Walking

Walking trail

Discover nature walk at Penrhyn

Walking trail

Explore the lesser-known parts of the castle grounds, seeing how we encourage wildlife.

Children exploring the woodland at Penrhyn Castle

Map

Map route for discover nature walk at Penrhyn

Start:

Penrhyn Castle car park, grid ref: SH603717

1

Leave the car park and head through a stand of mature and semi-mature oak trees. In spring you'll walk through a sea of flowers.

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2

Follow the grass path as it curves round a small mixed woodland known as the Lime Grove. Oak, lime and sweet chestnut of varying ages grow here with an under-layer of box, bay and holly. Ferns abound here.

3

Cross over the mown walkway. Flanked by fine specimens of trees and shrubs, it's known as the Broadwalk. There's a fine view of the Castle Keep and Library Carrel from here.

4

Walk down the Heather Slope into The Dell. The Heather Slope faces south west into the prevailing winds and several mature oak and beech trees have been uprooted here.

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5

As you cross the Old Drive, the original entrance to the Castle, pause for a moment and imagine Queen Victoria's grand entrance when she visited in the Castle's heyday. You can still see some of the original setts or cobble stones.

6

Follow the path to the Bog Garden - a wonderland of exotic water-loving plants like gunnera and reedmace. The path leads past a rustic wooden belvedere to a wooden boardwalk. Take the steps up to the Walled Garden. If you have a dog with you, bypass the Walled Garden by heading back to the Old Drive and turning left along the yew hedge. This joins up with the path out of the Walled Garden.

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You can take a botanical world tour in the Walled Garden, which has plants from all over the globe. Wander around the formal paths till you are ready to leave, then go out through the door opposite the one you entered by.

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8

Turn left on to the gravelled path through the Rhododendron Walk. In spring and early summer the rhododendrons and azaleas are a mass of scent and colour.

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9

Carry on along the path to a brick stable then turn right up the slope to the ruined chapel. Every castle needs a romantic ruin and this is Penrhyn's. Its setting amongst redwoods, firs and cedars adds to its gothic atmosphere.

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Follow the path to the left under some yew trees and between the stable block and the disabled parking area. At the corner of the Castle, follow a broad grass path to the boundary fence and Fox Hollow.

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The path follows the fence line through the Elysian Fields with their magnificent coastal and mountain views. Remember to look right as well for an imposing view of Penrhyn Castle. The path takes you back to the car park where you started your walk.

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End:

Penrhyn Castle car park, grid ref: SH603717

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Terrain

Grass and gravel paths, some slight inclines, uneven surfaces and steps. Dogs on leads welcome except in the Walled Garden - alternative route available to avoid this.

Discover nature walk at Penrhyn

Contact us

Discover nature walk at Penrhyn

How to get here

Address
Penrhyn Castle, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 4HT
By train
Nearest station Bangor, 2.5 miles (4km), see Traveline-Cymru for details. 1 mile (1.6km) walk up drive
 
By road

A5122 to entrance at Llandygai. Postcode LL57 4HN

By bus

Caernarvon to Llandudno route stops at entrance to Penrhyn Castle, see Traveline-Cymru for details

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Route 5 goes close by, see Sustrans for details

Discover nature walk at Penrhyn

Facilities and access

  • Free parking, 500 yards
  • Kiosk - drinks and ice creams
  • Baby-changing and baby food heating facilities
  • Front-carrying baby slings and hip-carrying infant seats for loan
  • Separate mobility parking, 200 yards
  • Grounds - partly accessible, some steps and cobbles
  • Staff-driven multi-seater vehicle - booking essential
  • Building - ramped entrance. Two wheelchairs available. Many stairs to other floors
  • Stable block - fully accessible. Lift to first-floor gallery and museums
  • Adapted toilets in kitchen courtyard