Crewe And Nantwich Ramblers Visit Dolwyddelan In North Wales

With a good weather forecast a full bus of 53 members of the C & N Ramblers including several new members set off on Sunday September 29th to Dolwyddelan in North Wales.

Dolwyddelan is renowned for its imposing 13th Century castle standing on a rocky outcrop at the foot of Moel Siabod and reputed to be the birthplace of Llewellyn ap Iorwerth, the last true Welsh Prince of Wales.

Walkers crossing the Miners Bridge

Walkers crossing the Miners Bridge

Starting the walk at Betws y Coed (which translates to Prayer House in the Wood) the walkers followed the River Llugwy to the Miners Bridge where the river was crossed to join the Sarn Helen Roman Road

Sarn Helen was a Roman road in Wales, running from Aberconwy in the north to Carmarthen in the south. It was some 160 miles in length. Today some sections are modern highways, others still traceable as Roman though much degraded.

A steady climb followed through the old mining village of Rhiwddolion where the abandoned miners houses can still be seen.

Leaving the Sarn Helen Road the walkers continued passing along the shore of the Llyn Elsi reservoir then through woodland following various forest tracks and open farmland eventually descending into the Lledr Valley where the Afon Ledr river and railway line were followed for several miles until arriving at Dolwyddelan.

A debrief was held at the the excellent Y Gwydyr Hotel Pub where the C & N Ramblers proposed a toast to the Walk Leaders who once again had provided an excellent days walking.

On Sunday October 13th the C & N Ramblers will be heading for Church Stretton in Shropshire.

There will be three walks to choose from of six, nine and twelve miles.

Travel will be by coach, departing from Crewe Library at 08.30 with pick-ups at Wells Green, the former Earl of Crewe pub and Nantwich Bus Station

Rambles are held fortnightly on Sundays throughout the year and there are also evening rambles on alternate Thursdays during the summer months. New members of all ages are very welcome.

For further information please contact Marie Leeke (Membership Secretary) on 01270 842661 or visit

Moel Siabod, Dolwyddelan

Moel Siabod, Dolwyddelan

Information & Photographs by Bryan Clydesdale