April 18th, 2018
Earlier this week on the blog our post took a look at the magical Snowdonia Fairy. Well today we’re featuring a fabulous walk not far from the Oakeley Arms where you may have the chance to spot fairies among the beautiful wildflowers of Spring.
Where: Harlech, Gwynedd
Distance: Approx 3 miles
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). Nearest postcode for sat nav is
Grid Ref: SH 582 309
Maps: OS Explorer OL 18: Harlech, Porthmadog & Y Bala
1: Leave the car park and turn left along Parc Bron-y-Graig Road. Pass stone wall on right, then in between bungalow and house, find narrow footpath to right. Follow this to road then turn right for a few steps before turning left up Pen y Bryn lane.
2: By the cemetery gates continue ahead along a rougher track and continue, passing the gates to Llys Bach. Soon after, bear left for a signed path which comes out by a house. Walk ahead and go through narrow gap to reach gate.
3: Go through and continue to path junction, turning sharply right, climbing up through woodland. As the path emerges into open space, veer away from a stone wall and bear left up a field to the top.
4: Walk beside the gorse at the top until you see a way-marker on the wall ahead. Cross the wall by the marker and go straight up to another way-marker post by a track. Go left here to another way-marker and follow to gates by houses.
5: Through gate and follow the walled path between houses and continue to an old barn. Walk round to the left of the barn and cross a stile to walk up a field and through a wall gap. Turn left, through another gap and then bear right along the field to find a gate. Through it and turn left.
6: Bear right at the fork and then walk through gate to Garth Mawr house. To the right of the house walk through gate then turn left to cross a wall. Walk over the field to a stile in the wall. Cross it and stay ahead, bearing right towards a wall and walk beside this (keeping wall to left).
7: Walk to top of field then turn right and cross stile, continue along the track, past a ruin and over another stile in the wall. Walk along the path through gorse bushes, over footbridge and stile to meet road.
8: Turn right and walk for approx ¼ mile until you find stile on right. Cross it and stay by the wall until it heads right, where you bear left and uphill. Cross the stile in the wall and continue, aiming for the ladder stile in the wall.
9: Cross the stile and walk through the gate into a lane. Cross another stile to walk past a house. Follow the lane now, turn right at the t-junction and continue downhill, enjoying stunning views across the coast. As you descend towards the town, turn left by the Lion Hotel and walk along the High Street. After a pretty cobbled square on the left, turn left up a steep footpath (opposite a convenience shop) which leads past the church and back to the car park.
Points of Interest
1: Harlech is home to a Royal Golf Course; renowned as one of the finest in the country.
2: The well-known song Men of Harlech is said to tell the tale of a seven year long siege at the town’s medieval castle. The song was used in the soundtrack of the 1964 film Zulu.