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  Around the Lakes from Trefriw

The Conwy 'Lake District' where myth and legend meet wild, natural beauty.

Trefriw grew thanks to accidents of local geology. The Romans' 20th Legion discovered chalybeate wells to the north of today's village and, being devotees of natural healing and health, developed a spa there. It remains popular to this day. In the hills behind the village, rich veins of lead ore were worked until early last century; the gaunt remains of former mine buildings and spoil tips add a melancholy presence to the superb natural beauty of the countryside. Lakes, some natural, some reservoirs, fill valleys and hollows high above Trefriw, making the village ideal for a weekend break. This walk follows the Afon Crafnant to two such lakes, one nestling beneath the imposing cliffs and crags of the Carneddau range, the other reflecting wooded hills at a place where a renowned Dark Ages Bard was born.

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DISTANCE : c. 8 miles (13 km)
TIME: 4 hours
TERRAIN: Mostly easy paths, forestry roads and lanes. Some short stretches are difficult underfoot - boots recommended
PARKING: Village car park, opposite the Woollen Mill.
REFRESHMENTS: Pubs, hotels, tearooms and shops in Trefriw.
Location : Trefriw is on the B5106 road, 2 miles northwest of Llanrwst and 9 miles south of Conwy.
O.S. DETAILS: Start from Trefriw O.S. Leisure 17
O. S. GRID REF: 780 630

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