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Lon Gwyrfai – Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert

By Dave Roberts   

on August 28, 2014    5/5 (1)

Lon Gwyrfai – Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert

Further Details

Route Summary:

Multi-use track from Rhyd Ddu to Beddgerlert that’s suitable for anything from walking to cycling (though you’ll need a mountain bike or a hybrid bike)

Route Start Location: Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert

7.87 km 115 m 2 hours

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Activivity Type: 

Summits and Places on this Route


Pubs, cafes and toilets both ends.


Just keep an eye out for the trains!

Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Parking :

Paid parking available both ends.

Public Transport:

Snowdon Sherpa can be used, or the WHR trains as the trail runs between the two stations at Rhyd Ddu and Beddgelert. There’s a bike carriage on most WHR trains, though you’ll need to book ahead to check.

Traveline for UK Public Transport

Recommended Maps


Lon Gwyrfai – Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

Download file for GPS

Lon Gwyrfai – Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert

The Lon Gwyrfai is a mixed use trail and cycleway between Rhyd Ddu and Beddgelert. Lon Gwyrfai was initially a long distance cycle trail from Caernarfon to Beddgelert, but it appears that this section along with the Lon Gwynant will now be part of the Snowdon Circuit Trail instead.  The initial section from Caernarfon to Waunfawr is at the following link Lon Las Gwyrfai – Caernarfon to Waunfawr,- which is a little confusing. You can download a Lon Gwyrfai pdf file for free.

Lon Gwyrfai – Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert Route Description

1 – The Lon Gwyrfai starts off at the Welsh Highland Railway Station in Rhyd Ddu which is also a bus stop and a car park (around £4 a day) crossing the main road towards the obviously signposted path to Beddgelert. This is a new multi use track that makes this first section exceptionally easy to follow as it’s signposted all the way including distances in Kms only, welcome to the 21st Century!

Lon Gwyrfai - Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert

2 – The route crosses a causeway, complete with overkill eyesore mesh fence,  past Llyn y Gader, before passing some quarry ruins at the far end.

Lon Gwyrfai - Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert

3 – Soon after, the route enters the forest, where the wayposts make it really easy to follow. Take care crossing the Welsh Highland Railway, which the route crosses at least twice.

Lon Gwyrfai - Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert

4- There are a few highlights, mainly when you leave the plantations and the track finds some ancient woodlands. There’s also a few decent viewpoints across the valley as you near Beddgelert that are worth a shot or two. These are few and far between, unfortunately. Nevertheless, this makes a pleasant enough route between these villages and one that can be used to extend walks from Moel Hebog or the Nantlle Ridge.

5 – The route finishes at the WHR railway station in Beddgelert and the large carpark nearby, which is pretty much central to the facilities in the village. You can extend the walk to Pen y Gwryd, Mynydd Sygyn or around Yr Aran to return to the start (though these are all walking routes). Alternatively, you can make it a lazy day and after a cream tea in Beddgelert, return to Rhyd Ddu.

Remember, you can also return to the beginning via the WHR – but you’ll need to book for your bike!

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.
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