The Vale of Ffestiniog Way

By Dave Roberts   

on June 22, 2013    No ratings yet.

The Vale of Ffestiniog Way

Further Details

Route Summary:

Route Start Location:

27.18 km 839 m

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

Activivity Type: Hard Walk

Summits and Places on this Route


Check out the businesses nearby for more places to stay and drink.


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.

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Public Transport:

Traveline for UK Public Transport

Recommended Maps


The Vale of Ffestiniog Way Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

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The Vale of Ffestiniog Way

This is a short local route that joins onto the Wales Coastal Path in Maentwrog and offers an inland extension to that walk.

The Route


The walk starts off in Maentwrog in the Vale of Ffestiniog, continuing via wooded gorges to the village of Ffestiniog. From there, the route takes up the ancient Sarn Helen Roman road across remote and seldom visited hillsides, though barely a slate’s throw from civilisation as the quarries prove.


Finally returning, via Blaenau Ffestiniog along the Tanygrisiau Reservoir and the woodland parallel to the Ffestiniog Railway.

There’s a detailed route description in three parts on this page – Vale of Ffestiniog Way which is currently divided over three pages:

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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