“So what are your plans this weekend?”, I was asked on Friday afternoon. “It’s supposedly quite nice on Sunday so probably going for a walk.” “Whereby?” And I just couldn’t remember the name even though I had looked at maps the previous evening. “Something with a double ‘L’.” Well, that narrowed it down. But we got there in the end, as at least I could describe where it was.
The name I couldn’t recall was Llanrwst, a small and beautiful town situated at the river Conwy and famous for its narrow 17th century stone bridge, reputedly built by Inigo Jones. Nearby Gwydyr Forest provides some lovely walks and mountain bike tracks and is a gateway into the Snowdonia National Park.
I used the opportunity to walk around Llanrwst for a bit, as it is one of these town I usually just pass through on my way to some place else.
On my way to the Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall up the tree covered hill I passed Gwydir Castle. It’s a lovely place I had visited a couple of years ago.
You can hear the waterfalls long before you see them and it’s quite a steep, and in my case muddy, way down.
Hafna Lead Mine is quite imposing the way it sits on the steep hillside. The mine closed in 1920 and is unique because it had its on smelt house, built in the 1880s.
After going up the hill all the way it was down again, passing Pen-y-Gwaith cottage which was apparently a training base for Metropolitan Police Cadets in the 1960s.
The reward for my efforts so far. Beautiful views towards Snowdonia.
Before heading back I wanted to see Llyn Geirionydd but after all the peace and quite before there were just too many people for me there so I didn’t stay long.
My way back led me through more stunning woods and another lake.
It was a lovely day and I enjoyed myself immensely. And I’m sure I won’t forget the name of Llanrwst again.