A fascinating route which circumnavigates Foel Cae’rberllan and passes through the village of Abergynolwyn. You then walk along a valley with the Afon Dysynni hemmed in at its base before veering off above Coed Cae’r-berllan and approaching Castell y Bere, prominent on a rocky outcrop to your left. After visiting castles, you then make your return along the cwm of Nant-yr-eira, initially through woods and then along an open trackway.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) Leave the platform at the far end of Nant Gwernol Station, cross the footbridge and turn left to walk downhill, with waterfalls to your left. When you join a lane, turn left and walk steeply downhill to Abergynolwyn. Cross the road and walk along the minor road to the right of The Railway Inn. Continue along Heol Llanegryn, passing single storey cottages on the left and climb the hill. At the road junction, continue ahead as signed to Castell y Bere. Continue to climb gently and, at the brow of the hill, you reach a stile on the right.
(1) Cross the stile signposted to the right. Walk in the direction indicated, climbing diagonally up the field towards a waymark post. Continue, still climbing, to the next waymark post. You will soon enjoy a wide and splendid view over the Dysynni Valley, with the summit of Bird Rock visible to the south-west. Ignore a distinct track which curves to the right but continue ahead, passing to the left of a small clump of trees to find a well-hidden waymark post behind them. Follow the direction indicated, walking gently downhill and looking for a waymarked gate to the right. Cross a tiny stream, go through the gate and turn left, to walk beside a wall. Continue with the wall on your left to pass a waymark post which indicates that you veer slightly to the right, but still keeping fairly close to the wall. Go through the gate ahead and immediately climb the waymarked stile. Now follow the path downhill, with Castell y Bere clearly visible ahead. As you pass to the left of a gorse bush the path splits – veer left and continue downhill to join a green track. Continue ahead, looking out for a kissing-gate on the left. Go through this and walk half-right towards a waymark post. Cross the stile by the post to join a road and turn right. You soon pass the entrance to Castell y Bere on the left, and the ruins are well worth exploring.
(2) Continue along the road to reach Llanfihangel-y-Pennant, where you pass the very attractive little church on the left, and (summer only ) toilets on the right. Opposite the churchyard gate take the waymarked track on the right. Cross a ladder stile by a tumble-down chapel and follow the path, which climbs quite steeply through a wooded cwm beside waterfalls. Continue to a stile and cross it. Ignore a stile to the right and continue ahead, to eventually join a track. Go through a gate and continue, with the stream now further away to your right. Pass through the remains of old gateways to walk below the ruins of Nant-yr-eira, where you have to step across a stream to reach a ladder stile by a gate. Cross it and continue, following the track. When a wall appears ahead veer to the RIGHT to reach a ladder stile beside a sheepfold. Cross it and follow a clear track around to the left – there are fine views of the escarpment of Mynydd Cedris opposite. Continue along the track, looking out for a waymarked path on the right. Take this path and follow it through the trees – soon a waymark indicates a sharp left turn. Continue to a fence stile and cross it, maintaining your direction towards the road junction now visible below. Cross a ladder stile and walk down towards the gate ahead.
(3) Cross the ladder stile beside the gate and turn right along the minor road (don't cross the bridge). Walk along the road, passing Meriafel Ganol. Just beyond another house on the left, turn left down clearly waymarked steps. Follow the path to the right, crossing two stiles, and then another by an old gate and continue half-right. Cross one more stile and walk with the river to your left. Rejoin the road at a kissing-gate by the bridge and turn left to return to the Railway Inn and Nant GwernolStation. (D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 331ft - Nant Gwernol Station
1 : mi 0.91 - alt. 256ft - Signpost
2 : mi 1.85 - alt. 144ft - Road
3 : mi 3.75 - alt. 157ft - Ladder stile
D/A : mi 5.56 - alt. 331ft - Nant Gwernol Station
Remember this is sheep country : if you must take your dog, always keep it on a lead.
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This Gwynedd walk is full of interest with a section across the hills, an historic chapel and a ruined castle. The final section is through a gorge. This is a surprisingly beautiful part of Snowdonia.
Leave Abergynolwyn Station and, after a short stretch of road, you are soon walking along a steep gorge defined by the Afon Dysynni, which squeezes through this narrow gap before reaching Dyffryn Dysynni, where it turns south-west and heads for the sea. A very quiet lane is then joined at Pont Ystumanner and this is followed for a short way to Llan llwyda, with the craggy hulk of Bird Rock directly ahead.
Following quiet lanes and pretty riverside paths down to the Afon Dysynni, this is an easy walk which offers expansive views towards the sea in the west, and the mountains to the east. Your return route passes Ynysymaengwyn on its way back to the station.
Starting from Rhydyronen, you are soon presented with a stunning vista of the sea and the valley as you climb gently up the lower slopes of the south-western extremities of the Tarrens. A steep descent brings you back to the railway at Brynglas Station, an alternative starting point. You then pass a fine converted mill and the handsome house of Dolaugwyn before making your way through woods and beside Nant Rhydyronen back to the start.
From Rhydyronen Station, there is a splendid walk up the steep-sided valley of Nant Braich-y-rhiw where, after crossing the stream, you turn sharp left to return to the station to start the second part of this route. If you have the stamina and help with transport, you could continue in a south-easterly direction to cross into Happy Valley. However, to continue this walk you then accompany the railway for an easy walk back to Pendre, passing an area of Open Access Land (Tir Cymen) at Hendy.
This is a short walk in the Snowodnia National Park, easily manageable in about a couple of hours making it suitable for families, for an evening excursion or for the remains of a day curtailed by bad weather. It is rewarding and enjoyable, in a land of Arthurian legend, providing varying interest and ever changing panoramas from coastal to more distant mountains.
An easy, level walk which visits St Cadfan's church before making a bee-line for the Afon Dysynni.After a walk beside the river, you turn inland, passing a fine dovecot and what remains of Ynysymaengwyn, once a stately home. A short walk along the road brings you to the ancient Croes-faen, where you turn left to either return to the start along quiet lanes or make a short diversion to Hen-dy Station and a ride back in the train.
This Gwynedd walk is full of variety. The route includes a crossing of the Barmouth Bridge, a section of woodland with many waterfalls, two beautifully located lakes and some mountain vistas.
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