Mountains and Coast
Distance: 67 miles / 107.8 KM (Round Trip)
Starting Point: Aberdyfi Tourist Information Centre (SN 615 965)
Finishing Point: Aberdyfi Tourist Information Centre (SN 615 965)
Craig y Deryn from Castell y Bere (© Kevin Richardson)
1. Begin your journey from Aberdyfi village, on the A493, travelling through Tywyn. You will see Craig yr Aderyn (Bird Rock)on the left in the distance. The rock is named 'Bird Rock' as it is a popular roosting spot for cormorants. This rock has a distinctive shape, and is a popular attraction for climbers. The path to the top of the rock not easily accessible.
2. Keep to the A493, and you will come to Llangelynnin Church, a small church on a peaceful spot near the sea. This is a wonderful opportunity to absorb the quiet of the area. The final resting place of Abram Wood, the famous Welsh gypsy, can be seen directly opposite the door to the church.
3. Next, follow the road up to Dolgellau, along the A493, where you can walk along part of the Mawddach Trail near Penmaenpool bridge and to enjoy the wildlife there.
4. Follow the A487 south from Dolgellau. Turn right at the ‘Cross Foxes Inn’ at the top of the hill and turn right again for Tywyn on the B4405. Turn immediately right again to take a break in Dôl Idris, which was recently developed by National Park Authority as an accessible path with facilities for all.
5. Return to the main road and turn to the right for Tywyn. On the left, you will see signs for Dôl Goch waterfalls and Talyllyn Railway. The Talyllyn Railway trains have a n accessible carriage, and at least two people who use a wheelchair can travel in the carriage. There is access for all up to the first Dôl Goch fall and to the station café. There is also a picnic area with accessible public toilets at the site.
6. Go on in the Tywyn direction along the B4405, travelling through Abergynolwyn. There is an accessible cafe called ‘Y Ganolfan’ in the village. Turn right for Llanegryn Street and when you reach the next junction, turn left. At the crossroads with a telephone kiosk, turn right for Llanfihangel y Pennant.
7. In Llanfihangel y Pennant, you will pass the small Church on the left, and then you will pass over a small bridge. This is ‘Bont Ty’n Fach’ Bridge (Small Cottage Bridge) and on the other side of the bridge, is a memorial to Mary Jones, the lady from Llanfihangel y Pennant, who walked for twenty five miles barefoot, to Bala, to buy a Bible from Thomas Charles.
8. Leave Llanfihangel y Pennant, and return to Abergynolwyn along Llanegryn street.
9. Turn right onto the B4405 and remain on it up to the ‘T’ junction. Turn left here onto the A493, passing through Tywyn. Keep on this road until you reach Aberdyfi.