Ogwen Bank to Idwal Cottage
The final stage of the Ogwen Trail is different in character from all the rest, the trail follows along the side of a wide open "text book" example of a stunning glaciated valley.
Starting on the same side of the river, the Ogwen Trail trail leaves the bridge with a climb, the first steep section. No problems to get off & push......unless you like a challenge. You will be rewarded with a great view up the valley, so push on!
The ever changing light on this section of the Ogwen Trail makes it so special. The harsh piles of glistening broken slate are gradually being absorbed back in to the mountain side, with mosses, lichens and birch now slowly grabbing a foothold.
Follow the winding trail along the edge of the slate waste before the long straight section that joins the road up the west side of the valley to Ogwen Cottage. The road is locally known as the "Roman Road", but was built by Richard Pennant (Lord Penrhyn) to take his guests up the valley in carriages to view the wonders of Cwm Idwal and on to Capel Curig.
The trail is spectacular, running along the side of the steep sided glacial Nant Ffrancon Valley with the Glyderau and Carneddau mountains on each side. Look out for all the features; glacial trough, aretes, truncated spurs, hanging valleys, rock steps, rock striations......
You might spot some wild mountain ponies before the final punishing steep section up to the National Trust Visitor Centre at Ogwen Cottage. You can be rewarded with a stop at the Ogwen Snack Bar (cafe) at Idwal Cottage before you commence the easier ride back to Bangor.
Ogwen Bank to Idwal Cottage Images
OGWEN TRAIL SECTIONS
You will find the start of the Ogwen Trail at Port Penryn just outside Bangor. Take the turning to...
On arrival at the main road (B4366) turn right, pass the garage, take the first left over the old...