is it ? In the beautiful Lledr Valley, close to Dolwyddelan,
near Betws y Coed, Snowdonia north Wales.
How long will it take ? 3.5 hours for full
walk, (Start and Finish at Pont y Pant) Distance 7.25 miles / 11.4 km.
Knock off half an hour for the shortened version (Start at Pont y Pant
- Finish at Dolwyddelan).
What's the attraction ? Includes pastureland, riverside
walk, medieval castle, 15th century church, fantastic views of Snowdonia,
waterfalls, tumbling streams and pools, pub.
Rating : Easy. Walking boots are required however
as there are a few boggy sections.
of Pont y Pant to Dolwyddelan Castle Walk location
If travelling by
train on the Conwy Valley Railway (recommended) leave the train at Pont
y Pant station, exit the station turn right and walk along the lane.
If travelling by car take the A470 from Betws-y-Coed to Dolwyddelan.
Turn left at the Gwydir Pub and continue to the Dolwyddelan Railway
Station car park at Pentre Bont and join the walk at the 2.3km / 1.5
Please note that you will have to stick your hand out to stop the train!
On exiting Pont-y-Pant Station turn right and follow the lane for .5km (.3
mile) passing Dol
mur Goch on your
right. Carry on through the gate over the small hill and down the
lane, bearing right through the tunnel and then left. The path continues
alongside the Afon Lledr (affording delightful views of Moel
Siabod) to Pentre Bont at Dolwyddelan station. Pass the station car
park on the left, and the school on the right then turn left at the
road junction. Cross over the bridge and bear right down the lane
running alongside the railway line. After 100m the road bears left.
Ignore the left turn and follow the track beside the railway until
you reach a gate. Follow the path passing beside a house to reach
a style over a fence. The path crosses open fields to reach another
style, continue walking till you then cross over a small stone footbridge
and follow the stepping stones through the woods (the ground can be
boggy at times). The path rises gently and then descends through a
gate and continues to the farm buildings at Bertheos. Dolwyddelan
castle is visible to the right on this last
section, and in the foreground you will see the remains of an earlier
castle, a rocky outcrop thought to be the birthplace of Prince
Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (Llewelyn the Great).
Pass through the farm yard at Bertheos bearing right taking the track
toward the A470, The road crosses over the railway line
and joins the the main A470 road,
But before heading off left along the A470 it is well worth crossing
over the road and visiting the Afon Lledr at this point. There are some
lovely waterfalls and pools where the river passes below the old bridge
Back to the walk and the route continues west along the A470 for a few
hundred yards before turning right toward Roman Bridge railway station.
Be prepared at this point for some breathtaking views of the cwm of Blaenau
Dolwyddelan nestling in the shadow of Moel Siabod .
Continue past the railway station at Roman Bridge, following the road
uphill then round a hairpin bend and, bearing right, the
road takes you over the river and uphill again toward the farm buildings
of Pen-y-Rhiw. At this point. you leave the road and turn right. Continue
on the track through the farmyard and walk uphill. Follow the track
through several gates till you see Dolwyddelan
Castle ahead of you. Remain on the track till you find a footpath
on your right. This leads down past farm buildings to the front entrance
to the castle.
At this point you have the option to purchase an entry ticket to the
castle from the farm house (recommended) or to return to Dolwyddelan.
(Should you choose to view the castle you will see fantastic views of
Moel Siabod, the Lledr Valley, and the A470 snaking it's way up the Crimea
Pass toward Blaenau Ffestiniog and the distant Moelwyns.)
On leaving the castle walk down to the A470 and turn left. Continue
along the A470 till you come to the cross roads in the village. Turn
right and walk down Bridge Street toward the station. Half way down
the street on the right hand side you will find Dolwyddelan
Church. The church of St Gwyddelan was built in the 15th century
ap Iuean and is well worth visiting, if only (due to restricted
opening) to view the fine slate tombs and gravestones. Find
more information here >
Should you require refreshments on the walk now is a good time, as there
is a Pub in the village, the Gwydir, that serves good ales and nice
food. Or alternatively you may have a coffee al fresco at the Spar shop
in the centre of the village.
Continue to walk down Bridge Street to either (a) pick up your car at
the Dolwyddelan station car park, or (b) turn left at the school and
retrace your steps down the lane and alongside the river to Pont-y-Pant
Station, or (c) as portrayed on the map above, take a short cut and catch
the return train from Dolwyddelan Station.