Route 1: Cwm Penamnen


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A scenic loop in Dolwyddelan’s hidden valley that explores rolling terrain and places of historic interest.

Distance: 8km

Grade: Easy to Moderate

Ascent: 226m

Descent: 226m

Time: 40mins


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From the station car park, cross the railway and bear left to join a forestry track on the right. Take your time on this climb and look back to see Moel Siabod dominating the landscape, Dolwyddelan Castle nestled in scenic hills and the backdrop of Snowdon in the distance. Persevere before turning right to descend into the heart of Cwm Penamnen. The broad peak of Y Ro Wen is to your left with the peak of Foel-fras straight ahead. A network of trails lies within the hidden valley waiting to be explored. The route crosses the river to reach picnic benches and a place of historic interest on the right. The way-marked route follows a tarmac track (a roman road) to reach a short steep climb. This should be walked if you are not con dent of reaching the top. Your efforts are rewarded when you reach the furthest point of this route and discover the dramatic water fall cascading off Craig Tan-y-bwlch.

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