Cwmorthin Quarry and Llyn Cwmorthin Walk
This walk visit visits the Cwmorthin Quarry and the adjacent lake in Tanygrisiau, north Wales. It's a beautiful place with a stream, mountains, gardens, waterfalls and some interesting mining history as well.
The walk starts from the Cwmorthin car park, located just south of the site. You can follow footpaths north from here, taking you past the Cwmorthin Waterfall on the way. Near here you'll also pass the lovely Japanese Gardens, an additional feature on the walk.
The route continues north along the stream, branching off to the east to explore the quarry where there are some disused buildings and fine views.
After exploring the quarry you can then follow a track along the western side of the pretty Llyn Cwmorthin. You could turn it into a longer circular walk by heading around Foel Ddu, Rhosydd Quarry and Moel-yr-hydd to the west of the site.
PostcodeLL41 3ST - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Cwmorthin Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Cwmorthin Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Cwmorthin OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Cwmorthin Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The circular Tanygrisiau Walk starts from the train station and takes you around the pretty Tanygrisiau reservoir just to the south.
Just to the east there's the slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog to explore. Here you'll find another station on the Ffestiniog Railway and the fascinating Llechwedd Slate Caverns. Near here there's also Cwm Penmachno where you can explore a number of striking slate mining quarries, enjoy views of the River Machno and visit the pretty Llyn Bowydd.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Snowdonia Walks page.