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New network of mountain bike trails planned for Ffestiniog area

In News on December 24, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Antur 'Stiniog logoWe were extremely excited to attend the local meeting last month on Antur Stiniog’s plans for the Ffestiniog area.  It all started three years ago at a similar local residents’ meeting where the concept was first unveiled, which closed with over 2000 local residents (us included), signing a declaration of support.

Since then, thanks to the hard work of the project’s fantastic committee and generous support from government and local industry, the group has progressed the plans significantly to the point where the first of four phases is now ready to begin.

There are four phases planned, the first at Llechwedd due to start in 2010 and the others still in an earlier stage of planning: Read the rest of this entry »

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Snowdonia Photography

In Activities on July 22, 2009 at 10:43 pm

I found some breathtaking photos taken around the local area on Flickr recently, so I thought I’d share a few of my favourites.  Credit goes to the original artists, these are not my work (unfortunately!).

I’ve been learning with my new Panasonic DSLR so I thought they were pretty impressive. Snowdonia makes an excellent photograpic training ground any time of year, and I’ve got great shots all year round. Unfortunately nothing as good as these prize-winners yet, but once I get better results I’ll post some on here. If you’ve got any impressive North Wales shots add your link in the comments. Flickr is a great way to join the photo community, as well as looking for inspiration/new techniques to try out.

Click on the photos to see their Flickr page with the full-size version. They’re well worth a closer look! They’re all geotagged if you see somewhere you’d like to visit.

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Walker’s Guide: The Lakes & Woods of Tan-y-Bwlch

In Walker's Guides on July 18, 2009 at 11:58 pm

Woodlands by Llyn Mair

Our second walk is around the lakes and wooded hills of the old Plas Tan y Bwlch Estate. The main walk, without the extension to the viewpoint, takes about 1 ½ hours and is along easy tracks and paths (4 stiles to cross Ffestiniog Railway line and return) although you may want to allow time to picnic by one of the lakes.

If you want to take in the viewpoint, which involves some steep uphill and downhill sections, allow at least another 2 hours, or more if you want to enjoy the stunning views or picnic at the viewpoint. Read the rest of this entry »

Walker’s Guide: Cwmorthin from Tanygrisiau

In Walker's Guides on June 15, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Ruins at Cwmorthin

In the first of our new guided walks series, I’ll be telling you about the secluded valley of Cwmorthin, complete with instructions on how to get there and a guided route to follow to get the best out of the stunning scenery.  You’ll also find photos and map links at the end of the article.  Over this series of “Walker’s Guide” posts we’ll be building up a library of free scenic walks for you to follow in the Snowdonia area to help you enjoy your visit.

Cwmorthin is worth the visit, both for its magnificent scenery and the intriguing ruins left over from its history of quarrying.  The route takes you along rough tracks and paths which can be wet in places, but is easy to follow.  It’s about 4 miles to walk up and return by the same route so we’re starting off easy! Read the rest of this entry »