I swim here twice a week. If you take a longer path it leads you over the mountain and more slate workings down into the Beddgelert forest. Walking and scrambling on the Nantlle Ridge and Moel Hebog, which can be reached from the hostel on foot. The Hirnant hills ahead dominate the view, with no easy sleeper paths in those hills. Sandy beaches at Black Rock Sands and Borth-y-Gest, about 15 to 20 min from the hostel by car. This is actually a very old reservoir, its very clean pure water, mostly about 3 metres in middle, little organic debris; easy access in and out of the water, and nice grassy bank.
Gorseddau quarry in Cwmstradllyn had been worked on a small scale since 1836 but was actively developed from 1854. Hazards: Some sections can be boggy, with the walk being a totally different proposition in the wet than in dry or frozen conditions. The path then descends into Beddgelert Forest, where you turn right when you reach the forestry trails and then almost immediately left. Neither is the route on the map correct, with the path outlined on our map below following the actual footpath. It is 5 miles from Porthmadog.
Beware that there are a couple of open workings and care should be exercised if walking off path!! Below is as good as the track gets. Route Summary: Walk up the Berwyn hills from Llandrillo, descending the remote Milltir Gerrig Ridge and back via the scenic Cwm Pennant. Guests at the Cwm Pennant Hostel have access to a shared lounge, training room, and drying room. Parking and Post Code for Sat Nav where applicable : Parking available in free car park in village. The Autumn colours were overwhelming and the silence rather difficult to get used to, there were no jets flying despite the clear skies and no farmers on their quad bikes to break the solitude and in all the time I was there i met only two others who had cycled up the valley from Garndolbenmaen. This is a 22km circular hill walk into the Berwyn Hills from Llandrillo across the main summits of Cadair Berwyn and Moel Sych and descending down the Milltir Gerrig Ridge and Cwm Pennant. The quarry produced no significant amount of slate after 1866.
In the woods above, we found a shaft, down on the line of the adit. Rated 4 star by Visit Wales, this large house sleeps up to 21 and boasts spacious interiors and an indoor heated swimming pool, use of which is shared with holiday cottages within the grounds. The sea was also within close proximity and easily accessible for fish, shellfish and seaweed for drying and composting, so with all its attributes this cwm provided the perfect natural and secure enclosure that was needed. Otherwise, ideal for our needs England, Male, 31-40. The way goes to the left hand side of a farmhouse that was probably the manager's house of the quarry, with the lower mill to the left. The day I was there, despite it being a glorious Autumnal day the chapel looked forlorn with a somewhat 'down in the dumps' feeling to it,the path into the graveyard was overgrown and it took some effort to open the gate, on inspection the guttering was falling off the sides and the door was well and truly bolted, I suppose it rarely gets much use these days and the relatives of the dead and buried have moved to pastures new leaving their ancestors in pastures old.
The slate was quarried, brought to be dressed and then shipped off in trams down the valley to its destination. The Dwyfach itself rises in an area of flat ground to the west of the between and and flows in a generally southerly direction. Take it steadily, and you should be up in around an hour or so, but make time for the excellend views down towards Llyn y Gader, Dywarchen and Yr Wyddfa. Strangely, nestled amongst all the dark slate headstones there were some newish white marble ones which stood out like sore thumbs, although the slate quarrying here ceased many years ago and must have originally supplied the headstones I found it rather sad that they had to resort to importing such an alien rock to a valley full of slate. Check In Time: 15:30 - 20. The former Coach House built in the 17th Century is located within the Snowdonia National Park, is 4 miles from Porthmadog and offers relaxed accommodation for families, individuals and groups. Happy to share with anyone.
It skirts exceptionally close in places, with some delicious exposure on the way. Either way, the path becomes easy to lose towards the summit as it vanishes into the loose scree. Property Description Cwm Pennant Hostel is a 56 bed Family Run Independent Hostel with a Friendly atmosphere. Cwm Pennant Hostel provides a big welcome to families and groups, with home cooked food and outdoor activities available in the grounds. Its mouth has been diverted eastwards by almost one mile by the Pen-y-chain shingle spit resulting from.
A run-in adit leads into the bank, while an opencut drives into the hill, next to it a cei mulod or loading bank. This pulls up steeply, changing from tarmac to rough track. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions. Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit. The valley was home to slate workings in the late 19th century employing up to 200 workers. Across the valley from Isallt, and a mile or so north from Hendre Ddu, lies Moelfre Slate quarry.
Distance Ascent Time 22 km 813 m 7-8 hours and factor in your own pace. In fact, each and every summit along this ridge is distinct, characterful and an essential pit stop on the way. On reaching Garnedd Goch, you need to return along the wall to the corner and find a faint path right down the wide ridge to hit the faint path , which you may or may not find. The spring flowers are waking up and Curlews are gathering around the estuaries. You could return via a footpath on the other side of the valley past Plas-y-pennant if you wanted a bit less tarmac. The trig point is the old summit, which was found to be 3m lower than the new summit further along the ridge.
A view of the lower mill area, showing a curiously shaped curved launder pillar. With my list of household chores duly ticked off and the day looking better by the hour there must be a 'to do' tick before the girls get back from school. The mill area and waterwheel pit today. This gap in the col is itself at 427 mtrs above sea level so a sombre journey carrying a deceased family member especially in winter months must have been a hard and sorrowful undertaking. The valley is mainly used for farming nowadays with farming stock indiginous to the area - Welsh Black cattle and Welsh Mountain, Welsh Mule and Lleyn sheep.
The track ahead takes you to Pen Bwlch Llandrillo, an alternative route that includes Cadair Berwyn. At Dolbenmaen it is believed the to forded the river. An interesting feature of the pit is a marooned gallery which is probably part of a metal mine that the workings have broken into. Read up on , and Public Transport: Parking and Post Code for Sat Nav where applicable : Weather Forecast: Check out our?. It is hidden in woodland above the road and reached by an unmarked public footpath from Pont Gyfyng.