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.
For further details, enquires and comments please contact the Project Officers at
Telephone: 01766 770274
Address: Snowdonia National Park Authority, National Park Office, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd. LL48 6LF
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