This delightful village is located in a fine position in the Vale of Ffestiniog in Snowdonia. There's views of the River Dwyryd, beautiful local gardens, several nearby reservoirs and expansive woodland to the north of the settlement
This walk visits the lovely Plas Tan y Bwlch Gardens before heading to the picturesque Llyn Mair. The walk starts from the car park at Plas Tan y Bwlch which is the Snowdonia National Park environmental studies centre. There are some delightful gardens here with woodland, ornamental shrubs, streams, little waterfalls and views over the River Dwyryd to Maentwrog. During the Spring and early Summer, species of Rhododendron and Azalea are a splendid colourful sight in the gardens.
From the gardens you can then follow a footpath north to visit the nearby Llyn Mair. There's a pretty weir here and some nice trails through the surrounding woodland.
PostcodeLL41 3YU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Head to the historic Grapes Hotel for some post walk refreshment. The grade II listed inn dates from the 17th Century and has a charming interior. Oustide there's a lovely garden area for warmer days. You can find them at postcode LL41 4HN for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
You can continue your walking by catching the Ffestiniog Railway to Blaenau Ffestiniog and visiting the old mines and the fascinating Llechwedd Slate Caverns. The pretty Tanygrisiau Reservoir is also located near here.
Just east of Blaenau Ffestiniog there's Cwm Penmachno where you can explore a number of striking slate mining quarries, enjoy views of the River Machno and visit the pretty Llyn Bowydd.
To the south there's the expansive Llyn Trawsfynydd where you'll find a visitor centre and lakeside cycling and walking trails.
The challenging climb to Cnicht can be started from the neighbouring village of Croesor which lies just to the north. The summit commands some wonderful views to the coast at Porthmadog.
For more walks in the area see the Snowdonia Walks page.