Tiktok video reveals little known sight in Snowdonia only some locals know about

By Rebecca Astill

A video shared on TikTok has revealed a sight that only some locals know about and others believe it should remain a hidden gem.

Nestled into the Lledr Gorge in Snowdonia, sits a dangerous ladder route which isn't widely known.

A precarious structure made from wooden boards placed on top leads the way around the rockface to Craig Rhiw Goch, a popular climbing venue.

It's a sight to behold as it offers a look back in time but it is no longer a recommended route due to health & safety, as well as trespassing issues.

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The popularity of walking over lockdown has hacked away at the already small amount of stability of the structure, and now the ladders hang together by untrustworthy clamps.

A notice stuck to a tree leading up to the path reads: “Warning. Dangerous structure. The owner accepts no liability for any loss, damage or injury, however caused.”

The impending warning should be enough to send shivers through your spine - and rightly so as the walk ahead is treacherous with a 10 foot drop to the gorge.

It's only safety precaution is a rope handle running along the cliffside of the walk. The river side has no barrier, and one wrong step is enough to send even the most seasoned of hikers stumbling into the river below.

The walkway was likely built by workmen in Victorian times by anglers looking to catch trout from the river below, with a route that runs above an idyllic gorge in Conwy

Its exact location is kept off social media however, to retain some health of the hidden gem.

Many locals are very vocal about this, stressing that hidden gems should stay that way.

A Tiktok posted earlier this year has 67,000 views and has been liked by over 6,300 people. It is captioned, “Fisherman’s Walkway in Snowdonia - a hidden gem and secret amongst locals.”

One commenter likened the decaying walkway to the popular video game and phone app Temple Run.

While it can be admired if you happen to come across it, the National Trust, which owns the land but does not manage the walkway, said that, besides the issue of trespass, there were strong health & safety reasons why people should stay away, reports North Wales Live.

A spokesperson said: "There is no access to the gorge across National Trust land,.

"There are no public rights of way or permissive paths here, therefore people will not be able to access this location."

Snowdonia’s geological legacy and rich industrial heritage, means the national park has hundreds of off-the-beaten-path gems, from tunnels to bridges, stone circles and even “Narnia doors”.

Do you have a safer trail you enjoy to take in Wales? Or is there a hidden gem you would insist people visit instead? Be sure to sign up to 2Chill and leave a recommendation.

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