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Penrhyndeudraeth Nature Walk

Posted On: Sun 14 May 2017 Posted In: Walks Posted By:

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We promised you two walks this week on our blog to celebrate National Walking Month, so here is the second – a gorgeous walk around nearby Penrhyndeudraeth, including a beautiful Nature Reserve on a reclaimed industrial site. Why not make the most of this glorious Spring sunshine and explore our beautiful local area?

Where:              Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd

Distance:          Approx 4 miles

Difficulty:          Easy

Start:                Penrhyndeudraeth Car Park (at the northern end of the High Street (A4085). Postcode for sat nav is LL48 6BN (approx).

Grid Ref:           SH 612 390

Map:                 OS Explorer 18: Harlech, Porthmadog & Y Bala


1: Leave the car park and walk back to the main road. Turn right up the hill, passing church on right, then terrace houses on either side before reaching railway line after approx ½ mile.

Cross railway and follow road round to left. By small cottage on corner called Llety, follow the walkway to left of fence and slightly uphill. Pass terrace and go downhill then turn left along footpath (before drive and bench)

2: Grassy path leads between two stone walls. Through gate at end, then left and immediately though another gate onto grassy clearing. No defined path, but bear slightly left across muddy path towards bracken. Now head right and follow muddy track churned up by animal feet.

3: At end of fence, turn right to follow stone wall/fence. At end of wall, turn right through large gate then up to concrete track; turn left. Soon after cattle grid, veer off track to right up grassy bank towards way-marker. Follow feint sheep tracks to another way-marker; cross stone stile and turn left for narrow path through trees, along grassy clearing to way-marker then up slope.

4: At wide junction and way-marker on left, bear to left then downhill. Stay ahead for track through trees. Eventually reach gate and stile. Don’t cross, but turn right along path by fence.

5: At clearing, bear left to see stile; cross it and stay head to walk with wall on left. Cross small stile over fence and continue downwards. At footpath sign and track, go left through gate and continue; stay ahead when track merges.

6: After sharp bend to left, track eventually reaches tarmac road. Turn left. At farmhouse, pass to left of it, passing black tin shed on left, then soon turn left at footpath sign along grassy path.

7: Through gate, then soon bear right at way-marker. Through small gate, stay head to pass house on left and through small black gate. Bear slightly left to another small gate and go through to emerge on drive way, turn right away from house.

8: Follow track, under railway bridge and downhill. Ignore footpath sign on left and continue all the way to the bottom of the road, bearing right to soon reach another junction. Turn left and then soon next right. Follow road sharp left and at junction turn right.

9: Ignore entrance to car park and continue along high street. At junction with main road, cross straight over to keep the Griffin pub on left. Walk downhill then turn left at junction and follow pavement for less than ½ mile to reach entrance to Nature Reserve on left.

10: Explore the paths and routes through the reserve, then return along pavement, turn right and uphill, cross the main road and along high street to return to car park.

Points of Interest

1: The oldest part of Penrhyndeudraeth is Upper Penrhyn and was created in the late 19th century by a local landowner. It was originally named “Cefn Coch”.

2: The name Penrhyndeudraeth literally translates into English as “Peninsula of two beaches”.

**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.

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Make the most of this gorgeous Spring sunshine and join us for a Penrhyndeudraeth Nature Walk - just a stone's throw from the Oakeley Arms Hotel