Fron Feuno Circular
Fron Feuno Circular - 1 April 2018
Grade: Leisure Walk
Distance: 2 miles
Time: 2 hours
Terrain: Mixed woodland & farmland
This is a pleasant circular route through mixed woodland and farmland, offering a wealth of natural habitats and stunning views of the surrounding area. With so much wildlife to see, binoculars are a must!
Leave Fron Feuno car park and walk a short distance along the pavement to Llanycil Church.
Just after the entrance to Mary Jones’ World centre, cross the road and follow the waymarked bridleway up the track. After a short distance, bear right through a wooden gate into mixed woodland. Continue to follow the blue and yellow waymarker discs passing Fron Feuno Farm on your left, the large hedgerows and open woodland are ideal for nesting birds such as the pied flycatcher, long tailed tits and redstarts.
Approaching Penlan farm bear left from the bridleway through the double metal gates and follow the yellow and green waymarker discs through two fields to a metal self-closing gate. At this point, take in the views of the surrounding area and enjoy the distinctive calls and songs of the curlew, skylark and meadow pipit. The open moorland on the right offers a wealth of feeding opportunities for kestrels, red kites, buzzards and the occasional hen harrier. From here, make your way down through the unimproved field, home to the brown hare and rabbits. Go through the small metal gate into the mixed woodland, which is locally known as Bluebell wood.
Listen out for the sound of the great spotted woodpecker hammering away in the trees in search of insects and grubs, you may get the opportunity to see or hear the loud laughing call of the green woodpecker. The woods are home to many other birds and mammals such as badgers, stoats, weasels and hedgehogs.
The stream to the right, Aber Gwenwyn-feirch, according to local folklore is known as the “Poisoned Stream”. Following the battle of Naseby (1645), Oliver Cromwell ordered a hunt for Royalists – Rowland Vaughan, an ardent royalist, lived at Caer Gai, near Llanuwchllyn. While Cromwell’s men camped on the banks of the stream on their way to Caer Gai, local women put yew leaves into the stream above the camp, the horses of the Cromwell’s men drank from the stream and were poisoned, allowing Rowland Vaughan to escape. Today the stream is regularly used by otters, dippers and wagtails.
Leave the woods through the small metal gate and make your way down the field, at the waymarker post follow the track down to where you began the walk. For those requiring refreshments, why not visit the welcoming café in the Mary Jones World visitor centre.
Billy Taylor (Llyn Tegid Assistant Warden)