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, Clwyd, about 11.3km (roughly 7 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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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.
About 0.4 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SH791567
Cross bridge, turn left to head along the riverside.
About 3 km (roughly 1.9 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 0.5 km (roughly 0.3 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SH757575
Take the steps to the right of the bridge, to exit at the Ugly House.
About 0.2 km (roughly 0.1 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SH755577
Take the lane on the right of the Ugly House, which heads steeply northeast through the woods into open countryside.
About 1.8 km (roughly 1.1 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 0.9 km (roughly 0.5 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 0.6 miles) from 7 OS Grid: SH774581
Easy roads to follow...
About 1.3 km (roughly 0.8 miles) from 8 OS Grid: SH780570
Very easy going back along the riverside footpath.
About 1.2 km (roughly 0.7 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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