A circular, full-day riverside walk in national park Snowdonia (Wales) starting at Betws-y-Coed, Gwynedd, about 9km (roughly 6 miles) long and suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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Once again I am drawn to Betws-y-Coed, it is so nice there. This is a walk by Rivers Llugwy and Conway, one difficult short stretch just before Miners' Bridge of boggy ground and tree roots, otherwise pretty straightforward. Attractions include the motor car and railway museums, a miniature railway ride, and a golf course, in addition to all the walks in the area.
By Pont-y-Pair Bridge picnic area, there is a purpose-built short walk, through the trees by the side of the river, advertised as "for all abilities" i.e. for disabled people and wheelchair users.
Find the Tourist Information centre opposite, and turn right to find a metal gate marked "Private Road" but which is a public footpath. Go through and pass Royal Oak Farm on your right. Pass under a railway bridge and see the golf course on your right, on to waypoint 2.
Look for a post with a yellow footprint marker, and take this down to a pebble beach on the riverside. Pass the large stepping stones across the river. This is the oldest crossing, used until 1912 when a woman drowned there. Leave the beach, on to waypoint 4.
Turn left onto a tarmac road and take this for about 50 yards. Hop over a slate step into the cemetery and follow the path on the left to pass the 14th-century St. Michael's Church. Leave through an arched gateway, and turn left to go down to Sappers' Suspension Bridge, built by army personnel in the 1930s to link the village with an army camp on the other side. It replaced an old wooden bridge destroyed in a storm. Cross to waypoint 5.
Turn right onto the grass verge, pass the waterfall on the left on your way down to Waterloo Bridge. Cross the bridge and stay on the right-hand-side footpath, following this to Pont-y-Pair Bridge, waypoint 6.
At this point, join the 'Walk for all abilities'. There is a boardwalk at the start, and at the next picnic area on the left, by the river, go down to walk along the riverside. Cross the stream to a meadow which narrows at the end to boggy ground with tree roots underfoot - take care on your way to waypoint 8.
About 2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 9OS Grid: SH764577
Admission charge is £1.50, which is well worth it. There are benches to rest on, and there is a hotel, restaurant and cafe opposite. Once refreshed, walk back down the main road into Betws and the end of walk.
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