January 31st, 2019
Explore Abergynolwyn and the ruins of Castell y Bere from the Talyllyn Railway
Where: Abergynolwyn, nr Tywyn, Gwynedd
Distance: Approx 6 miles
Start: Abergynolwyn Village (alight at the Abergynolwyn stop and head right, towards village centre)
If travelling by car, turn off the A487 at Tal-y-Llyn (between Dolgellau and Corris) for the B4405, passing the lake on the right. Follow to Abergynolwyn and park either at road side or in car park opposite Railway Inn)
Grid Ref: SH 670 063 (station)
SH 677 069 (village centre)
Map: OS Explorer 23: Cadair Idris & Bala Lake
1: Take the small road to the right of the Railway Inn (Llanegryn Street). Follow road, crossing bridge and then uphill. Look for path on right signed for Castell y Bere and follow the path. At first junction, turn right and then go left at next fork, following road towards Llanfihangel-y-Pennant.
2: Turn right towards Castell y Bere and continue, to pass rocky outcrop. Soon you’ll reach a small car park and follow signs for the castle, passing through forest. After exploring the castle ruins, go back to road and continue to Llanfihangel-y-Pennant.
3: Turn right opposite the church gate on a way-marked footpath alongside stream, eventually passing ruins on left. At a wall ahead, bear right and over stile. Follow the way-marked track to road.
4: Turn right along road for almost a mile until you reach some steps on left. Follow this path back to Llanegryn Street, then turn left back to village.
Point of Interest:
1: Castell y Bere is one of the few castles in Wales that was built by the Welsh Princes. It was built in the early 13th century by Llywelyn ap Iorweth, or Llywelyn the Great as he was known. It is now cared for and run by Cadw.
The castle is open daily from 10:00 to 16:00 (but is closed over Christmas and New Year’s Day).
It is free to visit. For more details see www.cadw.wales.gov.uk
**These directions are for guidance only. The Oakeley Arms can accept no responsibility for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use of this information. The information quoted is correct at the time of writing. Always take a map with you and be prepared for the weather for turn. Do not venture out in bad weather.