|Betws y Coed Station
River Ramble Walk
This beautiful river walk also takes a route up into the forest opening up terrific views over the Snowdonia Mountains and across Betws y Coed.
Leaving the station, cross the road heading diagonally to the right and turn left to the Stables National Park Information Centre. Here turn left towards the Royal Oak Hotel and turn right along the main road to Pont y Pair bridge.
Turn right across the bridge and then left to the Forestry Information Board and guidebook machine and join the riverside path at this very popular viewpoint to walk upstream.
The next 400m wind their way through mature trees along a clear path and at a large rock pass to the left and over stile 1. Follow the path to cross a wooden footbridge 2 and, watching for Dippers by the water and Swallows swooping to catch insects, pass by the remains of an old wall and enter, once again, into a wooded section. Cross stile 3, past a boggy section and through a stand of silver birch trees amid bilberries and bluebells and the sound of rushing water as it tumbles over moss-covered boulders.
Ahead stands the distinctively angular miners bridge where the route veers right to follow the fenceline. Here it is worth pausing on the bridge for a classic view upstream over the cascades of rushing water and dripping rocks along this mountain gorge. The bridge leads down to steps that rise up to the main A5 road and back to Betws y Coed.
The main route now rises steeply from the bridge through mature conifer and shortly arrives at the junction with the forest road. Cross here by a wooden bench and join a signed footpath rising again through the forest. To return directly to Betws y Coed, turn right and follow the road back downhill.
Continue upwards to pass a waterfall on the right and over a wooden footbridge 4. At the old fence veer right and zig-zag to a stile 5 over a wall leading onto fields where paint marks on rock point to the footpath route past a house on the left. Cross a track and continue to follow the clear footpath between wall and fence.
Panoramic views are revealed here of Siabod on the left sweeping round past the Snowdon Horseshoe and the Glyder range of mountains to end majestically with Tryfan. The path now levels out and crosses a stepping stile 6 over a fence continuing over open grassland. Opposite a gate on the right pass over a step-stile 7 on the left pausing to take in a magnificent view of Moel Siabod - once an active volcano that showered lava over the Lledr Valley.
Continue to the next stile 8 leading into the forest and turning right onto a forest track continue to ascend slightly. Now bend left before turning sharply right and starting a descent to a track junction where the route turns to the left and reaches a junction with a triangular metal gate 9 opening on to a surfaced road.
Turn right to follow downhill past the old farm buildings; Penrallt Ganol, on the left and after passing under power cables continue over a stream and by a ruined building cross the stile 10 on the left to follow the path along the route of power lines. Descend here to a ruined wall and approach the left side of a fenced farmhouse to cross a wooden step-stile 11 and join a footpath from the house to a forestry track.
Crossing over the track, pick up the small footpath heading downhill to bend distinctly to the left and ahead can be seen the main surfaced road some 30m to the right, turn left heading back to Betws y Coed with the river below and to the right.
Continue back over the Pont y Pair bridge and back along the main street to the station.
© Conwy Valley Rail Initiative 2001