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There are enough beautiful walks within and to and from the Machno valley to keep one going for months!

The possibilities vary greatly in the views, terrain, gradient and points of interest encountered along the way and from short strolls to more challenging treks.

For a short, flat there and back wander of about four miles, start in Penmachno, or Cwm Penmachno for a longer walk, and follow the crystal clear waters of the river Machno until it joins the river Conwy and forms the magnificent Conwy Falls. Stop there for a cup of tea at the Conwy Falls Cafe before heading back.

Or take a day to complete a circular walk through the rich green Gwydyr forest and over the hills to the neighbouring village of Dolwyddelan affording stunning views across to Dolwyddelan Castle and the mountains beyond. Grab a bite to eat here at a pub or cafe before following the river Lledr back towards the Machno valley.

Or choose instead to take a few hours to stroll to the bustling village of Betws-y-coed, via the woods and the magical Fairy Glen passing the ancient roman bridge and old Woollen Mill and taking in Pandy Falls on the way.

For a historical journey, re-trace the mining trails of Rhiwbach and Rhiwfachno Quarry at Cwm Penmachno which passes many an old ruin and ancient artefect and provides outstanding views back down the valley.

Perhaps take the route past Ty Mawr Wybrnant and pop in for a visit to the National Trust property or pay a visit to theGwydyr Stables Riding and Trekking Stables (formally Ty Coch) and travel on horseback for a while before crossing into the Lledr valley for a pretty circular walk back to base.

For a more demanding hike, why not head for the wilderness of the Migneint up and beyond Cwm Penmachno, here the moonscape like scenery stretches as far as the eye can see and hides many remote lakes and rare wildlife. This site of special scientific interest (SSSI) also provides some glimpses of the sea from some vantage points.

Forests, lakes, rivers, mountains, waterfalls, sea and historic buildings. The Machno valley has it all in its array of varied walks. The above are general suggestions and not walking guides, never go on a walk without a map and/or guide book and remember to let someone know where you are going and what time you are expected back.

Pick up maps and guide books from the visitor information centre in nearby Betws-y-coed.