Distance: 3.46 miles (5.5km) each way (not a circular route)
Beddgelert to Rhyd-Ddu (Beddgelert Forest)
Circular path around Beddgelert
Start point: Car park in Porthmadog near the Wilko store in Madoc Street.
Distance: 8.6 miles / 13.84 km (Return)
'Pant Du' is on the stunning slopes of the Nantlle Valley, a part of North Wales better known for its slate than its grapes. Planted on the south facing slopes of the Nantlle valley, at the foothills of Snowdon. This has clearly been a labour of love. A family run business with a shop and café on site. Spectacular views of the Snowdonia mountain range can be seen to the North East, and panoramic views of the sea to the West, an idyllic location to spend an afternoon, sampling the award winning wines, cider and apple juice, whilst enjoying the natural beauty of Snowdonia.
When it comes to tourist attractions, this part of North Wales is so compact. One minute you are in Beddgelert surrounded with misty coloured mountains, rivers and forests and next you are on a soft sandy beach at Morfa Bychan. Take the steam train at Porthmadog to Caernarfon and sit back and enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery. Caernarfon at night! Walking through the old street with the Castle lit as the backdrop: Beautiful. To my eyes, Snowdonia is as close to a perfect holiday destination as there can be. There is just one thing you need to know: Don’t go in August.
Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways
You will be supporting the work of Prostate Cancer Research Centre (PCRC), a very worthy cause indeed.
Oh that does bring back happy memories...
Ifor Pritchard was an artist and art teacher at Ysgol Sir Huw Owen, in Caernarfon.
He grew up in the village of Carmel near the Nantlle Slate Quarries. Some of his early paintings have a very haunting feel. Always evocative, always beautiful. If you are interested, Google him to see more of his paintings.