January 26th, 2018
Earlier this week on the Oakeley blog we celebrated some of the wonderful things about beautiful Cardigan Bay (you can read it here if you missed it….) so why not try this wonderful walk at the weekend. It starts and ends in Harlech and takes in some of the most stunning views along the Bay.
Distance/Time: 7km / 4.5 miles. Allow 2 – 2½ hours
Start: Bron-y-Graig Uchaf Long Stay Car Park (from Harlech High Street, follow road past shops and then church on left. Turn left for car park – short stay is closest to main road, long stay is around corner)
Grid Ref: SH 582 309
Ordnance Survey Map: OS Explorer OL 18 Harlech, Porthmadog & Y Bala
1: Leave the car park, turn right along the road and then left at the T-junction uphill. At the end of the road by metal posts go straight up and then very soon bear left for a signed grassy path. At the top of the path reach a rough track: turn right as way-marked (on the wall ahead) and then very soon turn left at a ‘Public Footpath’ sign along the road. Soon, bear left again alongside the wall of a house to find a narrow footpath rising up ahead.
2: Follow this grassy track to some gates. Go through the first wooden gate and stay ahead for about five steps then turn left to go through a large metal gate by the way-marker on the post that points right up the grassy field. Follow the way-markers through the field, passing through gaps in two very low stone walls.
Continue ahead and you’ll find a stile in a stone wall. Cross that and follow the obvious path through the field to a gap in a stone wall. Walk through this and continue with the wall to your right. At the top of that field, bear right through another gap and then left to join a green lane between two walls.
At the end of this green lane you’ll reach an open field. Turn right to follow the stone wall and under power lines. As the wall veers right, ignore a gap but stay ahead to aim for some houses and eventually reach a stile over the wall. Don’t cross this stile, but turn left and walk alongside the wall to reach a gate onto a lane.
3: Turn right but very soon bear left at a ‘Public Footpath’ sign by a cattle grid. Cross it, then bear immediately right for a grassy path to a small gate into a field. Bear right to cross the field diagonally, passing some stone piles and an electricity pole on the left, heading towards the field corner then look right for a stone stile over the wall.
Cross it and head straight down this field through a gateway and onto a grassy track. Continue ahead again down the field, staying quite close to the wall on the right and you’ll soon see a wall beginning on the left. There’s a path (sometimes overgrown and muddy) between these two walls so follow this straight down to a gate onto a lane.
4: At the lane turn right, then at the crossroads go straight over, passing a bus stop. At the next junction, turn right along the pavement for a short distance until you see a coast path way-marker and ‘National Trust’ sign on the opposite side.
5: Cross the road and go through the gate then follow the path downhill as it zig-zags to some steps to the railway line. Cross it carefully then down to the beach and turn right. Walk along the beach for at least a mile to reach a red and white pole with life-ring attached at the main entrance. Turn right here to follow the sandy path to a tarmac track. Go through the gate and pass a car park on the left.
Continue ahead and follow the lane past the school and at the end turn right. Cross the railway line then very soon cross the road and bear left for a lane signposted for the Town Centre. Follow this as it zig-zags towards the castle, eventually passing it on the left. Continue, to reach a junction with the high street and turn right. Walk along the high street, then after a pretty cobbled square turn left up a steep footpath (opposite a convenience shop) which leads past the church and back to the car park.
**Please note that 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. Always take a map with you and be prepared for the weather for turn. Do not venture out in bad weather and always take care with coastal tides.