A view looking South from the road that climbs from Trefriw to llyn Cowlyd.
Llanrwst from the road leading to Cwm Ddu.
The Conwy Valley from the road leading to Cwm Ddu.
Chape ruins in Cwsm Ddu.
One of several ruins on route in Cwm Ddu.
Looking towards Llyn Cowlyd.
Spot the footpaths!
Looking towards the high tops from the Cowlyd - Trefriw road.
The Klondike Mill and Llyn Gerionydd from the Cowlyd - Trefriw road.
The waterfalls at West of Trefriw.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.8 miles. Climb: 1574'.
Time: 6 hours 8 minutes. On the move walking average: 1.8 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.4 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Ed.
The weather today wasn't exactly what we were expecting. There was dampness in the air all morning and warm sunshine at the end of the day, almost the opposite of the weather we were expecting.
We set off on the steep climb out of Trefriw on the Cowlyd/Gerionydd road and within in minutes a car stopped and engaged with us about our walk. This was to be the pattern for the day, everyone we met spoke to us and enquired/helped us on our route finding.
Following the route description in Coed Creigiau wasn't easy, but later on it was to get much worse.
The "path" South west of Tyddyn Ddu after the ruined chapel soon became non existent and we did a fair bit of bog trotting before eventually arriving at the Llyn Cowlyd - Trefriw Road.
Lunch was taken near a stone sheep pen, with good views back towards the Conwy Valley, and allowing us to assess what was the best way ahead.
We decided that once arriving at the road, the best option was to follow it all the way back to Trefriw.
The views towards the Gwydr Forest and beyond were superb, despite the unusual lighting on the skyline.
Arriving at a footpath we noticed it would allow us to avoid the steepest part of the road, so we decide to be adventurous and take it. A good decision at first, but it wasn't going to last and the path went through extremely boggy terrain - this was a path NEVER to taken again!
Towards the end of the walk, near a cemetery we decide to cut across to the Gerionydd road and take a path that took us to the fairy Glen Waterfalls. This was a good decision as the water coming over the falls was probably the most that I have ever seen.
We arrived back at the cars, having had a really good walk that had challenged us more than we thought it would!
Birds seen or heard today included: House sparrow, Goldfinch European robin, Common blackbird, Meadow pipit, Raven, Common buzzard and Grey wagtail.
I enjoyed an after walk drink at the Blue bell Inn at Halkyn, where Cotleigh's Gold Hawk bitter went down well.