Llangelynin and Old Tracks from Rowen
Mid level walk into the foothills of the Carneddau.
|9.3 km||425 m||2 hours|
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Start and Finish: Rowen
Ty Gwyn Hotel in Rowen is recommended.
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Llangelynin and Old Tracks from Rowen Details
This moderate walks starts in the quiet Snowdonia village of Rowen, taking in forests, Roman roads, Bronze Age remains, hills as well as a remote church on the hillside. This walk also passes the Youth Hostel at Rowen, and could easily be started from there.
1 Start the walk from the middle of the village, walking past the Ty Gwyn Hotel pub, and uphill past quaint cottages until you arrive at a junction to your right (you’ll know you’ve gone too far as the road becomes very very steep!)
2 Follow the minor road for 1.25km until the road forks left and right. Turn left here towards the wooded hill side, where the road begins to ascend.
3 The road soon gives way to a track after the final house (which is a base for the Scouts) and begins to zig-zag steeply uphill. This is clearly an old track, and it must have felt like penance to those who followed it to church on Sundays! This is a Woodland Trust forest, and there are a number of interesting looking paths leading off, but you need to continue on upwards.
The track soon eases off as it leaves the forest, and continues to climb at a steadier pace between two high walls all the way to Llangelynin Church.
4 The Church at Llangelynin is in a remote location, and is quite a spectacular spot. It was closed when we walked past (a sleety day in early March), but in milder months you may get lucky. It’s still a fascinating place, and would be even more atmospheric if the mist descended!
5 Continue to follow the track past the church, and you may spot a few cars parked to your right as there’s a minor road that is used to access the church (no, we didn’t tell you, and that would have been too easy!). Keep to the left along the track and below the craggy hill that’s called Craig Celynin, after the saint related to the church. This would be worth the short walk to the summit, but time was against us today, and we had to continue onwards.
You soon join the ancient track that crosses this upland, and it ascends to the shallow col to the right of Craig Celynin before contouring around the hill for around 2km. It’s easy to follow, and you may even spot some of the ancient stone circles along the way. There is a footpath that cuts 1km off the route half way along, but it is difficult to follow and the time saved will probably be lost as you’re left scratching your head as you’ve missed the well camouflaged stone stile half way along!
6 The track eventually reaches the old Roman Road where you need to turn left. It’s worth keeping an eye out for the burial chamber noted on the map around half way to the Youth Hostel as it’s right next to the track This is a good track that’s easy to follow, but eroded in places and brings you down past the Rowen YH and then the tarmac road continues steeply downhill towards the village.
We found the Ty Gwyn Hotel in Rowen was an ideal post walk stop, serving food and some decent real ales. The real fire was really welcome on a cold day like this one!