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It’s been a bloody awful summer, in fact summer was in May! Since then we have had only ocassional good days, and I believe August was the wettest on record. Well now we’re into September and we have just had 

36 hours of rain, a lot of it heavy. It rained all day yesterday, all night and was still raining this morning. I decided to go out and see what was happening, as there has been a great deal of flooding, mainly in mid and south Wales.

I started just a little further up the Conwy valley at Llanrwst, and set out to walk along the riverside footpath. Unfortunately after only a short distance the footpath vanished beneath the swollen Afon Conwy.





So, back to the car and cross the bridge, into the car park by the under-water cricket pitch, and start along the river bank again. The river hadn’t broken it’s banks but was extremely swollen.

Parts of this path were under water too, but not the river water, just because of the heavy rain. At least I could walk around this, and made my way back to the bridge.









It was still raining, and low cloud was covering the surrounding hills. The Afon Conwy was rushing through the old bridge. The photo on the left was taken in July, the one on the right was taken this morning.

I was getting very rather wet walking along the river bank, the ground was soggy and it was still raining quite hard, so it was back to the car and on to Betws-y-Coed.







I was here a few weeks ago and the river was quite full then, but this morning it was thundering under the Pont-y-Pair (bridge of the cauldron). It really was a cauldron today. The photo on the left was taken on 20th August, the one on the right this morning.

I decided to go a little further, driving on and through Capel Curig. The road was passable but there was a lot of water in places, a lot of it running onto the road from the hillside.



 I pulled off the road near Llyn Lockwood and took this photo of the torrent of water gushing down the hillside opposite.


As you can see in the photo, the rain was driving across the hillside, so it was back in the car and head back for home.




Before I got back to Capel Curig though, I couldn’t resist taking this photo of the cloud and rain blowing across Creigiau y Garth.


By now my feet were soaking and I was cold and wet, so it was back home for a nice hot cup of coffee. 

The rain actually stopped at about 2pm. It’s never really got light today though and it looks as though it could start raining again any time. Lets hope not, and lets hope that the people further south get no more rain and get the chance to dry out their homes and businesses.




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Today I was starting in Betws-y-Coed (pronounced “bet us i co ed”). This lovely village is a popular with tourists to Snowdonia, the name means Prayer house (Betws) in the woods (y Coed).

My walk started behind St Marys church, a forestry track leading up the steep wooded hillside.

A stream tumbled down the hillside by the track until I came to a little wooden bridge and started up a narrow steep path.


This path wound up the hillside through the lush, dense woodland. The higher I climbed the more the path became like a stream. It’s quite a climb, going up to about 700ft above sea level.





Once at the top of the climb the small lake called Llyn Elsi comes into view. Nestled in amongst woodland with little islands it’s a picturesque, but little known lake.

The photo is taken from the small monument erected to commemorate the Town Council being allowed to take water from the lake in 1914.

My walk took me around the near side of the lake through the lovely woodland, arounf the northern end and then up through the mainly conifer woods on the far side.

As I came to the top of the hill at the far side I should have had good views of the mountains of Snowdonia and the wooded Llugwy valley, but the cloud was too low today.


I eventually came to a gate at the side of the forestry track I was on and turned off down this path.

It may look like just another path but this is Sarn Helen, a Roman road. Originally this roadway was about 160 miles long, running from Aberconwy to Carmarthen.


It’s a lovely walk down here through the Oak, Beech and Sycamore woods.




This stream runs alongside the path, but today there were parts of the path that were like a stream too.






The Roman road eventually led me to the main A5 road running between Betws-y-Coed and Capel Curig. I crossed the road and dropped down to Afon Llugwy and the miners bridge.

The bridge is more of a steep staircase across the river and was built in the 18th century for the miners in the local lead mines.


Although it’s August the river is swollen with all the rain we’ve had, and it was roaring through the narrow gorge under the miners bridge.


Now I crossed the bridge and took a path alongside the river and back towards Betws-y-Coed.



As I got back to Betws-y-Coed I came to Pont-y-Pair. The bridge was built in 1468 and the name means “Bridge of the cauldron”.






It’s easy to see why it got the name as Afon Llugwy boils underneath it.

But now it was time to return home.

It was a wonderful walk in woodlands and with lots of streams, rivers and a lovely lake. The only problem today was that most of the paths were like streams or deep in mud. Those that weren’t were wet and slippery.

If anyone were thinking of doing this walk I would definitely suggest they wait until we’ve had a dry spell. I had to spend a lot of time looking down rather than at the scenery.

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