Rivers Song Woodland

A guided walk looking at the river archaeology and ancient landscape of Llanystumdwy, near Criccieth, Gwynedd, North Wales

The Rivers Song: Afon Dwyfor: Woodlands and Industry

The Rivers Song: Afon Dwyfor: Woodlands and Industry

Join me, Heather Ibbetson, archaeologist and general landscape and river archaeology nut in a stunning ancient woodland for a fun morning of walking and talking and have a go at solving a riverine mystery, which is there for anyone to read. All that is required is curiosity, a couple of hours in an enchanting and beautiful ancient woodland and a whole different landscape can reveal itself to you.

The Rivers Song:  Afon Dwyfor: Woodlands and Industry

Ever been for a walk alongside a river and paused to think as to why the river is flowing there and why in that direction? Was the river bigger, wider a long time ago?  Has it always flowed this way or has it been diverted in the past? The stones in the river, have they been there forever or were they placed there by humans?  What and/or why are they there?  Rivers have their own story to tell and river archaeology is all about answering these questions and more.

The Rivers Song offers you a choice of two walks. There are two separate and distinct parts of the river that we can walk and explore.  This one is Woodlands and Industry where we will walk a section of a river at Llanystumdwy, near to Criccieth. Noting various structures both in the river and on the riverbank. We’ll bit by bit piece together the story of this part of the river, how and why it was used and for what reason.

One of the puzzles we will be working on…without getting wet!!

One of the puzzles we will be working on…without getting wet!!

Guided walk details

This is essentially an outdoor activity with the emphasis being on you and the river archaeology itself.  This involves walking over uneven terrain to examine geological, landscape or riverine structures. However if you are unable to do this I may be able to make alternative arrangements where necessary.  Please contact me to discuss your requirements prior to booking.

This guided walk runs on Monday of each week but please check the calendar for availability from November to April.   Meet at the grave of Lloyd George at the entrance to Trefan Wood, Llanystumdwy.  OS GR 247559, 338572 Postcode LL52 0SW for 10.30 a.m.

Guided walk duration:  10.30-1.00 p.m. (2.5 hrs)

Fees:  £15.00 per person (there is a small surcharge for online payments)

Family ticket: £50.00 (2 adults, 2 children under 16), extra children charged at £10.00 each.  This course is suitable for children over 6 years old.

Maximum number of people is 6 but if a family exceeds this number additional members are welcome at the discounted rate of £10.00 each.

Another puzzle if we get time ………..

Another puzzle if we get time ………..


There are Public Conveniences in the village of Llanystumdwy but will be quite a way from us when we are in the wood. Other than that there are no other facilities on this walk so please bring bottled water with you and a snack as the eateries are in Criccieth!

Please read the practical information page before booking to make sure you are properly equipped.  I reserve the right to exclude anyone, without refund, who does not comply with the practical information on attire, outdoor risk or bad weather contingency plan.

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