Released: July 2015
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 220 x 120mm
Author: H Taylor & M McCrossan
Walks for all Ages Snowdonia and North West Wales features 20 circular walks of up to 6 miles, suitable for all the family, that have been carefully chosen to deliver an enjoyable day or half day in the countryside.
Describing the local area at the start of each walk, the authors then provides a detailed description of the walk with snippets of information as you go along.
Including Ordnance Survey mapping and superbly priced at just £4.99, Walks for all Ages - 20 Circular Walks in Snowdonia and North West Wales is the perfect accompaniment for a stroll in the area.
01. Betws-y-Coed - 2⅓ miles
02. Llyn Geirionydd - 2 miles
03. Trefriw - 2¼ miles
04. Abergwyngregyn - 2½ miles
05. Moelfre - 5 miles
06. Newborough - 4 miles
07. Cemaes - 2 miles
08. Ganllwyd - 2¼ miles
09. Brithdir - 2 miles
10. Llanfihangel-y-Pennant - 2½ miles
11. Tywyn - 2¼ miles
12. Llanberis - 3 miles
13. Beddgelert - 2¾ miles
14. Llanfachreth – The Precipice Walk - 3½ miles
15. Nant Gwrtheyrn - 3½ miles
16. Pistyll - 2 miles
17. Llanystumdwy - 3¼ miles
18. Rhyd - 2½ miles
19. Llandecwyn - 2½ miles
20. Tal-y-bont - 2½ miles
This ancient and historic part of Britain is a place of great beauty and legend. From its outstanding coastline to the country’s highest mountain it is steeped in story and legend. It was also once a highly industrialised society and many of the walks we have chosen for this book will bring the story of these industries to life.
Mining was once a mainstay of the economy and was responsible for the development of a communications infrastructure which included road and bridge building. Its mighty oak trees provided the raw materials for house and boat building, for powering the furnaces of the Industrial Revolution and for the tanning of leather.
There used to be gold in them thar hills and in the 19th century Wales had its own gold rush. It was soon over and all that remains are the ruins of the mines and ancillary buildings. Lead mines, slate and granite quarries lasted longer and as you wander through the book you will learn about the various processes involved including the process of smelting at the Hafna Mill. Throughout Britain Welsh is synonymous with slate and in the National Slate Museum you can still see it being worked, then wander through the homes of the workers to see how they lived at various times. On the coast you’ll find the granite quarries that supplied cobbles for the city streets, and the small village where the workers lived which became a hippie commune after it was abandoned and is now the Welsh Language Centre.
Communications extended to the railways and many narrow-gauge rails were laid to transport the materials to and from the quarries, mines and foundries. Many have been preserved as heritage railways including the world-famous Ffestiniog Railway, and you’ll also encounter the Llanberis Lake Railway and the Snowdon Mountain Railway, on which you can ride all the way to the summit.
Wandering through the history of the land you will encounter here like the Welsh Wizard, David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of Great Britain, and young Mary Jones, whose simple, but deeply held faith led her on a 25-mile barefoot walk to buy a bible and indirectly led to the foundation of The British and Foreign Bibles Society.
Almost legendary is the mysterious 6th-century Bard, Taliesin, one of the first recorded poets in the Welsh language, who also crops up in Arthurian Legend as the son of Merlin. Arthur himself features in this book at the Bearded Lake, where he slew a fearsome monster after an epic struggle. Back on the coast you can pick up the trail of the most Parisian of all fictional detectives, Inspector Maigret, while the Rupert Bear connection and the tale of Prince Lllywelyn’s fearless hound, Gelert, will delight children