The Snowdonia Slate Trail is a fully way-marked 83-mile trail which starts at Porth Penrhyn near Bangor, passing through the villages of Llanllechid, Bethesda, Llanberis, Waunfawr, Nantlle, Rhyd Ddu, Beddgelert, Croesor, Ffestiniog, Penmachno, Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed and back to Bethesda.

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It also connects a number of social enterprises and community run facilities such as Antur Waunfawr, the Coed y Brenin Café in Bethesda run for and by disadvantaged people and the community Pengwern Inn in Llan Ffestiniog.

In addition, for those who enjoy the Little Trains of Wales, the Trail passes Penrhyn and Padarn Railways, Snowdon Mountain Railway, as well as the Welsh Highland and the Ffestiniog Railways.

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This project runs in parallel with a Gwynedd County Council initiative to designate the slate villages of Snowdonia as a World Heritage Site on account of the impact of the industry on the landscape, life and culture of the area and its influence on the development of the UK.

 

The Trail is a greatly varied experience, and passes along ancient lanes and tracks, over wild moors and through dark forest, past wonderful waterfalls and gorges and through historical abandoned slate workings and villages.

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Accommodation is available to facilitate a 7-day walk, but many do it in longer, although the record is just short of 21 hours!

 

The guidebook, written by the Trail developer, Aled Owen, is available from the Shop page of the website, www.snowdoniaslatetrail.org with all profit going to Trail maintenance and development.

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The website provides comprehensive information about what to see along the Trail, as well as downloads of the maps and directions, and details of our passport scheme.

 

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For information, email info@snowdoniaslatetrail.org

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Author:
Aled Owen