The Dysynni Gorge Walk

Leave Abergynolwyn Station and, after a short stretch of road, you are soon walking along a steep gorge defined by the Afon Dysynni, which squeezes through this narrow gap before reaching Dyffryn Dysynni, where it turns south-west and heads for the sea. A very quiet lane is then joined at Pont Ystumanner and this is followed for a short way to Llan llwyda, with the craggy hulk of Bird Rock directly ahead.

Technical sheet
No. 3299730
A Llanfihangel-y-Pennant walk posted on 27/05/20 by Talyllyn Railway. Update : 27/05/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h40[?]
Distance Distance : 7.57km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 174m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 181m
Highest point Highest point : 192m
Lowest point Lowest point : 14m
Difficulty Difficulty :
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Snowdonia
Location Location : Llanfihangel-y-Pennant
Starting point Starting point : N 52.639814° / W 3.964768°
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(D/A) Leave Abergynolwyn Station and walk down to the road. Turn right and walk along the verge until you see a footpath sign on the left-hand side, as you are approaching Abergynolwyn. Carefully cross the road and walk up the track as directed for about 15 yards, cross a stile and follow the track to the right. Cross a ladder-stile by a gate and continue. Pass a house to the right as the clear track ends. Maintain your direction across a field towards a tiny section of the fence over an equally small stream. Here the path becomes clearly defined – continue along the gorge, with the Dysynni to your right. Cross a ladder stile and continue, with the river now well below you on the right. The views here are superb. Cross a stile and continue, to reach another stile. Cross this and continue. Eventually, the path descends and joins the river. Pass a gate and stile by a broken fence and keep to the path. Go through the right-hand gate by Rhiwlas and then descend along the track to join a minor road through a gate.

(1) Continue ahead along the road (don't cross the bridge), with the river still to your right. Pass Tyn-y-bryn, the house of Dr William Owen Pugh (1759-1835). Continue along the road, to eventually reach Llanllwyda, where there is excellent caravanning and camping. The craggy profile of Bird Rock is dead ahead.

(2) As the road bends to the right, turn left over the signed ladder-stile and climb to join a green track, which continues uphill beside a stone wall on the left. Follow this up to a gate, go through and continue, curving initially to the left and then around the hill to the right. Go through a gate and continue ahead. Look for a gap in the wall to your left. Go through this and continue ahead to cross a stile by a gate. Now follow a track to join a surfaced lane.

(3) Turn left. Go through a gate and follow the surfaced lane, continuing through another gate and on beneath trees. Continue on the lane, passing Rhiwerfa. Ignore the footpath which beckons to the right and continue along the lane. Ignore the forest track on the left and continue downhill to descend a very steep 'S' bend, enjoying the views along the valley which open up as the trees clear. Join the main road through a gate, cross the road and turn left to return to Abergynolwyn Station, walking along the wide grassy verge.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 79m - Abergynolwyn Station
1 : km 2.59 - alt. 24m - Road
2 : km 3.86 - alt. 23m - Ladder-stile
3 : km 5.15 - alt. 166m - Gate
D/A : km 7.57 - alt. 80m - Abergynolwyn Station

Useful Information

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

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Abergynolwyn Station :
When the line opened in 1865, Abergynolwyn was the terminus. Slate from the Bryn Eglwys Quarry was brought down to here for transportation by cable worked inclines and mineral railway. The village was built to house workers in the quarry. When work ended here in 1946, the railway’s owner pledged to keep the line open for as long as he lived.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.33/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 3/5
Walk interest : 5/5

on Mon 26 Oct 2020 12:12:02 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 26/10/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Very good

A walk in beautiful countryside with a variety of interest from the narrow gauge railway station to the wonderful views above the Dysynni valley when it opens up beneath you. Unspolit countryside throughout and only short stretches of a very quiet road .

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