BSC2023: Llanrwst to Betws-y-Coed Walk (Sat 12:00)

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BIG Spring Camp 2023
May 27

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A half-day walk with 300 metres ascent, along forest tracks and riverside paths..

This is one of the events organised as part of Big Spring Camp 2023.

Join us on an afternoon walk from the BSC campsite to Betws-y-Coed, returning by train to Llanrwst.  It's then a short walk from Llanrwst back to the BSC site at the rugby club.

The start time of 12:00 midday enables you to have a lie-in on Saturday or go for the Conwy parkrun at 09:00 (another scheduled BSC event).  You'll have time to return from Conwy and get yourself brunch at the campsite before this walk.  Although a shorter walk (8 miles / 13 km), it requires some effort!  We'll walk along stretches of the Afon Llugwy river and explore a little of the forest above Betws-y-Coed (ascent is approx 300 metres).

Leaving the campsite, we'll cross fields to the riverside path along the Afon Llugwy.  Passing the town of Llanrwst and Gwydir Castle, we'll then climb into the forest to find a small lake named Llyn Parc.  Following tracks through the forest, we'll see remains of the mining activity (lead, zinc and iron mining) that was once widespread in the forest.  We then descend into the valley of the Afon Llugwy to pick up the riverside path again and follow it into the village of Betws-y-Coed, passing the Miner's Bridge - a wooden footbridge across the river.

Betws-y-Coed is a popular location with a number or eating and drinking places.  It has a railway station and the return home will be by train to Llanrwst, with a short walk across fields to the BSC campsite.  You will need a single ticket to Llanrwst North (cost £2.60). The walk leader will return on the 18.05 train (tbc), allowing time for drinks, maybe something to eat and a look around Betws-y-Coed. You can stay with him, meet him at the station or make your own way back - note there is only one later train at 20:49.

This walk is around  8miles / 13 km, with ascent of 300 metres and a similar descent.  Best to bring a sandwich and/or some snacks for later in the day and plenty of fluid to drink.  Good footwear, ideally walking boots, is required as the ground is rough and rocky in places and may be wet and muddy, depending on the weather.


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