Mieko Yamaguchi - My walk

Bangor to Bethesda

From the course of the original tramway near Llandygai which was used to transport slate to Port Penrhyn in the 19th century

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From the course of the original tramway near Llandygai which was used to transport slate to Port Penrhyn in the 19th centuryView towards Moel Wnion on a beautiful autumn day

45085798 2008031409243277 8410822219394973696 nView towards Moel Wnion on a beautiful autumn day

45163717 2008034982576253 2452317109292630016 nShaky Bridge over Afon Ogwen near Tal-y-Bont

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Cochwillan Mill sign

45000724 2008046709241747 4899402690720694272 nSome more reassuring arrows on the way to Half Way Bridge

45150055 2008055939240824 6414321489486544896 nThe route description told me to continue through a gap in the wall between a slate pillar and an old tree trunk. And I found the gap!

45146050 2008061162573635 1760996514743713792 nSprinkling of snow on the hills from near Llanllechid church

45073628 2008069922572759 1109622655100649472 nEnd of the walk for me as this was my first walk after a knee surgery. Looking back towards disused quarries above Rachub.

45035685 2008082619238156 3180634255776546816 nAnother walker photobombed this image of the yew-lined drive of Llanllechid church that I saw on the trail’s website. But I enjoyed his company on the next leg of the walk.

 Bethesda to Llanberis

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Immediately after this half-sunken cottage take a footpath on the right going downhill.

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Snowdon from Sardis Chapel. As you can see it was a gorgeous day.

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Snowdon from Sardis Chapel. As you can see it was a gorgeous day.

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Found this ancient slate and iron stile “just to the left of one of the telegraph poles” but it wasn’t easy.

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One of the many streams to cross - a challenge for walkers with short legs! 

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Restored Vivian Quarry V2 incline above Llanberis.

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Vivian Quarry from the Welsh Slate Museum, Llanberis. The museum is well worth a visit.

Llanberis to Waunfawr


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One of the many ruined buildings along the trail between Llanberis and Waunfawr.


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This section of the Slate Trail shares the route with the North Wales Pilgrim’s Way.

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Looking towards the Glyder range and the Snowdon massif from above Llanberis.

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On the way down to Waunfawr.

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Dinorwig quarry from above Llanberis on a lovely spring day.

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The route between Llanberis and Waunfawr was mostly on easy paths and tracks but this gate on the outskirts of Waunfawr was a real challenge!

Waunfawr to Nantlle

55542011 2214901681889581 5526974859516575744 nCrossing Afon Gwyrfai in Waunfawr

55860859 2224038810975868 2049714747640643584 n3 1/4 miles to Y Fron

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56656115 2224048310974918 3351871921808474112 nA rock garden on a junction near Rhosgadfan

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Mynydd Mawr or ‘Elephant’ Mountain

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55851210 2224056177640798 6158420204050186240 nClimbing up a slate tip

55942592 2224057454307337 214604320186826752 nA flooded quarry pit above Y Fron

56119964 2224058790973870 7465286874282590208 nSlate steps outside Y Fron

55807341 2224059934307089 7989019661712752640 nOn the way down to Nantlle

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Nantlle to Rhyd Ddu

Information board at a view point outside the village of Nantlle.

A view of Y Garn, Bwlch y Fellten and Mynydd Drws y Coed beyond Llyn Nantlle Uchaf.

One of many stiles on the route.

Looking towards Tal y Mignedd Isaf farm.

A large chapel for a very small village of Drws-y-Coed.

Over the last stile into the woods and down to Rhyd-Ddu.

Joining B4418 again in Rhyd-Ddu. Another section of the Slate Trail completed!

Rhyd Ddu to Croesor

Rhyd-Ddu to Beddgelert with Cerdded Conwy Walks group. Setting off on Lôn Gwyrfai with snow capped hills. I have walked the first four sections of the trail by myself (still to do section 5) but this walk is combined with the next section which ends in Croesor. Logistically it’s getting difficult if not impossible to depend on public transport.


Rhyd-Ddu to Beddgelert. Llyn y Gader seen from Lôn Gwyrfai.

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Another view of Llyn y Gader from Lôn Gwyrfai

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A scenic but relatively easy walk along Lôn Gwyrfai from Rhyd-Ddu to Beddgelert.

Rhyd-Ddu to Beddgelert following Lôn Gwyrfai.


Beddgelert to Croesor. After a coffee stop leaving Beddgelert.

3.4.1 xxxAO Aberglaslyn

Aberglaslyn gorge between Beddgelert and Pont Aberglaslyn. Last time I walked here many years ago I could still walk along the disused railway line

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Crossing the Welsh Highland Railway again near Nantmor on the way to Croesor.

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A glimpse of Cnicht on the way to Croesor.
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A stone bridge on the drovers’ road to Croesor.
Cnicht from Croesor
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Welcome to Croesor! Another section of the Slate Trail completed.
Croesor to Llan Ffestiniog

60199276 2281635638549518 122393803293196288 nOriel Caffi Croesor at the start of the walk was unfortunately closed.

59902979 2281635835216165 2485075477694251008 nIt had stopped raining by the time we reached Croesor to start our walk. Beautiful Cwm Croesor - there used to be a tramway in the valley connecting the slate quarries with Porthmadog harbour.

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59730168 2281635945216154 6688174256456466432 nCroesor Quarry

60282777 2281636035216145 2299704105083338752 nAn interesting structure in Croesor Quarry

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62358646 2336331213079960 8727424814496612352 nCrossing the Ffestiniog Railway in Tanygrisiau

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Llan Ffestiniog to Cwm Penmachno

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Setting off from the Pengwern Arms, a community-run pub in Llan Ffestiniog on a beautiful morning in June.


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A view of the Moelwyns from Llan Ffestiniog.

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Cwm Cynfal gorge.

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Disused Blaenau Ffestiniog to Trawsfynydd railway crossing the Afon Cynfal.

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A steady ascent above Cwm Farm towards B4391.

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Llyn Morwynion (Maidens’ Lake)

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Abandoned farmstead of Garreglwyd.

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The Moelwyns from near Garreglwyd.

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A small detour to look at Bryn y Castell Iron Age hillfort.

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Looking towards Drum Quarry.

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A cavern near Manod Quarry.

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Rhiwbach Quarry

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On the way down to Cwm Penmachno.

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Cwm Penmachno - our goal for the day and the start of the next walk. The guidebook author`s house is the white cottage on the far left

Cwm Penmachno to Betws y Coed


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Where we finished our last walk at the entrance to the quarry. Welsh flags and bunting everywhere to mark the Eisteddfod taking place near Llanrwst

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Waiting for a bus to take them to the Eisteddfod

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Unexpectedly sunny morning in Cwm Penmachno

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One of many scarecrows in Cwm Penmachno

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There was a lot more water after the recent rain

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Another scarecrow in Cwm Penmachno

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Another view of the quarry

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Looking the other way

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Looking back...

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Forecast of thundery showers on Friday did not sound promising but Cwm Penmachno welcomed us with blue sky and warm sunshine. The last section from Llan Ffestiniog which we walked at the end of June was the longest and toughest of the trail and we decided to stop in Cwm Penmachno instead of continuing another 5.5km to Penmachno. It was an excellent decision because we were able to return to Cwm Penmachno to enjoy the views of the surrounding hills and quirky scarecrows(?) in some gardens as well as a bus stop! I could not stop taking photos of the valley. Coming over the Migneint moor and quarries the area seemed very remote but coming from Betws-y-Coed and the A5 it is reasonably accessible and there are regular buses. I’m sure to return.

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Walking down towards Penmachno

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A custom-made roundel holder

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Street corner of Penmachno

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St Tudclud’s Church

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Gravestones outside the church

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Local community has installed a coffee machine and sells handicrafts, books, etc. with an honesty box in the church

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One of the Penmachno stones

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Notice on the door

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By the church door

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A newly opened Londis shop in Penmachno - impressively well stocked for the size of the shop

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“Roman Bridge” dates back to the medieval or post-medieval period but definitely not Roman

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Conwy Falls - a lot more water than when I was there a week earlier

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Sign as you leave the Conwy Falls Café carpark

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My Slate Trail Passport - stamps were collected over five months

Betws y Coed to Capel Curig

68578237 2424481670931580 6400599129105367040 nA lot of brackens had to be cut back to make the post visible

67401937 2424481557598258 1314860209960648704 nA footbridge on the trail

67496482 2424481444264936 2034130995678019584 nSwallow Falls - a free view without having to pay £2! A couple of days later the whole area near the falls including the footpath was closed for filming of Wonder Woman sequel

67484021 2424480897598324 5529988814161838080 nPont Tŷ-Hyll on the A5 between Capel Curig and Betws-y-Coed

67549941 2424480824264998 2717703482109853696 nTŷ Hyll aka Ugly House - it houses a tearoom and has an extensive woodland garden behind

Capel Curig to Ogwen


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After a hearty breakfast at Moel Siabod Cafe I took another Sherpa bus back to Capel Curig and started the walk

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From the bus stop by Moel Siabod café

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A reassuring Slate Trail waymark though it’s impossible to get lost

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The trail continues

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After crossing the main road (A5) the path on the north side of Llyn Ogwen became uneven and eventually reached the western end of the lake where some scrambling was necessary

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Tryfan from across Llyn Ogwen

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Llyn Ogwen


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Lunchtime view


Ogwen to Bethesda

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Nant Ffrancon

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Looking back at Tryfan

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Lon Las Ogwen

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Welcome refreshments