Llyn Tegid, Y Bala - South
This walk leads along the southern hills above Llyn Tegid, offering striking views of the lake and open countryside. The walk leads over rough public footpaths, tarmac roads, tracks and grass, which can be quite wet. There are many steep sections along the walk, and many stiles to cross.
Distance: About 7.5 miles (12Km)
Time: About 5 hours
Grade: Moderate Leisure Walk
Start: Commemorative Monument, Llanuwchllyn
Finish: SNPA Car Park on Llyn Tegid foreshore
Postcode: LL23 7YE
Terrain: Rough paths, tarmac roads & grass
Relevant Map: OS Explorer OL23 (Cadair Idris & Llyn Tegid)
Facilities: Toilets and picnic tables
Note: Bus Services operate between Bala & Llanuwchllyn
This map is intended as a rough guide only. You should use the most recent version of the relevant Ordnance Survey map (see above) when walking the route.
1. From the Commemorative Monument, with your back towards the main road, walk to the right and turn left into the village of Llanuwchllyn. Walk straight through the village, which is a little over half a mile, and out at the other end over a bridge crossing Afon Twrch river. Follow the road for another half a mile or so, keeping an eye out for a public footpath sign with the National Park logo on the right hand side of the road. Follow the sign directing you up the hill towards Llechweddystrad farm. Follow the path that leads behind the farm sheds.
The name Llechweddystrad (the slope of the Roman road) suggests that a Roman road used to go through this site. On the other side of the valley is the site of an old Roman fort, Caer Gai, which stands on an old crossroad. The main road from the east ran from the direction of Chester towards Brithdir near Dolgellau, and the other road connected Caer Gai with Tomen y Mur in the north, and Caersws in the south.
2. On the upper side of the farmyard, go over the stile on the left and follow the track towards Ty’n y Rhos. Continue forward over the field towards Ffridd Gymen. Follow the track to the left from Ffridd Gymen and you will shortly reach a 90 degree bend in the track. Follow the track to the right, don’t follow the public footpath that leads down to Pentre-piod. This part of the walk leads over a permissive path down to Pantymarch farm, and so will not appear on an OS map.
3. From Pantymarch, follow the farm track for a while. Go past the cattle grid and carry on straight ahead a little further. In a while, you will see a track leading up a hill to the right. (The road straight ahead leads to the village of Llangower).
Llangower is a very small village with only a handful of houses. Llangower church was named after a local saint by the name of Cywair. The church closed its doors in 2003 as it had only three regular worshippers.
4. Follow the track up to the right and over the stile on the left. Follow the track towards Bryncocyn farm. When you have gone through the farmyard, follow the public footpath down to the left towards the oak trees. Follow the path along the trees. Shortly, you will see a waymarker directing you down to the river on your right. Follow the path and cross the footbridge. Follow the path across the field towards Tŷ Cerrig farm, and pass the farmhouse which is on your left.
5. After passing the farmhouse, follow the path that leads to the right through the trees. You will shortly reach a forest road. Follow the road down to the left and cross the bridge, before joining a country road. Follow the road to the left for a while. Once you have passed Coed yr Allt woods, follow the track up to the right towards Pant yr Onen.
6. Follow the waymarker that directs you behind Pant yr Onen house, and follow the path up through the trees. In a while you will reach a stile on your left. Go over the stile and follow the path (marked with yellow posts) down until you reach a footbridge at the bottom. Go over the footbridge and follow the path leading towards Bryniau Goleu hill. Follow the path up Bryniau Goleu until you reach a stile at the top.
To the east of Bryniau Goleu (hills of light) limestone was mined from a rich seam, and the limestone was burnt in lime kilns to produce mortar. This hill was named after the light of the lime kilns’ fires which could be seen from here at night.
7. From the stile, follow the track down to the left until you reach a country road. Follow the road down to the left for a few yards, and then follow the public footpath down to the right through the bracken. Follow the path that leads between Beudy Graienyn and Ffridd Goed, and then past Graienyn. You will shortly arrive at the Bala Lake Hotel.
Although it is a hotel, it is not open to the public! The John Lewis Partnership, which owns the Waitrose and John Lewis chain stores, bought the hotel back in 2008 as a holiday centre for its 70,000 staff.
8. Follow the public footpath that leads between the hotel and Chalets at the back. Follow the road straight ahead. After passing a converted barn called Rhos Fawr on your left, keep an eye out for a gate which is out of sight in the hedge on the left. Go through the gate and follow the path over two fields. Go through the black gate and over the Llyn Tegid Railway bridge, and down to the platform.
This is the Llyn Tegid Railway station, which runs between Bala and Llanuwchllyn. The railway runs over part of the old Great Western Railway which ran between Ruabon and Morfa Mawddach near Barmouth, and closed in 1964 as part of the Beechings Axe.
9. Leave the train station, cross the road, go over the bridge, and carry on straight ahead.
This bridge is known as Pont Mwnwgl y Llyn, where the river Dee leaves Llyn Tegid. The lake supplies Liverpool and the Wirral with water, and so the lake’s levels are controlled by opening and closing sluice gates a little further downstream.
10. Take the road down to the left, go to the left at the junction and continue until you see a wide path on the left hand side. Follow the path until you arrive back at the Llyn Tegid Foreshore Car Park.
Bala and Llyn Tegid (© SNPA)