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Tan y Bwlch Circular

Tan y Bwlch Circular - 1 January 2018

Tan y Bwlch Circular
Ifan Eryl Jones

Grade: Leisurely

Distance: 5 Km / 3 miles

Time: 2 – 3 hours

Terrain: Woodland Paths

A great way to start your new year by shedding some of the excesses gained over Christmas by walking in one of Snowdonia’s most impressive landscapes.

The walk is almost 5km (3 miles) in length with the highest point 140 meters and lowest 35 metres. The route takes in the lakes of Llyn Mair and Llyn Hafod y llyn, crosses the Ffestiniog Railway at Tan y Bwlch station and passes through the grounds of historical mansion from the slate era, now the National Park Study Centre.

It is a wonderful wooded valley with conifer plantation and broadleaved woodland which is a National Nature Reserve and forms part of the Special Area of Conservation (Meirionnydd Oakwoods) which has some of the best examples of Atlantic Oak Woodland in Europe.

The walk is part of the Dyffryn Maentwrog Leisure Network which mostly comprises courtesy paths with numerous landowners including the National Park, Woodland Trust, Tilhill EFG, Natural Resources Wales and private ownership. Please remember these paths are open through an agreement with them, ensure you follow the Country Code at all times.

There are four car parks and two cafes on the route, although the station at Tan y Bwlch is closed during January. Maintenance works will be carried out early in the year at the station, therefore parking spaces will be reduced. The café at Plas Tan y Bwlch will be open for a deserved respite in a pleasant tearoom overlooking the Dwyryd. Or if you prefer an alfresco break there is a spacious picnic site by Llyn Mair.

The route – from the map:
As you can see from the map below there are numerous paths in the area, with blue waymarker discs at each junction directing you in a clockwise direction. Please take care at the junctions and when crossing the railway.


Ifan Eryl Jones (Area Warden)