Three Lakes Walk

A hearty, hilly hike to the foot of Cader Idris, passing Llyn Gafr, Llyn-y-Gadair and Llyn Gwernan.

Technical sheet
No. 18646273
A Dolgellau walk posted on 21/01/22 by Walks from the Door. Update : 21/01/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h30[?]
Distance Distance : 13.49km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 572m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 574m
Highest point Highest point : 560m
Lowest point Lowest point : 11m
Difficult Difficulty : Difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Snowdonia
Location Location : Dolgellau
Starting point Starting point : N 52.743015° / W 3.88565°
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Description

(D/A) From the front door of the Royal Ship, walk past the Visitor Centre to Eldon Square. Turn left then immediately right into Meyrick St.

Pass a chapel on the right and another on the left, and follow the road right to its junction with Springfield St. Follow a narrow lane ahead that climbs steeply past two turnings on the right. At the top of the road, turn left into a walled footpath.

(1) At a bench, turn right to Y Bwthyn. Turn left and follow a walled bridleway uphill. At a gate and stile, turn right and continue along the winding bridleway as it climbs, before levelling off to a gate into open country. Bear right past a low crag and then left and right around another, to meet a wooded stream, which you follow to a lane.

(2) Cross and continue parallel to the stream (staying to the right of the trees on a faint path a little way from the stream). Cross a small side-stream and then continue along the main stream. Ignore a path on the left to a ford and continue on the right-hand side of the stream to a former sheepfold with ladder stiles at either end.

Follow the field edge to a waymark at the entrance to woodland and turn right to pass behind a ruined farmhouse. Go through a metal gate and right of a single-storey house. Follow the track beyond and go through a gate to the left of a modern barn. Follow the track to pass to the right of the house at Brynrhug.

(3) Go through a gate and over a plank footbridge. Bear left to a gateway then walk across the field to a gate to the left of a static caravan. Cross the drive and go through another gate. Cross three fields, separated by a gate and a ladder stile, to a second ladder stile, beyond which the path skirts through a garden. Walk down the drive to the road.

(4) Turn left along the road for 200 yards, then take a footpath on the left that climbs obliquely through woodland. Beyond a gate, continue across the brackeny hillside with views over Llyn Gwernan. Meet a wall and follow it to the left before leaving it to pass above a house and then rejoining it beyond.

Leave the wall and follow a path across the hillside. An intermittently rocky section leads to a gate and ladder stile by an old sheepfold, beyond which the path continues to a hand gate and plank bridge. Follow wall and fence to a stream, which you follow briefly before crossing.

(5) Cross a fairly level area before fording the stream flowing out of Lynn Gafr, which becomes visible to your left as you start to climb steeply. A loose, rocky path continues to Llyn-y-Gadair, below the dramatic horseshoe of Cader Idris.

(6) Leave the Fox’s Path here, instead following a narrow path to the right of the lake. By a small inlet, follow the path right, away from the lake, across a chaotic area of landslipped rock below the dramatic screes and cliffs of Cyfrwy Arête.

The vague path, alternately rocky and grassy, winds through and over the hillocks – a small upright stone is a reassurance that you are on the right path. At a vague fork, the path bears north (right) for a while before resuming its generally seaward direction, passing below a slight crag under the main Cader ridge.

You should pass to the right of a round sheepfold and then left of the remains of a rectangular building as the path becomes smoother and grassier.

(7) Passing some boggy springs, the path finally descends to meet the Pony Path at a gate by a small cascade. Turn right through the gate and follow the obvious Pony Path, slabbed and stepped in places, downhill. Pass a memorial stone to Will Ramsbotham and continue alongside a stream, before crossing a bridge to a gate.
Bear left of the farm entrance and follow the track out to the road.

(8) Turn right along the road, then leave the road along a bridleway just after the Ty Nant car park. Go through a gate and turn right at a fork. Beyond a clump of trees, turn right at the footpath sign to a ladder stile. Cross and follow the wall to the left, to a fingerpost level with the farm, where you turn right. Follow the remains of a wall to a ladder stile. Bear left through trees and join a wall, which you follow to another ladder stile.

Continue through the woods to a white waymark, where you bear left as directed. Ignore the boardwalk on the right, continuing to a gate by the lakeside.

(9) Follow the lake edge until the path forks, a little way beyond the end of a wall. Take the left-hand path, which leaves the lake to pass through mixed woodland. Beyond a gate at the end of the wood, follow the track to the road at Gellilwyd Fawr.

(10) Turn right and follow the road to a T-junction, ignoring footpaths to right and left.

(11) At the road junction, turn left and follow the road downhill for 3⁄4 mile back to Dolgellau. At the T-junction opposite the garage, turn right. Turn left into Lombard St and follow it back to the Royal Ship. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 13m - The Royal Ship
1 : km 0.46 - alt. 54m - Y Bwthyn
2 : km 1.26 - alt. 134m - Stream
3 : km 2.36 - alt. 168m - Brynrhug - Plank footbridge
4 : km 3.44 - alt. 174m - Views over Llyn Gwernan
5 : km 4.89 - alt. 337m - Lynn Gafr
6 : km 6.28 - alt. 551m - Cyfrwy Arête - Lake
7 : km 7.91 - alt. 350m - Pony Path
8 : km 9.01 - alt. 162m - Ty Nant car park
9 : km 10.14 - alt. 179m - Mixed woodland
10 : km 11.09 - alt. 160m - Road
11 : km 11.98 - alt. 114m - Dolgellau
D/A : km 13.49 - alt. 13m - The Royal Ship

Useful Information

This route climbs to the foot of Cader Idris over rocky ground and should not be attempted in bad weather. Stout footwear and waterproofs recommended. Paths may be muddy.

Pdf file : http://walksfromthedoor.co.uk/i/walks/Gw...

Car park : Please note that car parking at the Royal Ship is strictly for residents only. A pay-and-display car park is available a short walk away at Bont Fawr bridge.

THE ROYAL SHIP
Queen’s Square, Dolgellau,
Gwynedd LL40 1AR
Web www.royalship.pub
Email info@royalship.pub
Tel 01341 422209

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

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