Walk of the month
Walk of the month - Coed Cymerau (Woodland Trust)
This is a fantastic area of native oak habitat in a National Nature Reserve, some of it ancient. If you have a hand lens, take it with you and take the opportunity to take a closer look on the wealth of tiny lower plants that are to be found along the walls and up the tree trunks.
There are a few different walks possible at this location – but here is a description of the simplest walk with gradual paths and a few up hills. It is possible to complete this walk in around 1 hour.
Distance: Around 3km
Time: Around 1 awr
Start/finish: Cilfan ger yr A496, i’r de o bentref Tanygrisiau
Facilities: General facilities found at Maentwrog or Flaenau Ffestiniog
Grid reference: SH 691 427
Relevant map: Ordnance Survey 124 Porthmadog & Dolgellau / OL 18 Harlech, Porthmadog & Y Bala
- Park at the lay-by off the A496, around a mile to the south of the village of Tanygrisiau near Blaenau Ffestiniog.
- Go through the kissing gate on the left and you will see the start of the footpath. In a little while, you will see old walls that are covered with all kinds of different mosses and lichens.
- Up the hill and then you will descend towards a fork. Follow the path that takes you down to the left.
- In a few minutes, you will reach the banks of the River Goedol. Here you will find a beautiful gorge, and a great spot to take five minutes to appreciate the wonderful moss mounds underfoot.
- Return along the same footpath to around the halfway mark; here you will see the path fork – take the left up towards the stile.
- Over the stile and keep to the left. Look at the gnarly branches of the ancient trees – each one with different coloured lichens.
- A little further on and you will see a bench – a great spot to take five minutes and appreciate the Manod Mawr. If you look carefully, you will see a line of white granite running through the rock.
- Past the old barn, home to the lesser horseshoe bat, a rare creature that can be seen hunting flies at dusk.
- You will come to another gate, go down to the right following the track. Listen to the small woodland birds – the pied flycatcher, wood warbler or redstart.
- You will also hear the sound of water rushing down Cymerau Waterfall. If you would like to see it, then turn left and follow the path for a few minutes down to thebridge – a sight well worth seeing.
- Return the same way to the track, and keep left to bring you back to the parking spot.
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