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Croesor, Rhyd and most of Llanfrothen are in the Snowdonia National Park. The Park covers an area of 827 square miles and has a population of around 26,000. It has nine mountain ranges, with 90 peaks and 100 lakes.
The landscape is varied – mountain peaks, rivers, stony valleys, wetlands, forests, lakes, estuaries and seashores. It was formed from volcanic dust, gravel and mud, tens of thousands of years ago at the end of the Ice Age.
The hunter progressed to be a farmer c. 3,000BC and in the Iron Age the Celts began to form the Wales that we know today. Around 383BC the Romans arrived and further influenced the landscape. The Agricultural Revolution left its mark as did the Industrial Revolution, and in this area the slate industry in particular. Railways and improvement to roads caused an increase in tourism which today contributes greatly to the local economy.
The landscape is home to a wealth of species of plants, birds and animals. Bracken, moss, reed, heather, cotton grass and a variety of wild flowers can be found. Spring brings the bluebells and in autumn foraging for hedgerow fruits and fungi is popular.
From one season to the next, various birdsong can be heard - garden birds, the raven, buzzard, chough, hawk and red kite, and for many years ospreys have nested near Pont Croesor on the bank of the River Glaslyn. Canada geese and swans are here for the winter.
The occasional wild goat can be seen on the mountain slopes and the otter is making a comeback, but trout and salmon are in decline.
Variety really is the spice of life here! The landscape is an inspiration to the author, artist, photographer, naturalist, climber and walker.