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Slate Valleys Path – Fachwen Trail

By Dave Roberts   

on November 16, 2011    No ratings yet.

Slate Valleys Path – Fachwen Trail

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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


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


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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.

More information is available on this site.

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.
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