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Walk 28 – *NEW* Coed Felinrhyd / Ceunant Llennyrch then into Coed Y Brenin
September 21 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Max. Height: 680ft
Total Height Ascended: 1000ft
Leader: Matthew Davies
Coed Felinrhyd is in the Snowdonia National Park. It’s an enchanting place, criss-crossed by fast-flowing streams and its landmark waterfall Rhaeadr Ddu, it also has the rare distinction of being mentioned by name (Melenrhyd, Y Felen Rhyd) [the yellow ford] in the famous collection of Welsh legends, the Mabinogion, as the last resting place of Pryderi, King of Dyfed, killed in single combat with Gwydion the trickster. These tales were written down in the 12th century, but recorded in an oral tradition that is much older.
But the natural history of Coed Felinrhyd & Llennyrch goes back much further: this is a wood that has been many thousands of years in the making. And that long history is reflected in the sheer diversity of the living things that make it their home. The wood is one of Europe’s best remaining examples of Atlantic oak woodland. It’s a habitat that has been dubbed the Celtic Rainforest and it is as important globally – and as vulnerable – as some tropical rainforests. Its oak, ash and hazel canopy echoes with the song of redstart and wood warbler, while rare lichens, mosses and liverworts thrive, covering every surface along streams and rocky gullies.
With an extensive network of footpaths, Coed Felinrhyd & Llennyrch is a marvelous place to get close to nature – and to get in touch with a timeless jewel. It retains a sense of real remoteness and you can easily spend a whole day exploring its heritage, both human and natural.
Meet at the Dragon: 09:30