April 22nd, 2019
Sitting prettily on the banks of the Dyfi estuary, this little seaside village grew around the ship building and fishing industry. Because of its strategic location in the centre of Wales, it has always been a popular destination. It’s thought that the Romans built a road into Aberdyfi around AD80, but it was the unstoppable wheels of the industrial revolution in the nineteenth century that rolled this sleepy fishing village into one of the busiest ports on the coast, exporting mainly slate and oak.
Today, the village is a popular tourist destination thanks to its stunning coastal location, sandy beaches and traditional activities like donkey rides, bowling and fishing. This walk explores the best of Aberdyfi, from the beach to the village and the rolling hills that shelter it.
Distance/Time: 5.5km / 3.5 miles. Allow 2 hours
Start: P&D Car Park by the Tourist Information Centre
Grid Ref: SN 614 959
Ordnance Survey Map: OS Explorer OL23 Cadair Idris & Bala Lake
After the walk: Cafes and restaurants in Aberdyfi
1: With your back to the Tourist Information Centre and the beach turn right along the main street, then almost immediately left up Copperhill Street. Walk under the railway bridge. Very soon afterwards look for a ‘Public Footpath’ sign on the left and follow it uphill as it soon leads past two houses called Bryniau Isaf. Turn sharp right and uphill here to reach some steps. Climb them and continue ahead, the path becoming a wider track. Follow it to a tarmac road and continue along it, then at the junction go straight across to find a wooden gate at a public footpath sign.
2: Go through and turn left, passing the back of a house and an electricity sub-station. Follow the path as it winds along the fence line and eventually leads steeply uphill to a stile. Cross it and continue ahead with the fence to your left to reach another stile. Cross it and stay ahead again, passing a bench on your right and stay with the fence line on your left through the field. The path soon becomes narrow with a small gorse covered hill to the right.
3: The path will eventually drop to a small stream by a public footpath sign and a gate. Cross the stream, through the gate and turn left, then bear slightly right to walk around the rear of the house towards a metal gate with a way-marker. Go through the gate, down the short hill and turn right at the public footpath sign to walk behind the caravans. By the last caravan bear right at the way-marker to a stile.
Go over the stile and stay ahead to walk across the hilly field. The path is vague here, but stay roughly ahead, bearing ever so slightly left. Soon (approx 400m) the derelict buildings of a farm (Trefeddian Fach) will appear in front of you (if you end up above or below them just walk to the buildings to correct your course). The path now passes in front of the buildings and heads between two low summits to meet a track.
4: Turn left to follow the steep road downhill. Eventually you’ll reach a gate opposite a cemetery; go through and turn left towards the main road. Cross it to a parking area and find a track heading downhill on the left. Follow this to the railway, cross carefully and continue on the track over the golf course. It leads to a boardwalk onto the beach.
5: Turn left along the beach back to Aberdyfi.
Did you know…..?
Aberdyfi is well known for the song “The Bells of Aberdovey”, a folk song written by Charles Dibdin – an English composer, which featured in his musical Liberty Hall. The song is about the church bells in the legendary kingdom of Cantre’r Gwaelod which is said to lie submerged under the waters of Cardigan Bay.
In 2011, an enormous bronze bell was installed at Aberdyfi Pier which rings as the tide rises, in tribute to the ancient and legendary bells of Cantre’r Gwaelod.
**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.