The Precipice Walk – Llwybr Cynwch – Near Dolgellau

The Precipice Walk - Llwybr Cynwch - Near Dolgellau

Route Information

Unnamed Road, Dolgellau LL40 2NG, UK


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Route Summary:

One of the very best easy walks in Snowdonia.

Distance: 5.4 Kms

Ascent: 240 metres

Time: 2 hours

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


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

Hazards: Some sections do feel exposed if you're not used to heights.

Public Transport:

None – only to Dolgellau and Llanelltyd.

Parking and Post Code for Sat Nav: Ample spaces. Saith Groesffordd Car Park - LL40 2NG

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The Precipice Walk – Llwybr Cynwch – Near Dolgellau

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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.

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The Route

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