Distance: 21 miles
Starting Point: Llyn Cwellyn (SH 564 551)
Finishing Point: Plas Tan y Bwlch (SH 653 405)
Plas Tan y Bwlch (© Glyn Davies)
1. Start your journey from the National Park Authority car park at Llyn Cwellyn (SH 564 551), which lies between Rhyd Ddu and Betws Garmon. From the car park, follow the boardwalk which leads through the grove at the lake’s shore, which is accessible, and gives the opportunity for you to enjoy some of Snowdonia’s most pleasant views. This trail has facilities for all (‘grasscrete’ car park and toilets). The boardwalk will be extended in Winter 2007-08.
2. Then follow the A4085 to Beddgelert.
3. Near the bridge in the centre of Beddgelert, you can follow Gelert’s Trail, which is a path owned by the National Trust, along the river. Gelert was a hound owned by Llywelyn Fawr, Prince of Gwynedd. The path is wide and even, and is suitable for pushchairs and people of all physical abilities.
4. Turn to the right to visit the grave itself, or you can follow the path to the next bridge, to return to the village on the opposite side of the river.
5. In Beddgelert cemetery, you can visit the grave of the famous bard, Sir T.H.Parry-Williams. The path through the first part of the cemetery is accessible to all, but a high step leads to the part of the cemetery which lies beyond the Church. This is where the grave is located. Wheelchairs cannot access this part of the cemetery.
6. Leave Beddgelert on the A498, which follows the river Glaslyn to Porthmadog. Turn left at Aberglaslyn Bridge, passing through the village of Nantmor, and then on to Llanfrothen along the A4085. Turn to the left before reaching the shop and follow the road through Rhyd village, on the B4410.
7. On this road, you will pass Llyn Mair (SH 652 412). There are a limited number of parking spaces near the lake, and this is the starting point for many local walking routes. There is an interesting and beautiful grove at the lake’s shore which is a haunt for a variety of species of birds. The lake was built by W.E. Oakeley, the owner of nearby Plas Tan y Bwlch, so as to supply electricity to the Plas and as a twenty first birthday gift to his daughter, Mair.
8. Follow the road to the Oakeley Arms, turning into Plas Tan y Bwlch just before reaching the pub on the junction. Plas Tan y Bwlch has facilities for all.