The Afon Llygwy from Pont-y-Pair.
Looking towards Betws-y-Coed from the Miners Bridge.
Sarn Helen, heading South towards the Lledr Valley.
Droplets of water condensing on the branches of many bushes.
The best of the views towards snow topped hills from Sarn Helen.
Alpacas on the upper slopes as we descended to Pont-y-Pant.
The Afon Lledr from Pont-y-Pant.
The delightful path running along the South side of the Afon Lledr East of Lledr hall.
The Afon lledr from the footbridge near Pont Gethin.
Llyn Elsi - all the climbing done, but it's still raining!
Walk stats: Distance: 8.2 miles. Climb: 1406'.
Time: 5 hours 52 minutes. Walking average: 2.1 m.p.h. Overall walking average: 1.4 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Ed.
I arrived to find that you can only park for up to 4 hours at the car park near the toilets, and have to use the far car park opposite the bus stop for long stay and it costs £5 on pay and display.
The weather wasn't kind to us today in that we had only about ten minutes when the rain completely stopped, but at least it wasn't as cold or as windy as most forecasters had predicted.
Distant views were very limited, but we did catch glimpses of snow on the higher hills to the South as we started to drop into the Lledr Valley.
It was about 13-30 by the stopped for lunch as plodded on, hoping to find a suitable sheltered spot. We eventually did just after Pont Gethin, just as we re-entered and the climb Northward to Llyn Elsi.
Birds seen or heard today included: European robin, Blue tit, Great tit, Great spotted woodpecker, Grey heron, Mallard, Wood nuthatch and Common buzzard.
We didn't see any walkers until after we had arrived back at Betws-y-coed when a young couple overtook us as we descended on the forest track.
Despite the rain, it was an enjoyable walk, but the next time we do it, it will be in the Summer!