The Snowdonia Slate Trail is a new waymarked trail that runs for 83 miles through North Wales. It leads from the coast at Bangor into the heart of Snowdonia to make a circuit ending at Bethesda. The trail joins up villages with a choice of welcoming accommodation. The walking is varied, ranging from easy valleys to mountain passes, from wild moorland to river gorges. Highlights include the National Slate Museum of Wales, stunning views of Snowdon and nearby mountains, and abandoned slate villages high in the hills. The trail also passes the Penrhyn quarry with its impressive galleries of slate crossed by the longest, fastest zip-wire in Europe. This guidebook is in rucksack-friendly format and printed on rainproof paper. Lavishly illustrated with 95 colour photos, it contains large-scale mapping and all you need to plan and enjoy your holiday: 14 pages with clear mapping of the route at 1: 40,000 practical information about public transport and travel section with inside knowledge on how best to climb Snowdon detailed route descriptions including where to find refreshments and accommodation background on the slate industry heritage, the `Great Little Trains of Wales' and wildlife.
Local author Aled Owen was born and raised near Bethesda, and for many years lived in a remote former quarry village in Snowdonia. He developed the Snowdonia Slate Trail with a view to enticing walkers into the quieter areas of Snowdonia and providing an economic boost to the area while bringing its unique slate heritage and landscape to a wider audience.