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Walking around Dolgellau and Southern Snowdonia

The Mawddach Trail

From the doorstep of Bryn Adda, LL40 1YA - take a left turn at the bottom of the drive and walk to join the A493 Tywyn/ Penmaenpool road. 'The Mawddach Trail' is a few hundred yards to the right.

The eight mile or 15km walk follows the bed of the old Great Western railway to Barmouth. Being on a level, it is accessible for wheel chair users. Along the way there are 2 RSPB sites and the trail can be accessed at various points such as Pont y Wernddu, Penmaenpool/Taicynhaeaf/Arthog and Morfa Mawddach.

The Mawddach Way

Start/finish: Barmouth - Distance from Bryn Adda LL40 1YA to starting point-10 miles/20mins

This circular route of 50 km takes in the ancient settlements of Llanelltyd and Dolgellau. Specifically designed to be as 'car free' as possible, the planned stages are tailored to span a three day journey with the use of public transport to complete connections. For the more energetic, it can be completed sooner.

Precipice Walk, Dolgellau, LL40 2NG

Start/finish: Saith Groesffordd car park Llanfachreth -Distance from Bryn Adda LL40 1YA to starting point: 3.73 miles/6km taking 8mins.

OS Explorer OL18 (Harlech, Porthmadog and Bala). Grid reference SH 746 212.Toilet facilities here.

Along footpaths and fields, the route is classed as a 'moderate leisure walk' of approximately 3 miles, taking about two hours to complete.

The Torrent Walk (Circular Path)

Start/Finish at the lay-by near Brithdir. Distance from Bryn Adda LL40 1YA to starting point -4.10mls/6.59 km taking 8 mins

Refer to OS map OL23 (Cadair Idris and Llyn Tegid). Grid Ref. SH761 182 LL40 2RH

On the A470 travelling to Dolgellau from Tal-y-Llyn, turn right to Brithdir on the B4416. Cross the narrow bridge Pont ar Ddibyn in 50 metres. After a further 100m follow the oak signpost marking the path, located in the lay-by.

A moderate leisure walk of about 1 to 2 hours over some 2 1/2 miles/4 km, with some uneven paths and steep sections following the river Clywedog through its striking gorge.

Cregennan Lakes

Distance from Bryn Adda LL40 1AY to the nearest starting point in Dolgellau -2miles/ 3.2km.

The lakes are located on a plateau below Cader Idris with beautiful views westwards to the coast. They are also popular for fishing. Take the road towards Penmaenpool out of Dolgellau and take a left turn up Cader Road -well worth the steep uphill walk. Alternatively, access the lakes from Arthog (signposted).

The Blue Lake

Distance from Bryn Adda LL40 1YA to starting point - 7.93 miles/12.76km taking 13 minutes

This is a lagoon in the old Goleuwern Slate Quarry above Fairbourne, accessible only by foot and through a dark, wet tunnel.

Directions: From Fairbourne Station, cross the level crossing, go past the church and on reaching the BT telephone exchange, follow the turning opposite into the hills. After passing several houses, eventually reach a 5 bar gate and stile on the right hand side (to see Panteinion Waterfall, carry straight on). Follow the steep track up the hill and take the right hand fork under the stone bridge. Pass under the second bridge and when the terrain allows, ascend to the plateau. This area offers excellent views of Cardigan Bay. Gain access to the lake via the tunnel which is always wet underfoot.

Dolgoch Falls, Bryncrug LL36 9UW

Start in the car park off on the left off the B4405 between Tal y Llyn lake and Tywyn. Distance from Bryn Adda LL40 1YA - 15.68 miles/25.23km -taking 25 minutes

A beautiful mossy walk located in the Fathew Valley, South West Snowdonia, follows a long series of waterfalls within deciduous woodland. Allow at least an hour to complete as the terrain which might include the sounds and whistles of the Tal-y-Llyn railway as it steams through the valley.

Cader Idris (alternative spelling, Cadair)

Translated into Welsh - The Chair of Idris - After Snowdon, it is the most popular mountain for walkers.

Distances to the various paths from Bryn Adda LL40 1YA

  • To Pony Path -3.09 miles/4.97km taking 7 mins - OS Grid Ref SH697152
  • Llanfihangel - y - Pennant - 15.96 miles/25.68km taking 28 mins - OS Grid Ref: SH6673095
  • Minffordd - 8.7 miles/14.00km taking 15 mins - OS Grid Ref SH732115

Possibly named after a giant in mythology or maybe a 7th century Welsh prince, the mountain, located in Southern Snowdonia scales 893 metres/2930 feet and can be reached by one of the following routes: The Pony Path, The Minffordd Path or via Llanfihangel y Pennant. Pass Llyn (lake) Cau and the craggy walls of Craig Cau before reaching the summit, Penygadair.

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