GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Precipice Walk Dolgellau

3 miles (5 km)

A lovely circular walk through the hills surrounding Llyn Cynwch in the Snowdonia National Park. From the elevated position of the trail there are fabulous views over the Mawddach River and the surrounding mountains. The walk takes place on good, signed paths with an easier path along the reservoir for those looking for a more sedate stroll.
You can start your walk from the car park a few miles north of Dolgellau, near to Nannau Farm and the Foel Offrwm Hill Fort. From here you can pick up the trails heading west towards the lake. Follow the paths above the water, taking you round to Foel Cynwch and the Foel Faner Iron Age Hillfort. The route then descends to the lake where you enjoy an easy waterside stretch before returning to the car park.
In Dolgellau you can pick up the Mawddach Trail to take you along the river to Barmouth. Here you can try the Panorama Walk for more great views over the river estuary.

Precipice Walk Dolgellau Postcode

LL40 2NG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Precipice Walk Dolgellau OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Precipice Walk Dolgellau Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Precipice Walk Dolgellau Pubs/Cafes

Head into Dolgellau and you could enjoy some post walk refreshments at the Royal Ship Hotel. The 19th century coaching inndoes good food and also has a nice beer garden for warmer days. You can find the pub on Queen's Square at a postcode of LL40 1AR for your sat navs.

Precipice Walk Dolgellau Dog Walking

The route is a fine place to take fit dogs for a walk though there are some areas where it's probably best to keep them on leads. The Coed Y Brenin Forest just to the north is another excellent spot for dog walking near the town. The Royal Ship Hotel mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The walk gives fine views over the expansive Coed Y Brenin Forest Park which lies just to the north of the walk. The forest is a great place to continue your exercise with miles of great cycling and walking trails.
Just to the south west of the route you could visit the interesting Cymer Abbey. This ruined Cistercian abbey is located near the village of Llanelltyd just north of Dolgellau. The abbey was founded in 1198 and substantial remains survive from the simple abbey church. You can find it at postcode LL40 2HE.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Llanfachreth from South

Llanfachreth from South

Eastern flanks of Foel Cynwch - geograph.org.uk - 1090703

Eastern flanks of Foel Cynwch

Northern end of Llyn Cynwch - geograph.org.uk - 835491

Northern end of Llyn Cynwch

The start of the Precipice Walk proper on Foel Cynwch - geograph.org.uk - 1520688

The start of the Precipice Walk proper on Foel Cynwch

The Precipice Walk - geograph.org.uk - 1482321

The Precipice Walk

Moorland on the flanks of Foel Cynwch - geograph.org.uk - 1520697

Moorland on the flanks of Foel Cynwch

Precipice Walk and Mawddach valley - geograph.org.uk - 835493

Precipice Walk and Mawddach valley

View from below Foel Faner - geograph.org.uk - 1520719

View from below Foel Faner

Video

GPS Files

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Memory Map Route

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