Elevation: 310m (1017ft)

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Waypoints
OS Grid: SH795565
Start of the walk. Exit the station to your left; at the main road, turn right and walk up the main road to the bridge over the river.
OS Grid: SH791567
Cross bridge, turn left to head along the riverside.
About 3 km (roughly 2 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SH762577
See the top and bottom of Swallow Falls for free; you have to pay on the other side of the river by the hotel, and you only see the top of the falls.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SH757575
Take the steps to the right of the bridge, to exit at the Ugly House.
OS Grid: SH755577
Take the lane on the right of the Ugly House, which heads steeply northeast through the woods into open countryside.
About 2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SH769588
Nant Bwlch y Haearn outdoor pursuits centre is the turning point of the walk. It's worth pausing to look at the old mine workings history board and viewing point there.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 6 OS Grid: SH777590
Blue tipped wayposts should guide you into and along the foresty roads back to where you started.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 7 OS Grid: SH774581
Easy roads to follow...
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 8 OS Grid: SH780570
Very easy going back along the riverside footpath.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 9 OS Grid: SH792568
Well done! Back to Betws for the train or bus home.
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patrikG  commented on 24 November 2010
Roaring River pics
Beautiful photos of the walk, and the river Llugwy are at http://www.visitorreview.com/carfreewalks/Countryside/RiverLlugwypanoramicviewsandforesttrails
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