Rhaeadr Ddu and Coed Ganllwyd walk
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This is a great waterside walk, taking you alongside the turbulent River Gamlan and past the magnificent Rhaeadr Ddu waterfalls. They look different every time you visit, depending on rainfall, weather and light.
- Bus stop
Start: Ganllwyd car park, grid ref: SH727243
Cross the road from the car park towards the recently restored corrugated iron village hall.
Follow the tarmac road alongside the river then follow the waymarks over the stone bridge, heading for a wooden bridge. Look out for a lichen covered rock which has a Latin inscription carved on it.
The rocky outcrops along the course of the river make it very turbulent, spectacular in rough weather.
Cross the wooden bridge and veer right towards the waterfalls. Rhaeadr Ddu, Black Falls in English, are two waterfalls which cascade over 60ft (18m). Take care on this section as the rocks can be slippery.
These cascading falls on the River Gamlan are impressive in all weathers. They inspired one visitor to inscribe a line of poetry on a rock near the bridge.
Continue along the path following the waymarkers. Go through the kissing gate and shortly afterwards take the path to the left, following the waymarkers down through the open oak woodland.
In spring the oak leaves emerge as a fresh green mantle. They cling on to the branches well into autumn, when they turn to a golden brown before carpeting the ground.
At the crossroads, go straight ahead through the wooden gate. Follow the path, through two more gates, to the main road. Turn left here to go back to the car park.
End: Ganllwyd car park, grid ref: SH727243
- Trail: Walking
- Grade: Moderate
- Distance: 2 miles (3.2km)
- Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
- OS Map: Landranger 124
Mixture of tarmac, grassy paths (may be muddy), rocky slopes. Dogs welcome, under close control in woodland and on short leads on farmland. Please clean up after your dogs.
- How to get here:
By bike: NCN Route 82 goes close by, see Sustrans for details
By bus: Bus stops in Ganllwyd, routes between Dolgellau and Blaenau Ffestiniog, see Traveline Cymru for details
By train: Station at Barmouth 10 miles (16km), see Traveline Cymru for details
By car: A470 to Ganllwyd, car park in village Post code LL40 2TF
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