Author Topic: [TR] - Beddgelert: Afon Glaslyn and Cwn Bychan Circuit  (Read 3394 times)

joester

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Clan Joester had a very pleasant Sunday in the sunshine going around one my favorite Snowdonian lower-level walks.
 
The walk begins and ends in Beddgelert, you head out of town in a north-easterly direction up the valley by the side of the Afon Glaslyn (go past the craft shops and over the iron footbridge).
A very well-laid Rhododendron-lined path leads you towards the Sygun Copper Mine, we went at the pace of little Bea, which is decidedly leisurely:
 

 
After going through the grounds of Sygun and finding the riverside again, it isn't long before you round a corner to pop-out at the shores of the beautiful Llyn Dinas:
 

 
A steep path takes you south away from the lake, and views open up as you climb up to Bwlch y Sygyn:
 

 
In fact, the path was far too steep for one member of the clan (or so she claimed), she threw herself to the ground in an ineffectual fit of pique (you see, they're sometimes not such impressive walkers when there's no-one else around!):
 

 
We had a spot of lunch amongst the purple heather at Bwlch Y Sygyn, enjoying fanastic views of Cnict, Y Lliwedd and also of the shapely spike of Moel Siabod in this shot:
 

 
A small amount of extra climbing, and we crested into Cwm Bychan, in the Cwm the main point-of-interest is the remains of a cable-way once used to move mined copper ore down the hill:
 

 
At the foot of Cwm Bychan we met the Afon Glaslyn again (it arcs right around by Beddgelert).
An ingeniously-laid path takes you up next to the torrent.  It was now a decidedly hot afternoon, there was even three young ladies in bikinis swimming in the rapids (you might even have said 'frolicking').
I nearly fell off the path.
 
Anyway, I put my eyes back in and we headed on up the river on the various walkways:
 

 
It was glorious, Wales at its best in the summer sun:
 

 
In fact, Abs felt the need to cool off herself ! :
 

 
We plodded back into Beddgelert, which was now absolutely swarming with folk.  I don't like crowds, so we didn't linger, but what a great family day on the hill.   Thanks for looking.
 
 
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Re: [TR] - Beddgelert: Afon Glaslyn and Cwn Bychan Circuit
« Reply #1 on: 13:50:59, 23/08/10 »

In fact, the path was far too steep for one member of the clan (or so she claimed), she threw herself to the ground in an ineffectual fit of pique



Your not talking about Abs are you Joe.




Great photos of a great walk and ace weather.Bit disappointed there are no photos of the bikini clad girls frolicking.
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Re: [TR] - Beddgelert: Afon Glaslyn and Cwn Bychan Circuit
« Reply #2 on: 13:54:12, 23/08/10 »
Bit disappointed there are no photos of the bikini clad girls frolicking.

Abs had my camera, probably a good job.
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Re: [TR] - Beddgelert: Afon Glaslyn and Cwn Bychan Circuit
« Reply #3 on: 15:58:08, 23/08/10 »

Abs had my camera, probably a good job.

Last time i walked that path the Afon Glaslyn had my camera.Try telling the kids it's not cool jumping from stone to stone with a camera in your pocket .Splash in it goes .Totally canned ( except for the SD card ).
Lovely photo's Joe of a great route .
Abs your very brave jumping in that .It must have been freezing in there .
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Re: [TR] - Beddgelert: Afon Glaslyn and Cwn Bychan Circuit
« Reply #4 on: 19:25:41, 23/08/10 »
Very very nice Joe.  Great family walk.
 
Thanks for sharing.
 
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Re: [TR] - Beddgelert: Afon Glaslyn and Cwn Bychan Circuit
« Reply #5 on: 19:43:50, 23/08/10 »
That looks a wonderful walk O0

I'd love to know the route, it'd be a great one for my lot to do.

The pic with Abs and the girls amongst the heather is lovely too O0

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Re: [TR] - Beddgelert: Afon Glaslyn and Cwn Bychan Circuit
« Reply #6 on: 19:48:17, 23/08/10 »
The pic with Abs and the girls amongst the heather is lovely too O0

Yes, I thought so too!  Yet another special moment captured, there to look back on in years to come. :)
 
 
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Re: [TR] - Beddgelert: Afon Glaslyn and Cwn Bychan Circuit
« Reply #7 on: 20:00:52, 23/08/10 »
Thanks to both of you.
 
I'd love to know the route, it'd be a great one for my lot to do.

It's easy to find your way around this one, and I've tried to write the report in such a way as to make it easy for people to follow the route.
If you get your Snowdonia map out, you should find it easy to figure out the route as you read through it.
 
 
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Re: [TR] - Beddgelert: Afon Glaslyn and Cwn Bychan Circuit
« Reply #8 on: 21:48:31, 23/08/10 »
Thanks to both of you.
 
It's easy to find your way around this one, and I've tried to write the report in such a way as to make it easy for people to follow the route.
If you get your Snowdonia map out, you should find it easy to figure out the route as you read through it.
 

Thanks Joe, I'll have a look on "Where's the Path".  My map got ruined at the last Snowdonia meet - think I need to get myself a new waterproof one for there :-\

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Re: [TR] - Beddgelert: Afon Glaslyn and Cwn Bychan Circuit
« Reply #9 on: 23:57:44, 23/08/10 »
As always Joe I really enjoyed that  O0
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Re: [TR] - Beddgelert: Afon Glaslyn and Cwn Bychan Circuit
« Reply #10 on: 10:15:24, 24/08/10 »
Great photo's and report Joester ... thats one of our favourite walk, we often stay in a cottage in Nantmor village, which is a couple of hundred yards from the walk, we usually do your route in reverse though!
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Re: [TR] - Beddgelert: Afon Glaslyn and Cwn Bychan Circuit
« Reply #11 on: 10:57:00, 24/08/10 »
Thanks guys.
 
Thanks Joe, I'll have a look on "Where's the Path".  My map got ruined at the last Snowdonia meet - think I need to get myself a new waterproof one for there :-\

Yes, I had to buy an Explorer 'Active' map for Snowdonia (the waterproof one) because of the weather there!
 
As Peakbagger has pointed out, if you register with walkhighlands.co.uk you can use their mapping/routeplanning facility (similar to 'Where's the Path') and zoom in to 1:25,000 scale (it isn't limited to Scotland, just scroll down the map) - this is much better for seeing the detail of where paths go than the 1:50,000 that Where's the Path and BikeHike are limited to.
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Re: [TR] - Beddgelert: Afon Glaslyn and Cwn Bychan Circuit
« Reply #12 on: 10:58:03, 24/08/10 »
Wandered along the that very raging torrent myself a few weeks back and as fantastic as it was i saw no bikinis at all, although the metal Gelert in the ruined hut gave me a bit of a fright when i saw him peeking round the wall.


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Re: [TR] - Beddgelert: Afon Glaslyn and Cwn Bychan Circuit
« Reply #13 on: 11:12:28, 24/08/10 »
I didn't see a metal Gelert, is it in the hut near the railway bridge at the edge of the meadow?
I saw an 'interpretive board' in there but we didn't go in.
 
Middle daughter would have liked to have seen a metal Gelert, she was quite taken with the story.  She wanted me to buy her a small figurine of an Wolfhound that they had for sale in the tacky shop (I didn't, I don't 'do' gift shops, I'll leave that to her grandad this week).
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Re: [TR] - Beddgelert: Afon Glaslyn and Cwn Bychan Circuit
« Reply #14 on: 11:33:38, 24/08/10 »
Thanks guys.
 
Yes, I had to buy an Explorer 'Active' map for Snowdonia (the waterproof one) because of the weather there!
 
As Peakbagger has pointed out, if you register with walkhighlands.co.uk you can use their mapping/routeplanning facility (similar to 'Where's the Path') and zoom in to 1:25,000 scale (it isn't limited to Scotland, just scroll down the map) - this is much better for seeing the detail of where paths go than the 1:50,000 that Where's the Path and BikeHike are limited to.

Thanks Joe, I'll have a look O0