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Stunning short walks in the area around Penmaenpool and Dolgellau

If you fancy a change then within a 15 minute car journey there are a wealth of walks. Here we highlight our favourite short walks if you want breathtaking views for relatively little effort.

1. Precipice walk

Somewhat confusingly there are now two "Precipice walks" in the area around the cottage. This walk describes the original Precipice walk near the Nannau estate above Llanelltyd, a 15 minute drive from Bryn Hyfryd.

Although the title sounds death defying, if you have a reasonable head for heights then you are in for a treat. The beauty of this walk is that the car park is already at 200m elevation and in its 6km length there is only 70 metres of elevation gain which translates into a gentle walk but with jaw dropping views! Allow 1-2 hours to complete the walk plus time to rest.

To get to the start of the walk for Bryn Hyfryd, take the A493 back towards Dolgellau. At the roundabout, turn right onto the A470. After 200 meters take the left turn signposted Dolgellau. Follow this road past the college on the right and Police station on the left. Continue on this road (do not turn right into the town)/ Just past Eurospar take the left turn up a hill towards Llanfachreth. After about 2 miles, at the top of the hill, you will arrive at Saith Groesffordd car park on your left at the junction. There are toilets here and ample parking.

From the car park follow the sins for "Precipice walk". On approaching Llyn Cynwch take a right turn up a slight hill keeping the dry stone wall to your right.

As you round the hill, suddenly you are high above the valley, with views to northern Snowdonia one way and Cadair Idris the other. As you make your way along the most exposed part of the route, the view along the length of the Mawddach estuary gradually reveals itself. On a clear day, when you get to the viewpoint with bench, you will be able to see Penmaenpool toll bridge and even Barmouth rail bridge in the distance. A really special place to take it all in.

All that now remains is to follow the shore of Llyn Cynwch until you reach the point at which you turned uphill. Now retrace your steps back to the car park.

This link provides a more detailed, printable description.

The gpx navigation file for the route is here.

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Disclaimer: We provide details of walks for your enjoyment. We take no responsibility for injury whilst out walking. It is the individuals responsibility to take appropriate precautions.

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