Snowdonia

PRECIPICE WALK AND TORRENT WALK

Starting from Saith Groesffordd, the Precipice walk gives stunning views over the Mawddach Estuary and Snowdonia - north to Snowdon and south to Cader Idris - two mountains well worth climbing in their own right. The Torrent Walk starts at a lay-by on the B4416 near Brithdir and circles a picturesque valley of greenery and waterfalls. Both marked walks can be completed in around 2 hours, but you can also easily extend them with a little planning if you wish. These walks and others can be found on the Snowdonia National Park website.

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ARAN FAWDDWY FROM CWM CYWARCH

A fantastic walk from the spectacular waterfalls at Cwm Cywarch up to the peak of Aran Fawddwy and returning through a beautiful valley. This walk amazes us every time we do it, as it is rare to see hardly anyone else at all, despite the stunning views, awesome wildlife and challenge of a near 3000ft climb. Here you can see common-butterwort or bog violet. This fragile carnivorous plant survives in the peat bogs above the waterfalls. A host of other wildflowers, and invertebrates cling to the rocks. This walk can be found at www.walkingbritain.co.uk.

Glyder Fach and its parent peak Glyder Fawr are again less popular than Snowdon, but don't expect to be on your own here during weekends or holidays. The climb from Llyn Ogwen via Llyn Idwal and the Devil's Kitchen is very challenging, especially in poor weather. Even more challenging is the descent which involves very steep rocky slopes and scree! Navigation can become difficult as the cloud descends. Having said this, the rewards are spectacular, with views over Snowdon and north towards Anglesey. Delicate wildflowers like the Snowdon Lilly struggle to survival here. It is a unique and special place, well worth a visit if you are up to it!

And finally we shouldn't forget the coast of Snowdonia. The Llyn Peninsula is home to beautiful beaches and some great walking countryside. All along the coast from Aberdyfi in south to Harlech and to Aberdaron and Porth Oer with it's "whistling sands", are great coastal walks with stunning views back into the mountains.