This guidebook describes the Snowdonia Way in Wales, a long-distance route through Snowdonia National Park from Machynlleth to Conwy. A low-level route of 97 miles (in 6 stages of between 13 and 21 miles) passes through the heart of Snowdonia's stunning mountain scenery and includes Pass of Aberglaslyn, Ogwen Valley and Aber Falls. It is suitable for walkers of average fitness and stamina, though the day stages are long. An alternative mountain route covers 122 miles in 9 stages of 12-18 miles giving a spectacular journey over the most famous peaks such as Cadair Idris, Snowdon and Glyders. The high-level route is more physically challenging and requires good navigation skills. Full route descriptions for each stage are accompanied by OS maps and profiles. The guide also includes lists of accommodation and transport providers and a table of facilities to help with itinerary planning. Background notes on Snowdonia's geology, wildlife and history and extra information about features encountered along the way will help you discover more about this ancient and beautiful land.
This revised edition of Steve Ashton's classic guide presents 80 scrambles in the stunning Snowdonia National Park, offering challenge, adventure and exhilaration, but also breathtaking scenery and an unparalleled opportunity to connect with the mountains of North Wales. The graded routes range from introductory traverses to demanding climbs involving technicality and exposure, recommended only for those with considerable experience, a strong head for heights and solid grounding in basic rope technique. It is now easier than ever to explore the Carneddau, Glyders and Snowdon Group, plus the finest scrambling in Eifionydd, the Moelwyns, Rhinogs and Cadair Idris. The favourites are all here - the Snowdon Horseshoe, North Ridge of Tryfan, Bristly Ridge and Cneifion and Cyfrwy Arêtes - as well as a number of lesser-known routes, including 16 not included in the previous guide. Photo topos illustrate the ascent routes, alongside comprehensive route description detailing the preferred line of ascent and descent options. Many routes also include ideas as to how scrambles might be combined to create longer outings, and summary information and overview statistics are provided to aid route selection. Dramatic colour photography completes the package. With advice on how to progress and stay safe, Scrambles in Snowdonia is an indispensable and comprehensive guide to enjoying the freedom and excitement of scrambling in the rugged Welsh mountains.
This guidebook describes 30 low level and easy walks that are suitable for all abilities. The hikes covered are in the northern part of Snowdonia National Park, close to Conwy, Betws-y-Coed, Llanberis and Porthmadog. Most of the walks take around 2hr, with others ranging from 2 to 6hr. Each walk has an accompanying Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 or 1:50,000 map showing the route, easy-to-follow route descriptions and information on distance, time, ascent, refreshments and where to park. The guide also includes more general advice on walking in the area, historical information, and facts about the points of interest seen on each walk. In this part of Wales, neolithic settlements and Roman ruins stand beside the medieval castles of Welsh Princesses and the modern remnants of the mining industry. Myths and legends abound, and many walks relate to the stories of King Arthur and Merlin, Anfanc and Welsh fairies.
Through 30 day walks ranging from 3km to 18km, this guide offers opportunities for walkers of all abilities to explore the lowlands, moorland and estuaries of Snowdonia National Park. The second of two volumes to low-level and easy walking in Snowdonia, this guide covers the southern region between Llan Ffestiniog and Machynlleth. Other centres include coastal towns of Harlech, Barmouth and Aberdyfi, and lakeside settlements of Trawsfynydd and Y Bala. Famous for its northern mountains, the Snowdonia National Park also features an expansive coastline of sandy beaches and wildlife-rich estuaries. Inland, the landscape showcases mossy-banked rivers, gorges and thundering waterfalls in ancient broadleaved woodlands, while tranquil valleys and moorlands dotted with ruined castles, mines and forts provide panoramic views of surrounding mountains and lakes. Each walk features in-depth route description and 1:25,000 or 1:50,000 OS mapping, alongside a wealth of insights into the history, geology and wildlife of the area. The guide supplies what3words addresses for start and finish points and postcodes for car parks, as well as refreshments and facilities available on each route and an appendix of useful contacts.
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The Snowdonia Slate Trail is a new waymarked trail that runs for 83 miles through North Wales. It leads from the coast at Bangor into the heart of Snowdonia to make a circuit ending at Bethesda. The trail joins up villages with a choice of welcoming accommodation. The walking is varied, ranging from easy valleys to mountain passes, from wild moorland to river gorges.Highlights include the National Slate Museum of Wales, stunning views of Snowdon and nearby mountains, and abandoned slate villages high in the hills. The trail also passes the Penrhyn quarry with its impressive galleries of slate crossed by the longest, fastest zip-wire in Europe.This guidebook is in rucksack-friendly format and printed on rainproof paper. Lavishly illustrated with 95 colour photos, it contains large-scale mapping and all you need to plan and enjoy your holiday:14 pages with clear mapping of the route at 1: 40,000practical information about public transport and travelsection with inside knowledge on how best to climb Snowdondetailed route descriptions including where to find refreshments and accommodationbackground on the slate industry heritage, the 'Great Little Trains of Wales' and wildlife.
The issue of public access to the countryside is currently the subject of great debate. In many parts of Britain the combination of agricultural intensification and increased traffic on roads means there are now fewer pleasant or safe places to walk in the average stretch of countryside, despite the increase in the number of country parks and other recreational facilities. Hidden under these trends is the ancient and fundamental conflict between land owners and others: the right of ownership versus the right of citizenship - a conflict of cultural tensions which will intensify if major expansions of tourism in the countryside take place. These complex issues of the access debate are discussed in three main sections: policy, culture and management. This book explores the theme of public access to the countryside through the eyes of a variety of commentators and researchers. The authors come from a range of academic disciplines including geography, rural land management, sociology and economics.
Dubbed 'the mountain connoisseurs' walk', the Cambrian Way stretches 479km between the mighty castles of Cardiff in the south and Conwy on the north coast. Traversing the heartland of Wales, the challenging route crosses the Brecon Beacons, the Cambrian Mountains and Snowdonia, passing through two national parks and visiting many of the country's iconic summits, including Pen y Fan, Pumlumon, Cadair Idris and Snowdon itself. It can be walked in three weeks (or in shorter sections) and is suitable for experienced hillwalkers with sound navigational skills. The guide presents the route in 21 stages, offering comprehensive route description illustrated with OS 1:50,000 mapping and elevation profiles. Details of accommodation and facilities are provided, along with a helpful trek planner showing their distribution along the route: although the trail passes through remote areas, it is possible to stay under a roof every night - though camping is also a possibility, should you prefer. There are background notes on Wales's history and geology and local points of interest, and a glossary of Welsh place-names, useful contacts and accommodation listings can be found in the appendices. From the Black Mountains to the Rhinogau, Glyderau and Carneddau, the route takes in lofty ridges, striking peaks and picturesque lakes. There are also fascinating glimpses into the country's ancient and more recent past: Iron Age hillforts, Norman castles, a Cistercian abbey, the Chartist Cave and relics from the mining industry. Offering superlative scenery, the Cambrian Way is a celebration of some of the best mountain walking Wales has to offer and promises a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in these celebrated landscapes.
Although Snowdonia is not as prettily dressed up with pastures, oakwoods or cottage gardens as the Lake District and it's not as wild and spacious as Scotland, it shares many of the best attributes of both places - and in just the right measure. And yet, while the Lake District and Scotland have been well served by mountain guide books, there has never been a comprehensive illustrated guide to the mountains of Snowdonia. The Pictorial Guides to the Mountains of Snowdonia by John Gillham changes all that. Influenced in his early years by the works of Poucher and Wainwright, Gillham has adopted a unique style of 3D mapping that proved popular in his long-running TGO magazine series 'Way to Go'. In a brand new series of four books he uses the drawings to good effect, charting ascents up almost all the Snowdonian mountains, whether they be well-known or seldom-trod. The books are sumptuously illustrated by the author's colour photographs, which have been taken in all seasons and in all weather conditions. The Pictorial Guide to the Mountains of Snowdonia Vol 1 - the Northern Peaks is the first in the series of four books. This volume encompasses the Carneddau, the Glyderau and the Nantgwynant ranges. Mountains, famous and not-so-famous, large and not-so-large, are brought to life by the author's panoramic 3-D sketch maps. In the north the Carneddau are the Cairngorms of Wales, with a great expanse of long broad ridges rising from the Irish Sea. In the north they are remote, and a serene quietude reigns, while in the south the more celebrated peaks such as Carnedd Llewellyn are higher and more bouldery, with their northern faces scoured by glaciers into cliffs, crags and gullies. The Glyderau peaks face the Carneddau across Nant Ffrancon and the Llugwy valley. They're compact, rugged, and more random in their sculptural makeup: more Giacometti than Henry Moore. But all the great mountain features are here: corries, jagged spurs, tarns, ridges and waterfalls. Both the scrambler and the walker will be in their element. Less well known are the mountains of Nantgwynant, which lie to the east of Snowdon. Moel Siabod, the northern bastion, is a mighty peak with two fine ridges and a rocky spur providing a sporty ascent to the summit. The peaks to its south are knobbly, grassy in some places: heathery in others, and have jewel-like tarns made secretive by the rocky bluffs that protect them from the elements. Northern Snowdonia awaits your discovery….
This attractive and cleverly structured guide gives walkers ten of the finest challenging walks and scrambles on the high mountains of the Snowdonia National Park in a popular pocketable format. With clear information, an introduction for each walk, expertly written numbered directions, large scale Ordnance Survey maps, eye-grabbing panoramic photographs, and interpretation of points of interest along the way, these book covers walks at Llech Ddu Spur, Bochlwyd Horseshoe, Tryfan, Gribin Ridge, Snowdon Horseshoe, Cwm Glas Horseshoe, South Snowdon Horseshoe, Nantlle Ridge, Cnicht & Moelwynnion and Rhinog Fach.
This is the fourth of four volumes providing the most comprehensive coverage of the mountains of the Snowdonia National Park. The Southern Peaks encompases the ranges of Cadair Idris, which rises from the sandbars and surf of the Mawddach Estuary like great walls of splintered rock; the neighbouring Tarren and Dyfi Hills, where hard Ordovician rock meets soft Silurian shale, and the fine Aran ridges high above the fields and lake of Bala.
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Rough Guides Staycations Snowdonia & North Wales Make the most of your time on Earth with the ultimate travel guides. Inspirational and informative new pocket guide, making the most of holidaying at home in the UK through clearly laid-out walks and tours. Explore the best of Snowdonia & North Wales with this unique travel guide, packed full of insider information and stunning images. From making sure you don't miss out on must-see, top attractions like Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Zip World and Mount Snowdon, to discovering cultural gems, including the thirteenth-century Caernarfon Castle with its distinctive limestone and sandstone banding, twisting loops that make up the Ffestiniog Railway and the distinctive seaside 'village' of Portmeirion, the easy-to-follow, ready-made walking and driving routes will save you time, and help you plan and enhance your staycation in Snowdonia & North Wales. Features of this travel guide to Snowdonia & North Wales: - 9 walks and tours: detailed itineraries feature all the best places to visit, including where to eat along the way - Local highlights: discover the area's top sights and unique attractions, and be inspired by stunning imagery - Time-saving itineraries: carefully planned routes will help inspire and inform your on-the-road experiences - Historical and cultural insights: learn more about the Snowdonia's rich history with fascinating cultural insights throughout - Insider recommendations: where to stay and what to do, from active pursuits to themed trips - Rainy day recommendations: uncover plenty of options, whatever the weather throws at you - Practical full-colour maps: with every major sight and listing highlighted, the full-colour maps make on-the-ground navigation easy - Key tips and essential information: from transport to hours of operation, we've got you covered - New for 2021: the latest guidance to all the places you should discover in Snowdonia - Covers: The North Coast and Carneddau Mountains, Anglesey, Beddgelert and Porthmadog, Snowdon from Caernarfon, the Lleyn Peninsula, Tremadog Bay to Mawddach Estuary, Wrexham to Bala, Dolgellau to Cadair Idris and the Aran Mountains, Cadair Idris to Machynlleth Looking for a comprehensive guide to Wales? Check out the Rough Guide to Wales for a detailed and entertaining look at all the country has to offer. About Rough Guides: Rough Guides have been inspiring travellers for over 35 years, with over 30 million copies sold. Synonymous with practical travel tips, quality writing and a trustworthy 'tell it like it is' ethos, the Rough Guides list includes more than 260 travel guides to 120+ destinations, gift-books and phrasebooks.