GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Dolwyddelan Castle Walk

4 miles (6 km)

This circular walk visits a historic castle located in the Conwy County area ofNorth Wales. It's a beautiful area with the stunning scenery of the Snowdonia National Park and the Afon Lledr valley to enjoy.
The walk starts from Dolwyddelan train station and heads north to cross the River Lledr. You then turn west to follow a footpath up to Bron Llewelyn and then on to Dolwyddelan castle. It was built during the early part of the 13th century by Llywelyn the Great. The castle was then finally conquered during the reign of his grandson Llywelyn ap Gruffudd by the King Edward I in 1283. It was a significant moment in his relentless campaign to crush the Welsh. Today from the remaining castle ruins here there are fabulous views over the surrounding countryside and Snowdonia mountains from the elevated position of the site.
The route then descends back to the river and Roman Bridge Station before returning on other public footpaths through woodland to the south of the river.

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Dolwyddelan Castle OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Dolwyddelan Castle Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Y Gwydyr pub does good home cooked food in the village. There's also a good selection of ales and a nice garden area to relax in if the weather is good. You can find it on Caernarfon Rd with a postcode of LL25 0EJ for your sat navs. The pub is also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The giant Moel Siabod towers over the village. It's located just to the north and can be climbed on the Moel Siabod Walk. The mountain reaches a peak of 872m making it the highest peak in theMoelwynionmountain range. You can start the circular walk from Pont Cyfyng which is also very picturesque.
The village of Capel Curig is also to the north and makes an excellent base for walkers. From here you can visit the lovely Llyn Cowlyd where there are some nice waterside trails.
For some interesting local history try the Dolgarrog Pipeline Walk. This explores the area around the little village, visiting the impressive pipeline structure and the Coedty reservoir. Near here there's also the beautiful Llyn Eigiau where the reservoir dam was breached leading to the Dolgarrog Dam disaster of 1925.
The Fishermans Walk and Lledr Gorge Walk starts just to the east of the settlement at Pont-y-Pant railway station on theConwy Valley line. This takes you through the beautiful scenery of the Lledr Gorge with its picturesque waterfalls, stepping stones and Pont Gethin viaduct. There's also the option of trying the Victorian Fishermans Walk, a precarious route through the gorge on a rickety old walkway.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Snowdonia Walks page.


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Dolwyddelan station. View NE, towards Llandudno Junction: ex-LNW Llandudno Junction - Blaenau Ffestiniog line. Not only still open - but 'rebuilt'.

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Terraced houses on Church Street in Dolwyddelan, looking towards the main road and pub. I think that you can see the top of Moel Siabod in the distance.

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Dolwyddelan Castle

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View down to the car park from the castle

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Castle ruins with hills behind

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Castle taken from the garden of Llys y Gwynt in mid-summer.

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Pont Rufeinig -Roman Bridge Station

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Afon Lledr valley from Dolwyddelan Castle


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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