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Offline Hugo

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Re: Instructions for various walks
« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2020, 02:21:59 pm »
The Ganllwyd  walk to Rhaedr Ddu

This is a spectacular riverside walk in Snowdonia that follows the River Gamlan from Ganllwyd up to the wild Rhaeadr Ddu falls. The route will wind its way through the peaceful woodland before bringing you back to your starting point in the village.

The walk starts from the corrugated black village hall but across the road in the car park you can find leaflets about the various walks.   There are numerous way markers and four colour coded routes.

We added a bit on to the walk in order to see the ruins of the Cefn Coch goldmine and if anyone has the time then you get rewarded with spectacular views from the site.

The Rhaeadr Ddu walk is well worth visiting and even if someone only wants to see the falls then that walk would only take about 30 minutes return

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Re: Instructions for various walks
« Reply #16 on: November 26, 2022, 12:40:34 pm »
We did this walk yesterday and it's a very nice short walk full of interesting things to see,    I've also posted a report of the walk we did on here
Walk 7 Historic Rhuddlan walk
 Description: This walk visits some of Rhuddlan?s historical sites. You will walk along pavements, roads, and fields which can be very muddy at times and cross a stile. Visiting Twthill could involve climbing a steep hill so care must be taken. Length: 2 miles approximately Time: Allow 2 hour approximately START OF WALK: Walk back to the entrance of the car park; turn RIGHT into VICARAGE LANE, at the end turn RIGHT on to RHYL ROAD (the main road) soon to change to High Street. Continue STRAIGHT on down the HIGH STREET for 200 metres to the junction of PARLIAMENT STREET AND GWINDY STREET. No 1: PARLIAMENT HOUSE: Is on the corner of Parliament Street, with an inscription on the wall. Reputedly the remains of a building where Edward 1st passed the ?Statute of Rhuddlan? which lasted until the Act of Union in 1536. However, it is likely to be a medieval courthouse with parts taken from the castle. Continue down the HIGH STREET and take the first RIGHT into CHURCH STREET, approximately 50 metres on the LEFT is ST MARY?S CHURCH. No 2: ST MARY?S CHURCH: Dated from about 1300. Enter through the Victorian Lychgate. Return to the HIGH STREET, turn RIGHT and walk down STATION ROAD towards the bridge. Just before the bridge on your RIGHT are THE 3 KNIGHTS. No 3: THE 3 KNIGHTS: Sculpted by Mike Owens. They guard the entrance to Rhuddlan and mark the site where men met every morning waiting to be picked for a ?days? work?. Walk on to the footbridge bridge over the river Clwyd. No 4: THE BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER CLWYD: Alongside is the ancient stone bridge of which there has been a bridge in situ since 1277.This bridge dates from 1595. The footbridge gives good views of the Castle, St. Mary?s Church and the River Clwyd. Carry on over the RIVER CLWYD and straight down STATION ROAD to the traffic lights. On your LEFT is THE NATURE RESERVE. Cross over at the pelican crossing. No 5: THE NATURE RESERVE: Local people helped turn this land into a nature reserve. It has attracted kingfishers, water voles, otters and swans. Where the railway station stood is now part of an 11 acre wildlife haven with ponds, woods and wildflower meadow. There are sculptures of hovering dragonflies, a stretching cormorant and a walker sitting on a bench tying his boot laces. Have a walk, take a picnic, and look at the views of our wonderful castle. When you have finished at the NATURE RESERVE, retrace your steps back across the BRIDGE and to the 3 KNIGHTS. Go back up STATION ROAD and take the first turning RIGHT into CASTLE STREET and walk for approximately 100 metres to No 6 on your RIGHT. No 6: THE OLD SCHOOL: NATIONAL SCHOOL 1829. Continue along CASTLE STREET to RHUDDLAN CASTLE. No 7: RHUDDLAN CASTLE: Building began in 1277, one of a ring of castles built by Edward 1st to control the Welsh. The Castle was dismantled in 1646 after capture by General Mytton for the Parliamentarians. After leaving the CASTLE turn RIGHT into HYLAS LANE. Walk a few metres up HYLAS LANE until you reach a left hand bend in the road. Looking past the bend you will see No 8. No 8: A THATCHED ROOF COTTAGE On the bend, on the RIGHT at the start of a track is a sign post for TWTHILL (meaning ?lookout?). Go along the track to a kissing gate (you will see TWTHILL in front of you) and walk over the field to TWTHILL and information board. No 9: TWTHILL: The site of a Motte and Bailey castle built in 1073. As you leave TWTHILL enclosure (with TWTHILL behind you), turn RIGHT towards the caravan park and follow the foot path at the top of the hill alongside a hedge with the RIVER CLWYD below and on your RIGHT. You will come to a field. Cross the field to cross the stile in front of you onto ABBEY ROAD. Turn RIGHT and walk a short distance to ABBEY FARM on your left. No 10: ABBEY FARM: This was originally a Dominican Friary built before 1258 dissolved during the Reformation in the 16th century. It was still an impressive ruin shown in an etching made in 1742. Subsequently part of the buildings became ABBEY FARM. The farm is private but from the entrance you can see on the far building a 14th century effigy set into the wall on the left. Retrace your steps past the stile in the field and continue along ABBEY ROAD past the entrance to the caravan park, past houses and to the end of ABBEY ROAD where it joins PRINCES ROAD. Turn LEFT along PRINCES ROAD towards the town centre.When you reach CASTLE STREET on the LEFT, look back, the stone building across the road is THE BANQUET HOUSE. No 11: THE BANQUET HOUSE: Possibly an Almshouse dating from 1672. Continue along PRINCES ROAD into the heart of RHUDDLAN. Turn LEFT at the HIGH STREET to pass shops, cafes and public houses where you can relax and enjoy refreshments. Or turn RIGHT to the start of the walk ? CROSS over the pelican crossing, turn RIGHT then LEFT into VICARAGE LANE and LEFT into the library car park. We hope you have enjoyed this walk and welcome your feedback. _____


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Re: Instructions for various walks
« Reply #17 on: November 26, 2022, 12:47:18 pm »
Walk 7  Rhuddlan Historic walk

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Re: Instructions for various walks
« Reply #18 on: November 26, 2022, 02:03:24 pm »
Hugo, .........Once again excellent travelogue............

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Re: Instructions for various walks
« Reply #19 on: July 22, 2023, 11:49:35 am »
We did this walk yesterday and I would recommend it to anyone who is moderately fit.   The link I've attached below is excellent and the only thing I wish to add is that the graveyard of St Michael's Church is well worth a visit for the stunning panoramic views.
For anyone wishing to go on the viaduct and see the railway line intact then as you get on to the tarmac lane turn right.  After about 200 yards the lane crosses over the railway and access to the track is there



https://www.loveouradventures.com/post/rhaeadr-cynfal-gorge-waterfall-ffestiniog

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« Reply #20 on: February 10, 2024, 04:23:19 pm »
Every month there is a free magazine issued called North Wales Magazine and you can usually pick a copy up at your local supermarket.       It's a very good read and the magazine usually has a walk listed in it and the February 2024 issue has the Big Pool Wood walk in it.   
It's a very interesting walk of just 2.4 miles and takes about 2 hours to complete.      My walking Buddy Tellytubby and a team of volunteers work hard to keep the Nature Reserve of Big Pool Wood looking so good.
I'd like to mention Roger who sadly passed away last year,  because he dedicated his final years to helping restore the reserve and he not only donated the hides that are there but helped to build them as well
I've attached a couple of links below which I hope will be interesting for some forum members

 https://issuu.com/northwalesmagazine/docs/nwm_sept_2022/s/16698257

Big Pool Nature Reserve
https://www.northwaleswildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/big-pool-wood-nature-reserve