Llyn (Lake) Geirionydd Circuit

Monday 25 September 2017

Went on a beautiful little walk today around the charming Geirionydd Lake, an area that is said to be full of history and legend, a place that is believed to be the birthplace of the sixth century bard Taliesin, one of the first recorded poets in the Welsh language.

Lake Geirionydd

The lake is located at the northern edge of the Gwydyr Forest, OS Grid Ref: 76378 60956, above Betws y Coed and Llanrwst.  The little lanes that lead up to it are steep and narrow but very pretty and provide some great opportunities to view the surrounding countryside, which are worth stopping for to have a look at, providing your not blocking the way for other road users.  On some days, I know this place gets very busy, but today it was very quiet and as such, the best time to enjoy the tranquillity and the beauty of the area in my opinion.  You can walk the trail in either direction, we went round anti-clockwise and the following are photos taken along the way.

Geirionydd Lake
The distance recorded on Strava from my Suunto watch on completion of the circuit around the lake was 1.9 miles
Minor road
The little lane that leads towards Llanrwst with stunning views of the local countryside
Reflection in water
Reflecting beauty in tranquil water
A monument to commemorate Taliesin, erected around 1850 by Lord Willougby d’Eresby of Gwydir Castle to the Chief of the Bards.
Small stone wall building
Not sure what this little building was, but I believe it has great potential.

Footpath to the lake

Another footpath to the lake

Footpath through the forest

View of the lake through the trees

View of the lake at water level

Path along side the lake

Selfie by the lake
It’s a great feeling to be outdoors in a quiet place, surrounded by nature and beautiful views.
A spider spinning web
If you look close enough, there are wonders to be found
Fox Moth Catepillar
I believe this is a fox moth caterpillar, which grows to about 65mm and is commonly found in open country

Autumn colours in the trees

Lake view
Top end of the lake looking back at where we started.
They may look like the nice toadstools, but fly agaric mushrooms are actually pretty nasty and potentially lethal.
Lake View with a fern
We stopped here for lunch and everything seemed calm and still but click on the photo to see the real movement taking place
Footpath on other side of the lake
Looking across the lake on the footpath we had walked along
Road back to start point
The road back to our start point

Lake view

Looking back at the lake


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It starts here

Where to begin?

Thinking Selfie

Now there’s a question.  Maybe I should have thought about this before starting any of this personal blog malarkey.  What are my intentions?  Where do I want to go with this?  Am I going to write? I can’t write!!  What will I include in this blog?  Who’s going to read it or look at it?  Do I care?  So many questions.  Sounds more like a planning hit list before undertaking a new project.  I’ll be honest with you, I don’t have an answer to any of these questions yet or many others I should be asking myself.  I’m just going with the flow and let’s see what happens.  I don’t even know how to put a blog together, I’ve simply been following instructions from a book to get to this point, but as they say nothing ventured nothing gained.

I guess my inspiration for this little project comes from reading other people’s blogs and seeing how great many of them look.  Their personal experiences, stunning photos, personalities, the humour, the drama, thought provoking moments, so much I can relate to and the fact that they come across as genuine individuals, being themselves and not pretending to be something they are not.  There, I have an answer to one of my questions, my intentions, to be myself and to share a part of my world and my experiences as me, just tell it as it is.

My blog will primarily focus on my experiences outdoors, after all that is a big part of my world and where I spend most of my time. Selfie Collage                      It’s where I feel alive and the best therapy for my down moments.  As I so often say, get me outdoors and I’m in my element.  There will be many photos.  That’s one of my passions, photography, capturing moments and treasuring them to look back on in years to come.  I’m not a professional photographer by the way, I simply take a camera of sort wherever I go and just snap away at anything and everything, experimenting along the way.

Collage of outdoor photographs

You can find out more about who I am on my About Me page.  As I’m currently writing this post, that page doesn’t exist yet but by the time I publish this post hopefully it will be there.

Selfie on Bristle Ridge

I do also like the odd quote now and again.  Not everyone’s cup of tea granted, but if it’s something I can relate to and relevant to a particular post I’m currently working on, it may creep in somewhere.  One of my favourite quotes, which I can always relate to, is that by the former Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru about the value of vision;

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure.  There is no end to the adventure we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open

Interpret that as you will, I relate it to my experiences outdoors.

As this blog develops I hope to share current moments as well as reflecting on past experiences and let it be a journey within itself. But for now, that will do as a starting point.

Get in touch, leave a comment, let me know what you think, throw some ideas my way, give me some constructive feedback (I may regret saying that later, lol).  As I mentioned above, I have no forward plan for this blog, we’ll just see how things develop and turn out.

I apologise in advance for any grammatical errors and appalling spelling mistakes.  I’m often the one who for example, will write a tweet, post it and then read in horror what it actually said afterwards.  At least on here I can edit such mistakes lol.


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