Bus and Rail Walks in and Around the Conwy Valley
Disgrifiad | Description
- ISBN: 9780863818158
- Author: Dorothy Hamilton
- Publication April 2003
- Format: Paperback, 183x121 mm, 128 pages
A collection of 20 graded walks (4-8 miles in length) in the Conwy valley using public transport to arrive at the starting points, comprising clear maps and directions together with useful information about wild life, history and religion and points of local interest. 21 maps.
Linear walks are becoming increasingly popular. They enable one to walk to a destination and to return to the starting point where one may have parked the car by means of either bus or rail travel.
Dyffryn Conwy is particularly well provided with routes where this is possible, and Dorothy Hamilton is as good a guide as one could wish for. She provides us with information on twenty walks ranging in length from four to eight miles, and includes easy-to-follow directions, basic outline maps and some helpful historical notes relating to the areas in which each walk is located.
Sometimes the historical notes are on unexpected topics. Taliesin, it seems, lived near Llyn Geirionydd. On the face of it this seems more than a little unlikely. But the myth did result in a memorial to the poet being erected at the side of the lake early in the last century.
One of the most fascinating of the smaller villages in Wales must surely be Ysbyty Ifan, for it was here that a hospice and sanctuary was established by the Knights Hospitallers of St John during the medieval period. When the hospitality was abused by criminals during the fifteenth century, all hell broke out.
This is the kind of fascinating information which can enhance a walk, and never more so than in beautiful Dyffryn Conwy where the resonance of the past is so potent.
Carreg Gwalch lead the field in the walking guide genre, and it is fair to assume that sales greatly exceed those of more literary publications. This is but one title in a uniform series being produced under the general title ‘Walks With History’.