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Aber Falls, Gwynedd Sensory Walk
This walk is designed by Colin Fieldsman and he has written a sensory poem to go alongside the walk to describe it. ‘Men planted trees here centuries ago, for fuel and tools and Men of War.
Oak, beech, ash and poplar now guide your route to Rhaeadr Fawr.
Across the valley power lines stretch on metal pylons.
Their legs stride the hills like roped climbers on crampons.
Turn around for a last glimpse of the Straits and the Sea,
Then onward, high hills a patchwork of heather, bracken and scree.
Here in a round metal container, timbers are stacked to burn into cinders,
Today, not for battles as gunpowder, but to cook sausage, steak on the white embers.
Once a stone farmhouse with byre to keep animals and feed.
Today for a warden, displays: 999 phone if in need.
Nearby fenced up the hillside, measuring instruments the climate to tell.
But natural signs are all around, lichens, moss, bent trees will tell.
A standing stone marks your way, with an iron age presence from long ago.
From here the first view of the Falls, on the wind, the roar of its voice also.
A white curtain of water covers the rock and scree.
From high above you it descends and sparkles in its hurry to the sea.’
Colin’s Verdict of the walk: A walk through a wooded valley to discover its history and wildlife, to admire the dramatic Aber Falls.
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