Walking

Walking

Ty Mawr Wybrnant and Cwm Wybrnant walk

Walking

This walk takes you through the natural and social history of this Welsh upland valley. At its centre is Ty Mawr Wybrnant, the birthplace of Bishop William Morgan, who translated the Bible into Welsh.

Enjoy a walk through the history of the upland valley

The walk highlights several elements of the historic landscape: the wildlife and habitats, the historic buildings and a way of life now a part of Welsh upland history. You'll walk through traditional upland farmland, along forest roads and an old drover's road.

Map

Map route for Ty Mawr Wybrnant and Cwm Wybrnant walk

Start:

Ty Mawr Wybrnant car park, grid ref: SH771523

1

Walk to the entrance of the car park and turn left. After going through the gate, turn right and walk across the field towards the gateway and ruined building.

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2

Walk through to the next field and follow a fairly obvious path on its right-hand side, aiming for the far left corner. This field is called Fownog Goch on the 1838 map. It's wet and ploughable and would have been used for rough grazing. The sunken areas in the lower parts of the field are turbaries or peat diggings. Peat was the main source of fuel in upland areas. It was cut into slabs in April and May and left to dry. The soft rush known in Welsh as canhwyllfrwynen (candle rush) was used until the latter half of the 19th century as candles. The light produced was much poorer than the candles we recognise today. Rush candle holders and candle making equipment can be seen at Ty Mawr Wybrnant.

3

Make your way to the northernmost corner of the field. Pass through the gate and over the Wybrnant stream on the clapper bridge. Turn left along the road to Ty Mawr Wybrnant.

4

When you reach the wooden gate just before Ty Mawr Wybrnant, turn sharp right and follow the way-markers uphill. Pass through a small gate before turning left past a large smooth rock on your right-hand side. Keep the dry stone wall on your left.

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5

Walk along the drovers' path until you come to the junction with the forestry path. Turn left. You'll soon reach seats that overlook the Wybrnant valley. Continue along the forestry road keeping left until you arrive back at the car park.

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End:

Ty Mawr Wybrnant car park, grid ref: SH771523

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Ty Mawr Wybrnant and Cwm Wybrnant walk

Terrain

A mixture of forestry tracks, open fields and an old drover's road. It's advisable to wear suitable footwear.

Dogs are welcome but please keep on leads.

Ty Mawr Wybrnant and Cwm Wybrnant walk

Contact us

Ty Mawr Wybrnant and Cwm Wybrnant walk

How to get here

Address
Ty Mawr Wybrnant, Penmachno, Betws y Coed, Conwy, LL25 0HU
By train

Nearest train station at Pont-y-pant 2.5 miles (4km) and Betws y Coed 6 miles (9.8km).

By road

From Betws y Coed: Follow the A5 towards Llangollen. In approximately 3 miles (4.8km) take B4406 to Penmachno. Follow signs from village to Ty Mawr Wybrnant. The house is 2.5 miles (4km) north-west of Penmachno by a single track forest road.


From Pentrefoelas: Follow A5 towards Betws y Coed. In approximately 5 miles take B4406 to Penmachno. Follow signs from village to Ty Mawr Wybrnant. The house is 2.5 miles (4km) north-west of Penmachno by a single track forest road.

By bus

Take bus no. 64 Llanrwst to Cwm Penmachno, alight at Penmachno, then it's a 2 mile (3.2km) walk. For current bus timetable, please check Traveline Cymru

By bicycle

Check National Cycle Network for local cycle routes.

Ty Mawr Wybrnant and Cwm Wybrnant walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome but please keep on leads