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For a medium length walk through the lush green valleys of Snowdonia, you can’t get much better than this one around Dolwyddelan. Lasting around four miles, the walk is a lovely way to spend your day, and you can even have a bite to eat at the café.

Start off at the station and follow the road to the Cwm Penamnen valley. Reaching the far end, you will see the mound – this is where a castle once stood. Go back to around the halfway point; here you can trek up a fairly steep wooded path. On top of the ridge you’ll be able to enjoy a seriously spectacular view.

After taking some time to enjoy the vista, walk down towards the river and follow the path through the woods at a leisurely pace; this will take you back to the village. As you make your way through the woods, keep your ears open: you should be able to hear the sad song of the willow warblers that live here.

While in Dolwyddelan, it would be a pity not to pay a visit to the dramatic castle. Although in ruins, they are surprisingly intact, allowing you to fill in the blanks to imagine what an imposing presence it must have once held.

Image Source: CC by-SA 2.0 by Andrew (Edited by NWHC) 

Image Source: CC by-SA 2.0 by James Russell


This walk begins at Dolwyddelan station. Walkers should follow the road to the Cwn Penamnen Valley. 

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