2014 Walk Information

Click the walk names to view descriptions of each walk.

Which walk?

Select walks suited to your ability. Grades, distances and times are provided for guidance. More information about the walk grades can be found on our FAQs page

A ++ : Extremely Hard - For Experienced Walkers Only - For those requiring a challenge of physical fitness and stamina rather than a sightseeing expedition

A : Hard - a walk that will have a number of areas that can place a demand on the physical and mental capability of the walker. There are a number of ascents/descents during the walk, the route at times will require careful navigation and foot placement. Steep ascents and descents, wet ground and distance contribute to the designation "A" Note that a designation of "A+" has been used for even more challenging walks.

B : Moderate - a walk that will include one or two physically or mentally demanding stretches. There may be a number of ascents and descents which could be considered challenging again B+ may be a little more challenging

C : Easy - a walk that can be completed without undue stress or physical strain. Normally low level walks with easy escape routes to a village or town. A walk may be designated as 'Easy' though it could be demanding due to the distance and time taken to complete. Please note that most walks take place in the surrounding hills and involve some ascents, our beautiful town is surrounded by hills!

Walk registration takes place each day at the DRAGON THEATRE, in the centre of Barmouth. www.dragontheatre.co.uk

  Day No. Walk Grade Distance Hours Max Height Total Ascended Transport Meet
NEW High Level Super Walk Barmouth to LlanbedrSat 13thW1NEW High Level Super Walk Barmouth to Llanbedr
Not for the faint hearted, this walk is very demanding both mentally and physically, covering 4 major peaks in an area of rough terrain, Diffwys, Y LLethr, Rhinog Fach, Rhinog Fawr & Foel Ddu. We are arranging for food to be available to purchase in ‘The Ty Mawr Hotel’ Llanbedr so that you can recover after the walk and we will arrange mini buses to be available (at a cost) back to Barmouth
17.82,4705,922£ Transport for Return06.45 at the Dragon
NEW Barmouth to DolgellauSat 13thW2NEW Barmouth to Dolgellau
John Ruskin said, "There is no better walk than from Dolgellau through to Barmouth, other than from Barmouth through to Dolgellau." Last year we did the former so this year we offer his "Finest Walk in Britain." Starting the walk with magnificent views from the Barmouth railway bridge, then the best of the southern Mawddach Estuary. Enjoy!
A1178201,300Public Transport for Return(£)09.00 at the Dragon
NEW Maentwrog to Llyn Mair and RhydSat 13thW3NEW Maentwrog to Llyn Mair and Rhyd
From the Oakley Arms through Plas Tan-Y-Bwlch woods to Llyn Mair and forest tracks to Rhyd back to Tan-Y Bwlch Station where there may be a chance of Afternoon refreshments, back past Llyn Mair to finish at the Oakley Arms.
B55.56271,414Own/Shared08.30 meet at Dragon
Trails Around Dyffryn ArdudwySat 13thW4Trails Around Dyffryn Ardudwy
Walking the ancient track ways around Dyffryn Ardudwy, visiting the Neolithic Age Burial Chamber, and passing the Iron Age Hill Fort of Birslig before returning to the Village via Corse-Y-Gedol Farm [where the Hall has Gatehouse (in the style of Inigo Jones) worth a little detour if time permits].
C6.55.5581825Own/Shared9.30 meet at Dragon
Rhinog Fawr from Cwm BychanSun 14thW5Rhinog Fawr from Cwm Bychan
A762,3512,494Own/Shared08.30 meet at Dragon
Llanelltyd to BarmouthSun 14thW6Llanelltyd to Barmouth
Fairly demanding undulating walk with panoramic views over the Mawddach Estuary. The magnificent Cader range is constantly in view.
B106.59242,950Public Transport (£)08.00 meet at Dragon
NEW Pont Scethin and the Janet Haig PathSun 14thW7NEW Pont Scethin and the Janet Haig Path
Fairly moderate walk to the Lawlech ridge with 360o views over the Cadair range, the Cardigan Bay, Llyn Peninsular and towards the Rhinogs and Snowdon.
B7.561,9161,638Public Transport (£)09.30 meet at Dragon
Barmouth Historical TrailSun 14thW8Barmouth Historical Trail
Barmouth is full of History, start off visiting the Sailors Institute, where you will be able to return at your leisure to study a wealth of old documents. Ascend through old Barmouth (Hen Bermo) passing Ruskins Cottages; Visit Dinas Oleu, the first land given to the National Trust and the Frenchmans Grave. Detour to see the rock cannons, also called ‘Celebration Stones’ returning past ancient hill fort to Llanaber and Barmouth.
C659761,552No Transport Required10.00 meet at Dragon
Maesglase to Dinas MawddwyMon 15thW9Maesglase to Dinas Mawddwy
A steep ascent starts this challenging walk before traversing the ridge with magnificent views before a descent into the valley below. The RAF uses this area for testing low flying aircraft so you could be lucky and be get some very interesting photographs on this walk!
A962,0871,870Own/Shared Transport08.00 meet at Dragon
NEW Tonfannau to Barmouth on the New Coastal PathMon 15thW10NEW Tonfannau to Barmouth on the New Coastal Path
Initially taking the train from Barmouth and walking back on the new Coastal path with stunning views of Cardigan Bay and then up the Mawddach Estuary from Barmouth Railway Bridge.
B1369182,628Public transport (£)08.30 meet at Dragon
Coed Y Brenin TrailsMon 15thW11Coed Y Brenin Trails
An opportunity to study the native wildlife, examine the biggest Douglas Firs, cross three bridges and visit waterfalls during a delightful walk in superb forestry surroundings.
C+861,1882,379Own/Shared Transport09.00 meet at Dragon
Mynnydd Egryn and Pen Y DinasMon 15thW12Mynnydd Egryn and Pen Y Dinas
An Historical walk among the coastal foothills, passing the Carneddau Hengwm, Burial Chamber, Bronze Age Cairn and Iron Age Fort, plus several sites of archaeological interest and a prehistoric hill fort, a must for those interested in our past and wonderful views of Cardigan Bay.
C861,2522,194Public Transport (£)09.30 meet at Dragon
Llandecwyn to HarlechTue 16thW13Llandecwyn to Harlech
A linear walk starting on the Taith Ardudwy to Llyn Tegwyn Uchaf then Llyn Tegwin Isaf, through a wooded gorge to open moorland there should be fantastic views finishing the walk in Harlech.
A9.57.51,1582,305Own/Shared08.00 meet at Dragon
NEW Bwlch Y Rhiwgyr Ridge and SylfaenTue 16thW14NEW Bwlch Y Rhiwgyr Ridge and Sylfaen
A fairly demanding circular walk with spectacular views past Tyn y Ffynon up towards Barmouth Slabs, up to Bwlch y Llan and on to Bwlch Cwmmaria, along the ridge to Bwlch y Rhiwgyr and loop back via Sylfaen to Barmouth Harbour and finish with a refreshing drink in the Last Inn Pub. Or one of the many Cafes on the Harbour.
B+761,6782,311No transport required08.30 meet at Dragon
NEW Gloyw Llyn, Cwn Buchan & Taith ArdudwyTue 16thW15NEW Gloyw Llyn, Cwn Buchan & Taith Ardudwy
Ascending up to Glow Llyn and then down to Llyn Cwm Buchan via part of the Roman Steps returning on part of the Taith Ardudwy.
B+961,3012,070Own/Shared Transport09.00 meet at the Dragon
The Bontddu GoldminesTue 16thW16The Bontddu Goldmines
An industrial heritage trail to discover remains of the 19th Century Mawddach Gold Rush. Mines that produced gold for royal wedding rings.
C+65.58371,969Public Transport (£)10.15 meet at the Dragon
Walking Festival Curry EveningTue 16thW99Walking Festival Curry Evening
We do hope you can join us for a very enjoyable evening. It is a chance to get together with other walkers and leaders, for the past few years some of us have been getting together for the Min Y Mor Friday Night Curry Night so we thought that others who might not still be here on the Friday would like a chance to join in earlier in the week. Please indicate on your booking form if you require tickets. Time: 19:30 Cost: £13:00 for set meal Choice of main course and rice with accompaniments (onion bhaji; samosa; poppadum; dips; chutney)
19.30 Min y Mor Hotel
Diffwys from BontdduWed 17thW17Diffwys from Bontddu
A demanding route to the summit of Diffwys, past forestry, waterfalls and disused mines, following ancient Drovers tracks and back along the ridge to Barmouth.
A1272,4603,000Public transport (£)08.00 meet at the Dragon
Dinas MawddwyWed 17thW18Dinas Mawddwy
A walk in the ancient hills around Dinas Mawddwy passing Maes Y Camlann locally known as the site of The last battle of ‘King Arthur’. Using a track linking Gwynedds Metal Mines with Roman Viriconium (Wroxeter) over varied terrain of woodland, open moorland and hillsides.
B+1161,1822,830Own/Shared Transport08.30 meet at Dragon
Bryn Cader Faner and Nant PasganWed 17thW19Bryn Cader Faner and Nant Pasgan
Stone Circle and Burial Mound of Bryn Cader Faner, a Prehistoric wonder of Wales and one of the most beautiful Bronze Age sites in Britain, and a Medieval house set in an idyllic valley, possibly the finest Medieval house in Gwynedd.
C5.551,2711,290Own/Shared09.00 meet at the Dragon
Wild Life WalkWed 17thW20Wild Life Walk
Bring along a packed lunch picnic to enjoy whilst discussing the sea level flora and fauna of our beautiful area with the expert, Heather Lewis is an Ecologist with Natural Resources Wales and has extensive knowledge of all that the Morfa Mawddach Nature Reserve and the Estuary has to offer.
C5592More Public transport (£) Ferry10.00 meet at the Dragon
Historical BarmouthWed 17thW99Historical Barmouth
Norma Stockford will be arranging another one of her very interesting and informative talks showing her vast knowledge of the Barmouth history. Tickets will be available during registration at the Dragon Theatre or on the night. Time: 19:30 Cost: £8.00 all proceeds in aid of the RNLI
19.30 Dragon Theatre
Arenig FawrThu 18thW21Arenig Fawr
An area not covered since 2010, between Trawsfynydd and Bala, offering excellent walking and superb views including every major summit in Snowdonia.
A96.52,8001,947Own/Shared08.00 meet at the Dragon
Moelfre from Tal Y BontThu 18thW22Moelfre from Tal Y Bont
Ascend Moelfre from Moelyblythcwm from the summit the 360o panorama of views is stunning. Descend to Pont Scethin and return around the base of Moelfre
B+6.561,9071,713Own/Shared Transport08.30 meet at the Dragon
NEW Scenic Walk from Precipice Walk, Llanfachreth and Glasdir MinesThu 18thW23NEW Scenic Walk from Precipice Walk, Llanfachreth and Glasdir Mines
A scenic walk with the Ramblers Association with Historical interest from the Precipice Car Park to Pwll-Y-Gele (Pool of Leeches) on to Llanfachreth the Arboretum to hear the Legend of Afon Babi on to the Glasdir Copper Mines finishing on part of the Precipice Walk.
B7.568041,390Own/Shared09.30 meet at the Dragon
PenmaenpoolThu 18thW24Penmaenpool
A moderate and delightful walk in the foothills above Penmeanpool starting in the historic market town of Dolgellau and taking in woodland and estuary views along parts of the Mawddach Trail with stunning view across and down the Mawddach Estuary, visiting Cymer Abbey and finishing in Llanelltyd.
C977811,550Public Transport (£)10.00 meet at the Dragon
Walking Festival Social EveningThu 18thW99Walking Festival Social Evening
We do hope you can join us for a very enjoyable evening. It is a chance to get together with other walkers and leaders, to discuss the week’s events. Please indicate on your booking form if you require tickets. Time: 19.30 Cost: £17:50 for three course hot meal Bar available for purchase of drinks.
19.30 Arts Room, Dragon Theatre
Cadair Idris & Lyn Cau to DolgellauFri 19thW25Cadair Idris & Lyn Cau to Dolgellau
A strenuous climb to the summit of Cader Idris and back down the ridge to Dolgellau.
A+117.52,9283,626Public transport (£)08.00 meet at the Dragon
Cnicht from CroesorFri 19thW26Cnicht from Croesor
Croesor to the summit of Cnicht with unsurpassed views returning via the disused Rhoosydd Quarry, derelict workshops and buildings, then on past Llyn Croesor and the disused Croesor Quarry and Moelwyn Banir back to Croesor and the community café for refreshments. A demanding walk with strenuous section on Cnicht which is not suitable for vertigo sufferers.
A862,2602,240Own/Shared08.45 meet at the Dragon
Moel Gerddi LlanbedrFri 19thW27Moel Gerddi Llanbedr
A varied walk through farmland and woods to the summit of Moel Gerddi returning past the stone circle of ‘Rhyd-Yr-Eirin’ With 3600 views of the Afon Dwyryd to the North, Afon Mawddach to the South, the high uplands of the Rhinogs to the East, and Cardigan Bay to the West, what more could you ask, apart from a clear day!
C+761,2381,479Own/Shared09.00 meet at the Dragon
NEW Trawsffynydd to MaentwrogFri 19thW28NEW Trawsffynydd to Maentwrog
A varied moderate walk of river gorge, woodland & open moorland, walking between the old nuclear power and the hydroelectric power stations.
C657021,506Own/Shared Transport09.30 meet at the Dragon
NEW Taith Ardudwy Super WalkSat 20thW29NEW Taith Ardudwy Super Walk
‘The Way’ crosses the geological formation of Cambrian rocks, the Harlech Dome, and takes in some of the best Costal and mountain views in Wales. This ‘Way’ was originally planned as a three section walk so to do it as a ‘super walk’ will require grit and determination, physical and mental stamina so be prepared! We are arranging for food to be available for purchase in ‘The Ship Aground’ so that you can recover after the walk and we will arrange mini buses to be available (at a cost) back to Barmouth.
A++2410.1,5735,285Transport for Return (£)08.00 meet at Dragon
Rhinog Fach and Y LethrSat 20thW30Rhinog Fach and Y Lethr
Covering the two spectacular Rhinogydd peaks a good level of fitness is required for these two strenuous climbs.
A962,4472,435Own/Shared08.30 meet at the Dragon
NEW Cwm Nant Col, Foel WenSat 20thW31NEW Cwm Nant Col, Foel Wen
Walking in the remote valley of Cwm Nant Col crossing an ancient Clapper Bridge on a Drovers Road. Passing Manganese workings and Foel Wen a favourite haunt of the famous Wild Rhinog Goats.
C+962,4472,435Own/Shared09.00 meet at the Dragon
NEW Minfodd to BarmouthSun 21stW32NEW Minfodd to Barmouth
Taking the Minffordd path past Llyn Cau up to the summit of Cadair and follow the Pony path down, branch off along Tyrrau Mawr dropping down near Cregennen Lake. Proceed past Arthog waterfalls, along the path near Fegla Fach / Fawr and back to Barmouth over Barmouth Bridge and a very welcome refreshment in the Last Inn or one of our many Harbour side Cafés. This walk is very demanding physically.
A+10.72,8943,815Public Transport (£) 08.00 meet at the Dragon
LlanfachrethSun 21stW33Llanfachreth
Through woods, farmland, along roadways and tracks past waterfalls and picturesque scenery around Llanfachreth visiting a historical church in the village.
C6.551,2881,648Own/Shared09.00 meet at the Dragon
Farchynys to Barmouth via PanoramaSun 21stW34Farchynys to Barmouth via Panorama
Starting at Farchynys and walking through the foothills around Barmouth taking in Caerdeon, (associated with Darwin) with excellent vistas over the Mawddach estuary to the “Giants Head” and Cadair Idris before returning to Barmouth via the famous Panorama walk and view point.
C555441,300Public Transport (£)10.15 meet at the Dragon
Barmouth to the George, PenmaenpoolMon 22ndW35Barmouth to the George, Penmaenpool
Across Barmouth Bridge and ascend Arthog Waterfalls, then to Cregenan Lakes, Kings Youth Hostel and Craig Y Castell. You will have fantastic views of the Mawddach Estuary and the low hills you have just walked. Finish at the George Hotel. Penmaenpool for refreshment before returning over the toll bridge and by bus down the estuary to Barmouth as you require.
A1171,2572,300Public transport (£) for return08.30 meet at Dragon
Trails Around Llan FfestiniogMon 22ndW36Trails Around Llan Ffestiniog
A varied walk through wooded river gorges, deep conifer forest, open moorland, farmland and waterfalls, taking in part of the route of the famous Ffestiniog Railway.
B65.56911,472Own/Shared Transport09.00 meet at Dragon