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  The Mines and Mills of Gwydir Forest

A walk through the history of Wales at work and play.

Llanrwst has long been the market centre for the central Conwy Valley and is an ideal centre for rambling. To the west are the great Forest of Gwydir and the first upwellings of the great mountain vastness of Snowdonia. It is to the west that this walk heads, climbing to the drowned valley of Llyn y Parc, deep in the Forest, then continuing to discover tantalising remains of the thriving lead and zinc mining industries that once flourished in these tortured hills - the last major mine closed only in 1960. Walking through the mixed woodlands of Gwydir is a pleasure as the area is a treasure trove of wildlife, and you'll also get brief glimpses of Llanrwst's famous Gwydir Castle and Gwydir Uchaf Chapel - best left for tomorrow as these and muddy boots don't mix!

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DISTANCE
C. 7 1/2 miles (12 km)
TIME
3 1/2 to 4 hours
TERRAIN
Mostly woodland paths and tracks with some modest climbs
PARKING
Ample parking at the riverside car park near the old bridge on the B5106
REFRESHMENTS
Inns, restaurants and cafes in Llanrwst
PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Daily buses to Llanrwst from Llandudno, Conwy, Betws-y-Coed and beyond. Rail service (not Sundays) from Llandudno
PUBLIC CONVENIENCES
Near start
O.S. DETAILS
Start from Llanrwst O.S. Outdoor Leisure 17
GRID REF:
798 615



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