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Section 3: Llanberis to Waunfawr

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3. Llanberis to Waunfawr

Distance: 6.1km, 3.8mls     Ascent: 310m, 1000ft     Time; 2 - 3hrs

The leg to Waunfawr leaves Llanberis through its narrow streets, following a lane high up above the village. This is also part of the North Wales Pilgrim’s Way which continues along good forest tracks and lanes which take you to a footpath down into Waunfawr.

Note: Bullet point no 1 on page 40 of the guidebook has an error. At the top, turn right then left to ascend.....

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Leave the High Street by way of Lon Ty Du, to follow the lanes and the North Wales Pilgrims’ Path onto the hillside high above the village.

Then follow a wide track, passing through forestry and quarry workings, before joining a narrow lane. Follow the lane and field paths into Waunfawr, where Antur Waunfawr has a café. Refreshments and camping are available at the Snowdonia Park Inn.

Information about the places along the route in this section.
Note that Grwp Gweithred Cymuned Cwm • Cwm Community Action Group is not responsible for third party websites.

Parc Glynrhonwy
These quarries operated from the 1700s to 1930. The Lower Quarry was acquired by the Air Ministry in 1939 for munitions storage of some 18,000 tons of explosives in a two storey structure. They occupied the site until 1961. A major collapse of the building buried 14,000 tons of munitions, along with a 27 wagon train which was in the process of unloading. After the war, the RAF School of Explosives used the site for training purposes, detonating bombs within the quarry. In 1969, clearance of the site began, an operation which lasted for nearly six years.

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North Wales Pilgrims' Way

The Pilgrim’s Way is a walking route of over 130 miles. Basingwerk Abbey, which served as a hospital to pilgrims going to Holywell in medieval times, marks its start.

The route celebrates the heritage of those Celtic saints whose stories are lost in the mists of time but whose memory reverberates in ancient churches and at holy wells along the way.

Tiny stone churches nestled into the hills provide shelter and rest along the Way, much as they would have done in the past.

There is much to see, including the 12 foot high cross at Maen Achwyfan – 1,000 years old, carved with Celtic knotting and still standing enigmatic and isolated in the middle of a field, with its mix of Christian and pagan symbols. Also, the Way passes well-preserved stone circles above the Conwy valley.
To cross the sea in an open boat and finally to arrive on Bardsey Island is the pinnacle of the experience.
http://www.pilgrims-way-north-wales.org/

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