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A Welsh Walk

My friend Uzma asked for suggestions of possible walks and places to stay in Wales, and I’ve got a million of ‘em, but here’s a great possibility for a fab walk, and a lovely night’s stay.

Photos of Gwesty Gwernan Hotel, Dolgellau

This photo of Gwesty Gwernan Hotel is courtesy of TripAdvisor.

For a whole walking holiday, I’d suggest some self-catering cottages elsewhere, but for a night, you couldn’t find a nicer place than the Gwernan Lake Hotel, Gwesty Gwernan. At the time of writing (April 4 2011) they are quoting £42 / night B&B based on two people sharing.

Foxes Path Scree Slope

One of the most popular routes up Cader, the Foxes path, starts right in front of the hotel.  Foxes is a nice walk, up past two lakes, but I wouldn’t recommend it for summitting Cader due to the scree scramble.

Most people drive west from the hotel a half mile or so, to the car park at Ty Nant, and go up the Pony Path.  Whether this is exciting can, maybe, be judged from how the Pony Path got it’s name. They used to take Victorian Ladies up Cader, sitting side-saddle on a pony.

Today you will find HOARDS of trips: scouts, school trips, all in multi-coloured anoraks, swarming in the car park at Ty Nant, ready to go up Cader.

Most of the way the path is so eroded, especially from the saddle to the top, that it’s been reinforced with bouncy rubber matting!

Nope, I wouldn’t do either of those.  If I wanted to summit, I might go round the other side and go up the Mynffordd Path, but even then I think I’d probably only do that as far as Llyn Cau (that’s a lovely walk).  Actually I’ll keep my favourite for another day.

Here’s what I recommend:

This is easier to see if you change to 720pHD, and watch it in full screen.

And here’s a map of the two walk possibilities:

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Things to do with the Kids While the Walkers Walk!

Visit the Fairbourne Railway.

Walk across the Barmouth Railway bridge, and get the train back.

Visit Barmouth (small Victorian sea-side town.  Cracking beach (chilly in April!)

Go gold mining!  The gold for the Royal Wedding ring comes from North Wales.  I’m not sure if you can still visit the Clogau mine at Bontddu, but it might be worth some research!

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