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The Ardudwy Way

By Dave Roberts   

on November 23, 2011    5/5 (1)

The Ardudwy Way

Further Details

Route Summary:

Route Start Location:

36.71 km 1323 m

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

Activivity Type: Epic Walk, LDP

Summits and Places on this Route


none noted


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 :

Public Transport:

Traveline for UK Public Transport

Recommended Maps


The Ardudwy Way Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

Download file for GPS

The Ardudwy Way

The Ardudwy Way  is a little known multiday path that crosses the western side of the Rhinogydd from Barmouth in the south to Llandecwyn in the north. Either complete it on it’s own or use it in order to create a loop when traversing the peaks.

The Route  starts off in Barmouth and heads straight up into the hills and over a high pass at Bwlch y Rhiwgyr and down to the next village of Tal-y-bont.

Either descend to the village or take the bridleway past Llyn Erddyn and onto the old coach road and Pont Scethin, a bridge over the Afon Ysgethin. Ahead on the hillside is the remains of a coaching inn – Tynewydd.

The route continues by skirting the hill of Moelfre and into Cwm Nantcol and then across another coach bridge at Pont Pen-y-bont. A final hilly section and you can descend to Harlech from here, or continue on the final wildest section.

The final section is across remote terrain, and mirrors the toughest Rhinog terrain to the east. The highlight of this section is the stone circle on Bryn Cader Faner, worth a short detour. Finally descend to Llyn Tecwyn Isaf and Uchaf before ending the journey at Llandecwyn.

Further, more detailed information is available:

Southern Section

Central Section

Northern Section

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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2 thoughts on “The Ardudwy Way”

  1. Hi guys,

    is wild camping an option on the Ardudwy Way?

    I will spend 8 days hiking in Northern Wales in August. My plan was to walk from Conwy to Barmouth. Well I am not sure which is the better option:

    1. Cambrian Way from Conwy to Barmouth

    or rather

    2. Eryri Way from Conwy to Penrhyndeudraeth + Ardudwy Way from Llandecwyn to Barmouth?

    Which route would you guys recommend? I am quite experienced in hiking and wild camping but I have not been to the Welsh mountains yet.

    Many thanks from Germany!


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