Glaslyn Valley on Porthmadog travel guide
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The Glaslyn Valley is the valley of the Glaslyn River (Afon Glaslyn). The river is in the county of Gwynedd in North Wales and is Gwynedd’s primary river. The river’s source is at Glaslyn (Blue Lake) which is a lake near the peak of Snowdon, England and Wales’ highest mountain. The river flows east to the reservoir of Llyn (Lake) Llydaw, tumbles down the mountain slopes into Llyn Gwynant and then through Llyn Dinas prior to flowing through the village of Beddgelert.

Beddgelert is one of Snowdonia’s loveliest villages with its stone built dwellings surrounded by some of the finest scenery in North Wales. The Nant Gwynant valley and the beautiful Aberglaslyn Pass are located close to Beddgelert, with vales, rocky slopes and mountain lakes filling the surrounding countryside.
The river flows close to the legendary grave of Gelert after converging with the Afon Colwyn (River Colwyn) in the village of Beddgelert. From here the river tumbles through the afore-mentioned Aberglaslyn Pass. Meandering it’s way through the agricultural land of the lower Glaslyn Valley the Glaslyn reaches Porthmadog Cob and skirts the town of Porthmadog.

Porthmadog is a busy, bustling town with a strong heritage, culture and community. In this once great seaport you are surrounded by warm and friendly people and, being a terminus of the Ffestiniog Railway, the town is ideally located for visiting all the attractions that Snowdonia has to offer.

The views of Snowdonia from the Porthmadog Cob are some of the finest in Wales. The new by-pass to the north of the town will not improve the vista, let us hope it causes no harm.

The Glaslyn merges with the Afon Dwyryd between Morfa Bychan and Harlech Point before spilling into Tremadog Bay.

In one of the most biodiverse areas in Wales, the Glaslyn Valley, it is possible to see a pair of breeding ospreys. Bird Spotters can enjoy images from the nest projected via a large screen or through high powered telescopes. I once saw a television program that showed dramatic pictures of an Osprey taking a salmon from the waters of the estuary while visitors to the popular village of Portmeirion walked by oblivious to the scene.

With amazing views of Snowdon and the surrounding mountain ranges, the Glaslyn Valley offers some of the most scenic and wildlife-rich areas in Wales.





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