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  • Writer's pictureSusanne Devine

Out walking again - finally!!!

Now that the third lock down restrictions in Wales are finally easing and the Easter weekend was sunny albeit chilly we have been out walking in beautiful North Wales again.

One of our walks was a lovely woodland walk down to the incorrectly translated 'Swallow Falls' near Betws-y-Coed in Snowdonia.

Setting off from the car park in Gwydir Forest - Ty'n Llwyn - - where you can sit on this delightful bench enjoying the views across the mountains, we walked through a beautiful piece of old woodland descending into the valley. The trail is very well marked, so just follow the yellow signposts.

In early spring you still get the lovely views across to Moel Siabod and the valley as the leaves on the trees aren't obscuring it just yet. You also get to see the new green sprouting everywhere.

As you can see I got some really nice shots with my little lensball along the walk, too.

Dropping down into the valley, you then can walk to a viewpoint from which you can see the impressive (if full) 'Swallow

Falls, which somehow got wrongly translated from the Welsh 'Rhaeadr Ewynnol', which actually means 'Foaming Falls'.

The Welsh name certainly makes more sense to me and is a typically descriptive name.

It's an easy walk down into the valley and a lovely stroll along the river 'Afon Llugwy' where you could happily walk all the way into Betws-y-Coed itself if you wanted to.

Due to the steep river banks you can't actually get down to the river itself and therefore the viewpoint is your best chance to see the falls well and get a snapshot of them if you want one.

We then continued to follow the path, which leads you in a steady climb back up the hill through more woodland and provides you with a lovely picnic spot overlooking the valley and across to Moel Siabod (still on my list to climb up that one!).

t's a great dog-friendly trail as there are no livestock anywhere and no direct access to a road.

Ours certainly enjoyed the mossy paths under foot and the fact he was able to sniff and roam around on his own.

So, hope I've given you another nice walking idea if you're coming here some time?

It currently looks likely that I'll be able to reopen around 20th May 2021 provided things progress as currently envisaged.

Soooo looking forward to that!

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