Up in the hills, about 20 minutes from where I live are two lovely little lakes. I love going up there and wandering around them, usually just taking my time and strolling round one of them. For this walk I decided to take them both in, and, as usual this year the weather was very changeable.
My walk begins in the forestry car park at the top of a very narrow road which runs from the village of Trefriw. From here it’s a short walk up to the lake, this stream which runs from the lake rushing down the hill at the side of the track.
After the short walk up the slope Llyn Crafnant comes into view. It’s a pretty little lake with a footpath through the woodland on the right hand side
The narrow runs along the left shore to a cafe a little further along. This is a favourite place for fishermen.
The path runs through the mixed woodland, close to the lake. This is a little glade where I like to sit and listen to the silence, just the sound of the wind in the trees and the water lapping against the shore.
Today I was watching a Great crested grebe diving for small fish.
I get back onto the path and carry on, suddenly seeing a flash of pink as a Jay flies across the path in front of me.
At the moment the sun is out and with only a slight breeze it’s quite warm.
We’ve had lots of rain in the last couple of weeks though, and the streams tumbling out of the hills are all really full of water.
This wonderful waterfall is usually little more than a trickle in summer but it’s looking splendid now.
Now my path is downhill to the open country at the head of the lake. Then it’s up a path through woodland, a steep path up the side of the valley.
As I start to climb I look back at the cwm surrounding the head of Llyn Crafnant.
A cwm is the three sided valley as you can see in this photo.
It’s a steep climb through coniferous woods, dark and with not much wildlife, and then down the other side through more dense woods.
Llyn Geirionydd comes into view. Another lovely little lake surrounded by conifer woods.
The walk is through the conifer plantation to the left, at times almost in the water. You have to be careful of the roots when it’s wet, they are very slippery.
As I climb a bluff I come across the remains of an old lead mine. There were lots of them in these hills, but this one has left a legacy……the lake has been poisoned, there are no fish in this lake.
It’s now quite a short walk to the northern end of the lake, and here is an obelisk to commemorate Taliesin, a 6th century bard who has been linked to many legends. Most scholars believe he was of Irish descent, but he was known to have lived here by the lake.
He is thought to have attended King Maelgwyn Gwynedd, and told many tales of King Arthur who, legend has it, was his one-time master.
To commemorate him an Eisteddfod was organised here in 1863 and was held every year until 1912, attracting many distinguished entries.
Now it’s clouded over again, and it’s time to climb the valley side again before dropping down the other side close to the car park, some light rain falling as I get back there. Another wonderful walk ended, I look forward to the next one.