Inside info. - where are our staff's favourite spots in Snowdonia?
Nothing beats a little local knowledge about the best places to visit in Snowdonia! Here at the National Park Authority we have a team of passionate and dedicated staff, and when they are not at work helping to care for this special part of Wales – they often head out to enjoy Snowdonia’s special qualities.
Here’s a selection of our staff’s favourite places in Snowdonia….
Geraint Evans, Planning Officer
Aber Falls, Abergwyngregyn
The combination of the beauty of the falls, the landscape and the history connected to the Welsh Princes makes this place very special to me. Beneath the surface of the wooded valley the Afon Goch river flows through are the remains of settlements where our forefathers used to live. But today, nature flourishes here, and everyone can enjoy a walk to the foothills of the Carneddau, where the Afon Goch river rushes over the edge of the cliff.
For more information about access to Aber Falls go to https://www.snowdonia.gov.wales/visiting/walking/accessible-walks/Aber-Falls-Path?name=
Iwan Jones, Director of Corporate Services
Moel Ysgyfarnogod and Bryn Cader Faner
This is one of my favourite places in Snowdonia because of its tranquillity and the views that can be enjoyed from the summit of Moel Ysgyfarnogod (SH 658 346) – with Cardigan Bay to the west, the parish of Trawsfynydd and the Arenig to the east, and Snowdon and the rugged mountains of Snowdonia to the north. You can walk to the summit from the Trawsfynydd side or Talsarnau; but if you park at Moel y Geifr (SH 629 342) above Talsarnau, you can plan a route that will take you past the burial mound of Bryn Cader Faner (SH 647 352).
Zara Roberts, Senior Administration Assistant, Plas Tan y Bwlch
Cynfal Falls, Llan Ffestiniog
My favourite place in Snowdonoia is Cynfal falls on the outskirts of the village of Llan Ffestiniog as it is such a beautiful place with only the sound of the falls to be heard. It is a very magical place, especially in spring and autumn. Every time I go to the falls it brings back memories of our school walks there as a child.
For more information about a walk to the Cynfal falls go to https://www.snowdonia.gov.wales/visiting/walking/leisurely/cynfal-falls-walk?name=
Marion Chapman, Finance Assistant
Tomen y Mur, near Gellilydan (SH 705 386)
My favourite place in Snowdonia, and where I often escape to after a day in the office, is the area where I was raised, Sychnant, near the Migneint and the old Roman fort of Tomen y Mur. The view from the top of the mound is glorious – on a fine clear day you can see all the way down to the Llŷn peninsula. The trees and fields are green, and there is a lake nearby where wild geese can be seen – these bring back childhood memories of coming here to fish.
For information about a circular walk to Tomen y Mur go to https://www.snowdonia.gov.wales/visiting/walking/leisurely/tomen-y-mur,-trawsfynydd
Nia Roberts, Head of Information Systems
The Moelwynion and its old slate quarries (SH 669 455)
As well as being a place that offers tranquillity and wild beauty, the Moelwynion and its former slate industry is very close to my heart. At only 13 years old my grandfather worked in the Wrysgan quarry on Moel yr Hydd. Whenever I go to the top of the Wryscan quarry incline and look towards the coast to the south west, I always think of him having to leave his home in Llanbedr to go to work and lodging in the barracks at Cwm Orthin during the week.
Peter Rutherford, Access Officer
Dolgoch, Abergynolwyn (SH 651 044)
The Dolgoch ravine on the edge of the Tal y Llyn valley in the south of the National Park has a very magical feel to it! Nant Dolgoch stream, with its source on the Tarren hills above, cascades down through the woodland over a series of beautiful waterfalls to join the Afon Fathew river, and then Afon Dysynni river. The waterfalls create a damp environment within the ravine, making it a perfect habitat for a diverse range of ferns, mosses and liverworts. A path will take you through the ravine and up to the highest waterfall, but the first section of the path to the lower falls is wheelchair accessible. There is (pay and display) parking at the Dolgoch café.