Nant Ffrancon

With strong winds forecast the higher hills would have to wait and so today we would have an elongated circular walk in Nant Francon.

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Route

We parked in Braichmelyn just south of Bethesda near the huge Penrhyn Slate quarry. The path led steadily up through the woods onto the open hillside of Cefn Orsedd. The forecast was correct as it was certainly windy.

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A good use of doors!

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Penrhyn Slate Quarry

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Looking into Nant Francon

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Mynydd Perfedd ridge

 

 

A suitable coffee stop was found by a sheepfold before we started the long descent to the valley floor where we crossed the Afon Ogwen. From here we walked up the minor road to reach Ogwen Snack Bar.

 

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The views up the valley seem to show there is no way through but  the main road cuts through to Capel Curig. At the Snack Bar there where a lot more walkers and I can only assume they were only visiting Llyn Idwal as the weather was only for the experienced to climb further.

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Our route was back down the minor road where we left it to follow the cycle/walking route  passing the spoil tips from the slate quarry and back to the car.

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Cascades at Ogwen Bank

This was a useful recce for Andy and I as we have a plan to bike pack from Bangor up to Idwal Cottage and camp near Llyn Ogwen and perhaps on to the Capel Curig area. It seems there will be a lot of pushing the bikes!

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