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Get walking; Llynnau Gamallt and Craig Coch, by Sheila Cole, Meirionnydd Ramblers.

What's the attraction? Rugged moors, hill forts, lakes and beautiful mountain scenery. Where is it? East of Blaenau Ffestiniog How do I get there? The start is car park on the B4391 Llan Ffestiniog to Bala road (grid ref SH 735 418) How long will it taKe? It is about six miles, about four to five hours Difficulty rating. You will be climbing about 1,400ft in total on rough moorland sometimes on paths and tracks. Good boots, waterproofs, map (Explorer OL 18) and a compass with navigation skills needed.

Let's go. Turn right out of the car park to a stile on your left, the path heads east and turns north (left) by a telegraph pole. Cross a track to reach Llyn Morwynion Reservoir. Notice an upright slate in the wall, you will need this on your return. Turn right at the reservoir and follow the lake, at the end of the lake follow a fence, cross a stile on your left and head for the Foel-gron quarry road. Follow the road through the quarry, which was the location for Doctor Who in 1983, when Peter Davison was the Doctor. ? Where the track bends left go straight ahead on a good path with a rocky outcrop on your right. At the top of the ridge you will see your next objective, Graig Goch. Ahead are the marshes of the Migneint - to avoid the worst, keep high to the left heading for two humps. Bear left on a grassy path at the next hill to Graig Goch. A good path leads over the rocky top. You seem to be climbing continually, and as you reach one top another appears. When you reach the cairn you are nearly at the end. The views from up here are fantastic - south-east the Arenigs, west Manod and the Moelwyns, below Llynnau Gamallt.

. ? When you come level with Llyn Bryn Du the path turns right before descending to a gully. Go left down to Llyn Bryn Du. Pass the lake and on the western side you will find fences, one going south and the one you want heading south west.

Follow this for half a mile till you reach a grassy track. This is Sarn Helen, a Roman road which connected Roman forts between Caerhun, Conwy in the north and Carmarthen in the south.

. ? It will be your route for the next mile accompanied by the calls of Canada geese on the lakes nearby. Following the fence, ahead is the power station of Trawsfynydd with the Rhinog ranges behind. A wooden bridge crosses the Afon Gamallt and you'll see ahead the Drum Quarry road. On the right is the Iron Age hill fort Bryn Castell, where evidence has been discovered of iron smelting and smithy work. ? When a building comes into view, a stile down to the left with a waymark takes you to a house in a clump of trees. Another waymark directs you around the house. Cross a stile and continue along the fence, at the next stile follow the waymark right following a wall. Pass a ladder stile and at a gate on right a path opposite leads up left to Llyn Morwynion. Go through a gate on the right, waymarked to reach buildings. A track goes past the dam, once past leave it and follow the lake on a path until you reach the point where you joined it.

. ? The upright slate in the wall shows you the path back, cross the wall, turn right, remember to cross the track and head for the telegraph pole, turn right and you are back at the car park.

Sheila (01766 770441) of Meirionnydd Ramblers will be leading this walk on Wednesday June 1 at 10am, from the car park (grid ref SH 735 418).

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 20, 2011
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