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Snowdon's pastoral foothills reach down to the sea
South and west of Beddgelert lies the wooded foothills and mellow farmland known as Eifionydd. The woodlands of the Vale of Maentwrog are internationally important for their wildlife and the coastline has been sculpted into sweeping sandy or shingle bays.
Bwncan Dinas Dinlle is the remains of a hillfort, believed to be 3,000 years old. It was home to the legendary hero Lleu Llaw Gyffes. His story is to be found in the Mabinogion, the ancient Welsh mythology.
Ynys Tywyn was the source of the stone used to build the Cob at Porthmadog. Today a wooded, rocky outcrop it offers good views of Porthmadog, the Cob, the flood plain and the Snowdonia mountains. Coed Cae Fali, an ancient semi natural woodland is being returned to its former glory and offers great family woodland walks.
Because of the damp atlantic climate, the woods are special for their bryophyte communities, and have been classified as temperate rainforests. The network of footpaths links with other woodlands in the area.
Step out this autumn and explore the lower slopes of Snowdon and Nant Gwynant valley discovering a landscape steeped in history and rich colours. The walk ascends part of the Watkin path on our Hafod y Llan estate, taking you past Cwm Llan and ending at Craflwyn.
Make the most of your visit...
- Call in at Craflwyn to learn about the Princes of Gwynedd and the origins of the red dragon of Wales
- Learn about the sad story of Prince Llywelyn's faithful hound by visiting Gelert's Grave
- Follow the rugged Fisherman's Path through the spectacular Aberglaslyn Pass
- Try star gazing and cooking on a campfire at Hafod y Llan campsite
- Browse local crafts at Ty Isaf shop in Beddgelert
Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula have some of the most breathtaking views in the country if not the world. Get outdoors and closer to nature on one of our self led guided tours, put together by our rangers so you too can discover the fantastic places that they are lucky enough to call their office.