Pompren and Tryfan Junction from Waunfawr WHR Station

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6.92 km 131 m

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Pompren and Tryfan Junction from Waunfawr WHR Station Details

This is a 7km route from the WHR station at Waunfawr, along quiet country lanes and tracks, to the newly renovated halt at Tryfan Junction and back to the start. It’s also ideally suited for an easy mountain bike in sections or even on horseback. You’ll probably see more horses than people.

Part of the route is along the Lon Gwyrfai, which is the same route as from Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert, only there’s nothing in between!

The Route

1 – Start at the WHR Station in Waunfawr, and turn right along the main road, taking care as it is narrow though not too busy (peak season exempted!), crossing the bridge over the Gwyrfai. Follow the main road through the village of Waunfawr, all the way to the far end of the village.

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2 As the village peters out, you pass a junction to your right with a straight long road leading uphill and a bus shelter on the left hand side of the road. Just past the bus shelter, follow the public footpath across two fields to join a minor road. If you’re cycling or on horseback, then ignore the footpath, and continue until you reach a minor road junction where you turn left. Its signposted Lon Gwyrfai and Caernarfon (note that the distances are bizarrely in miles, so must be regarded as ‘road’ signs).

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3 Continue along the minor road, until you reach a cross roads. Turn left and downhill towards a bridge over the Gwyrfai known locally as Pompren – a derivation of Pont Pren or the Wooden Bridge and only notable as the only wood near it is growing from the ground. There appears to be an old ford here, but I’ve never seen the water low enough to fancy it myself.

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4 – From here, the track continues muddily uphill, through a farm and within minutes to Tryfan Junction. This has recently been renovated, and there’s also a footpath into the hills from here (route to follow that takes you over the hills and back to Waunfawr station)

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5– Continue along the lane for a short distance, before turning left along the narrow country lane, towards a farm (Erw) as the lane becomes two strips of tarmac and eventually a path that leads uphill. The views now open up towards Caernarfon and Anglesey, and this off path section is over far too soon. All that remains is for the path to turn into tarmac, and the steep descent along a minor road that brings you out almost opposite the station, which will be on your left hand side.

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Dave Roberts

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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