Walk 27 – *NEW* Clogau Path in Bontddu with Snowdonia National Park Ranger
September 21 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Grade B 6 Miles,
5.5 Hours Max. Height: 981ft.
Leader – Gerwyn Jarrett Total Height Ascended: 1,783ft
The walk takes you up to the old Clogau gold mines where there are lovely views of the mountains of Southern Snowdonia and of the Mawddach estuary. Bontddu was at the heart of a mini-gold rush in the late 1800’s. The Clogau mines were the largest and the most productive in the area working a gold seam running along the north shore of the estuary and up towards Coed y Brenin and mines that produced gold for royal wedding rings. Although this was originally a copper mine, over 165 tons of minerals were quarried here between 1862 and 1911 from which 78 thousand ounces of gold was extracted. ‘Clogau’ literally means steep cliffs. You will also visit the RSPB Nature reserve of Garth Gell Woods with a variety of woodland birds as well as nightjars. From here you will also get a splendid view of the Mawddach Estuary, Cader Idris, Aran Fawddwy, Aran Benllyn and Rhobell Fawr before beginning your descent to the start of the walk.
Meet at the Dragon: 09:00