Sunday, 15 May 2011

Saturday's Walk - Gwydyr Forest Park

The weather forecast was not brilliant today (Saturday), so decided to stay low and long.  The Gwydyr Forest is always a good fallback walk in case of bad weather.  Luckily, I was only caught in a couple of showers and those were fairly short lived.

The walk took from Betws-y-Coed, up to Llyn Parc, through the forest to Llyn Geirionydd, then a pleasant meander back to Betws.

Pictures below:

 Forestry track leading into Gwydyr Forest from Betws-y-Coed

 The path leading through the forest to Llyn Parc.

Aberllyn Cottage.  What a place for a writer's retreat!

Llyn Parc.  The greenish tinge to the water has nothing to do with the surrounding greenery, and everything to do with the lead in the water!  Llyn Parc was built as a reservoir for the mining activity in the area.

Moel Siabod peeping over the treetops.  The cloud obscured the summit from time to time, but this was - obviously - during one of the clear spells.

Looking towards Snowdon, hidden in cloud.  Moel Siabod to the left.

Track leading towards Llyn Geirionydd.  This used to be more hemmed in until the forest was cleared to the right of the picture.  New trees are growing so, in a few years, this will again be the gloomy path I remember.

Llyn Geirionydd.  In summer, this lake is full of boats.  There were only a few canoeists there this morning.

Taliesin's monument.  Tradition says this famous 6th Century Welsh bard was born on the shores of Llyn Geirionydd.

Retrospective of Llyn Geirionydd.  The blue tint to the water is due to copper.

View of Tryfan (right) and Glyder Fach (left, summit in cloud).  Compare with the misty shot from Moel Famau (Friday's walk).

Zoomed in on Bristly Ridge, a popular scrambling route onto Glyder Fach.

Llyn Glangors, one of my favourite rest stops in Snowdonia.

Looking across the Conwy Valley; the town in the centre of the picture is Llanwrst.

Until the next walk, be well all.

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