Walks In North Wales

Monthly Archives: February 2016

The Alwen Reservoir Trail

Posted before, but now with an accurate GPX file from a Garmin Etrex30. This is a really nice walk just under 7 miles, great views of the Reservoir, moor land, forests, grass land. Nothing too hard, mainly flat on well defined tracks, one ‘hill’ – good keep fit training walk.

Grid Ref: SH 955 530 – 53.3.841’N 3.33.558’W (where we parked)

Total distance: 6.88 Miles
Total time: 2.56 hrs
Moving time: 2.30 hrs
Average speed: 2.34 mi/h
Max elevation: 1464 ft
Min elevation: 1018 ft

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Penarth Slate Mines – Carrog

A really nice little walk with stunning views of the Dee Valley, and Snowdonia in the distance and the Berwyns. Parking near Carrog then ascending up the hill on clearly defined paths for about 1.5 miles, you reach the slate mines. Many old slate buildings and metal workings still present. Traveling around then you will see two cave entrances, one with graffiti on the wall saying ‘Enter The Dragon’ – you need good torches for this bit as there is a warren of tunnels underground (not mapped on the GPX as no signal inside) – enter the mines and explore at your own risk. These caves are sometimes referred to as The Dragons Breathe – as the air inside is warm! We walked back down on a slightly different route for variation.

Grid Ref: SH 94761 64071 – 52.58.708’N 3.19.392’W (where we parked)

Total distance: 3.35 Miles 5.4 Km (and whatever you do underground)
Total time: 4 hrs
Moving time: 3.23 hrs
Average speed: 1.3 mi/h
Max elevation: 1161 ft
Min elevation: 461 ft

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