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A weekend of walks

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Derek Brockway Derek Brockway | 14:32 UK time, Tuesday, 31 August 2010

I hope you all had a good bank holiday weekend. I spent it in Snowdonia, staying in Betws y Coed with friends.

On Saturday we climbed the Moelwyns from Tanygrisiau near Blaenau Ffestiniog.

The weather was actually worse than I thought it would be with persistent showers and I now understand why Blaenau Ffestiniog is known as the wettest town in Wales!

Thankfully, the cloud lifted as we reached the summit and we were able to see Cnicht and the Lleyn Peninsula in the distance.

This is a great walk with plenty of history and plant life and much quieter than other, more popular walks in the area.

On Sunday we had an easier day and opted for a coastal walk from Nefyn to Porth Dinllaen on the Lleyn Peninsula, stopping off for a drink at the Ty Coch Inn.

The sea was rough with a strong north-westerly wind and despite the sunshine it felt chilly in the wind.

On the way, I popped into the National Coastwatch station at Porth Dinllaen who do a great job keeping an eye on the waters around Caernarfon Bay

and the drive back to Betws y Coed through the Nantlle Valley was absolutely stunning.

Finally, on Monday we did a short walk around Llyn Crafnant above Trefriw in glorious sunshine and then it was off to Llandudno for a quick bite to eat and walk on the prom before heading home down the A470 - taking diversions through Bala, Llangynog, the Tanat Valley and Llandrindod Wells.

I'd love to hear what you got up to over Bank Holidday, so let me know if you've discovered any great Welsh walks I don't yet know about.



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