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The Precipice Walk – Llwybr Cynwch – Near Dolgellau

By Dave Roberts   

on April 10, 2018    5/5 (5)

The Precipice Walk – Llwybr Cynwch – Near Dolgellau

Further Details

Route Summary:

One of the very best easy walks in Snowdonia.

Route Start Location: Circular Walk that starts and finishes from the minor road to the north of Dolgellau - see the car parking post code for details

5.44 km 210 m 2 hours

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

Activivity Type: Easy Walk

Summits and Places on this Route


Toilets at car park and all facilities can be found in nearby Dolgellau.


Some sections do feel exposed if you’re not used to heights.

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 : Saith Groesffordd Car Park - LL40 2NG

Ample spaces.

Public Transport:

None – only to Dolgellau and Llanelltyd.

Traveline for UK Public Transport

Recommended Maps



The Precipice Walk – Llwybr Cynwch – Near Dolgellau Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

Download file for GPS

The Precipice Walk – Llwybr Cynwch – Near Dolgellau

The Precipice Walk, or Llwybr Cynwch, near Dolgellau is one of the very best easy circular walks in Snowdonia. The walk dates back to Victorian times, when the walk was probably described as being frightfully precipitous. However, this belies a much gentler walk that’s more of a ramble than the mountaineering expedition implied by the name.

The walk starts off on a minor road to the north of Dolgellau at the Saith Groesfordd Car Park (LL40 2NG). It brings you initially to the eastern end of the scenic mountain tarn of Llyn Cynwch, a hidden gem of a lake that’s only the first course of this walk. The path then heads north to contour around the minor hill of Foel Cynwch high above the Mawddach and the busy A470 far below. Ahead, there are extensive views down the Mawddach Estuary and over towards Cader Idris and the mountains of South Snowdonia. Finally, the route returns to skirt along the shores of Llyn Cynwch and back to the start of the walk.

Precipice Walk Route

There’s a printable pdf file of the Precipice Walk available – here

Pictures of the Precipice Walk

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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