South Snowdonia Trawsfynydd Walk

August 5th, 2019

This circular walk will lead you along public footpaths to the archaeological site of Tomen y Mur and down to the shores of Trawsfynydd lake and there are stunning panoramic views of the mountains of Snowdonia. Some parts of the walk can be wet. Please wear suitable shoes or boots and take care.

Distance: 6 miles
Time: About 3 hours.
Grade: Moderate
Grid Reference: SH 707 356.
Postcode: LL41 4RY.
Terrain: Farmland and tarmac roads.
Relevant Map: OS Explorer OL18 (Harlech Porthmadog & Bala).
Parking: Car park opposite Ednowain Centre, Trawsfynydd.

The Route

  1. Turn left out of the car park and then right past the Llys Ednowain building. Make your way along the main street, passing the White Lion and a plaque on a house on your right showing the birthplace of the poet, Hedd Wyn. As you come to the end of the village, cross the A470 and begin ascending the path opposite. At the end of the stone wall turn left and go straight ahead on this path until you reach a stone stile. Go over the stile keeping the stone wall on your left.
  2. Follow this track as it descends still keeping the stone wall on your left. You are now on Tyddyn Felin farmland and the stone work on the boundary walls has been completed by the farmer’s son and a local contractor as part of the Tir Cymen and Rhaglen Tir Eryri projects.
  3. As you come to a tarmac road, carry on straight ahead over a stone bridge over the river Islyn which was a meeting point for many courting couples in the past. Can you read any of the names that have been carved into the stone itself?
  4. Go over the bridge, through the gate and follow the old road passing through another gate until you reach a tarmac road once again. Turn right and follow this road over the old railway bridge. In a few metres after the bridge, turn left by the Public Footpath sign and make your way along this track. As you go along this track, look for a milestone on your right, with the name Dolgelley on it. Can you see how many miles there are from here to Dolgellau?
  5. Follow this track until the stone wall on your left comes to an end. Keep right to go up the hill under the pylons bearing left to cross the stream. Go over the stile and head across the open land towards Tomen y Mur. There are several well trodden steep paths up to the top.
  6. Take care as you walk down from Tomen y Mur and make your way towards the triangular sign on the rural road. When you reach the road, turn left and follow it until you reach a ‘Public Footpath’ sign. Go over the stile near this sign and descend through the trees down to another stile. Go over this stile and carry on along the field towards two gates. Go over the gate on the left and follow the path keeping the fence on your right. The owner of this land has marked the route of the public footpath along the land using yellow paint.
  7. The path gradually descends through the woodland and reaches a tunnel under an old railway line. Go through this tunnel, up the stile and onto a lay by on the A470. This road can be extremely busy. Please take care when crossing and making your way towards the main entrance of the Trawsfynydd Nuclear Power Station. Once through the main entrance, turn left between the wooden cafe and the old club house building. Ahead there is a cycle route sign. This is the path which will lead you along the shores of Trawsfynydd lake and back to the village itself. About half a mile before reaching Trawsfynydd, the path rejoins the A470. Take care as you walk back to the village along this pavement. The level path from the old club house to the village of Trawsfynydd is suitable for all including wheelchair users.

Did you know:

Did you know that you can visit the home of Hedd Wyn, the acclaimed Welsh war poet, who was brought up in Trawsfynydd? His home Yr Ysgwrn is open to visitors during the summer months. Find out more here


**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.