Walks And Walking – Wales Walks Snowdonia Betws-y-Coed Walking Route
This walking route is one from the archives. We had an amazing week in Snowdonia back in March 2010 and after a couple of days walking up Mount Snowdon via the Llanberis Path, the Miners and Pig (PYG) Tracks, the walk of my life in Coed y Brenin Forest Park, some scenic walking routes around Porthmadog and Portmeirion we were due to have a family day out in Betws-y-Coed.
However, on the way to Betws-y-Coed I happened to notice Swallow Falls wasn’t too far away so I managed to negotiate myself a little detour from the rest of the family with the promise of joining up again at the famous Ty-hyll, the Ugly House. Leaving Betws-y-Coed I headed out west to the Miners Bridge where I crossed over and continued along the main footpath west following the Afon Llugwy river. I continued to follow the tracks keeping the river close to my left hand side at all times through the woodlands all the way to Swallow Falls. It wasn’t a difficult path to follow so there is no real need to write the walk out in any detail. At Swallow Falls we took a few photographs and then all walked back passed The Towers Outdoor Pursuits Centre to the Ty-hyll, jumped in the car and all went home happy!
More about Betws-y-Coed.
Betws-y-Coed lies in the Snowdonia National Park, in a valley near the point where the River Conwy is joined by the River Llugwy and the River Lledr, and was founded around a monastery in the late sixth century. Construction of Betws-y-Coed railway station in 1868 heralded the arrival of the railway line from Llandudno Junction railway station, and resulted in the village’s population increasing but now it is just a great place to stop off and have a wander around the shops that are shrouded by some beautiful Welsh scenery.
More about the Ugly House.
Despite its unusual name, it is far from being an ‘ugly house’ and although the true origins of the Ugly House remain shrouded in mystery, legend tells us that it was a crude house built in the 15th century by two outlaw brothers. It was a ‘Ty Un Nos’ – or house built overnight.