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Slate Valleys Path – Fachwen Trail

By Dave Roberts   

on November 16, 2011    No ratings yet.

Slate Valleys Path – Fachwen Trail

Route Essentials

Route Summary

See the end of the article for local information about parking, public transport facilities, pubs and cafes.

Distance

5.72 km

Ascent

224 m

Time

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Start Location

Difficulty

Easy Walk, Trail or Fell Runs

Hazards

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Slate Valleys Path – Fachwen Trail

The slate industry forms a large part of Eryri’s history. Why not explore it on the various slate trails, or combine it with the longer Dinorwig Trail.

From the end of the 18th Century until the beginning of the 20th Century the slate valley communities of Gwynedd – Ogwen, Peris, Nantlle, Blaenau Ffestiniog and Corris – were dynamic, thriving industrial areas. Between them these areas consisted of over 60 quarries and mines employing over 18,000 people.

The Route Starting off at the Caban in Brynrefail, this route explores the nearby hillsides to Clwt y Bont and down to the start via Fachwen (try and spot the post office!). Plenty of views of Snowdon and the surrounding hillsides.

The slate industry in Llanberis was dominated by the Dinorwig Quarry on the slopes of Elidir mountain.

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Local Information and Recommended Maps and Guidebooks

Route Summary:

Route Start Location:

Distance
Ascent
Time
5.72 km 224 m

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Activivity Type: Easy Walk, Trail or Fell Runs

Summits and Places on this Route

Facilities

Check out the businesses nearby for more places to stay and drink.

Hazards

Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Parking :

Public Transport:

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