Photo: Sugar Loaf and Skirrid from Pen Cerrig-calch
Route of the Cambrian Way - Southern Section
|Cardiff to Llandovery: 112 miles (180km), 22,515 feet of ascent (6,860m)|
Sugar Loaf from the Llangattock Escarpment
The way out of Cardiff is mostly through pleasant parkland alongside the River Taff. From the picturesque mock castle of Castell Coch, forestry and pleasant ridge walking takes the walker quickly across two industrial valleys before joining the open common ridges bordering on the Vale of Usk. The Brecon Beacons National Park is entered just north of Pontypool and open moorland followed to the Blorenge, thence by steep descent to the town of Abergavenny. After ascending Sugar Loaf a horseshoe shaped route follows the finest ridges of the Black Mountains via Capel y Ffin to Crickhowell. Thence follows an east to west traverse of the wild moorlands of the Brecon Beacons including Pen y Fan, the highest point in South Wales at 886m (2906ft.). The moorland continues to the Black Mountain, also known as the Carmarthen Vans, the largest common in Wales, before dropping to Llanddeusant (Youth Hostel) and field country to Llandovery with its railhead on the Heart of Wales line (Swansea to Shrewsbury). Allow nine days. Do not omit the first three days to Abergavenny and regret it later when you've got to Conwy. Most walkers do too much in the early days of a walking holiday. An extra day is worthwhile to explore the waterfall country at Ystradfellte.
Running on a roughly parallel lower level alternative route through the Brecon Beacons National Park is the Beacons Way, opened at considerable expense in 2005 by the Park and the Brecon Beacons Park Society (www.breconbeaconsparksociety.org/). From Abergavenny to Llangadog it is similar in distance to the Cambrian Way but involves over 3000ft more of ascent than the Cambrian Way from Abergavenny to Llandovery, due to its switchback routing. The Mountain Connoisseur will opt for the wide open spaces and spectacular route of the Cambrian Way.
Route of the Cambrian Way - Central Section
|Central Section - The Cambrian Mountains: 83 miles(133km), 14,895ft ascent (4,540m)|
Photo: Bryn Bras from near Ystumtuen
Summit of Garn Gron
The most frequent comments from walkers is how amazed they were with the beauty and remoteness of the central section, from Llandovery to Dinas Mawddwy. Back in 1972 the Countryside Commission tried to designate the area as the Cambrian Mountains National Park but the Secretary of State for Wales rejected the proposal without even a public inquiry. With hindsight it would probably have got through as an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' which gives much of the protection given to national parks. Recently formed is the Cambrian Mountains Society (www.cambrian-mountains.co.uk/) which is seeking AONB status to give more protection to the area from undesirable development including an excess of wind turbines.
The route follows the attractive Towy valley at Rhandirmwyn where it is difficult to imagine this was once a busy metal mining area. Even more attractive is the remote path up the Doethie valley leading to Ty'n y Cornel Youth Hostel, the most isolated hostel in Wales, saved from closure by benefactors who have bought the hostel, and by the formation of a charitable trust, Elenydd Wilderness Hostels (www.elenydd-hostels.co.uk/), to service it as a franchise hostel of the YHA. The route follows the western side of the wild moorland and forest area known as the Elenydd, which includes the gathering grounds of the Birmingham reservoirs. After superb rambling country around Devil's Bridge and Ponterwyd, the route crosses the uninhabited land mass of Plynlimon, with opportunities to view the sources of the Severn and Wye. The hamlet of Dylife once the workplace of 2000 miners, now only has a few houses, including, crucially, the Star Inn, which accommodates Glyndŵr's Way as well as Cambrian Way walkers. A mixture of forest and sheep grazing land brings one through the windfarm on Mynydd Cemmaes and so to Mallwyd and Dinas Mawddwy.
Route of the Cambrian Way - Northern Section
|Northern Section - Snowdonia National Park: 88miles (142km), 27,711ft ascent (8,446m)|
Photo: Moel Ysgyfarnogod & Foel Penolau
The Bwlch Main ridge to Snowdon Summit
From the idyllic mountain enclosed village of Dinas Mawddwy a westward line is taken on a spectacular cliff top route via Cribin and Waun Oer before mounting the important and dramatic summit of Cadair Idris. Descent is made to the resort of Barmouth via the Cregenen lakes and the path alongside the railway on the Barmouth Bridge.
The Rhinog Mountains are the most controversial section of the whole route mainly due to the rough scrambling required in the adventurous central section. Barmouth to Maentwrog is 22 miles but progress is slow and there is no accommodation without considerable detour to Llanbedr or Trawsfynydd.
The new edition of the guidebook offers lower level alternative routes in deference to opposition to the main route.
Moelwyn Mawr is ascended before a difficult navigation exercise across to Cnicht. The ascent of Snowdon is by the lower reaches of the Watkin Path, thence by the Bwlch Main ridge to the normally clouded and crowded summit. The £9milllion scheme to rebuild the summit buildings is due to open later in 2008. (see www.snowdon-summit.co.uk/). The Pyg track is followed to Pen-y-pass and over the Glyderau to Ogwen, thence via the east approach of Pen yr Ole Wen to the Carneddau, entailing 4½ miles at over 3000 feet (likely to be in cloud). The magnificent finish to the Cambrian Way drops down to 2000 feet at Tal y Fan before the final descent from Conwy Mountain to the end of the Mountain Connoisseur's Walk at Conwy Castle.
Route of the Cambrian Way - Accommodation & Services
About the Accommodation Lists
Accommodation Lists arranged from Cardiff to Conwy
These are split into three sections: Southern (Cardiff to Llandovery), Central (Llandovery to Dinas Mawddwy) and Northern (Dinas Mawddwy to Conwy). They are each split into five categories:
- All Entries (everything contained in the other 4 lists)
- Hotels & B&Bs
- Hostels & Bunkhouses (also includes self-catering cottages etc.)
- Camping, Glamping & Bothies
- Food & Services (including Shops, Pubs, Restaurants, Taxi Services etc.)
One accommodation entry may appear in a number of the categories e.g. a pub with rooms, bar meals and a camping field appears under 'All Entries', 'Hotels & B&Bs', 'Camping & Bothies' and 'Food & Services'. They are listed under the nearest town or village and the ones at the end of one section and the start of the next section (Llandovery and Dinas Mawddwy), are listed in both of the adjoining sections for convenience.
Please Note: These lists have been compiled and updated mainly from information obtained from the Internet. The information on accommodation providers without websites may be out of date unless otherwise indicated. There are often changes of ownership or closures, so please Email email@example.com with any changes or inacuracies that you find.
Additional Accommodation not in Published List
Mountain Bothies. The Mountain Bothies Association Bothies that are within reach of the Cambrian Way route are now included in the main Accommodation pages.
For Accommodation & Service Providers - Accommodation Forms & Updates, New Entries
Accommodation and Service Providers
Please check your details on the Accommodation List to see if it is correct. In order to improve and expand on the information shown, please fill in the appropriate form or forms. If you find that the boxes in the form are not appropriate to your business, feel free to put things in your own words in one of the general boxes. If we can establish your location, we can work out your O.S. Grid Reference and how far you are from the route if you are not sure yourself.
- Accommodation Form (for Hotels, Guest Houses or B&Bs)
- Hostel Form (for Hostels, Bunkhouses or Camping)
- Services Form (Pubs, Cafés, Restaurants, Shops etc.)
After completing the form with any corrections, updates or enhancements, please save it and then attach it to an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org If you wish to add a photo, please attach one or indicate on the form that you wish to use a photo from your own website if you have one.
New Accommodation or Service Providers
If you have accommodation or provide some service on or near the Cambrian Way that is not already listed, please fill in an Accommodation, Hostel or Services Form as above with your details. It is generally preferred that the accommodation or service is within about a mile of the route, but in remote areas, greater distances are acceptable, even up to 5 or 6 miles in some places, and further if some sort of transport is readily available.
Route of the Cambrian Way - Route Changes for Cicerone Guide
|Route Changes for Cicerone Guide - Background, Stages, Details|
Background to the Changes
Following Tony Drake's death in 2012, The Ramblers among others received a legacy to be used for maintaining and promoting the Cambrian Way. To this end, working parties were set up in each region to survey the route with the purpose of establishing any repairs that were needed and assessing what trail marking could be implemented. In the process of doing this a number of suggestions for improvements were put forward, either to rationalise existing options, remove sections of road walking or follow more attractive routes. In seeking cooperation with National Parks Authorities, issues were raised about rights of way, mountain safety and bad weather alternatives, particularly in the Rhinog mountains. The rights of way issues proved largely to be due to inaccurate mapping rather than the route itself, but the other matters remained. A number of proposals were put forward by the Snowdonia NPA and these have been incorporated either in total or in part. All these are included in the forthcoming Cicerone guide and GPX files will be made available for download both here and on Cicerone's own website.
Please note that trail marking of the route has now commenced and this follows the new route. If you are following the Tony Drake guidebook, do not get confused if there are trail marks following a different route in some places.
Route Stages - Details of the 21 Stages
The route has now been split into 21 Stages, each one aimed at being possible in one day. However, this makes a few into very long days, so many people may wish to split them up. They are:
Route Stages of Cicerone Guide 1 Cardiff to Machen 15.2 miles (24.4km) 2 Machen to Pontyool 11.6 miles (18.7km) 3 Pontypool to Abergavenny 12.3 miles (19.8km) 4 Abergavenny to Capel-y-ffin 13.3 miles (21.4km) 5 Capel-y-ffin to Crickhowell 16.5 miles (26.5km) 6 Crickhowell to Storey Arms 20.8 miles (33.5km) 7 Storey Arms to Glyntawe 11.8 miles (18.9km) 8 Glyntawe to Llandovery 18.4 miles (29.7km) 9 Llandovery to Ty'n-y-cornel 16.1 miles (26km) 10 Ty'n-y-cornel to Claerddu 14.6 miles (23.4km) 11 Claerddu to Ponterwyd 14.8 miles (23.7km) 12 Ponterwyd to Dylife 14.8 miles (23.7km) 13 Dylife to Dinas Mawddwy 23 miles (37km) 14 Dinas Mawddwy to Bwlch Llyn Bach 9.6 miles (15.4km) 15 Bwlch Llyn Bach to Barmouth 12.4 miles (19.9km) 16 Barmouth to Cwm Bychan 14.1 miles (22.7km) 16/17A Bwlch y Rhiwgyr to Moelfryn (Bad weather option) 17.4 miles (28km) 17 Cwm Bychan to Maentwrog 9.8 miles (15.8km) 18 Maentwrog to Beddgelert 13.7 miles (22km) 19 Beddgelert to Pen y Pass 10.8 miles (17.3km) 20 Pen y Pass to Llyn Ogwen 5.4 miles (8.6km) 21 Llyn Ogwen to Conwy 19 miles (30.5km) Total Main Route 298 miles (479km)
Route Change Details - excluding minor changes and options
Stage No From To Description 1 ST162783
Crossing to west bank of River Taff to visit Llandaff Cathedral and returning to east bank via walkway on railway bridge to Whitchurch. 2 ST264973
A better track with better views through Braen Bran community Woodland running parallel to previous route. 2 ST264960
An easier descent from Mynydd Maen by looping further north. 2 ST264973
A better track with better views through Braen Bran community Woodland running parallel to previous route. 3 SO291005
A detour through Pontypool Park, under the dry ski slope and up to the Shell Grotto (this was optional in the previous guidebook). 3 SO281122
Descent of Blorenge via a more well worn path going east then northwest to Cwm Craf. 5 SO250319
Ascent of Twmpa (Lord Hereford's Knob) along the ridge of Darren Lwyd (the old YHA route). 5 SO225208
A circular route around the top of Table Mountain added, returning to the same point. 7 SN883186
Main route is now the Cnewr route as far as Fan Gyhirych, then descends southwest to join the Ystradfellte/Sarn Helen route near Penwyllt quarry into Glyntawe. The Ystradfellte and Sarn Helen alternatives have been dropped because of the limited accommodation available, though the alternative checkpoint at Ystradfellte remains for anyone wishing to take that route. 8 SN847167
The old Ystradfellte route is now the main route from Glyntawe to Bwlch Gledd via Fan Hir. 8 SN816217
The main route now follows the Llanddeusant alternative to the west of Llyn a Fan Fach for better views and hostel accommodation. The direct route going northwest has been dropped. 8 SN797219
The Beacons Way route is taken followed by a short path to avoid some road walking on the way to Llanddeusant. The old hostel alternative route is then taken to join the minor road 900m east of Talsarn. The route going down to Llyn y Fan Fach and along the waterworks access road to Llanddeusant is retained as a more sheltered alternative. 13 SH862055
The diamond shaped wood with no way through is now avoided by following the wind farm access road up to the eastern tip of the wood then following a contour through access land to rejoin the old route near the top of the hillside. 13 SH857122
From Pont Mallwyd, to avoid road walking, a route is taken along the hillside to the quarries west of Minllyn where there is a new alternative checkpoint that allows walkers to continue directly to Bwlch Siglen if they do not need to visit Dinas Mawddwy. Access to Dinas Mawddwy is down a path through the woods to rejoin the main A470 road south of the village. 14 SH859149
The route from Dinas Mawddwy to Bwlch Siglen now takes a route through the quarry west of Minllyn where there is an alternative checkpoint. It then follows the ridge of Waun Fach to Foel Dinas and hence to Bwlch Siglen, with the option to bypass Dinas Mawddwy if none of the facilities are required. 16 SH619160
The route from Barmouth to Bwlch y Llan follows the ridge rather than going past Bunkorama bunkhouse and the wireless mast. This is more direct and affords better views. 16 SH665270
From the summit of Rhinog Fach the route takes a direct path north which has recently developed to reach Bwlch Drws-Ardudwy without having to backtrack to Llyn Hywel and skirting round west of Rhinog Fach. 19 SH621520
From the Watkin path up Snowdon, instead of continuing past the Gladstone Rock, the route heads west up the hillside to Bwlch Cwm Llan. This route is being promoted by SNPA and pathwork improvements have been made. The Gladstone Rock is now an optional detour.
Route of the Cambrian Way - Planning to walk the Cambrian Way
|Planning a Walk - route finding, accommodation, weather, emergencies, road access points|
Route Finding - GPS, Mobile Phones, Reading Maps, Daily Mileage
Although there is now some Cambrian Way trail marking, this is mainly confined to farmland and low lying areas, so it must be stressed that the Cambrian Way is still largely unwaymarked and that the walker has to be able to navigate by map reading. Experience in interpretation of contours is crucial and a compass is also needed. However, the most useful modern device is a GPS navigation aid which will not only tell you exactly where you are, but can also hold GPX files of the route which can be followed, taking much of the effort out of route finding in all weather conditions. Of course, this does depend on battery power, so it is still important to know how to use a map and compass. In an emergency, mobile phones are generally useless, particularly in the valleys, though they can often pick up a signal on mountaintops where there is a clear line of sight, even if the nearest mast is several miles away. In remote areas phone boxes are generally being phased out through lack of use, though there are still a few around.
Do not make the Cambrian Way your first long distance walk but try other challenging routes and try navigating away from paths on open access land. Make sure you have waterproof clothing and that your boots will keep your feet dry and blister free.
A reasonably strong and fit walker can cover the distance in about 20 days. By comparison the Pennine Way is 25 miles shorter and involves only half the ascent required for the Cambrian Way, with average time of 19 days. Many choose to split the route into three, such as Cardiff to Llandovery in 9 days, the Central section to Dinas Mawddwy in 6½ days and the Snowdonia section in 8 days. The clear message that comes through the valuable reports that come back is that the route was tougher than expected and that the enjoyment was dependant on the weather more than anything else. The Welsh mountains have several times as much rain as southern England.
Finding Accommodation - Hotels, B&B, Hostels, Bunkhouses, Camping
The guidebook lists places where you can spend the night close to the route but for more detail and up-to-date information, these are now shown on the Accommodation page of the website. Entry in the book is free and at the discretion of the Cambrian Way Trust. Tourist Board certification is not insisted upon. Most establishments were visited by Tony Drake and nearly half were stayed at overnight by him but in recent years a number of others have been added without necessarily being visited. The Cambrian Way Trust takes no responsibility for the information provided or for the standard of accommodation or other services provided.
There are 8 YHA hostels on or close to the way as well as a growing number of independent hostels and bunkhouses. YHA has had to capitalise on its property values so many hostels have closed or are being run by other organisations, sometimes with YHA booking facilities at least to begin with. Ty'n y Cornel and Dolgoch are now run by Elenydd Wilderness Trust following a fantastic appeal and they now have their own website for online bookings www.elenydd-hostels.co.uk/
A number of campsites are listed as well as other establishment that permit camping. There is also scope for wild camping on much of the route, but this is not allowed except by permission of the farmer or landowner. Many pubs providing meals are listed but beware that many establishments do not have meals available every day of the week and many rural pubs have suffered loss of trade and may have reduced services and either only opening in the evenings or being closed altogether.
Prices are given where possible but an increasing number of places have their own website with full details and often with online booking or availability facilities. Be aware that in popular places establishements can often get fully booked at certain times of the year so it is important to make sure of avaiability before arriving, as it may be a long way to any alternative. Youth hostels can get fully booked by school parties or other groups, not just in school holidays, but at other times of year. There are also local festivals and events that result in all accommodation being fully booked over a wide area, such as the Abergavenny Food Festival in September and the Hay-on-Wye Book Fair in late May/early June. Accommodation is available but limited in the Elenydd and Plynlimon areas and there is no accommodation in the central part of the Rhinogau. This means either a walk of 5 or 6 miles off-route either east or west may be required unless a pickup can be arranged (A taxi arrangement has worked well to pick up at a phone box in Cwm Nantcol to take walkers to Llanbedr or Harlech, though the future of remote phone boxes remains uncertain).
Weather Conditions - Best Time of Year to Walk, Forecasts
As the Cambrian Way is predominently a high level route, the weather is an important factor to consider when planning a walk, both from the enjoyment perspective and from considerations of mountain safety. The highest parts of walk are over 3000 feet (915 metres) above sea level, and are often snow covered for several months of the year, which can bring added danger with slower walking speeds which also require greater effort. Rainfall can also be more frequent and heavier at certain times of the year, as can high wind speeds. As the weather is so unpredictable there can be no guarantee as to what it will be like, but consulting charts of average monthly weather can improve chances of avoiding the worst weather conditions. One thing however is certain and that is that daylight hours are limited in winter months and this can limit how long a section of walk can be attempted, bearing in mind that going may be slower than expected and some contingency should be made for this. In the middle of summer there is no such problem with darkness only falling at about 10pm, allowing longer sections to be walked whilst still leaving enough time for unexpected delays.
The Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia include many of the highest parts of the route, and there are a number of websites showing statisics for these, such as World Weather Online (Brecon) and MountainWalk.co.uk (Snowdonia). Neither of these show the conditions on the mountain tops, where there can be as much as double the rainfall, stronger winds and temperatures 4°C cooler.
These statistics show that the best months are between May and September, with June probably about the best of these. There is moderate risk of snow on the mountain tops in April, but considerably less risk in May. Later in the summer, there is a greater risk of thunderstorms and occasional days with excessively high temperatures, which can be more of a danger than low temperatures due to heat exhaustion and dehydration. By September, the hours of daylight have reduced significantly, which means that there is a risk of darkness falling if anything causes delay in the schedule, whereas in June there are only a few hours of total darkness with twylight lasting beyond 10 p.m.
For short term mountain weather forecasts up to three days ahead, the MWIS (Mountain Weather Information Service) gives a Brecon Beacons Forecast and a Snowdonia Forecast. The BBC Weather Service at www.bbc.co.uk/weather/ gives forecasts for any town in the UK for up to five days ahead, but bear in mind that this does not take account of the different conditions on the mountains.
Contacting Emergency Services - Emergency SMS Service - what3words app
Should you be unfortunate enough to require assistance from the Mountain Rescue or Ambulance Services whilst walking, they can be contacted by the usual 999 emergency number from a mobile phone if there is sufficient signal strength to make a call. Signal strength is often poor or non-existent in valleys or when surrounded by hills, but is generally better on higher vantage points where there is an increased chance that a transmitter mast will be in line of sight, even if it is several miles away. When signal strength is poor, it is sometimes possible to send SMS text messages when normal voice connections will not work. There is now an EmergencySMS service available by simply texting to 999 stating your problem and location. To use the service your mobile number should be pre-registered as this will save valuable time in an emergency. To see full details and to register, visit http://www.emergencysms.org.uk/.
Please Note that the website still states that the service is primarily for deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired people, but the service providers have been contacted and it has been confirmed that anyone can use this service when other options fail.
The what3words service is a system that is now being used by emergency service for identifying a location particularly in areas where there is no address or post code to work with. In this system the world is split into 3m squares and every one is given an identification of three seemingly random words. An app can be downloaded onto a mobile device which then uses the device's location to generate three words and these can be passed on to emergency services (or anyone else using the system) to pinpoint the sender's location with accuracy wherever they are. This is particularly useful in remote areas such as along the Cambrian Way provided it is possible to get a mobile signal. The app can be downloaded from https://what3words.com/ along with further information about how to use the system. Also see our Help Page for further explanation.
Road Access Points - What are these for?
Reasons for Listing Road Access Points, Road Walking and Car Parks
Rather than walking the whole of the Cambrian Way in one go, many walkers choose to do so in smaller sections and not necessarily in the defined stages laid out in the guide. Others have friends or relatives who transport them to and from convenient places along the route based on their personal walking abilities whilst others may need lifts or taxis to and from accommodation. In all of these cases it is useful to know where the route is on or near a road and whether there is car parking nearby.
Means of Locating Places
Unfortunately there is no universal means of defining a location. Walkers tend to use O.S. Grid References whereas drivers use Satnav using Post Codes or Latitude and Longitude. In remote areas Post Codes are either non-existent or useless; even if there is one, it may well be a mile or two from the place to be located. Latitude and Longitude work very effectively but are often quoted to far too many decimal places then necessary making them unweildy to use and difficult to relate to O.S. maps. Yet another system what3words uses unique sets of three words to define any place in the world to within a 3 metre square, which is very good apart from the fact that their mapping options do not include O.S. maps making it difficult to relate to the route.
Accuracy of Location
Here we show all three systems so that it is easy to use whatever system is preferred. In order to make location more accurate we show O.S. grid references with 8 digits which locates places to within 10 metres instead of 100 metres from the usual 6 digit references. Latitude and Longitude are also quoted to a similar degree of accuracy i.e. 4 decimal places. Of course, in many places this accuracy is not really essential but sometimes 100 metres can make a significant difference, such as when saying where to turn off from the route.
Note: Latitude and Longitude are sometimes quoted as N or S and E or W but sometimes default to N and E just using negative signs to indicate S or W. In Wales, references for the whole country are N and W but the Satnav may either need either E changing to W or a minus sign to denote the opposite of the default E.
Access via Tracks rather than Roads and Car Parking
All of the access points shown are by roads indicated on O.S. maps as having public access. In a number of places there are tracks that run closer to the route on which it is not clear whether public access is permitted. Some of these may have permissive access whilst others may not, so these have all been omitted. Also, Car Parking has been indicated by reference to various maps and also satellite images to see if roadside parking may be possible, so this may not be accurate. If anyone knows of other tracks of roads with permissive access or where parking is or isn't possible, please e-mail details to email@example.com
Road Access Points - Stage 1 (Cardiff to Machen) 24.4 km (15.1 miles)
Stage Description Grid Ref Satnav what3words Type Stage
Cardiff Castle to Bute Park gates ST 1809 7649 to ST 1781 7644 (N)51.4814,(E)-3.1808 to (N)51.4809,(E)-3.1849 /// caves.pulled.proven to /// runs.hedge.apron Road walk 280 metres road walk from start at Cardiff Castle to Bute Park gates. Busy city centre with a number of car parks. Council Pay and Display car park in Sofia Gardens 750 metres from Bute Park gates - see below. Stage
Sophia Gardens Pay and Display Car Park ST 1747 7712 (N)51.4869,-3.1900(E) /// stow.rested.proven Car Park To reach route, take riverside path S for 360 metres to cross footbridge, then either head S to start at Cardiff Castle or follow route N. Stage
Maindy ST 1695 7828 (N)51.4973,-3.1976(E) /// reader.push.senior Road Access Riverside path adjoins Llys Tal-y-bont Road 2.4 km from Stage 1 start. Stage
Western Avenue Gabalfa ST 1618 7829 to ST 1607 7816 (N)51.4973,(E)-3.2088 /// behind.chart.basic Road Walk 3.2 km (2.7 miles) from Stage 1 start, 150 metres of road walking on A48 Western Avenue crossing bridge to Cathedral. Stage
Llandaff A4054 ST 1513 7831 to ST 1439 7920 (N)51.4973,(E)-3.2239 /// ridge.meal.tamed to /// wells.active.called Near Road 4.6 km (2.8 miles) from Stage 1 start, 1200 metres of walking close to A4054 Bridge Road, then along Radyr Court in Llandaff. Stage
Whitchurch ST 1424 7999 to ST 1433 8034 (N)51.5123,(E)-3.2372 to (N)51.5154,(E)-3.2359 /// courier.sound.latest to /// spins.crib.custom Road Walk 6.9 km (4.3 miles) from Stage 1 start, 500 metres of walking through Whitchurch residental area to disused canal Nature Reserve with Car Park. Stage
M4 Junction Longwood Drive ST 1369 8137 (N)51.5246,(E)-3.2454 /// period.kept.swept Cross Road 8.8 km (5.5 miles) from Stage 1 start, road crossing near entrance to Service Station on M4 junction 32 roundabout. Stage
A4054 Merthyr Road to Castell Coch ST 1376 8182 to ST 1320 8137 (N)51.5287,(E)-3.2444 to (N)51.5363,(E)-3.2528 /// stones.photo.tilt to /// ship.arts.grabs Road Walk 9.5 km (5.9 miles) from Stage 1 start, 1500 metres of road walking along A4054 Merthyr Road to Tongwynlais and up Mill Road then Castle Road into Castell Coch Car Park. Stage
Fforest Fawr Car Park ST 1418 8387 (N)51.5472,(E)-3.2390 /// bless.candle.almost Car Park 13.1 km (8.1 miles) from Stage 1 start, Fforest Fawr Picnic Site Car Park. Stage
Road Crossing Bwlch-y-cwm ST 1447 8375 (N)51.5461,(E)51.5461 /// spare.rots.glue Cross Road 13.5 km (8.4 miles) from Stage 1 start, road crossing of Rhiewbina Hill at Bwlch-y-cwm. Stage
Thornhill Golf Club & Road Crossing ST 1558 8460 (N)51.5540,(E)-3.2189 /// forms.metals.envy Cross Road 14.9 km (9.2 miles) from Stage 1 start, Thornhill Golf Club Car Park (Restaurant open to walkers) then 300 metres walk to cross A469 Thornhill Road. Stage
Cefn-onn Road Junction ST 1820 8555 (CP ST 1827 8645) (N)51.5628,(E)-3.1813 to (N)51.5710,(E)-3.1806 /// mats.full.songs to /// vision.clown.chats Cross Road 17.9 km (11.1 miles) from Stage 1 start, Cefn-onn road crossing (Walkers' Car Park 1100 metres N of route). Stage
Maenllwyd Inn ST 2015 8662 to ST 2079 8711 (N)51.5728,(E)-3.1535 to (N)51.5773,(E)-3.1444 /// scrap.hops.pure to /// laying.colleague.expose Road Walk 20.2 km (12.6 miles) from Stage 1 start, 800 metres of road walking from Maenllwyd Inn to Lead Mines near Penhow Farm. Stage
Machen Forest Exit ST 2114 8878 (N),51.5923(E)-3.1397 /// consented.hands.together Cross Road 23.3 km (14.5 miles) from Stage 1 start, cross Rhyd-y-Gwern Lane after exiting forest. Stage
Machen Bridge ST 2122 8918 to ST 2122 8933 (N)51.5946,(E)-3.1414 to (N)51.5959,(E) /// hardens.lushly.swim to /// froze.ordering.regrowth Road Walk 23.8 km (14.8 miles) from Stage 1 start, 300 metres road walking from Machen Bridge to end of Stage 1 at A468 in Machen opposite Church Road.
Road Access Points - Stage 2 (Machen to Pontypool) 18.7 km (11.6 miles)
Stage Description Grid Ref Satnav what3words Type Stage
Machen to Machen Church ST 2123 8917 to ST 2122 8932 (N)51.5958,(E)-3.1385 to (N)51.5972,(E)-3.1387 /// froze.ordering.regrowth to /// soonest.tacky.like Road Walk 150 metres of road walking from Start of Stage 2 in Machen along Church Street from to Machen Church. Stage
Gelli-ffiniog Farm ST 2160 9074 to ST 2168 9084 (N)51.6100,(E)-3.1335 to (N)51.6109,(E)-3.1324 /// compose.nosedive.raced to /// licks.submitted.stay Road Walk 3.4 km (2.1 miles) from Stage 1 start, 150 metres of road walking along mountain road from Gelli-ffiniog Farm E to path heading N. Stage
Blackvein Road Risca ST 2221 9090 to ST 2304 9170 (N)51.6115,(E)-3.1247 to (N)51.6188,(E)-3.1130 /// prepares.healthier.frown to /// inherits.this.unlocking Road Walk 4.1 km (2.5 miles) from Stage 2 start, 1200 metres of mainly road walking along Blackvein Road from Waun Fawr Cottage and along B4591 Medart Place in Risca, then up to railway bridge towards canal. Stage
Darran Road Risca ST 2343 9156 to ST 2366 9234 (N)51.6176,(E)-3.1073 to (N)51.6246,(E)-3.10416 /// paddle.populate.depended to /// promoting.regard.decanter Road Walk 5.9 km (3.7 miles) from Stage 2 start, 850 metres of road walking along Darran Road from end of canal to turn off for Pegwn-y-bwlch. Stage
Mountain Road Car Park ST 2780 9805 to SO 2906 0051 (N)51.6765,(E)-3.0455 to (N)51.6988,(E)-3.0278 /// epic.pretty.waving to /// camp.others.volunteered Road Walk 15.4 km (9.6 miles) from Stage 2 start, Car Park near Capel-Llwyd on Mountain Road. Route runs parallel to road for about 400 metres before joining it for about 900 metres then turning down Prescoch Lane into Pontypool to the Park Gates, a total of about 3.2 km.
Road Access Points - Stage 3 (Pontypool to Abergavenny) 19.8 km (12.3 miles)
Stage Description Grid Ref Satnav what3words Type Stage
Pen-y-park to Twyn-gwyn SO 2940 0107 to SO 2949; 0155 (N)51.7039,(E)-3.0229 to (N)51.7083,(E)-3.0217 /// pardon.sprint.itself to /// thuds.shame.liners Road Walk 1.1 km (0.7 miles) from Stage 3 start, 500 metres of road walking from Pen-y-park to Twyn-gwyn. Stage
Folly Lane Car Park SO 2923 0265 (N)51.7181,(E)-3.0257 /// flying.joked.elite Car Park 2.9 km (1.8 miles) from Stage 3 start, Folly Lane Car Park near War Memorial. Stage
Minor Road, Blaenavon SO 2751 0762 to SO 2726 0777 (N)51.7626,(E)-3.0517 to (N)51.7639,(E)-3.0552 /// milk.norms.defensive to /// supported.lows.dolly Road Walk 9 km (5.6 miles) from Stage 3 start, 300 metres of road walking on minor road. Stage
Graig Blaenavon Community Woodland Car Park SO 2705 0771 (N)51.7633,(E)-3.0584 /// steams.runways.stub Car Park 9.3 km (5.8 miles) from Stage 3 start, Car park 300 metres W of end of previous road walk. Stage
Foxhunter's Grave SO 2632 1075 (N51.7905),(E)-3.0695 to (N),(E) /// treat.tube.protected Car Park 12.8 km (7.9 miles) from Stage 3 start, Foxhunter's Grave Car Park by road crossing by wirelss masts. Stage
Canal Tunnel, Llanfoist SO 2849 1301 to SO 2914 1398 (N51.8112),(E-3.0386) to (N51.8199),(E)-3.0293 /// riverbank.cobbled.teamed to /// newly.spotted.overdone Road Walk 17 km (10.6 miles) from Stage 3 start, 1400 metres walk on minor road from canal tunnel exit Llanfoist to Usk Bridge, Abergavenny. See next entry for Car Park in Llanfoist. Stage
Llanfoist Car Park SO 2860 1323 (N)51.8131,(E)-3.0370 /// crystals.inches.reputable Car Park 17.3 km (10.7 miles) from Stage 3 start, Car Park beside route opposite Llanfoist Church. Stage
Abergavenny Castle to Pentre Road SO 2964 1415 to SO 2902 1568 (N)51.8215,(E)-3.0221 to (N)51.8352,(E)-3.0314 /// terms.marginal.legroom to /// bikes.nutty.salmon Road Walk 19 km (11.8 miles) from Stage 3 start, 800 metres road walk to end of Stage 3 at N end of Pentre Road.
Road Access Points - Stage 4 (Abergavenny to Capel-y-ffin) 21.4 km (13.3 miles)
Stage Description Grid Ref Satnav what3words Type Stage
Stage 4 Start to Llwyndu Court SO 2902 1568 to SO 2888 1663 (N)51.8215,(E)-3.0221 to (N)51.8437,(E)-3.0337 /// bikes.nutty.salmon to /// newsreel.remaking.spoon Road Walk From start of Stage 4 by Abergavenny War Memorial, 1500 metres road walk along Pen-Y-Pound, Avenue Road, Chapel Lane and Pentre Road to Car Park where path turns off to Home Farm. Stage
Forest Coal Pit SO 2880 2043 to SO 2871 2060 (N)51.8779,(E)-3.0357 to (N)51.8794,(E)-3.0369 /// change.went.transcribes to /// copies.inspects.wedding Road Walk 7.8 km (4.8 miles) from Stage 4 start, 200 metres walk on minor road into Forest Coal Pit. Stage
Pontyspig Farm to Upper House Farm SO 2846 2097 to SO 2883 2279 (N)51.8827,(E)-3.0407 to (N)51.8991,(E)-3.0357 /// surpassed.grinders.softly to /// slack.trails.goggle Road Walk 8.5 km (5.3 miles) from Stage 4 start, 2 km (1.2 miles) road walk from Pontyspig Farm to Upper House Farm. Stage
Grange Farm to Capel-y-ffin SO 2501 3144 to SO 2547 3150 (N)51.9763,(E)-3.0931 to (N)51.9769,(E)-3.0864 /// chatters.mash.property to /// tutorial.deadline.twitchy Road Walk 20.9 km (13 miles) from Stage 4 start, 600 metres road walk from Grange Farm to end of Stage 4 by Chapel at Capel-y-ffin.
Road Access Points - Stage 5 (Capel-y-ffin to Crickhowell) 26.5 km (16.5 miles)
Stage Description Grid Ref Satnav what3words Type Stage
Capel-y-ffin SO 2547 3150 to SO 2538 3168 (N)51.9769,(E)-3.0864 to (N)51.9785,(E)-3.0877 /// tutorial.deadline.twitchy to /// trial.crawler.canal Road Walk From Stage 5 start at Capel-y-ffin, 200 metres walk to where path leads to Darren Lwyd. Stage
Ty-yn-y-wlad Farm to Crickhowell SO 2258 1935 to SO 2179 1843 (N)51.8673,(E)-3.1257 to (N)51.8589,(E)-3.1370 /// quilt.strapping.locate to /// fried.miles.subplot Road Walk 25.3 km (15.7 miles) from Stage 5 start, 1.3 km walk from Ty-yn-y-wlad Farm along road into Crickhowell.
Road Access Points - Stage 6 (Crickhowell to Storey Arms) 33.5 km (20.8 miles)
Stage Description Grid Ref Satnav what3words Type Stage
Crickhowell to Bridge SO 2179 1843 to SO 2138 1811 (N)51.8589,(E)-3.1370 to (N)51.8560,(E)-3.1429 /// fried.miles.subplot to /// went.width.speaker Road Walk From Stage 6 start, 600 metres road walking down High Street, Bridge Street and New Road to cross B4558 over bridge in Legar. Stage
Llangattock Church to Canal SO 2106 1784 to SO 2071 1777 (N)51.8535,(E)-3.1474 to (N)51.8529,(E)-3.1525 /// haggling.observe.spud to /// polygraph.flats.switch 1 km (0.6 miles) from Stage 6 start, 350 metres road walk from Llangottock Church to Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. Stage
Canal to SO 2076 1718 to SO 2059 1693; (N)51.8475,(E)-3.1516 to (N)51.8453,(E)-3.1540 /// ranches.stylists.careful to /// brings.motivator.treaty Road Walk 2.1 km (1.3 miles) from Stage 6 start, 300 metres road walk SW along minor road to left hand bend near Ty Neuadd. Stage
Road to Blaen-Onneu SO 1851 1690 to SO 1573 1654; (N)51.8447,(E)-3.1842 to (N)51.8410,(E)-3.2245 /// months.laser.laugh to /// resonated.blatantly.places Road Walk 6.5 km (4 miles) from Stage 6 start, 2.8 km (1.7 miles) road walk from Pencilau Farm to Blaen-Onneu where in meets B4560. Roadside parking near beginning and end as well as a few along the way. Stage
Road to Hendre Quarry SO 1119 1494 to SO 1079 1521 (N)51.8260,(E)-3.2900 to (N)51.8284,(E)-3.2958 /// partly.smudges.animate to /// worms.magnets.instincts 14.3 km (8.9 miles) from Stage 6 start, 500 metres road walk WNW along road to Hendre Quarry. Stage
Torpantau Pass SO 0524 1722 (N)51.8455,(E)-3.3768 /// format.bonfires.sizzled Cross Road 21.8 km (13.5 miles) from Stage 6 start, cross road at Torpantau Pass. Car Park 600 metres ENE of route along road - see next entry. Stage
Torpantau Pass Car Park SO 0566 1761 (N)51.8491,(E)-3.3710 /// roving.nickname.diets Car Park 21.6 km (13.4 miles) from Stage 6 start at Torpantau Pass, Car Park 600 metres off route along road NNE. Route can be joined more directly by going 300 metres N along Beacons Way from entrance to Car Park. Stage
Storey Arms Car Park SN 9824 2029 (N)51.8719,(E)-3.4794 /// maternal.steps.blogging Car Park End of Stage 6, Route crosses A470 by Car Park. Warning - this is the most popular starting point for climbing Pen y Fan so it gets extremely busy at times with cars parked all the way along the road for a long distance in either direction.
Road Access Points - Stage 7 (Storey Arms to Glyntawe) 18.9 km (11.8 miles)
Stage Description Grid Ref Satnav what3words Type Stage
Storey Arms Car Park SN 9824 2029 (N)51.8719,(E)-3.4794 /// maternal.steps.blogging Car Park Start of Stage 7, Route crosses A470 by Car Park. Warning - this is the most popular starting point for climbing Pen y Fan so it gets extremely busy at times with cars parked all the way along the road for a long distance in either direction. Stage
Maen Llia SN 9236 1916 to SN 9232 1962 (N)51.8606,(E)-3.5643 to (N)51.8647,(E)-3.5651 /// provoking.squabbles.dumps to /// marked.comically.live Road Walk 6.4 km (4 miles) from Stage 7 start, 450 metres road walk from Maen Llia Standing Stone to highest point of road. Roadside parking for a few cars by standing stone and just past turn off at head of road. Stage
Penwyllt Quarry Road SN 8541 1574; to SN 8530 1565 (N)51.8285,(E)-3.6641 to (N)51.8276,(E)-3.6658 /// laminate.wire.shops to /// chuckling.tastings.shorten Road Walk 17.2 km (10.7 miles) from Stage 7 start, 150 metres road walk from Penwyllt Quarry. Parking around disused quarry workings. Stage
Road into Glyntawe SN 8496 1641 to SN 8467 1675 (N)51.8344,(E)-3.6709 to (N)51.8374,(E)-3.6752 /// pirates.divorcing.towers to /// dairies.waggled.alleyway Road Walk 18.3 km (11.4 miles) from Stage 7 start, 500 metres road walk to end of Stage 7 on A4067 near Tawe Bridge in Glyntawe. Parking near Church 150 metres NNE along A4067.
Road Access Points - Stage 8 (Glyntawe to Llandovery) 29.7 km (18.4 miles)
Stage Description Grid Ref Satnav what3words Type Stage
Glyntawe SN 8467 1675 to SN 8487 1710 (N)51.8374,(E)-3.6752 to (N)51.8406,(E)-3.6725 /// dairies.waggled.alleyway to /// rainwater.keep.soaks Road Walk From Stage 8 start, 400 metres road walk past Church with Car Park and Tafern-y-Garreg. Stage
Glyntawe Church Car Park SN 8478 1689 (N)51.8387,(E)-3.6736 /// porch.suffix.funky Car Park 200 metres from Stage 8 start, Car Park by the Church. Stage
Minor Road to Llanddeusant SN 7914 2409 (N)51.9022,(E)-3.7580 /// puppy.lecturing.adults Road Access 12 km (7.5 miles) from Stage 8 start, minor road to Llanddeusant starts (route joins this road later). Stage
Road to Llanddeusant SN 7877 2432 to SN 7785 2456 (N)51.9042,(E)-3.7634 to (N)51.9061,(E)-3.7769 /// revived.ocean.quietest to /// access.liquids.stared Road Walk 12.6 km (7.8 miles) from Stage 8 start, 1000 metres road walk turning off 150 metres before village. Stage
Minor Road E of Talsarn SN 7829 2899 to SN 7669 3077 (N)51.9460,(E)-3.7720 to (N)51.9617,(E)-3.7959 /// loaded.towers.blockage to /// oddly.leaned.aboard Road Walk 16.6 km (10.3 miles) from Stage 8 start, 200 metres road walk on minor road from Talsarn. No specific car parks but parking possible by roadside. Stage
Sarnau to Myrtle Hill SN 7829 2899 to SN 7669 3077 (N)51.9460,(E)-3.7720 to (N)51.9617,(E)-3.7959 /// colder.burden.motivator to /// annual.elevates.pocketed Road Walk 21.9 km (13.6 miles) from Stage 8 start, 4.5 km road walk on minor road from Sarnau, through Myddfai to Myrtle Hill. Car Park at Myddfai Community Hall and café - see next entry. Stage
Myddfai Hall Car Park SN 7716 3011 (N)51.9558,(E)-3.7889 /// uniform.mainly.debate Car Park 23.6 km (14.7 miles) from Stage 8 start, close to route is Myddfai Community Hall and café with Car Park. Stage
Waterloo Bridge into Llandovery SN 7705 3422 to SN 7680 3436 (N)51.9928,(E)-3.7919 to (N)51.9939,(E)-3.7956 /// those.originals.this to /// comedy.presume.rear Road Walk 28.4 km from Stage 8 start, 300 metre road walk over Waterloo Bridge and along Brecon Road (A40) into Llandovery town centre near Market Square and Castle, end of Stage 8.
Road Access Points - Stage 9 (Llandovery to Ty'n-y-cornel Hostel) 26.0 km (16.1 miles)
Stage Description Grid Ref Satnav what3words Type Stage
Llandovery to Llettyrhaflaeth Farm SN 7680 3436 to SN 7853 3945 (N)51.9939,(E)-3.7956 to (N)52.0401,(E)-3.7722 /// cuddled.jars.credible to /// arch.earpiece.declining Road Walk From Stage 9 start, 6.2 km (3.9 miles) road walk along B4344, A483 (along a lane by Church to bypass worst part of A483) then on a minor road up the hillside, beyond the brow to just past Llettyrhaflaeth Farm. No specific Car Parks but a number of places where roadside parking is possible. Stage
Near Moelfryn to Pendrainllwyn Farm SN 7833 4019 to SN 7834 4075 (N)52.0467,(E)-3.7754 to (N)52.0517,(E)-3.7755 /// thud.detained.hike to /// commands.direct.eased Road Walk 7 km (4.3 miles) from Stage 9 start, 600 metres road walk along minor road. No specific car parking but possibility of roadside parking nearby. Stage
Pen-rhiw'r-onen Farm SN 7839 4184 to SN 7808 4214 (N)52.0615,(E)-3.7751 to (N)52.0641,(E)-3.7799 /// estimated.bronze.reap to /// waving.hangs.repayment Road Walk 8.8 km (5.5 miles) from Stage 9 start, 500 metres road walk on minor road past Pen-rhiw'r-onen Farm. No specific car parking but possibility of roadside parking. Stage
Bridge at Rhandirmwyn SN 7784 4360 to SN 7775 4356 (N)52.0772,(E)-3.7838 to (N)52.0769,(E)-3.7851 /// safely.expiring.plug to /// relies.developer.dates Road Walk 11.3 km (7 miles) from Stage 9 start, 100 metres road walk over bridge at Rhandirmwyn. Parking by Church 250 metres E see next entry. Stage
Car Park by Rhandirmwyn Church SN 7808 4365 (N)52.0777,(E)-3.7804 /// charging.keen.graph Car Park 11.3 km (7 miles) from Stage 9 start, Car Park by Church 250 metres uphill to E. Stage
Past Towy Bridge Inn and by River SN 7731 4383 to SN 7640 4521 (N)52.0792,(E)-3.7917 to (N)52.0914,(E)-3.8054 /// informer.rails.name to /// bypassed.animals.bets Road Walk 12.3 km (7.7 miles) from Stage 9 start, 1500 metres road walk past Towy Bridge Inn (not crossing bridge) then down a minor road crossing a tributary of the Towe to where a lane forks off right. No specific car parking but possibility of roadside parking. Stage
Gallt-y-bere Farm to Troed-Rhiw-Ruddwen Farm SN 7729 4603 to SN 7713 4791 (N)52.0989,(E)-3.7927 to (N)52.1158,(E)-3.7958 /// hesitate.crawler.broadcast to /// perplexed.swimmer.starters Road Walk 15.2 km (9.4 miles) from Stage 9 start, 2.9 km (1.8 miles) road walk from Gallt-y-bere Faem to near Troed-Rhiw-Ruddwen Farm. No specific car parking but possibility of roadside parking. RSPB Car Park 1400 metres off route - see next entry. Stage
Gwenffrwd-Dinas Nature Reserve Car Park SN 7834 4631 (N)52.1017,(E)-3.7774 /// charging.keen.graph Car Park 15.2 km (9.4 miles) from Stage 9 start, 1400 metres off route RSPB Gwenffrwd-Dinas Nature Reserve Car Park (15 cars). Go S from Galt-y-bere Farm across river then E and NE to car park.
Road Access Points - Stage 10 (Ty'n-y-cornel Hostel to Claerddu Bothy) 23.4 km (14.6 miles)
Stage Description Grid Ref Satnav what3words Type Stage
Blaendoethie Farm SN 7421 5426 (N)52.1722,(E)-3.8408 /// unsigned.october.megawatt Road Access 1200 metres from Stage 10 start, where the route turns off to the right, the main track swings left to towards Blaendoethie Farm and after 400 metres it reaches the farm access track, the road itself leading to Llandewi Brefi about 10 km (6.2 miles) further on. This is the nearest official access road the Ty'n-y-cornel Hostel, though the track to the hostel continues up to the road at Soar y Mynydd which is on the alternative route to Nant-y-maen junction. Although used for access to the hostel, it is not clear whether there is right of way for vehicles belonging to the public via this track. Stage
Nantymaen Junction SN 7612 5763 to SN 7622 5763 (N)52.2029,(E)-3.8140 to (N)52.2030,(E)-3.8126 /// roses.unfocused.blunt to /// skimmers.wipe.refills Road Walk 5.6 km (3.5 miles) from Stage 10 start, 100 metres road walk to Nantymaen Junction. Some roadside parking possible. Stage
Strata Florida Abbey to Tyncwm Farm SN 7459 6567 to SN 7688 6561 (N)52.2749,(E)-3.8394 to (N)52.2748,(E)-3.8058 /// breakaway.exists.silently to /// plan.launched.negotiators Road Walk 16.1 km (10 miles) from Stage 10 start, 2.6 km (1.6 miles) road walk to near Tyncwm Farm. There is parking at Strata Floida Abbey and also some parking where the track turns off from the road before Tynycwm Farm and more spaces 100 metres further E. Stage
Llyn Egnant Dam to Llyn Hir SN 7942 6803 to SN 7910 6818 (N)52.2971,(E)-3.7694 to (N)52.2983,(E)-3.7743 /// bonds.responses.dollar to /// boarding.picnic.storybook Road Walk 23 km (14.3 miles) from Stage 10 start, 350 metres road walk to end of Stage 10 by track to Claerddu Bothy. Note: It is possible to drive along the access road to the Dam of Llyn Egnant but it is not shown as a public road on maps. Roadside parking available in a number of places.
Road Access Points - Stage 11 (Claerddu Bothy to Ponterwyd) 23.9 km (14.8 miles)
Stage Description Grid Ref Satnav what3words Type Stage
Cwmystwyth SN 7896 7385 to SN 7854 7417 (N52.3493),(E)-3.7783 to (N)52.3521,(E)-3.7846 /// gossiping.crass.rotate to /// gentlemen.increases.ladder Road Walk 7.7 km (4.8 miles) from Stage 11 start, 800 metres road walk from Bridge over Ystwyth to Cwm Glas. Some roadside parking avaiable mear the bridge and in the village. Stage
Road to Forest, Cwmystwyth SN 7828 7505 to SN 7836 7524 (N)52.3599,(E)-3.7887 to (N)52.3617,(E)-3.7877 /// treating.increases.salutes to /// desks.quintet.anchorman Road Walk 9.6 km (6 miles) from Stage 11 start, 200 metres road walk to forest N of Cwmystwyth. Some parking near forest also 200 metres W along road. Stage
The Arch and B4574 SN 7656 7559 to SN 7642 7555 (N)52.3644,(E)-3.8142 to (N)52.3640,(E)-3.8162 /// sped.thread.test to /// shutting.linguists.ownership Road Walk 12.1 km (7.5 miles) from Stage 11 start, 200 metres walk from The Arch Car Park then W along B4574. Stage
A4343 by Rhostyddn-fach Farm to School SN 7376 7621 to SN 7362 7640 (N)52.3694,(E)-3.8556 to (N)52.3710,(E)-3.8576 /// upholding.smuggled.swerves to /// vegetable.utensil.married Road Walk 15.1 km (9.4 miles) from Stage 11 start, 200 metres road walk from A4343 by Rhostyddn-fach Farm to School on bend where route goes sharp right. Roadside parking at both ends of road section. Stage
Devil's Bridge to Rheidol House SN 7389 7690 to SN 7347 7697 (N)52.3755,(E)-3.8539 to (N)52.3761,(E)-3.8600 /// delusions.singer.gurgling to /// excellent.picturing.hotel Road Walk 16 km (9.9 miles) from Stage 11 start, 500 metres road walk from A4120 from Devil's Bridge to past Rheidol House. Free Car Park (25 cars) near Devil's Bridge Falls 450 metres E - see next entry. Stage
Devil's Bridge Car Park SN 7417 7694 (N)52.3760,(E)-3.8497 /// mashing.hairstyle.recruiter Car Park 16 km (9.9 miles) from Stage 11 start and 450 metres E near Devil's Bridge Falls, Free Car Park (25 cars). Stage
Rheidol Valley SN 7273 7819 to SN 7321 7800 (N)52.3869,(E)-3.8713 to (N)52.3853,(E)-3.8642 /// baroness.envisage.corrosive to /// cassettes.verbs.truth Road Walk 18.4 km (11.4 miles) from Stage 11 start, 600 metres road walk from bridge Pontbren Pwlcha Bridge over Rheidol (This name only appears on local maps) to where road becomes a track at Pant-y-ddwyriw. Small Car Park 250 metres along and a number of places where roadside parking possible. Stage
Penrhiw to Ty-hir SN 7368 7818 to SN 7385 7888 (N)52.3870,(E)-3.8574 to (N)52.3933,(E)-3.8552 /// hairspray.access.exhales to /// shams.procured.mobile Road Walk 19.9 km (12.4 miles) from Stage 11 start, 900 metres road walk from top of incline, through Ystumtuen to disused mines by Ty-hir Farm. Stage
George Borrow Hotel to Ponterwyd Bridge SN 7464 8054 to SN 7485 8081 (N)52.4109,(E)-3.8443 to (N)52.4109,(E)-3.8412 /// trams.atlas.charted to /// goes.grownup.according Road Walk 23.5 km (14.6 miles) from Stage 11 start, 400 metres road walk along A44 to end of Stage 11 by bridge over Rheidol in Ponterwyd. No public car parks only George Borrow Car Park and Filling Station Car Park near bridge. Stage
Dylife Car Parking SN 8611 9404 (N)52.5322,(E)-3.6804 /// youth.hill.unafraid Car Parking Near end of Stage 12, Car Parking on waste land by road junction.
Road Access Points - Stage 12 (Ponterwyd to Dylife) 23.7 km (14.8 miles)
Stage Description Grid Ref Satnav what3words Type Stage
Dylife Car Parking SN 8611 9404 (N)52.5322,(E)-3.6804 /// youth.hill.unafraid Car Parking Near start of Stage 12, Car Parking on waste land by road junction. Stage
Ponterwyd to Bryn Rheidol SN 7485 8081 to SN 7514 8069 (N)52.4109,(E)-3.8412 to (N),52.4099(E)-3.8369 /// goes.grownup.according to /// twins.producers.void Road Walk From Stage 12 start by bridge in Ponterwyd, 300 metres road walk on A40 then A4120 to Bryn Rheidol. Stage
B4343 Summit to Dyffryn Castell Hotel SN 7591 8102 to SN 7746 8168 (N),52.4130(E)-3.8258 to (N)52.4194,(E)-3.8032 /// metals.official.wealth to /// sands.observers.stumble Road Walk 1200 metres from Stage 12 start, 2 km (1.2 miles) road walk from summit on B4343 to Dyffryn Castell Hotel. Roadside parking possible at a number of places along B4343. Dyffryn Castell Hotel is currently derelict (2019) so parking possible there if not fenced off. Stage
Minor Road into Dylife SN 8620 9396 to SN 8626 9404 (N)52.5316,(E)-3.6789 to (N)52.5323,(E)-3.6781 /// began.flocking.belts to /// agency.scoping.rummage Road Walk 23.7 km (14.7 miles) from Stage 12 start, 50 metres road walk on minor Road to end of Stage 12 in Dylife. Stage
Dylife Car Parking SN 8611 9404 (N)52.5322,(E)-3.6804 /// youth.hill.unafraid Car Parking Near end of Stage 12 in Dylife, Car Parking on waste land by road junction.
Road Access Points - Stage 13 (Dylife to Dinas Mawddwy) 37.1 km (23.0 miles)
Stage Description Grid Ref Satnav what3words Type Stage
Dylife Car Parking SN 8611 9404 (N)52.5322,(E)-3.6804 /// youth.hill.unafraid Car Parking Near start of Stage 13 in Dylife, Car Parking on waste land by road junction. Stage
Dylife to Star Inn SN 8620 9396 to SN 8639 9408 (N)52.5316,(E)-3.6790 to (N)52.5327,(E)-3.6762 /// agency.scoping.rummage to /// universal.saunas.still Road Walk From Stage 13 start in Dylife, 250 metres road walk just past Star Inn to track turning sharp left. Car parking near start and near Star Inn. Stage
Bwlch Glynmynydd SN 8660 9923 (N)52.5790,(E)-3.6748 /// poem.display.liberated Cross Road 8 km (5 miles) from Stage 13 start, cross minor road at Bwlch Glynmynydd. See next entry for 2 car parks. Stage
Bwlch Glynmynydd Car Parking SN 8660 9943 (CP1) SH 8679 9937 (CP2) (N)52.58082,(E)-3.6750 (CP1) (N)52.5804,(E)-3.6722 (CP2) /// poem.display.liberated (CP1) /// shrub.fraction.locals (CP2) Car Parking 8 km (5 miles) from Stage 13 start, Car Parking near road crossing: 250 metres going WNW along road then swinging NNW round bend to layby on right (CP1). Also 250 metres going along road E then NE for 150 metres, turning left along a track for 100 metres with parking alongside track (CP2). Stage
Maesteg SH 8525 0131 to SH 8519 0135 (N)52.5974,(E)-3.6956 to (N)52.5977,(E)-3.6964 /// swimsuits.ghosts.fence to /// reef.firewall.prepares Road Walk 12 km (7.5 miles) from Stage 13 start, 100 metres road walk near Maesteg. Limited roadside parking. Stage
Troed-y-rhiw to Commins Gwalia SH 8491 0276 to SH 8551 0445 (N)52.6104,(E)-3.7010 to (N)52.6257,(E)-3.6927 /// simply.desiring.actor to /// blinking.inflating.combos Road Walk 13.8 km (8.6 miles) from Stage 13 start, 3.1 km (1.9 miles) road walk from Troed-y-rhiw S of Afon Twymyn through Commins Coch and up the hill towards Commins Gwalia. No specific car parking but possible roadside parking at several places along road. Stage
Road E of Bryn Moel SH 8611 0453 to SH 8615 0460 (N)52.6265,(E)-3.6840 to (N)52.6272,(E)-3.6833 /// employers.format.ballparks to /// grunt.toolbar.drift Road Walk 17.6 km (10.9 miles) from Stage 13 start, 100 metres road walk along road E of Bryn Moel. Very limited roadside parking at each end on muddy verges. Stage
Wind Farm Access Road SH 8620 0545 from SH 8535 0544 (N)52.6348,(E)-3.6829 from (N)52.6345,(E)-3.6955 /// sonic.anchorman.asset from /// stumble.bounding.workshop Road Access 18.8 km (11.7 miles) from Stage 13 start, access to route via Wind Farm Access Road starting at road from Cemmaes 1000 metres W of route. Roadside parking at start of wide track. Stage
Mallwyd to Bryn Ffynnon SH 8631 1256 to SH 8567 1207 (N)52.6987,(E)-3.6837 to (N)52.6942,(E)-3.6930 /// lifestyle.soil.handfuls to /// marker.whisk.tenses Road Walk 31.1 km (19.3 miles) from Stage 13 start, 900 metres road walk from Mallwyd across Pont Mallwyd up hillside to Bryn Ffynnon Farm. Parking near A470 roundabout and near Pont Mallwyd. Stage
Minor Road near Maes-y-camlan SH 8564 1331 from SH 8575 1328 (N)52.7053,(E)-3.6939 from (N)52.7051,(E)-3.6923 /// untruth.formally.flattery from /// them.second.narrates Road Access 34.8 km (21.6 miles) from Stage 13 start, access to minor road near Maes-y-camlan 100 metres E down hillside. Some roadside parking possible near cottages. Stage
Sewage Works to Dinas Mawddwy SH 8586 1437 to SH 8586 1488 (N)52.7149,(E)-3.6910 to (N)52.7194,(E)-3.6911 /// lawfully.free.army to /// liver.texts.cheering Road Walk 36.5 km (22.7 miles) from Stage 13 start, 500 metres road walk from Sewage Works by A470 along minor road to Dinas Mawddwy by Llew Coch (Red Lion) and Church. Car Park 50 metres N see next entry. Stage
Dinas Mawddwy Car Park SH 8586 1495 (N)52.7201,(E)-3.6912 /// cold.perusing.drawn Car Park From end of Stage 13 at Llyw Coch (Red Lion) Village Car Park 50 metres N.
Road Access Points - Stage 14 (Dinas Mawddwy to Bwlch Llyn Bach) 15.4 km (9.6 miles)
Stage Description Grid Ref Satnav what3words Type Stage
Dinas Mawddwy to Sewage Works SH 8586 1488 to SH 8586 1437 (N)52.7194,(E)-3.6911 to (N)52.7149,(E)-3.6910 /// liver.texts.cheering to /// lawfully.free.army Road Walk From Stage 14 start by Llew Coch (Red Lion) in Dinas Mawddwy, 500 metres road walk to Sewage Works on A470. Stage
Bwlch Llyn Bach and Car Park SH 7561 1380 and SH 7529 1355 (N)52.7075,(E)-3.8424 and (N)52.7052,(E)-3.8471 /// valid.divorcing.myself and /// shine.falters.purifier Cross Road & Car Park End of Stage 14 at Bwlch Llyn Bach. Car Park 400 metres SW along A487 towards Minffordd. Car Parking also 2.9 km (1.8 miles) further on at Minffordd on the alternative route for Stage 15 (GPS file: CW Stage 15A GPS RevC1.gpx). See entry under Stage 15.
Road Access Points - Stage 15 (Bwlch Llyn Bach to Barmouth) 19.9 km (12.4 miles)
Stage Description Grid Ref Satnav what3words Type Stage
Bwlch Llyn Bach SH 7561 1380 (N)52.7075,(E)-3.8424 /// valid.divorcing.myself Cross Road At Stage 15 start, cross A487 road to old quarry entrance. See end of Stage 14 for car parking. Stage
Minffordd Car Park SH 7315 1156 (N)52.6868,(E)-3.8780 /// pokes.scanty.trunk Car Park On the alternative route Stage 15A (GPS file: CW Stage 15A GPS RevC1.gpx). Minffordd Car Park 3.5 km (2.2 miles) from start of Stage 15A at Bwlch Llyn Bach. This is the most popular route for ascent of Cadair Idris from the south, going past the spectacular Llyn Cau. Large Car Park with Toilets. Stage
Haffoty-fach to Llynnau Cregennen SH 6602 1344 to SH 6586 1422 (N)52.7020,(E)-3.9841 to (N)52.7090,(E)-3.9869 /// gentle.blubber.motivator to /// pioneered.grass.work Road Walk 11.6 km (7.2 miles) from Stage 15 start, 1500 metres road walk from ruins of Haffoty-fach Farm to gated road to Llynnau Cregennen. National Trust Car Park 150 metres further along road from where route turns off. Stage
Road near Arthog Church SH 6456 1460 to SH 6451 1458 (N)52.7120,(E)-4.0062 to (N)52.7119,(E)-4.0069 /// pity.bake.trapdoor to /// casual.cutaway.guests Road Walk 15.4 km (9.6 miles) from Stage 15 start, 50 metres road walk near Arthog Church. See next entry for parking. Stage
Mawddach Estuary SH 6403 1479; to SH 6396 1498 (N)52.7136,(E)-4.0141 to (N)52.7153,(E)-4.0153 /// willing.workouts.broth to /// streaks.sparrows.slung Road Walk 16 km (9.9 miles) from Stage 15 start, 300 metres road walk from Car Park by Mawddach Estuary to where route goes left through forest. Stage
Morfa Mawddach Station Car Park SH 6285 1413 (N)52.7074,(E)-4.0313 /// stiffly.corrode.jazzy Car Park 18.2 km (11.3 miles) from Stage 15 start, Morfa Mawddach Station Car Park and road access. Stage
A496 N of Barmouth Bridge SH 6183 1555 to SH 6172 1557 (N)52.7199,(E)-4.0470 to (N)52.7200,(E)-4.0486 /// thousands.nuzzling.porch to /// chart.flips.asked Road Walk 19.8 km (12.3 miles) from Stage 15 start, 100 metres road walk W along A496 N of Barmouth Bridge to end of Stage 15. Roadside parking near bridge and larger car parks by Barmouth Harbour 500 metres W.
Road Access Points - Stage 16 (Barmouth to Cwm Bychan) 22.7 km (14.1 miles)
Stage Description Grid Ref Satnav what3words Type Stage
Start of Stage - A496 Barmouth SH 6172 1557 (N)52.7200,(E)-4.0486 /// chart.flips.asked Cross Road Start of Stage 16 on A496 E of Barmouth. Roadside parking near bridge and larger car parks by Barmouth Harbour 500 metres W. Stage
Car Park near Bunkarama Bunkhouse SH 6249 1661 (CP) SH 6197 1652 Rejoin (N)52.7296,(E)-4.0377 (CP) (N)52.7286,(E)-4.0453 Rejoin /// marathons.steeped.richer (CP) /// rave.compliant.reviewed (Rejoin) Car Park Rejoin route 1200 metres from Stage 16 start, 650 metres W of Car Park on track past Bunkarama. Stage
Cwm Bychan SH 6463 3148 to SH 6456 3146 (CP) (N)52.8637,(E)-4.0122 to (N)52.8635,(E)-4.0131 (CP) /// magic.narrating.dissolve to /// norms.guarding.advising (CP) Road & Car Park End of Stage 16 on minor road at Cwm Bychan Farm. Car Park 100 metres W.
Road Access Points - Stage 16/17A (Rhinog Bad Weather Route) 28.0 km (17.4 miles)
52.78714,-4.07416 Stage Description Grid Ref Satnav what3words Type Stage
Cors y Gedol Hall Car Park SH 6097 22479 to SH 6022 2308 (CP) (N)52.7819,(E)-4.0627 to (N)52.7871,(E)-4.0741 (CP) /// dilute.burn.regulate to /// haggling.verdict.thin (CP) Car Park 3 km (1.8miles) from start of Stage 16/17A, Car Park E of Cors y Gedol Hall with a small fee 1100 metres from route. Where route turns sharp right, continue straight on for a short way along track which then turns W to cross bridge at Pont Fadog then swings around to the N along the hillside where it meets a road with the Car Park on the left. Note: some maps show this track as a road but not O.S. maps as it appears to be a farm access road only. Stage
Road near Moelfre Mine SH 6116 2532 to SH 6152 2586 (N)52.8075,(E)-4.0610 to (N)52.8125,(E)-4.0560 /// lyricist.heave.busy to /// contacts.beam.dunk Road Walk 10.2 km (6.3 miles) from start of Stage 16/1A, 700 metres road walk past Moelfre Mine (disused) to Car Park. Stage
Pen-isa'r-cwm to Gelliwaen SH 6189 2649 to SH 6128 2724 (N)52.8182,(E)-4.0507 to (N)52.8248,(E)-4.0601 /// cases.pressing.originals to /// javelin.dark.oxidation Road Walk 11.7 km (7.3 miles) from start of Stage 16/17A, 1100 metres road walk from Pen-isa'r-cwm Farm to Gelliwaen Farm. Stage
Pont Pen-y-bont to Dinas SH 6073 2804 to SH 6102 2866-4.0646 (N)52.8318,(E)-4.0687 to (N)52.8375,(E)-4.0646 /// variances.fruits.oblige to /// shorts.leave.neatly Road Walk 14 km (8.7 miles) from start of Stage 16/17A, 800 metres road walk from Pont Pen-y-bont to Dinas. No specific parking but possibly roadside parking in some places. Stage
Cross Llanfair Road SH 6143 3084 (N)52.8572,(E)-4.0593 /// habit.chromatic.grudges Cross Road 17.3 km (10.7 miles) from start of Stage 16/17A, cross Llanfair Road. No specific parking but possibly roadside parking nearby. Stage
Near Moelfryn SH 6842 3583 (N)52.9037,(E)-3.9577 /// apprehend.gave.hero Join Road End Start of Stage 16/17A, join road near Moelfryn on Stage 17.
Road Access Points - Stage 17 (Cwm Bychan to Maentwrog) 15.8 km (9.8 miles)
Stage Description Grid Ref Satnav what3words Type Stage
Cwm Bychan SH 6463 3148 (Start) SH 6456 3146 (CP) (N)52.8637,(E)-4.0122 (Start) (N)52.8635,(E)-4.0131 (CP) /// magic.narrating.dissolve (Start) /// norms.guarding.advising (CP) Road Access Start of Stage 17 on minor road at Cwm Bychan Farm. Car Park 100 metres W. Stage
Road near Moelfryn SH 6842 3584 to SH 6837 3601 (N)52.9038,(E)-3.9577 to (N)52.9054,(E)-3.9586 /// apprehend.gave.hero to /// churn.homing.amending Road Walk 8.8 km (5.5 miles) from start of Stage 17, 200 metres road walk near Moelfryn. Roadside parking for a few cars. Stage
Car Parking near Trawsfynydd Dam SH 6766 3785 (N)52.9217,(E)-3.9698 /// nuzzling.novel.grazes Car Park 11.8 km (7.3 miles) from start of Stage 17, access road from Trawsfynydd Power Station to near Trawsfynydd Dam where route enters forest. Shown on maps as a track but is in fact a road running through and past a maze of Power Station car parks then along the lakeside with plenty of parking spaces along the way. Stage
Bryntirion to Maentwrog SH 6801 3909 to SH 6647 4052 (N)52.9330,(E)-3.9651 to (N)52.9454,(E)-3.9886 /// segregate.spillage.emporium to /// alleyway.wider.pill Road Walk 13.2 km (8.2 miles) from start of Stage 17, 2.5 km (1.6 miles) road walk to end of Stage in Maentwrog.
Road Access Points - Stage 18 (Maentwrog to Beddgelert) 22.0 km (13.7 miles)
Stage Description Grid Ref Satnav what3words Type Stage
Maentwrog to Bronturnor SH 6647 4052 to SH 6648 4115 (N)52.9454,(E)-3.9886 to (N)52.9511,(E)-3.9886 /// grumbles.instincts.labs to /// corporate.hills.trees Road Walk From start of Stage 18 in Maentwrog, 800 metres road walk to near Bronturnor. Parking by junction where minor road turns off from A487. Stage
Car Park near Oakley Arms SH 6627 4095 to SH 6599 4091 (CP) (N)52.9492,(E)-3.9917 to (N)52.9488,(E)-3.9959 /// ritual.dumps.drew to /// woke.pixel.smallest (CP) Car Park 500 metres from start of Stage 18 in Maentwrog, Car Park 300 metres W of route beside A487 (not the hotel car park). Where route turns right onto minor road, continue W along A478 where there is a layby. Stage
Car Park at Tanygrisiau SH 6833 4528 (N)52.9886,(E)-3.9629 /// mull.swerving.shrimp Car Park 4.2 km (2.6 miles) from start of Stage 18, 2.1 km (1.3 miles) along Tanygrisiau Optional Route 18A is Car Park, also passing car parking by roadside 100 metres earlier. Main route can be joined either near Llyn Stwlan Dam to ascend Moelwyn Mawr or via Cwm Cwmorthin to Rhosydd Quarry to head for Cnicht. Stage
Car Park at Croesor SH 6283 4506 to SH 6316 4469 (CP) (N)52.9853,(E)-4.0446 to (N)52.9820,(E)-4.0396 (CP) /// villa.agents.alpha to /// panel.boards.interest (CP) Car Park 15.5 km (9.6 miles) from start of Stage 18, where track turns sharp left leave route to take track SSE down into village of Croesor to reach Car Park after 550 metres. Stage
Bwlchgwernog to Aberglaslyn SH 6116 4525 to SH 5973 4619 (CP) (N)52.9865,(E)-4.0695 to (N)52.9946,(E)-4.0913 (CP) /// unroll.horizons.treetop to /// goofy.inferior.intrigues (CP) Road Walk 17.5 km (10.9 miles) from start of Stage 18, 2 km (1.2 miles) road walk from Bwlchgwernog to Aberglaslyn where route leaves road close to Car Park. Stage
Road Bridge in Beddgelert SH 5902 4811 to SH 5880 4814 (CP) (N)53.0117,(E)-4.1028 to (N)53.0119,(E)-4.1059 (CP) /// radiating.frown.ensemble to /// buzzing.genius.badminton (CP) Road Walk End of Stage 18 at Road Bridge in Beddgelert. Car park 250 metres W via A498.
Road Access Points - Stage 19 (Beddgelert to Pen-y-Pass) 17.3 km (10.7 miles)
Stage Description Grid Ref Satnav what3words Type Stage
Start at A498 Bridge SH 5902 4811 (N)53.0117,(E)-4.1028 /// radiating.frown.ensemble Leave Road Start of Stage 19 by A498 Road Bridge in Beddgelert. Car park 250 metres W via A498 - see end of Stage 18. Stage
Minor Road Bridge SH 5921; 4817 (N)53.0122,(E)-4.0999 /// daisy.icebergs.snapper Cross Road 200 metres from start of Stage 19 in Beddgelert, cross minor road near small bridge. Stage
Minor Road to Ty-hen SH 5935 4840 to SH 6022; 4878 (N)53.0143,(E)-4.0979 to (N)53.0179,(E)-4.0852 /// spices.pioneered.supper to /// adhesive.ghosts.gathers Road Walk 500 metres from start of Stage 19, 900 metres road walk from near next road bridge to Ty-hen. See next entry for parking. Stage
Sygun Copper Mine SH 6043 4893 (Track) SH 6048 4888 (CP1) SH 6047 4901 (CP2) 53.0194(N),(E)-4.0820 (Track) (N)53.0190,(E)-4.0813 (CP1) (N)53.0201,(E)-4.0815 (CP2) /// cherished.wheels.mailer (Track) /// tightrope.snored.solving (CP1) /// opposite.shampoos.eaten (CP2) Cross Track 1.9 km (1.2 miles) from start of Stage 19, cross track to Sygun Copper Mine near bridge. Large Car Park for Copper Mine (CP1) close to route and Car Park beside A498 across bridge (CP2) 150 metres from route. Stage
Footbridge to Car Park SH 6114 4935 to SH 6111 4932 (CP) (N)53.0233,(E)-4.0717 to (N)53.0231,(E)-4.0721 (CP) /// trickled.drifters.enchanted to /// extent.paying.scrambles (CP) Car Park 2.7 km (1.7 miles) from start of Stage 19, footbridge to Car Park on A498 399 metres away (path loops round both right or left - about same distance). Stage
Bryn Dinas to Watkin Path SH 6275 5021 to SH 6271 5058 (N)53.0315,(E)-4.0480 to (N)53.0348,(E)-4.0487 /// newsstand.corn.springing to /// requiring.pitch.smoothly Road Walk 5 km (3.1 miles) from start of Stage 19, 400 metres road walk across bridge to Bryn Dinas and along A498 to start of Watkin Path. Nant Gwynant Car Park for Watkin Path nearby - see next entry. Stage
Nant Gwynant Car Park SH 6279 5067 (N)53.0357,(E)-4.0477 /// stun.elevator.plodded Car Park 5.4 km (3.4 miles) from start of Stage 19, 100 metres NNE along A498 is the main Car Park (Pay and Display) for the Watkin Path. This is not as popular a route to Snowdon as others but can still very easily get full. There are two layby parking areas 2.6 km (1.6 miles) further NE on the A498 as well as parking shown in earlier entries. Stage
Pen y Pass and Car Park SH 6474 5563 (N)53.0807,(E)-4.0206 /// handbag.crust.messy Cross Road End 0f Stage 19 at A4086 Road Crossing at Pen y Pass. Large Car Parks S of road and Small Car Park N of road by Youth Hostel. This is the most popular route up Snowdon and car parks are expensive and fill very quickly, especially at weekends. More parking (Pay and Display) alongside the A498 from Beddgelert either side of the A4086 junction 1400 metres E. Some parking alongside A498 further E after entering Conwy County 2.3 km (1.4 miles) from Pen-y-pass - currently free (2020). Other alternative is to use Sherpa bus Park and Ride from various places.
Road Access Points - Stage 20 (Pen-y-pass to Llyn Ogwen) 8.6 km (5.4 miles)
Stage Description Grid Ref Satnav what3words Type Stage
Pen y Pass and Car Park SH 6474 5563 (N)53.0807,(E)-4.0206 /// handbag.crust.messy Cross Road Start of Stage 20 at A4086 Road Crossing at Pen y Pass. For Car Parks see last entry for Stage 19. Stage
Llyn Ogwen SH 6495 6036 (N)53.1233,(E)-4.0195 /// ratty.cartoons.chips Car Park End of Stage 20 by Idwal Cottage Youth Histel. Pay and Display Car Park as well as some roadside parking NW on A5 nearby. Further parking E along A5 between 600 metres and 1200 metres away.
Road Access Points - Stage 21 (Llyn Ogwen to Conwy) 30.5 km (19.0 miles)
Stage Description Grid Ref Satnav what3words Type Stage
Llyn Ogwen SH 6495 6036 to SH 6488 6052 (N)53.1233,(E)-4.0195 to (N)53.1247,(E)-4.0206 /// ratty.cartoons.chips to /// inherits.giant.relaxing Road Walk From Start of Stage 21 by Idwal Cottage Youth Histel on A5, road walk along A5 W for 200 metres to join lakeside path. Pay and Display Car Park as well as some roadside parking NW on A5 nearby. Further parking E along A5 between 600 metres and 1200 metres away. Stage
Tal y Llyn Ogwen SH 6664 6080 to SH 6684 6052 (Road) (N)53.1277,(E)-3.9944 to (N)53.1252,(E)-3.9913 (Road) /// wires.glossed.workroom /// calm.crumbles.clapper (Road) Road Access 2.1 km (1.3 miles) from start of Stage 21, access to A5 road 500 metres from route at Tal y Llyn Ogwen. Long stretch of roadside parking along A5. Stage
Bwlch y Ddeufaen SH 7126 7188 to SH 7206 7153 (CP) (N)53.2283,(E)-3.9299 to (N)53.2253,(E)-3.9178 (CP) /// blocks.freezers.bath to /// jetted.masterful.deflate (CP) Road Access 18.1 km (11.2 miles) from start of Stage 21 at Bwlch y Ddeufaen, access to minor road and Car Park 900 metres E. Stage
Tyddyn-grasod SH 7439 7467 to SH 7446 7461 (Road) (N)53.2541,(E)-3.8842 to (N)53.2536,(E)-3.8830 (Road) /// searching.earliest.dices to /// select.vineyard.disposing (Road) Road Access 23.2 km (14.4 miles) from start of Stage 21, minor road ends 100 metres E. Possibilty of limited roadside parking. Stage
Sychnant Pass SH 7496 7701 (N)53.2752,(E)-3.8765 /// blushed.scripted.shipwreck Cross Road 26.3 km (16.3 miles) from start of Stage 21, route crosses road at Sychnant Pass with small Car Parks at either side of road. Stage
Cadnant Park to Conwy SH 7741 7776 to SH 7831 7749 (N)53.2826,(E)-3.8400 to (N)53.2803,(E)-3.8266 /// ditching.pastime.forms to /// earpiece.hang.observer Road Walk 29.4 km (18.3 miles) from start of Stage 21, 1100 metres road walk from Mountain Road to end of Cambrian Way at Conwy Castle. Some roadside parking along roads through housing estate. See next entry for Car Parks near Castle. Stage
Conwy Car Parking SH 7822 7747 (CP1) SH 7818 7732 (CP2) (N)53.2801,(E)-3.827 (CP1) (N)53.2788,(E)-3.8284 (CP2) /// clutches.vote.life (CP1) /// alive.worthy.screeches (CP2) Car Parks Near end of Cambrian Way at Conwy Castle, Vicarage Gardens Car Park (CP1) - 4 hour daytime limit Pay & Display. Large Morfa Bach Car Park 350 metres down Llanrwst Road (CP2) - 24 hour Pay & Display. Several other car parks and steet parking but is often very busy.
Route of the Cambrian Way - Points of Interest near the Route
|Points of Interest from Cardiff to Conwy - stage by stage|
Stage 1 - Cardiff to Machen -
Name Location Grid Ref (approx) Photo Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Centre - (Cicerone P39, A.J. Drake Map 1) ST181765 A Victorian Gothic fantasy built on the remains of Norman and Roman ruins, with a colourful interior. The official starting point of the Cambrian Way. Official website Restored Water Wheel
Ty Mawr Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff. Directly on the route - (Cicerone P41, A.J. Drake Map 1) ST142800 The Melingriffith water pump is a water wheel driven water pump whose purpose was to use the waste stream from the Melingriffith Tin Plate Works to pump water back into the Glamorgan Canal. Wikipedia Entry Castell Coch
Hillside above Tongwynlais, Cardiff. Directly on the route - (Cicerone P43, A.J. Drake Map 1B) ST131826 Castell Coch is a 19th-century Gothic Revival castle built above the village of Tongwynlais, Cardiff. Cadw website The Arches or Three Bears' Cave
Fforest Fawr above Castell Coch, Tongwynlais. Just left of route - (Cicerone P44, A.J. Drake Map 1B) ST136836 The Three Bears' Cave has been used as a filming location for Doctor Who and Sherlock. Originally an iron mine, it has an explanation board to the NW of the forest path. Doctor Who Locations Fforest-fawr Sculpture Trail
Fforest Fawr above Castell Coch, Tongwynlais. Just left of route - (Cicerone P44, A.J. Drake Map 1B) ST137837 A little way past the Three Bear's Cave, a Sculpture Trail goes off to the left and runs parallel to the main track. It is obviously aimed at children, but provides a welcome distraction from the forest track and involves very little extra walking. The trail ends by the car park. WW2 Secret Bunker
Coed Coesau Whips, Rudry. Near entry to forest - (Cicerone P47, A.J. Drake Map 2A) ST199865 During the Second World War, Churchill created a resistance force called the Auxiliary Unit and one of their bunkers in Coed Coesau Whips has now been restored and has an explanatory notice board. The site is now enclosed by a metal fence with a grid covering the holes in the ground, so it it is not easy to see inside, but this photo by Rodry ap Hywel shows the site before these were fitted. It is located near the track between the point where the Ridgeway Path turns sharply south and the Maenllwyd Inn, Rudry. Take the path uphill to the right just past a wide metal barrier and gate. See More Special Duties Branch Entry
Stage 2 - Machen to Pontypool -
Name Location Grid Ref (approx) Photo Blaen Bran Community Woodland
By Blaen Bran Reservoirs - (Cicerone P55, A.J. Drake Map 3) ST264973 After descending down from Mynydd Henllys to the track by Blaen Bran Reservoirs there is a green kissing gate (not designed for those with large rucksacks) leading into the Blaen Bran Community Woodland where a broad track leads past wooden sculptures the reservoir and rejoins the route three quarters of a mile further on. This provides a pleasant detour along a smoother track without adding to the distance. The area can be explored further if time permits. Blaen Bran website Pontypool Park Gates (Pontymoile Entrance)
Usk Road, Pontypool - (Cicerone P58, A.J. Drake Map 3B) SO291005 Pontypool park is leased to the Local Authority by the Hanbury-Tenison family who are substantial landowners who made their fortune as iron founders. The Pontymoile park gates were first made in 1720 but were remodelled into their present form in 1835 according to the Torfaen Council website, and are now Grade II listed. See More Wikipedia Entry Pontymoile Gates Wikipedia Entry Pontypool Park
Stage 3 - Pontypool to Abergavenny -
Name Location Grid Ref (approx) Photo Shell Grotto
0.6 miles NE of Pontypool. 50 yards left of route - (Cicerone P58, A.J. Drake Map 4) SO293010 The Shell Grotto or Shell Hermitage stands on the ridge on the boundary of Pontypool Park. Built in the late 18th century it is considered the best surviving grotto in Wales and is a Grade II listed building. Wikipedia Entry Folly Tower
1.5 miles NNE of Pontypool. Directly on route - (Cicerone P58, A.J. Drake Map 4) SO295025 The Folly or Watch Tower stands on the hill above Pontypool Park. Originally built around 1770 on the site of a Roman Watch Tower, it was demolished in 1940 to avoid being used as a landmark for German bombers. Rebuilding work started in 1990 and it was reopened in 1994. Wikipedia Entry Foxhunter's Grave
Minor road from Abergavenny to Blaenavon. 30 yards W of route - (Cicerone P58, A.J. Drake Map 5) SO263108 The champion showjumping horse Foxhunter died in 1959, and was his skin buried on the Blorenge mountain, between Abergavenny and Blaenavon. His skeleton is displayed in the Royal Vetinary Museum. A memorial plaque listing Foxhunter's achievements marks the site and a car park is situated nearby. When Sir Harry died in 1999 his ashes were scattered around the horse's memorial. Wikipedia Entry Tramway under Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal
Descent of Blorenge towards Abergavenny. Directly on route - (Cicerone P61, A.J. Drake Map 5) SO285130 Where the path descends to the canal from Blorenge, it is part of a tramway which carried limestone and ore for shipping on the canal. There are two trams on display and an information board. The canal has a basin for barges and the tramway, which is on the route of the Cambrian Way, runs underneath the house and canal towards Abergavenny. Ancient Oak Tree
Opposite Llanfoist Cemetery Gates. Directly on route - (Cicerone P61, A.J. Drake Map 5) SO290138 Opposite the gates of Llanfoist Cemetery, near the bank of the River Usk on the way towards Abergavenny, there is an ancient oak with an iron circular seat which has been absorbed into the tree. Abergavenny Castle
South of town centre. Directly on route - (Cicerone P61, A.J. Drake Map 5) SO300139 Abergavenny castle, built by the Normans, is a Grade I listed building which is now in ruins. It had a stone keep, towers, and ditch as fortifications. It also housed the family and army of the lord and had cellars, kitchens, a great hall, gatehouse, and a chapel. There is a Museum set in the grounds of the Castle where you can enjoy a picnic during the summer. Admission is free. Castle Wikipedia Entry
Stage 4 - Abergavenny to Capel-y-ffin -
Name Location Grid Ref (approx) Photo Partrishow Church
On Hill above Village, 0.8 miles W of route - (Cicerone P68, A.J. Drake Map 5) SO279224 The church is named after St Issui, an early Celtic saint who is thought to have built a cell here. The site became a place of pilgrimage after he was murdered. Among the church's treasures are an exquisite rood screen, carved out of Irish oak, and some interesting medieval wall paintings. Church on Visit Wales website St Martin's Church, Cwmyoy
In Vale of Ewyas, 1 mile E of route - (Cicerone P68, A.J. Drake Map 5) SO299233 St Martin's in Cwmyoy, near Abergavenny, is a pretty little crooked church with a leaning spire. No part of it being square or at right angles with any other part. This is the result of being built on ground where subsidence has occurred. Brecon Beacans website Dialgarreg - The Revenge Stone
Ridge 2.3 miles N of Fforest Coal Pit. Directly on route - (Cicerone P68, A.J. Drake Map 6) SO283240 The remains of the cross said to commemorate the murder of Richard de Clare, Marcher Lord, in 1136. Landscapism blogspot Geograph Photo 1 Geograph Photo 2 Bal Mawr Trig Point
Ridge 1.3 miles W of Llanthony. Directly on route - (Cicerone P69, A.J. Drake Map 8) SO267271 The trig point on Bal Mawr at 607m (1991ft) has an interesting plaque dating from the O.S. "adopt a trig point scheme" and bearing the message "On all the peaks lies peace. Goethe" (Perhaps a message for those who opposed the CW on the basis that it should not go over mountain tops!) Capel-y-ffin
Village in Vale of Ewyas. Directly on route - (Cicerone P69, A.J. Drake Map 8) SO255315 Capel-y-ffin meaning Chapel of the Boundary, has a charming chapel dedicated to St Mary which is normally open to the public and is one of the smallest in Wales. A third of a mile to the west, on the route into the village, lies the Monastery, which is now used for self-catering accommodation, with a very interesting history. Wikipedia Entry
Stage 5 - Capel-y-ffin to Crickhowell -
Name Location Grid Ref (approx) Photo Twmpa or Lord Herefords Knob
Peak in the Black Mountains - 2,263ft (690 metres). Directly on route - (Cicerone P72, A.J. Drake Map 8 & 9) SO225350 There is a fine panoramic view from the summit. "Twmpa" means "mound". In the local Radnorshire dialect an "Unty Twmp" is a molehill. Wikipedia Entry There is also an amusing but rather bawdy song with lyrics and video. Pen Twyn Glas
Minor peak in the Black Mountains 2119ft (646 metres). Directly on route - (A.J. Drake Map 10) SO213257 The two slabs mentioned on Map 10, 300 yards north of Pen Twyn Glas, have names carved on them, one Scottish, the other, headed "Dinas" the name of a Victorian MP for Herefordshire. Although they look like (and may be) gravestones, they are merely used as boundary marker stones. Table Mountain or Crug Hywel
Hill overlooking Crickhowell 1480ft (451 metres). Directly on route - (Cicerone P78, A.J. Drake Map 10 & 10A) SO225207 Crug Hywel or Table Mountain is a flat-topped hill which was once an Iron Age Hill Fort. Though not as high as other hills in the Black Mountains, it is an imposing sight towering over the town of Crickhowell to which it gives its name. Wikipedia Entry
Stage 6 - Crickhowell to Storey Arms -
Name Location Grid Ref (approx) Photo Steps up Canal Bridge
Directly on route - (Cicerone P81, A.J. Drake Map 11) SO208172 After following the canal towpath from Llangattock, the exit onto the road is up some steps built into the wall of the bridge. Ogof Agen Allwedd - Locked Cave on Llangottock Escarpement
Directly on Route - (Cicerone P81, A.J. Drake Map 11) SO190157 Ogof Agen Allwedd is one of the most extensive caving systems in Wales with over 20 miles of underground passages. The entrance is kept locked with access by a key which must be signed for together with details of the route being taken (in the photo also guarded by sheep!) Wikipedia Entry The Chartist Cave
Remote location on Mynydd Llangynidr. Directly on route - (Cicerone P83, A.J. Drake Map 12) SO127152 The Chartist Cave or Ogof Mawr (Large Cave) was once in the middle of wild remote area of moorland and was an ideal hiding place for Chartist Rebels to stockpile weapons. Nowadays, there is a well trodden path leading past the entrance, where there is a plaque explaining the history. Wikipedia Entry Caves of South Wales Tommy Jones' Obelisk
0.75 miles W of Pen y Fan, Brecon Beacons. Directly on route - (Cicerone P86, A.J. Drake Map 15) SO000218 The Obelisk was erected to mark the spot where the body of a five-year-old boy was found in the summer of 1900. He had wandered a long way up the mountain after getting lost and it was only after weeks of searching that his body was finally found. Pen y Fan is the highest mountain in South Wales at 2906ft (886 metres) and it is said that if you take an eastern line from the top of Pen y Fan it will not meet a mountain as high until you get to the Urals. National Trust Entry
Stage 7 - Storey Arms to Glyntawe -
Name Location Grid Ref (approx) Photo Waterfall and Cliff
Rhos Dringarth, Brecon Beacons. Directly on route - (Cicerone P96, A.J. Drake Map 16) SN949201 When crossing Ross Dringarth, about 2.1 miles west of Storey Arms there is a stream crossing at SN949201. There is an impressive waterfall and cliff with interesting rock banding, trees and plants, making a good place for a break. There is also a good view down to Ystradfellte Reservoir to the south. Maen Llia
4 miles N of Ystradfellte, Brecon Beacons. Close to Main route - (Cicerone P98, A.J. Drake Map 16 & 17) SN924192 Maen Llia is a Standing Stone 3.7 metres high thought to date from the Bronze Age, about 4,000 years ago. It lies 60 yards East of a minor road running from Ystradfellte to Hoel Senn and Brecon. It has a very attractive explanation panel which is shaped like the stone itself. Wikipedia Entry
Stage 8 - Glyntawe to Llandovery -
Name Location Grid Ref (approx) Photo Crai Stone Tower
Close to A4067 near Bwlch Bryn-rhudd. 100 yds SW of Direct (Cnewr) route - (Cicerone P103, A.J. Drake Map 17) SN870196 There was considerable speculation about the age and purpose of this Tower, which is about 12 ft tall and marked on OS maps. The latest theory is that it was a ventilation shaft for the tunnel carrying water from the Crai Reservoir to the filter bed at Nantyrwydd. It was probably built early in the 20th century and was restored in July 2015. Images of Wales Entry Shelter on Fan Brycheiniog
Summit of Fan Brycheiniog. Directly on Main route - (Cicerone P102, A.J. Drake Map 18) SN825218 There is a circular stone structure with "seats" on the top of Fan Brycheiniog which gives good shelter from the wind for a lunch break. It is also worth walking 0.2 miles N to Fan Foel to see the Excavated Burial Cairn and the views. Cadw Entry for Burial Cairn Rescue Shelter by Llyn y Fan Fach
Below Dam of Llyn y Fan Fawr. On Low Level Optional route to Landdeusant - (Cicerone P110, A.J. Drake Map 19) SN803220 There is a rescue shelter below the dam at Llyn y Fan Fach which can be used for shelter in bad weather. There are fixed wooden benches inside and a fireplace, though it this is not a bothy and should only be used in emmergencies. (Note it is now recommended to follow the Beacons Way before reaching the dam, in which case it is 0.4 miles off the route.) Enlarged Photo Legend of Llyn y Fan Fach Filter Beds / Fish Farm
Near Blaenau, Llanddeusant. On Low Level Optional route to Landdeusant - (Cicerone P110, A.J. Drake Map 19) SN797239 The Fish Farm is part of an operation based at Blaenau shown in Map 19. Just before Blaenau there is a large newly stoned car park with an information board which has a map of Forest Fawr and features the Legend of Llyn y Fan Fach (The Lady of The Lake). In the season refreshments may be available a the next farm at Blaenau SN794241. Llanddeusant Church
Llanddeusant Village. On Cicerone Main route, A.J. Drake Llanddeusant Hostel Variant - (Cicerone P110, A.J. Drake Map 19) SN777245 Llanddeusant Church (Church of the Two Saints) is open and very interesting comprising a nave and side aisle which is as large as the nave, both barrel roofed. It is a very early Celtic site which was once a monastery. There was an exhibition of good quality pottery which is available for purchase, a folder containing extracts of work by local authors including Richard Vaughan, whose book "Moulded in Earth" was set there, and another folder of photos and descriptions of the excavations of the cairn at Fan Foel. British Listed Buildings Entry Myddfai Community Hall & Visitor Centre
Opposite Myddfai Church. Directly on route - (A.J. Drake Map 19) SN792301 Myddfai Community Hall and Visitor Centre was created with funding from the Big Lottery Village SOS Scheme. It has a café in very comfortable and friendly surroundings and a good craft and gift shop too. Llwynywermod Estate
0.9 miles N of Myddfai. 0.5 miles W of route - (Cicerone P113, A.J. Drake Map 20) SN770316 The route runs about half a mile west of the farmhouse of Llwynywermod Estate (Llwynwormwood English spelling), Prince Charles' Welsh home and through areas which formed part of this ancient estate. The old coachhouse was converted into the residence using traditional building techniques and the courtyard buildings are used for holiday lettings when Prince Charles is not in residence. Wikipedia Entry, Llwynywermod Statue to Llwelyn ap Gruffudd Fychan
Llandovery - 0.1 miles from route - (Cicerone P113, A.J. Drake Map 20) SN748343 A 16-foot (4.9 m) high stainless steel statue to Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan was unveiled in 2001 on the north side of the ruins of Llandovery Castle, overlooking the place of his execution six hundred years earlier. Wikipedia Entry, Llandovery
Stage 9 - Llandovery to Ty'n-y-cornel Hostel -
Name Location Grid Ref (approx) Photo Rhandirmwyn Camping and Caravan Club Park
Directly on route - (Cicerone P119, A.J. Drake Map 21) SN779436 The main entrance is by the bridge at Rhandirmwyn. When crossing into the park there is a very inviting bench overlooking the river which makes a great lunch break. The managers of the Park are very backpacker friendly and will never turn a backpacker away. Charges (2015) £5.60 to £9.50 per person for camping per night, but give discounts to backpackers. There is a small shop for supplies and icecreams. Camping Park website Towy Bridge Inn
Directly on route - (Cicerone P119, A.J. Drake Map 22) SN767447 The Towy Bridge Inn at Towy Bridge opens at 6 pm and is open lunch time during the holiday season. (The campsite over Towy Bridge from the Inn does not now welcome campers.) Note - The bridge here used to be known as Towy Bridge but is now marked on O.S. maps as Rhandirmwyn Bridge. Inn website Ty'n-y-cornel Hostel
Directly on route - (Cicerone P119, A.J. Drake Map 22 & 23) SN751534 Ty'n-y-cornel is a superb Youth Hostel, now owned by the Elenydd Wilderness Hostels but bookable though the YHA, where it is classified as a Bunkhouse. It was much loved by Tony Drake and he spent a lot of time working there. There is a bench erected in his honour. If the Hostel is closed there is a large shed opposite which is left open for shelter and, if necessary, somewhere to stay overnight. This is a Dark Sky Site. Hostel website
Stage 10 - Ty'n-y-cornel Hostel to Claerddu Bothy -
Name Location Grid Ref (approx) Photo Nant y Maen Phone Box
Directly on route - (Cicerone P126, A.J. Drake Map 23 & 24) SN762576 This iconic public telephone box in an extremely remote moorland location is one of many that have been threatened over the years. It has been completely vandalised with no attempt made to repair it due to 'low usage', though it could be a life saver in bad weather in a place where mobile phone reception is unlikely. Whether the box will be kept as a landmark remains to be seen but there are currently moves to adopt it by the Elenydd Widerness Trust. Wikipedia Entry Garn Gron Summit
Directly on route - (Cicerone P126, A.J. Drake Map 24 & 25) SN740611 The summit of Garn Gron provides a marvellous viewpoint and is a good place for a lunch stop, weather permitting. It has a trig point and two cairns and is the highest point on this moorland plateau at 451 metres (1776 ft). Tony Drake's Waymark
1.1 miles N of Garn Gron - Directly on route - (Cicerone P130, A.J. Drake Map 25) SN741628 Tony Drake placed his own Cambrian Way waymarks in a very limited number of places. These have the distinctive Welsh Black Hat logo and one of these can be seen on the entry to the forest on Map 25A marked with Wm and the grid reference of SN741628. The photo shows a similar post near Commins Coch. The ruin nearby at SN739629, (Ru on map) is very impressive. The tall chimney has been remodelled to take what appears to be a barn owl nesting site. Strata Florida Abbey
1.1 miles ESE of Pontrhydfendigaid - Directly on route - (Cicerone P130, A.J. Drake Map 25 & 26) SN746657 Strata Florida Abbey is a former Cistercian abbey founded in 1164 and dissolved in 1539 in the reign of Henry VIII. Now in ruins, the archway to the main nave remains intact. The site has a reception area with a gift shop and serves tea, coffee and icecreams. Admission (Summer 2015) £3.50 Adults, £2.65 Concessions, Free Admission November to March. Wikipedia Entry Cadw Entry Claerddu Bothy
0.6 miles NNE of Llyn Teifi - Directly on route - (Cicerone P131, A.J. Drake Map 27) SN793687 Claerddu Bothy is in a wild location north of Teifi Pools. It is owned and well maintained by the Elan Valley Trust. Facilities include sleeping platforms, bottled gas cooking facilities, running water and a flush toilet. It does not need to be booked but dry matches are advisable and there is no guarantee of firewood. Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3
Stage 11 - Claerddu Bothy to Ponterwyd -
Name Location Grid Ref (approx) Photo Gelmast Farm
1.3 miles NNW of Cymystwyth - Directly on route - (Cicerone P137, A.J. Drake Map 28) SN776756 This remote farm is surrounded by forest in the hills 2.5 miles east of Devil's Bridge. This is the farm where Thomas Johnes (1748 - 1816), an MP, architect, farmer, printer and writer experimented with the breeding of livestock and developed new farming methods for crops. This greatly improved efficiency and lead to present-day farming practices. He also grew trees on land that was unsuitable for crops. There is a notice board explaining this by the farm. The Arch near Devil's Bridge
On B4574 2 miles ESE of Devil's Bridge - Directly on route - (Cicerone P137, A.J. Drake Map 28) SN765756 The Arch was built to commemorate King George III's Jubilee in 1810 by Thomas Johnes owner of the Hafod Estate. The road used to run beneath the arch but now bypasses it. It has a picnic site with parking and toilets. Stay in Wales Entry Vale of Rheidol Railway
Devil's Bridge - Directly on route - (Cicerone P139, A.J. Drake Map 28 & 29) SN739769 This narrow gauge railway was built in 1902 to carry lead ore, timber and passengers. It runs from Aberytwyth to Devil's Bridge through stunning scenery. The station at Devil's Bridge makes a good lunch stop and there is a tap with drinkable water on a nearby building. Railway website Disused Mines near Pontbren Pwlca
Vale of Rheidol, Devil's Bridge - Directly on route - (Cicerone P139, A.J. Drake Map 29A) SN729781
photo © John S Mason
The disused mine on the north side of the River Rheidol near the Pontbren Pwlca Bridge (this name is only marked on local maps not O.S. maps) on map 29A of the A.J. Drake guide is a former lode mine, a lead-zinc bearing mineral, but there was a lot of iron sulphide marcasite present which decayed into sulphuric acid. There are some interesting panels about the mining and the disaster caused in the late 1960s when one of the tunnels burst sending a cascade of acid down the side of the mountain, poisoning the fish in the Rheidol. Geology Wales Report
Stage 12 - Ponterwyd to Dylife -
Name Location Grid Ref (approx) Photo Dyffryn Castell Hotel
A44 1.6 miles ENE of Ponterwyd - Directly on route - (Cicerone P143, A.J. Drake Map 29) SN774817 The Dyffryn Castell Hotel closed around 2008. Renovation work has was underway in 2010, but has been intermittent, and the hotel was was still closed in 2015. Please let us know if there is any update. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Marker Stones on Plynlimon
Plynlimon and Pum Pumlumon Arwystli - Directly on route - (Cicerone P144, A.J. Drake Map 31) SN800868 There are seven slate marker stones on the higher ground over Plynlimon and Pen Pumlumon Arwystli. Most have the letters WWW 1865 and an upward pointing arrow, but inscriptions vary a little. The initials refer to William Watkins Wynn, who was a very rich landowner, owning vast areas of land in Wales, even extending across the border into Shropshire. It is, therefore, likely that they marked a boundary to some of his land. The Star, Dylife
Dylife Village - Directly on route - (Cicerone P151, A.J. Drake Map 31 & 32) SN863941 The Star, formerly The Star Inn, dates back to 1640, and is located in the remote village of Dylife, in an area of old lead mines. It changed ownership and underwent extensive renovation before reopening in 2015. It is now receiving good reviews for both its food and accommodation. They proudly advertise no mobile reception or television and give 5% discount for those who are walking. The Star website
Stage 13 - Dylife to Dinas Mawddwy -
Name Location Grid Ref (approx) Photo Another Tony Drake Waymark Post
Coed Bryneinion 0.5 miles SE of Commins Coch - Directly on route - (Cicerone P155, A.J. Drake Map 32B) SH849025 One of the few Cambrian Way waymark posts erected by Tony Drake was at this point in the forest where the route turns off to go down the hillside. In recent years felling operations have made the route easier to see. Its base is now rotted but it has been temporarily held upright with some stones. Cemmaes Wind Farm
2.5 miles NNE of Commins Coch - Directly on route - (Cicerone P159, A.J. Drake Map 33) SH867064 The Cambrian Way runs through the Wind Farm for about 1.5 miles and gives the opportunity to see, hear and feel the turbines at close quarters. It is an eerie sensation in mist when the whooshing of the blades is sensed before they loom into sight. Though they are fascinating in a way, the scenery of Mid Wales, in particular, is blighted by too many of them. Turbine Details Buckley Arms Hotel
Minllyn, near Dinas Mawddwy - beside A470 0.25 miles S of Cicerone route when visiting Dinas Mawddwy - Directly on old route (Cicerone P159, A.J. Drake Map 34A) SH867064 The Buckley Arms Hotel was built in 1873 and is reptedly the oldest reinforced concrete building in Europe and the second oldest concrete building in the World. Sir Edmund Buckley was quite a character and went bankrupt shortly after building the hotel. He was involved in selling shares in a gold mine (possibly this one) which did not have any gold. Hotel website Pont Minllyn over River Dovey
Beside A470 0.4 miles S of Cicerone route when visiting Dinas Mawddwy - Close to old route (Cicerone P159, A.J. Drake Map 34A) SH860139 The bridge was buit in the early 17th Century at the expense of Dr John Davies, Rector of Mallwyd from 1604 to 1634. It is very close to the modern road bridge taking the A40 across the River Dovey. It is a Grade II Listed Building, being a good example of early bridge building. British Listed Buildings Entry
Stage 14 - Dinas Mawddwy to Bwlch Llyn Bach -
Name Location Grid Ref (approx) Photo Red Dragon Mine, Dinas Mawddwy
0.1 miles N of route at Bwlch Siglen (0.3 miles by path) - (Cicerone P169, A.J. Drake Map 34) SH836139
photo © Iain Robinson
The Red Dragon Mine started as a lead mine in 1852 but a "black mineral" (possibly manganese) was found in large quantities. Struggling for finance, the investors were tempted by suggestions of gold, and poured in a large amount of money to fund gold mining in 1854, only to find there was none and the mine was abandoned around 1856. This mine was mentioned in a previous Point of Interest as the venture that may have lost Sir Edmund Buckley a lot of money. Iain Robinson's Blog
Stage 15 - Bwlch Llyn Bach to Barmouth -
Name Location Grid Ref (approx) Photo Cadair Idris Summit - 893m (2927 ft)
Directly on route - (Cicerone P174, A.J. Drake Map 36) SH711131 Whatever route is taken up Cadair Idris, there are spectacular views in clear conditions. Although it does not quite reach 3000 ft, the views are every bit as good as many that do. There is a Mountain Refuge Shelter just N of the summit if needed, but on a good day there is a fine lunch stop just down from the summit to the south, overlooking Llyn Cau. Wikipedia Entry Llynau Cregennen (NT)
Directly on route - (Cicerone P177, A.J. Drake Map 38) SH659143 The area around Llynau Cregennen, or Cregennan Lakes is owned by the National Trust and is one of the lesser known beauty spots in Wales. There are views of the lakes themselves, Cadair Idris and, a short way along the road going N, a view over Barmouth Bay. View from Above Clapper Bridge above Arthog Waterfalls
Directly on route - (Cicerone P177, A.J. Drake Map 38B) SH650138 The route from Llynnau Cregennan leads over this old Clapper Bridge crossing the River Arthog. These ancient bridges were made by placing slabs of stone across a river with stone piers beween each stone. In this case, only one slab was needed. The path then goes north and soon descends down the steep path through woodland following the long series of cateracts of Arthog Waterfalls, for about half a mile, before reaching the A493 road near Arthog. Arthog Hall
0.2 miles W of route - (Cicerone P176, A.J. Drake Map 38) SH644144
photo © rightmove.co.uk
Arthog Hall is a Grade II Listed Building located in the woodland about 300 yards west of Arthog Waterfalls. It is a Country house in picturesque castellated style, built 1833 for Reginald Fourden and currently in private ownership. British Listed Buildings Entry Barmouth Bridge
Directly on route - (Cicerone P176, A.J. Drake Map 38) SH620154 Barmouth Bridge is a Mainly wooden viaduct with a steel Swing Bridge for the passage of boats. It opened in 1867 to carry a single track railway line across the Mawddach Estuary. It also caters for foot and cycle traffic for which a toll was charged until 2013. There is a fine view of Coes-faen Clock Tower from the bridge. Wikipedia Entry Swing Bridge and Harbour Barmouth
Directly on route - Town Centre 0.5 miles - (Cicerone P182, A.J. Drake Map 39) SH612158 Barmouth is a popular holiday town with many facilities for food, shops and accommodation. There is a plaque on the wall of the Barmouth Rowing Club at the harbour commemorating Harold Lowe, 5th Officer on the Titanic famous for his rescues of passengers. Wikipedia Entry
Stage 16 - Barmouth to Cwm Bychan -
Name Location Grid Ref (approx) Photo Cwm Bychan, Rhinog Mountains
Directly on route - (Cicerone P188, A.J. Drake Map 40 & 41) SH647316 Though difficult in places, there is much spendid ridge walking in the Rhinog Mountains with many fine views of mountains and lakes. The point highlighted in Cym Bychan is the approximate spot where the front cover photo of the guidebook was taken, with Tony Drake as a younger man, climbing upwards. Wikipedia Entry
Stage 17 - Cwm Bychan to Maentwrog -
Name Location Grid Ref (approx) Photo Llyn Trawsfynnydd
Close to route - (Cicerone P202, A.J. Drake Map 41) SH690360 Llyn Trawsfynydd is a man-made reservoir created in the 1920s to supply water for Maentwrog Hydro-electric Power Station. In 1965 it also became the source of cooling water for the Trawsfynydd Nuclear Power Station, which was shut down in 1991 and is still being decommissioned. An interesting feature is the footbridge across the eastern end of the lake, which is used by the Trawsfynydd Variant of the Cambrian Way. Wikipedia Entry
Stage 18 - Maentwrog to Beddgelert -
Name Location Grid Ref (approx) Photo Ffestiniog Railway, Dduallt Station
Directly on route - (Cicerone P207, A.J. Drake Map 43 & 43A) SH679421 An interesting feature of the Ffestiniog Railway at Dduallt is the loop in the track. When Llyn Tanygrisiau Reservoir was created, the disused railway line was flooded, so when restoration took place extra height had to be gained somewhere; hence the loop was built. Festrail website Wikipedia Entry Train Entering Loop Train Completing Loop Llyn Stwlan Pumped Storage Reservoir
Close to route - (Cicerone P208, A.J. Drake Map 43 & 43B) SH664444 Llyn Stwlan is the upper reservoir of the Ffestiniog Pumped Storage Hydro-electic Power Station, the Tanygrisiau Reservoir being the lower one. At off-peak times water is pumped from the lower to upper reservoir and, when power is needed at peak times, the flow is reversed, about 72% of the power being regained. Providing power quickly at peak times is of very high value, so the wasted energy is well worth while. Tanygrisiau Power Station Rhosydd Slate Quarry
Directly on route - (Cicerone P213, A.J. Drake Map 43) SH665462 Quarrying for slate first started in the early 1830s, but there were many difficulties with working at about 1500 ft above sea level and with the transportation of the slate. Despite large sums of money being spent, it went into voluntary liquidation in 1873. It was re-opened by new owners and continued to be worked until 1930 when it became uneconomical and never properly restarted. Wikipedia Entry Aberglaslyn Pass
Directly on Main route - 1 mile S of Beddgelert - (Cicerone P215, A.J. Drake Map 44 & 44A) SH595467 The Pass of Aberglaslyn is a narrow gorge by the River Glaslyn, where the longest tunnels on the Welsh Highland Railway are to be found. This section of the railway was re-opened in 2009 when the line was extended down to Porthmadog after many years of disuse. The line runs by the left side of the river on the photograph before entering the tunnels. Wikipedia Entry Festrail Entry Gelert's Grave, Beddgelert
0.1 miles W of Main route - 0.3 miles S of Beddgelert - (Cicerone P215, A.J. Drake Map 44) SH590477 Beddgelert Means 'Grave of Gelert', the faithful dog that was, in the legend, slain by Prince Llywelyn when he thought it had killed his baby son, only to find the baby safe and sound near the body of a wolf that his dog had killed whilst protecting the child. Wikipedia Entry Gelert's Statue
Stage 19 - Beddgelert to Pen y Pass -
Name Location Grid Ref (approx) Photo Sygun Copper Mine, Beddgelert
Close to Main route - 1.2 miles ENE of Beddgelert - (Cicerone P219, A.J. Drake Map 44) SH605488 Sygun Copper Mine is a Victorian copper mine that was closed in 1903, but was renovated and reopened by the Amies family as a tourist attraction in 1986, focusing on audio-visual tours of the underground workings. Wikipedia Entry Copper Mine website Gladsone Rock, Snowdon
0.25 miles from Cicerone route, directly on A.J. Drake route - on Watkin Path up Snowdon - (Cicerone P220, A.J. Drake Map 45) SH618523
photo © David Neale
Beside the Watkin Path in Cwm Llan on the ascent of Snowdon stands the Gladstone Rock inscribed with: 'Sep 13th 1892 Upon this rock the Right Honourable W.E. Gladstone M.P. when Prime Minister for the fourth time and 83 years old addressed the people of Eryri upon justice to Wales The multitude sang Cymric hymns and Land of my Fathers Publicly dedicated by Sir Edward and Lady Watkin June 1893.' Geotopai Entry Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre
Directly on Main route - (Cicerone P220, A.J. Drake Map 45) SH609544 In 2009, the new Snowdon Summit Visitor Centre (Hafod Eryri) was opened, with tourist information, café and gift shop as well as being the terminus of the Snowdon Mountain Railway. The futuristic building replaces the ramshackle buildings that were once called 'the highest slum in Britain' by Prince Charles. Snowdon Wikipedia Entry Snowdon Pen y Pass Youth Hostel
Directly on Main route - 3 miles ENE of Snowdon Summit - (Cicerone P227, A.J. Drake Map 45) SH647556 As well as providing accommdation for walkers, the Snowdon Pen-y-Pass Youth Hostel benefitted from a bequest from Tony Drake, which helped towards the £1.3m Hostel Refurbishment. Facilities include: New café and bar open to the public, new games room and classroom, new self-catering kitchen facilities, public WCs and showers for day walkers. Snowdon Pen y Pass YHA Entry
Stage 20 - Pen y Pass to Llyn Ogwen -
Name Location Grid Ref (approx) Photo Cantilever Stone, Glyder Fach
Close to Main route - Just E of Summit - (Cicerone P227, A.J. Drake Map 46) SH657583 Amongst the huge number of stones and boulders around the summit area of Glyder Fach is the Cantilever Stone balancing near its middle. Despite its precarious appearance it is quite stable with a few people standing on it. However, it has been seen and heard rocking when a group of five or six people jump up and down on it in unison. One Group Jumping
Stage 21 - Llyn Ogwen to Conwy -
Name Location Grid Ref (approx) Photo Refuge Shelter on Foel Grach
Directly on route - 1 mile N of Carnedd Llewelyn - (Cicerone P233, A.J. Drake Map 47) SH689659 There is a Mountain Refuge Hut just north of Foel Grach for shelter if caught out in bad weather along this ridge, much of which is over 3000 ft above sea level. It nestles in the the mountainside just where the steep descent levels off and can easily be missed when looking straight ahead. Carnedd Gwenllian (formerly Garnedd Uchaf)
Directly on route - (Cicerone P235, A.J. Drake Map 47) SH687669 In 2009, Garnedd Uchaf was renamed Carnedd Gwenllian in memory of Princess Gwenllian (1282-1337), only child of Llewelyn ap Gruffudd, the last native Prince of Wales, after whom Carnedd Llewelyn is named. She was confined in a priory in Lincolnshire after her father was killed in battle when she was an infant, and she never got to know her real identity. Photo taken from Carnedd Gwenllian with Carnedd Llewelyn far centre. Full History in Wikipedia Shelter at Disused Quarry
0.7 miles NE of Tal y Fan - Directly on route - (Cicerone P237, A.J. Drake Map 49A). SH738733 On the descent of Tal y Fan, the route passes this small, disused quarry. Entry from the top is fenced off because of the dangerous rock faces, but lower down there is access and a small roofed shelter. The entrance is very low, but there is somewhat more headroom inside. The quarry is possibly of medieval origin but closed down in 1914. Maen Penddu
0.9 miles NE of Tal y Fan - Directly on route - (Cicerone P237, A.J. Drake Map 49A) SH739736 Maen Penddu meaning the Black-headed Stone is in a prominent position where the slope levels off on the descent of Tal y Fan, below the old slate quarry. The shape and texture of the stone suggest it was brought from elsewhere and it is thought to date back to around 2000 BC. This Photo looks SW from Maen Penddu towards the quarry and Tal y Fan. Our Heritage website Sychnant Pass Road
Directly on route - (Cicerone P238, A.J. Drake Map 49) SH750770 The Sychnant Pass is a deep cleft between Alltwen, and Maen Esgob. Around here, the hills run right up to the sea, so this was the only practical route for the old turnpike road to take going west from Conwy when it was built in 1772. However, the ascent was difficult for horse drawn vehicles, so in 1830 Thomas Telford built a road around the cliffs on the coast at Penmaen Bach. Wikipedia Entry historypoints.org Entry Conwy Mountain Hill Fort
Directly on route - (Cicerone P238, A.J. Drake Map 49) SH760778 There are remains of an Iron Age Hill Fort around the summit of Conwy Mountain, with a number of hut circles around the area. It was called Castell Caer Seion (or Lleion) and excavations in the 1950s found pre-Roman coins and artefacts. There are notice boards explaining some of the history. Wikipedia Entry historypoints.org Entry Conwy Castle, End of Cambrian Way
Directly on route - (Cicerone P238, A.J. Drake Map 49) SH784774 Conwy Castle was built by Edward I between 1283 and 1289 during his conquest of Wales. It is a World Heritage Site and is considered by UNESCO to be one of the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe. What finer place to end the Cambrian Way? Wikipedia Entry Cadw Entry
Route of the Cambrian Way - Summits on or near Route
|Summits near Route - Mountains of 2000ft or over (610m)|
This is a list of mountains, defined as those over 2000ft (610m) with a relative height of at least 49ft (15m), encountered along, or close to, the route of the Cambrian Way.
- 46 are on the Main Route, including ten that are over 3,000ft (914m).
- 5 are on Route Variants.
- 2 are on the High Level Option from Snowdon over the Crib Goch Ridge.
- 16 more that are close to the route have also been included.
- Several more at a slightly greater distance that have been omitted.
- A full list of the 190 mountain tops of Wales can be found on John and Anne Nuttall's website.
Summit Grid Ref / what3words Height Notes Chwarel y Fan SO258294
2228ft (679m) On Main Route Twmpa (Lord Hereford's Knob) SO225350
2231ft (680m) On Main Route Rhos Dirion SO211334
2339ft (713m) On Main Route Waun Fach SO215300
2661ft (811m) On Main Route Mynydd Llysiau SO207279
2175ft (663m) On Main Route Pen Twyn Glas SO213257
2119ft (646m) On Main Route Pen Allt-mawr SO207243
2359ft (719m) On Main Route Pen Cerrig-calch SO217223
2300ft (701m) On Main Route Waun Rydd SO062206
2523ft (769m) 170m off Main Route, 6m Ascent Bwlch y Ddwyallt SO055203
2474ft (754m) On Talybont Variant Fan y Big SO036207
2359ft (719m) 520m off Main Route, 4m Ascent Cribyn SO024213
2608ft (795m) On Main Route Pen y Fan SO012216
2907ft (886m) On Main Route Corn Du SO007213
2864ft (873m) On Main Route Y Gyrn SN989216
2031ft (619m) 500m off Main Route, 26m Ascent Fan Fawr SN970193
2408ft (734m) 1020m off Main Route, 178m Ascent Fan Nedd SN913184
2175ft (663m) 970m off Main Route, 133m Ascent Fan Fraith SN887184
2192ft (668m) 680m off Main Route, 16m Ascent Fan Gyhirych SN881191
2379ft (725m) On Main Route Fan Hir SN831209
2497ft (761m) On Ystradfellte Variant Fan Brycheiniog SN825218
2631ft (802m) On Main Route Picws Du SN812219
2457ft (749m) On Cicerone Main Route, A.J. Drake Llanddeusant Variant Waun Lefrith SN798215
2221ft (677m) On Cicerone Main Route, A.J. Drake Llanddeusant Variant Pumlumon Fawr SN790870
2467ft (752m) On Main Route Pen Pumlumon Llygad-bychan SN799871
2385ft (727m) On Main Route Pen Pumlumon Arwystli SN815877
2431ft (741m) On Main Route Maesglase (Maen Du) SH817150
2218ft (676m) On Main Route Cribin Fawr SH795153
2162ft (659m) 260m off Main Route, 22m Ascent Waun-oer SH786148
2198ft (670m) On Main Route Gau Graig SH744141
2241ft (683m) 130m off Main Route, 2m Ascent Mynydd Moel SH727137
2831ft (863m) On Main Route Cadair Idris (Penygadair) SH711130
2930ft (893m) On Main Route Craig Cwm Amarch SH711121
2595ft (791m) On Minffordd Variant Cyfrwy SH704133
2661ft (811m) 240m off Main Route, 47m Ascent Tyrrau Mawr SH677135
2169ft (661m) On Main Route Craig-y-llyn SH665119
2041ft (622m) 700m off Main Route, 123m Ascent Diffwys West Top SH648229
2106ft (642m) On Main Route Diffwys SH661234
2461ft (750m) On Main Route Crib-y-rhiw SH663249
2198ft (670m) On Main Route Y Llethr SH661258
2480ft (756m) On Main Route Rhinog Fach SH665270
2336ft (712m) On Main Route Rhinog Fawr SH657290
2363ft (720m) On Main Route Moel Ysgyfarnogod SH658346
2044ft (623m) On Main Route Foel Penolau SH661348
2014ft (614m) On Main Route Moelwyn Bach SH660437
2329ft (710m) 560m off Main Route, 118m Ascent Craigysgafn SH660443
2260ft (689m) On Main Route Moelwyn Mawr SH658449
2526ft (770m) On Main Route Moelwyn Mawr North Ridge Top SH661453
2119ft (646m) 35m off Main Route, 1m Ascent Moel-yr-hydd SH672454
2126ft (648m) 690m off Main Route, 103m Ascent Cnicht North Top SH648468
2251ft (686m) On Main Route Cnicht SH645466
2260ft (689m) On Main Route Yr Aran SH604515
2451ft (747m) 800m off Main Route, 220m Ascent Snowdon SH609544
3560ft (1085m) On Main Route Crib y Ddysgl (Garnedd Ugain) SH611552
3494ft (1065m) On Crib Goch Alternative Route Crib Goch SH624552
3028ft (923m) On Crib Goch Alternative Route Glyder Fawr SH642579
3278ft (999m) On Main Route Castell y Gwynt SH654581
3189ft (972m) On Main Route Glyder Fach SH656583
3261ft (994m) On Main Route Y Foel Goch SH678582
2641ft (805m) 1090m off Main Route, 63m Ascent Tryfan SH664594
3002ft (915m) 670m off Main Route, 191m Ascent Pen yr Ole Wen SH656619
3209ft (978m) On Main Route Carnedd Dafydd SH663631
3425ft (1044m) On Main Route Carnedd Llewelyn SH684644
3491ft (1064m) On Main Route Foel Grach SH689659
3202ft (976m) On Main Route Carnedd Uchaf (Carnedd Gwenllian) SH687669
3038ft (926m) On Main Route Foel-fras SH696682
3091ft (942m) On Main Route Drum SH708696
2526ft (770m) On Main Route Carnedd y Ddelw SH708705
2257ft (688m) On Main Route Tal y Fan SH729727
2001ft (610m) On Main Route