Good weather, a grand walk and 10 walkers went together to make Sunday a very enjoyable day. Morfa Mawddach Station was our starting point – Richard led us up onto Fegla Fawr for one of the very best view of Barmouth and the bridge, then down and round the estuary to Arthog Church. Here starts the delightful climb up the hillside next to the Afon Arthog and the waterfalls, complete with the flash of a Dipper zooming downstream. It would be a pretty dramatic event to do this climb after a good downpour – the waterfalls would be thunderous.
Elevenses at the top of the falls is always welcome after the climb. Continuing SE across to the mountain road and turning right to head west towards the now derelict Goleuwern Slate Quarry which contains the famous Blue Lake. This area at the back of Arthog is wonderful for walking: so much to see and with good paths, a mountain road and a car park at Llynnau Cregenen – always worth a visit.
The Blue Lake is accesed via a short wet tunnel and you emerge to see the mirror calm, wonderfully blue lake (as long as nobody is swimming or skimming stones) A great place for a peaceful lunch: just to sit and watch for the small brown trout that live in the lake. Unfortunately there were a couple of noisy swimmers/jumpers/stone throwers when we arrived – but hey ho – you can’t have it all to yourself.
After lunch it’s back through the tunnel and out down the slatey paths into Fairbourne. We walked through the old village to the southern end and hopped up onto the sea wall and headed north. It was on the ‘prom’ that we tried to figure out the very confusing emergency phone. I think your own mobile might be a better idea. A coolish northerly breeze was coming off the sea as we pushed on past the golf course and then turned right and a good step out along the path back to Morfa Mawddach station and the cars.
Thanks to Richard for leading and all who came and all who drove. Pic in the gallery.