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Points of Interest near the Cambrian Way

With links for further information on the Internet (Arranged from Cardiff to Conwy)

Southern Section   Central Section   Northern Section (Dinas Mawddwy to Conwy)

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Name Location Grid Ref (approx) Photo
  Red Dragon Mine, Dinas Mawddwy   0.1 miles N of route at Bwlch Siglen (0.3 miles by path) - Guidebook Map 34.   SH836139
photo © Iain Robinson
  The Red Dragon Mine started as a lead mine in 1852 but a "black mineral" (possibly manganese) was found in large quantities. Struggling for finance, the investors were tempted by suggestions of gold, and poured in a large amount of money to fund gold mining in 1854, only to find there was none and the mine was abandoned around 1856. This mine was mentioned in a previous Point of Interest as the venture that may have lost Sir Edmund Buckley a lot of money.   Iain Robinson's Blog 
  Cadair Idris Summit - 893m (2927 ft)   Directly on route - Guidebook Map 36.   SH711131
  Whatever route is taken up Cadair Idris, there are spectacular views in clear conditions. Although it does not quite reach 3000 ft, the views are every bit as good as many that do. There is a Mountain Refuge Shelter just N of the summit if needed, but on a good day there is a fine lunch stop just down from the summit to the south, overlooking Llyn Cau.   Wikipedia Entry
  Llynau Cregennen (NT)   Directly on route - Guidebook Map 38.   SH659143
  The area around Llynau Cregennen, or Cregennan Lakes is owned by the National Trust and is one of the lesser known beauty spots in Wales. There are views of the lakes themselves, Cadair Idris and, a short way along the road going N, a view over Barmouth Bay.     View from Above
  Clapper Bridge above Arthog Waterfalls   Directly on route - Guidebook Map 38B.   SH650138
  The route from Llynnau Cregennan leads over this old Clapper Bridge crossing the River Arthog. These ancient bridges were made by placing slabs of stone across a river with stone piers beween each stone. In this case, only one slab was needed. The path then goes north and soon descends down the steep path through woodland following the long series of cateracts of Arthog Waterfalls, for about half a mile, before reaching the A493 road near Arthog.
  Arthog Hall   0.2 miles W of route - Guidebook Map 38.   SH644144
photo © rightmove.co.uk
  Arthog Hall is a Grade II Listed Building located in the woodland about 300 yards west of Arthog Waterfalls. It is a Country house in picturesque castellated style, built 1833 for Reginald Fourden and currently in private ownership.    British Listed Buildings Entry
  Barmouth Bridge   Directly on route - Guidebook Map 38.   SH620154
  Barmouth Bridge is a Mainly wooden viaduct with a steel Swing Bridge for the passage of boats. It opened in 1867 to carry a single track railway line across the Mawddach Estuary. It also caters for foot and cycle traffic for which a toll was charged until 2013. There is a fine view of Coes-faen Clock Tower from the bridge.    Wikipedia Entry    Swing Bridge and Harbour
  Barmouth   Directly on route - Town Centre 0.5 miles - Guidebook Map 39.   SH612158
  Barmouth is a popular holiday town with many facilities for food, shops and accommodation. There is a plaque on the wall of the Barmouth Rowing Club at the harbour commemorating Harold Lowe, 5th Officer on the Titanic famous for his rescues of passengers.    Wikipedia Entry
  Cwm Bychan, Rhinog Mountains   Directly on route - Guidebook Maps 40& 41.   SH647316
  Though difficult in places, there is much spendid ridge walking in the Rhinog Mountains with many fine views of mountains and lakes. The point highlighted in Cym Bychan is the approximate spot where the front cover photo of the guidebook was taken, with Tony Drake as a younger man, climbing upwards.    Wikipedia Entry
  Llyn Trawsfynnydd   Close to route - Guidebook Map 41.   SH690360
  Llyn Trawsfynydd is a man-made reservoir created in the 1920s to supply water for Maentwrog Hydro-electric Power Station. In 1965 it also became the source of cooling water for the Trawsfynydd Nuclear Power Station, which was shut down in 1991 and is still being decommissioned. An interesting feature is the footbridge across the eastern end of the lake, which is used by the Trawsfynydd Variant of the Cambrian Way.    Wikipedia Entry
  Ffestiniog Railway, Dduallt Station   Directly on route - Guidebook Map 43 & 43A.   SH679421
  An interesting feature of the Ffestiniog Railway at Dduallt is the loop in the track. When Llyn Tanygrisiau Reservoir was created, the disused railway line was flooded, so when restoration took place extra height had to be gained somewhere; hence the loop was built.    Festrail website     Wikipedia Entry     Train Entering Loop     Train Completing Loop
  Llyn Stwlan Pumped Storage Reservoir   Close to route - Guidebook Maps 43 & 43B.   SH664444
  Llyn Stwlan is the upper reservoir of the Ffestiniog Pumped Storage Hydro-electic Power Station, the Tanygrisiau Reservoir being the lower one. At off-peak times water is pumped from the lower to upper reservoir and, when power is needed at peak times, the flow is reversed, about 72% of the power being regained. Providing power quickly at peak times is of very high value, so the wasted energy is well worth while.     Tanygrisiau Power Station
  Rhosydd Slate Quarry   Directly on route - Guidebook Map 43.   SH665462
  Quarrying for slate first started in the early 1830s, but there were many difficulties with working at about 1500 ft above sea level and with the transportation of the slate. Despite large sums of money being spent, it went into voluntary liquidation in 1873. It was re-opened by new owners and continued to be worked until 1930 when it became uneconomical and never properly restarted.     Wikipedia Entry
  Aberglaslyn Pass   Directly on Main route - 1 mile S of Beddgelert - Guidebook Maps 44 & 44A.   SH595467
  The Pass of Aberglaslyn is a narrow gorge by the River Glaslyn, where the longest tunnels on the Welsh Highland Railway are to be found. This section of the railway was re-opened in 2009 when the line was extended down to Porthmadog after many years of disuse. The line runs by the left side of the river on the photograph before entering the tunnels.     Wikipedia Entry     Festrail Entry
  Gelert's Grave, Beddgelert   0.1 miles W of Main route - 0.3 miles S of Beddgelert - Guidebook Maps 44.   SH590477
  Beddgelert Means 'Grave of Gelert', the faithful dog that was, in the legend, slain by Prince Llywelyn when he thought it had killed his baby son, only to find the baby safe and sound near the body of a wolf that his dog had killed whilst protecting the child.     Wikipedia Entry     Gelert's Statue
  Sygun Copper Mine, Beddgelert   Close to Main route - 1.2 miles ENE of Beddgelert - Guidebook Maps 44.   SH605488
  Sygun Copper Mine is a Victorian copper mine that was closed in 1903, but was renovated and reopened by the Amies family as a tourist attraction in 1986, focusing on audio-visual tours of the underground workings.     Wikipedia Entry     Copper Mine website
  Gladsone Rock, Snowdon   Directly on Main route - on Watkin Path up Snowdon - Guidebook Map 45.   SH618523
photo © David Neale
  Beside the Watkin Path in Cwm Llan on the ascent of Snowdon stands the Gladstone Rock inscribed with: 'Sep 13th 1892     Upon this rock the Right Honourable W.E. Gladstone M.P. when Prime Minister for the fourth time and 83 years old addressed the people of Eryri upon justice to Wales     The multitude sang Cymric hymns and Land of my Fathers   Publicly dedicated by Sir Edward and Lady Watkin June 1893.'     Geotopai Entry
  Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre   Directly on Main route - Guidebook Map 45.   SH609544
  In 2009, the new Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre (Hafod Eryri) was opened, with tourist information, café and gift shop as well as being the terminus of the Snowdon Mountain Railway. The futuristic building replaces the ramshackle buildings that were once called 'the highest slum in Britain' by Prince Charles.     Snowdon Wikipedia Entry
  Snowdon Pen y Pass Youth Hostel   Directly on Main route - 3 miles ENE of Snowdon Summit - Guidebook Map 45.   SH647556
  As well as providing accommdation for walkers, the Snowdon Pen-y-Pass Youth Hostel benefitted from a bequest from Tony Drake, which helped towards the £1.3m Hostel Refurbishment. Facilities include: New café and bar open to the public, new games room and classroom, new self-catering kitchen facilities, public WCs and showers for day walkers.     Snowdon Pen y Pass YHA Entry
  Cantilever Stone, Glyder Fach   Close to Main route - Just E of Summit - Guidebook Map 46.   SH657583
  Amongst the huge number of stones and boulders around the summit area of Glyder Fach is the Cantilever Stone balancing near its middle. Despite its precarious appearance it is quite stable with a few people standing on it. However, it has been seen and heard rocking when a group of five or six people jump up and down on it in unison.     One Group Jumping
  Refuge Shelter on Foel Grach   Directly on route - 1 mile N of Carnedd Llewelyn - Guidebook Map 47.   SH689659
  There is a Mountain Refuge Hut just north of Foel Grach for shelter if caught out in bad weather along this ridge, much of which is over 3000 ft above sea level. It nestles in the the mountainside just where the steep descent levels off and can easily be missed when looking straight ahead.
  Carnedd Gwenllian (formerly Garnedd Uchaf)   Directly on route - Guidebook Map 47.   SH687669
  In 2009, Garnedd Uchaf was renamed Carnedd Gwenllian in memory of Princess Gwenllian (1282-1337), only child of Llewelyn ap Gruffudd, the last native Prince of Wales, after whom Carnedd Llewelyn is named. She was confined in a priory in Lincolnshire after her father was killed in battle when she was an infant, and she never got to know her real identity. Photo taken from Carnedd Gwenllian with Carnedd Llewelyn far centre.     Full History in Wikipedia
  Shelter at Disused Quarry   0.7 miles NE of Tal y Fan - Directly on route - Guidebook Map 49A.   SH738733
  On the descent of Tal y Fan, the route passes this small, disused quarry. Entry from the top is fenced off because of the dangerous rock faces, but lower down there is access and a small roofed shelter. The entrance is very low, but there is somewhat more headroom inside. The quarry is possibly of medieval origin but closed down in 1914.
  Maen Penddu   0.9 miles NE of Tal y Fan - Directly on route - Guidebook Map 49A.   SH739736
  Maen Penddu meaning the Black-headed Stone is in a prominent position where the slope levels off on the descent of Taly Fan, below the old slate quarry. The shape and texture of the stone suggest it was brought from elsewhere and it is thought to date back to around 2000 BC.   This Photo looks SW from Maen Penddu towards the quarry and Tal y Fan.   Our Heritage website
  Sychnant Pass Road   Directly on route - Guidebook Map 49.   SH750770
  The Sychnant Pass is a deep cleft between Alltwen, and Maen Esgob. Around here, the hills run right up to the sea, so this was the only practical route for the old turnpike road to take going west from Conwy when it was built in 1772. However, the ascent was difficult for horse drawn vehicles, so in 1830 Thomas Telford build a road around the cliffs on the coast at Penmaen Bach.     Wikipedia Entry    historypoints.org Entry
  Conwy Mountain Hill Fort   Directly on route - Guidebook Map 49.   SH760778
  There are remains of an Iron Age Hill Fort around the summit of Conwy Mountain, with a number of hut circles around the area. It was called Castell Caer Seion (or Lleion) and excavations in the 1950s found pre-Roman coins and artefacts. There are notice boards explaining some of the history.     Wikipedia Entry    historypoints.org Entry
  Conwy Castle, End of Cambrian Way   Directly on route - Guidebook Map 49.   SH784774
  Conwy Castle was built by Edward I between 1283 and 1289 during his conquest of Wales. It is a World Heritage Site and is considered by UNESCO to be one of the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe. What finer place to end the Cambrian Way?     Wikipedia Entry    Cadw Entry

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