GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Dinas Mawddwy Walks

6 miles (9 km)

This attractive town in Snowdonia sits at the confluence of three rivers in the lovely Dyfi Valley. There's some nice river trails, an interesting old mill and a large local forest for walkers to explore.
This circular walk uses part of the Dyfi Valley Way to visit Meirion Mill before heading into the surrounding countryside.
The walk starts at the car park in the town and follows the Dyfi Valley Way south to Minllyn and Meirion Mill. Today the old woolen mill operates as a tourist attraction with a shop selling a range of woven items, crafts and homeware. There's also the old Mawddwy Railway building which now contains a café and many of the other relics of the old railway still remain. Over the river here there's also a photogenic packhorse bridge which dates back to the 17th century.
After exploring the mill the route then heads north east through the countryside to Troed-y-Rhiw. You then follow paths west along the river to return to the town car park.


SY20 9JA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Dinas Mawddwy OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Dinas Mawddwy Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The old mill has a nice cafe where you can enjoy refreshments on the walk. For a pub lunch head to the Red Lion in the town. The pub serves good quality food and has a fine selection of ales. There's also a nice outdoor seating area with views of the surrounding area. You can find them at postcode SY20 9JA for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The trails around the town make for a fine dog walk. The Meirion Mill and the Red Lion mentioned above are also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head west from the town and you could explore the expansive Dyfi Forest on a network of walking and mountain biking trails.
The climb to the summit of the famous Cadair Idris is also another local highlight and can be picked up to the west.
The wonderful Bala Lake can be reached by following the Dyfi Valley Way north from the town. Heading south will take you to Machynlleth. The worthy town is significant as the ancient capital and parliamentary seat of wales, home to Laura Ashley and lying within the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere reserve. The Cors Dyfi Nature Reserve is one of the local highlights in the area.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Snowdonia Walks and the Cambrian Mountains Walks pages.


Dinas Mawddwy station site geograph-3863932-by-Ben-Brooksbank

Site of former Dinas Mawddwy station, 1999. View SW from the A470(T) road down the Afon Dyfi valley, this is the terminus of the ex-Cambrian (Mawddwy Light) Railway from Cemmaes Road near Machynlleth. The line ceased to carry passengers from 1/1/31 (goods from 1/7/51), but was briefly restored as a 2 ft. gauge line 1975-77. The building is now a restaurant

Afon Dyfi - - 212948

Afon Dyfi. footbridge in Dinas Mawddwy

Packhorse bridge, Minllyn - - 1461180

Packhorse bridge, Minllyn A nearby notice states: "Pont Minllyn. This packhorse bridge over the River Dovey was built sometime during the first half of the seventeenth century by the Rector of this Parish the eminent Welsh scholar, Dr. John Davies." It is in the care of Cadw. The packhorse bridge was replaced by the bridge behind it which has itself been replaced by a third bridge.

Meirion Mill, Dinas Mawddwy - - 554033

Meirion Mill, Dinas Mawddwy. A shop adjacent to the Station House, it was formerly an engine shed.

Station House, Dinas Mawddwy - - 554030

Station House. Former station at Dinas Mawddwy.

Open field at Dinas Mawddwy - - 1521548

Open field at Dinas Mawddwy. At one time this area was kept well cropped, and provided a useful recreation area enjoyed by visitors and locals alike. Currently it has a derelict look, while the bridge over the Dyfi on the other side also looks a bit dilapidated.

River Dovey at Ty-gwyn - - 506281

River Dovey at Ty-gwyn

Old Railway Truck Bwlchcoediog Nature Reserve - - 450054

Old Railway Truck Bwlchcoediog Nature Reserve. Next to road at the top of this lovely valley


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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