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*July 19 National Ramble – Coed-y-Brenin Waterfalls

On our second ramble in this forested area we climbed up to a viewpoint eastwards before descending to the Afon (river) Mawddach, on a grassy track. We then turned upstream towards our first waterfall where we crossed the Afon Gain by the Pistyll Cain waterfalls before crossing the Afon Mawddach with a view of the Waterfalls Rhaeadr Mawddach – and all before lunch by the Afon Mawddach. Continuing downstream we then crossed back over the Afon Mawddach (via a footbridge) and continued along forestry roads before entering a magical fairy kingdom on a footpath through trees mosses and ferns. This forest was very varied with a good mix of conifer and deciduous trees and a multitude of different mosses and ferns not forgetting the pine needle ant hills. Our route was mainly on reasonably good forestry tracks, many wide enough for socialising. We had 1,160 feet of ascent/descent on this very up and down ramble. Linda Rivers.

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