Where is it? Above the Lledr Valley, between Blaenau
Ffestiniog and Dolwyddelan, Snowdonia North Wales How long will it take ? 3.5 hours, Distance 7 miles Attractions : beautiful views ; tumbling streams, waterfall ;
I would recommend this walk for late summer when the Rowan trees are
at their red berried best, ....beautiful! Rating : This is an easy walk. Either level ground or
down hill. Essentials : Stout footwear. Wet weather clothing, OS map
and compass. Car Parking : On street parking available in Dolwyddelan,
or Dolwyddelan Railway Station Car Park. Alternatively why not take
the Conwy Valley Railway to Dolwyddelan and then catch the bus outside
the pub to the top of the Crimea Pass? Fantastic views of the Conwy and
Lledr Valleys on the Conwy Valley Railway. Rail and Bus Services : For times of buses in the Conwy and Lledr
Valley contact Travelline
Wales.com Facilities : Toilets and restaurant / pub in Dolwyddelan village,
Spar shop in Village, holiday cottages near by.
Directions: [ Map
of Crimea Pass to Roman Bridge walk location ]
From Betws-y-Coed take the A470 west toward Dolwyddelan. Turn left
at the Gwydir Pub in Dolwyddelan. Continue on Church Street to
the Railway Station car park. Alternatively, on street parking
may be available in Church Street.
View some of the highlights of the walk on the youtube
video player. The pics were taken in sequence
Scroll down the page for further information and pictures
of this walk.
walk starts from the A470 road at the top of the Crimea Pass between
Blaenau Ffestiniog and Dolwyddelan,
and finishes at the bottom of the pass in Dolwyddelan village. This requires
parking the car or alighting the train in Dolwyddelan and catching the
number X1 bus in Dolwyddelan. Catch the bus opposite the Gwydir
Pub in Dolwyddelan. Ask the driver to drop you off in the layby near
the top of the Crimea pass.
To start the walk itself exit the layby and bear left, continue for
a short way along the A470 to the stile on the right hand side of the
road. Cross the stile to the pathway. It is a remarkably level track
that leads round the lower slopes of Moel Dyrnogydd, but this is explained
by the fact that it was originally the bed for a tramway that fed the
disused quarry to be found further down the track. Moel Siabod stands
proudly to the east, it's southern flank helping to form the beautiful
Lledr Valley, while it's western flank guards the equally beautiful cwm
of Blaenau Dolwyddelan.
track heads in the direction of Siabod before turning north around the
headland bringing Mount Snowdon and the Glyders into view. Continue along
the track and there appears to be a small stone castle turret ahead.
This is not a castle however, it is the ventilation shaft for the railway
tunnel that runs deep below the mountain. The tunnel enabled the town
of Blaenau Ffestiniog to transport it's slate through the Lledr valley
and on to the big wide world beyond.
Meanwhile our track bears to the right and leads off downhill passing
, on the day I visited, a small herd of cattle. I must admit I acted
as a bit of a wuzzer at this point. As is my wont I made mooing sounds
while passing the animals and unfortunately this seemed to strike a chord
with the bull, the master of his domain. Whether he thought I was a
threat or he was feeling amorous, I don't know, but the bull with herd
following started to head my way. I thought survival was the better
part of valour and legged it down the bank. Having put a few hundred
yards and a dry stone wall between me and the bull I relaxed and
carried on with the walk.
This section is the best part of the walk with Rowan trees dotting the
landscape and Moel Siabod as a glorious backdrop. A tumbling stream,
waterfalls, a pool, a stone bridge and the ruins of an old
church combine to make a beautiful location. And if the
children accompany you on the walk it is the ideal place for a picnic
and a paddle. (I believe the church was originally built by and for the
navvies who constructed the rail tunnel through the mountain in the 19th
with the walk the track runs alongside the drystone wall passing a farmhouse
before eventually becoming a country lane. Follow the lane as it twists
and turns it's way down the valley, through the small community of Blaenau
Dolwyddelan and seemingly ending up in a farmyard. But fear not. The
sheep dogs are usually under control, which is more than can be said
for some farmers !
The lane is actually a right of way that passes between the farm buildings
before turning right and dropping down to the valley floor. Follow the
lane over the stone bridge before passing Roman Bridge Railway Station
(Pont Rufeinig Sta.) and continue to the crossroads at the junction
with the A470. Turn left at the crossroads and follow the A470 back to
Dolwyddelan village, keeping your eyes open for the spectacular Pont-y-Coblyn
waterfalls and the magnificent castle
of Dolwyddelan on your left.
Should you have arrived by train it is possible to catch the return
train at Roman Bridge station. The line is a request stop only so don't
forget to stick your hand out to stop the train.
Please -- click on the pictures -- for enlarged pictures
of the walk from the Crimea Pass through Blaenau Dolwyddelan to Roman Bridge,
north Wales, UK.
Lichen growing on the rocks close to the path
to the path
Beautiful heather on this section of the walk
Looking back to see the bus climbing
the Crimea Pass
One of the few fences on the walk
A Welsh Castle comes into view?
On closer inspection we see it's a disused quarry
and a vent shaft for the railway tunnel below
A new vista opens up with the Glyders
and Snowdon in the distance
A Spanish hillside view? A herd of cattle come
A Welsh black bull, an interested
More banks of heather line the trail as it drops down toward Blaenau
Close up of the heather.
Another view of Moel Siabod
Dry stone walls that criss
cross the hills of Snowdonia
The path cuts through the wall and we arrive
at one of the streams feeding the Afon Lledr
A clear mountain pool and waterfall
at the lower part of the path
Walking along the lane we come to an abandoned Chapel
The penultimate stretch of the walk
in the beautiful valley of Blaenau Dolwyddelan at Roman Bridge.