Walks In North Wales

Monthly Archives: January 2015

Dolwyddelan Cwm Penamnen

A short walk from the village of Dolwyddelan, taking in both sides of Cwm Penamnen. A fairly steep ascent on good tracks before a long downhill, affording great views, streams, rivers, mini waterfalls, with Moel Siabod as a backdrop overlooking the village.

Grid Ref: SH 736 520 (station car park)

Total distance: 8.68 km (5.4 mi)
Total time: 3:07:48
Moving time: 2:19:33
Average speed: 2.77 km/h (1.7 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 3.73 km/h (2.3 mi/h)
Max elevation: 428 m (1404 ft)
Min elevation: 184 m (604 ft)
Elevation gain: 333 m (1091 ft)

Weather: Cold with poor visibility and snow

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Betws Y Coed to Capel Garmon Horseshoe

A walk starting in Betws y Coed, leaving the town climbing steeply up into varied landscapes with great views of Snowdonia, eventually arriving at Capel Garmon Burial Chamber (a Neolithic chambered tomb). Then onto the village of Capel Garmon before looping back to Betws Y Coed. Varied terrain and paths, some quite boggy areas at this time of year, but a very worthwhile walk!

Grid Ref: SH 795 565

Total distance: 14.04 km (8.7 mi)
Total time: 5:36:52
Moving time: 4:26:24
Average speed: 2.50 km/h (1.6 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 3.16 km/h (2.0 mi/h)
Max elevation: 311 m (1022 ft)
Min elevation: 55 m (180 ft)
Elevation gain: 545 m (1787 ft)

Weather: overcast, cool with some sun

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