GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Circular Walk around Criccieth

5 miles (8 km)

This circular walk explores the coast and countryside surrounding the town of Criccieth in the Eifionydd area of Gwynedd. On the way you'll visit the historic Criccieth Castle and the grave of former Prime Minister David Lloyd George.
The walk starts at the train station in the centre of the town. From here it is a short stroll south to the coast and the castle. The castle is located in a dramatic spot on a headland between two beaches. It dates from the 13th century but was heavily modified following its capture by English forces ofEdward I in the latter part of the century. Today the siteincludes exhibits and information on Welsh castles as well as the mid 12th centuryAnglo-NormanwriterGerald of Wales.
The route then follows the coast path west along the beach and the River Dwyfor before turning north towards Llanystumdwy. Here you will find the grave of David Lloyd George and an associated museum. Lloyd George lived in Llanystumdwy until he was 16, and it is where he picked up his politicalnousand hatred of the land-owningaristocracyfrom hislay preacheruncle. His grave was designed by architect SirClough Williams-Ellis, creator of the Italianate village of Portmeirion. He also designed the museum which features artefacts from the politician's life, an audio-visual theatre and a Victorian schoolroom.
After exploring Llanystumdwy the walk then follows country lanes east back into the town.
To continue your walking in the area head east along the Llyn Coastal Path to visit the delightful village of Borth-Y-Gest and the town of Porthmadog. Here you can explore the pretty harbour and enjoy a climb to Moel y Gest for fine views over the area. Heading west will take you to the main town on the peninsula at Pwllheli.

Criccieth OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Criccieth Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Criccieth

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the east is Morfa Bychan where you can explore the wonderful Black Rock Sands beach. The wide sandy beach is a real highlight of the area with sand dunes, a large multi-coloured headland rock, low-tide caves, rock pools, and a variety of marine life.


Moel y Gest from Criccieth Castle (8387)

Moel y Gest from Criccieth Castle

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Cricieth Castle 1. The remains of the south-west tower, looking across Tremadog Bay.

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Cricieth Castle 2. The so-called engine tower in the east of the outer ward. It is suggested that the tower was built to house a missile-firing engine.

Criccieth Beach - - 209271

Criccieth Beach. Looking south east towards Black Rock

Bedd David Lloyd George Llanystumdwy David Lloyd George's Grave - - 469200

Llanystumdwy David Lloyd George's Grave. Lloyd George was buried here in a spot chosen by himself on the banks of Afon Dwyfor.

Criccieth-Low tide on Criccieth beach

Low tide on Criccieth beach, with the castle in the background

4 Stryd y Castell (geograph 2845942)

Cottage in the town

Amgueddfa Lloyd George Museum - - 691608

Amgueddfa Lloyd George Museum


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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