Lon Gwyrfai – Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert
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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)
Distance: 7.9 km
Ascent: 113 m
Time: 2 hours
Start and Finish: Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert
Pubs, cafes and toilets both ends.
Just keep an eye out for the trains!
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.
Paid parking available both ends.
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Lon Gwyrfai – Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert Details
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 Map
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!
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.
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.
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!