As the first official national park in Wales, Snowdonia is a true marvel, having built a reputation amongst keen campers over the last half century. Its rolling hills, streams and mountains are a sight to behold, even more so when you have a full weekend to spare for sight-seeing.
The large share of visitors will be on their feet most of the time, wandering to and fro in the bountiful valleys. You may be one of those lucky camping groups eager to see the wonders of Snowdonia first-hand. Follow our favourite walks, which we’ve mapped out below – they’re two of the best paths to soak in what this land has to offer…
We’re guessing that you’ve heard of Mount Snowdon, and that it’s top of your hit list for a scenic tour through the Welsh countryside. The Rhyd Ddu Path is probably the least used, yet it passes across outstanding landscapes and, eventually, lends the chance for an incredible, blood-red sunset at Nantlle Ridge.
Rhyd Ddu village forms your starting point. You should head to the disused quarry on your left, and climb a track that runs through the dilapidated buildings. The Llyn Cwellyn reservoir will rear ahead; once you’re in sight of it, you’ll bear right, and left again, emerging onto rocky ground with heather all around.
This territory’s known as Cwn Caregog, and it’ll gradually get steeper! Bear with it though, because you’ll scramble up Llechog Ridge and come to a gorgeous view of three lakes, the ideal pit-stop for a sarnie and a swig of water.
When you’re refreshed, the route will continue to lift you higher amongst the rock, leading to the col (basically, a mountain pass) of Bwlch Main. Take care, since the wind can whip you ferociously around here! Snowdon’s summit is only a short distance away on the Watkin Path.
Gaze at the panorama for as long as you like – we don’t want to rush you… A satisfactory return trip awaits down the old railway line, by the Snowdon Ranger Path. There are stone markers on the route, guiding you beneath the cliffs of Clogwyn Du’r Arddu and, in time, the A4085.
Go to the far end and turn right. Walk uphill over a stream and the left-over heaps from a copper mine. After 30 minutes, you’ll hit a descending track, swerving left and right once more to the waters of Llyn Dinas. There’s a further 2.5 miles that takes in stiles, foot bridges and marshland. Focus on a line of pine trees that should materialise shortly after you reach Hafod Owen cottage.
After another hill, there’s a country lane adjacent to a couple of Snowdonia’s skeletal, wind-blasted ruins. They’re ripe for inspection; once you’ve had your fill, continue to the glorious Nantmor Valley. Acres of rugged trees and bushes will roll out before your eyes, excusing a pause for breath… then, head for the gap in the wall.
Now, you’ll be roughly 7 miles into the journey: there are only a dash of farm buildings remaining, along with Nantmor village and a rail crossing bringing you back to the car park.
And there we have it – a fantastic two-some of walking greatness! Camping in the Forest is committed to bringing your most memorable trips to fruition.
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