Rhydyronen and Brynglas

Starting from Rhydyronen, you are soon presented with a stunning vista of the sea and the valley as you climb gently up the lower slopes of the south-western extremities of the Tarrens. A steep descent brings you back to the railway at Brynglas Station, an alternative starting point. You then pass a fine converted mill and the handsome house of Dolaugwyn before making your way through woods and beside Nant Rhydyronen back to the start.

Technical sheet
No. 3297350
A Bryn-Crug walk posted on 26/05/20 by Talyllyn Railway. Update : 27/05/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h10[?]
Distance Distance : 5.79km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 171m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 176m
Highest point Highest point : 135m
Lowest point Lowest point : 11m
Difficulty Difficulty :
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Snowdonia
Location Location : Bryn-Crug
Starting point Starting point : N 52.599915° / W 4.046321°
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(D/A) Leave Rhydyronen Station and turn sharp right to cross the bridge over the railway line. Continue along the lane, which bends left and passes a fine water-pump on the right. Turn left along the lane signed to 'Tynllwyn-Hen', and soon ford a small stream. Fine views open up to your left. Pass a house on the left. Pass a house on the left and walk towards ‘Tynllwyn-Hen’. As you approach ‘Tynllwyn-Hen’ turn sharp right through a gap in a stone wall and then turn half-left to walk uphill to a waymarked stile by a gate.

(1) Cross this stile and turn right to walk along an old green lane, with a fence on the right. Go through a gate and turn left to walk below the track but to the right of the fence. Pass a waymarked fence post on the left and go through a gate. Immediately turn left end then right, to walk with the fence on your right. There are splendid views ahead towards Cadair Idris. Cross a stile and continue half-right, as the fence goes away to the right, to reach a stile. Cross this and maintain your direction to another stile. Cross this and veer uphill towards a large prominent rock. Pass this and continue to the wall, and then on to an opening by a sheepfold.

(2) Do not go through this opening, but turn left to walk steeply downhill to reach a stile beside a gate (by another gate in the wall). Cross the stile and continue downhill with a stone wall to the right. Cross the stile beside the gate ahead at the end of the wall, and walk half-right down the field to cross a stile by the railway. Go through gates on the right to emerge at Brynglas Station.

(3) Turn left, carefully cross the level crossing and continue along the lane. Note the Ground Frame Hut on left, which has a very fine token machine. When the lane bends slightly left, turn right to go through a metal gate and continue to the next gate. Go through this, cross the bridge over Afon Fathew and continue, passing a converted mill. Go through the next gate and pass 'Dolau-gwyn' to emerge through a gate to reach a road. Turn left and walk about 100 yards to a footpath sign on the right.

(4) Turn right, cross the stile beside a gate and follow the path ahead and uphill. Climb steps and continue uphill and left as signed. You soon join a tarmac road. When this forks, go to the right, uphill. Carry on ahead, passing 'no 5', to a stile. Cross this and continue, enjoying the fine view ahead. You soon descend stone steps beside an old barn and pass a 'helem' (Dutch barn) on your left to reach a track junction.

(5) Walk to a waymarked gate ahead, go through and continue. Cross a ladder stile and carry on with a fence on the left. When you reach a ladder stile, turn left, cross it and walk downhill with a fence to the right. When you have passed 'Braichyrhenllys' turn right as signed, then walk towards a waymark post, with the sea in the distance. Now veer left down an old green lane to join a fence on the left. Cross a ladder stile and descend to the road. Turn left to reach the main road, where you turn right.

(6) Cross the bridge and turn left. Pass factory buildings on the right and, immediately after, turn right and cross a stile. Follow the path, cross a stile and walk with a hedge on the left. Continue beside the hedge when it bends to the right, to reach a stile. Turn left, cross the stile and walk with a stream to the right. Cross the next stile and continue beside the stream. You then reach a footbridge, which you cross, and then a fine stone step-stile ahead. Cross this and turn left to return to Rhydyronen Station.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 34m - Rhydyronen Station
1 : km 0.74 - alt. 53m - Stile
2 : km 1.95 - alt. 135m - Sheepfold
3 : km 2.36 - alt. 39m - Brynglas Station
4 : km 3.3 - alt. 32m
5 : km 3.7 - alt. 74m - Gate
6 : km 4.73 - alt. 12m - Bridge
D/A : km 5.79 - alt. 34m - Rhydyronen Station

Useful Information

Remember this is sheep country : if you must take your dog, always keep it on a lead.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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