|Pont y Pant Station
Snowdon View Walk
(As this takes in both stations it can be walked from either. The description is written from Dolwyddelan.)
This is a lovely, varied, linear walk particularly on a dry day. It takes in the Village, mountain moor and forest ending with a delightful river section at Pont y Pant Station.
Leave the station car park turning left past the school and right via the bridge over the Afon Penamnen & Lledr rivers. Continue along the main village street towards the crossroads with the A470 passing the church of St. Gwyddelan which can be traced back to the 12thC and is well worth a pause with superb views of Siabod (872m) rising high above the houses.
Follow the road uphill between the pub and Post Office and at the top turn right towards the first stile 1. Here the views start opening up over the village
and deep into Cwm Penamnen and the climbing crag of Carreg Alltrem on the left. Continue diagonally up across the field over stile 2 and veer left along the fence boundary of Pen Y Gelli to pass behind the house onto open moor. Bear left towards a yellow waymark some 100m further, and on up towards the skyline.
Veer left and cross the small stream on stepping stones and continue half right to a simple stile over a wire fence 3. Turn right and follow along the fence line beside a rock outcrop. Watch out for heron and buzzard over the moor. Veer left and continue to the drystone wall and on to the skyline.
Mounting the rise brings stunning views over Snowdon to the left of Siabod and as the next stile 4 is passed Dolwyddelan Castle reveals itself under the hills further to the left. Ahead stretches a magnificent area of mountain moorland with the path continuing over a stone causeway and off to the right the last stile 5 can be seen at the forest boundary. Cross here onto a wide and sometimes muddy forest track, towards the sound of rushing water and the sunlit exit at the wooden footbridge and crossing the stream follow the path right along the bank to the main forest road bridge.
Turn right onto the road and continue, ignoring junctions, all the way to the main A470 passing through a yellow and black forest gate 6 (the footpath to the left before the gate makes an interesting diversion to a small lake where heron and duck nest and the right junction leads directly back to the village). At the main road cross carefully towards the left and through an iron gate 7 to cross the Afon Lledr via a wooden footbridge. Turn left at the path junction (right leads back to Dolwyddelan Station) on through a farm gate 8 past Hendre farm, along the river path until turning right under the railway bridge and left through the gate 9. Continue along the track veering right and uphill. Looking back there are good views here of the Lledr Valley and a short downhill section leads through a gate 10 past Dolmurgoch and onto the tarmac road to Pont y Pant station.
© Conwy Valley Rail Initiative 2001