Plas yn Rhiw countryside walk
From a Neolithic burial chamber to newly planted saplings and a recently made pond, this walk offers a look at the old and the new in the countryside around the small manor house Plas yn Rhiw.
Car park at Plas yn Rhiw, grid ref: SH237282
From the bottom car park cross the road and follow the footpath heading towards Plas yn Rhiw. Above the tea-room you’ll need to take the road leading up the hill to the right.
Plas yn Rhiw
The house was rescued from neglect and lovingly restored by the three Keating sisters, who bought it in 1938. The views from the grounds and gardens across Cardigan Bay are among the most spectacular in Britain. The house is 16th-century with Georgian additions, and the garden contains many beautiful flowering trees and shrubs, with beds framed by box hedges and grass paths. It is stunning whatever the season.
At the sharp bend in the road take the road leading to your left. Continue until you get to the junction at Aelrhiw church and take a right. Along this road you can enjoy fantastic views of Cardigan Bay.
Carry on along the road until you reach a single track road leading to your right. Follow the track down until it levels off where you will pass a beautiful white stone cottage on your left called Tan yr Ardd. From here you’ll see the small cottage of Fron Deg up on your left; take care when using the step stile in the stone wall.
Fron Deg Cottage
An entire family would have lived in this tiny dwelling which was most likely a ‘tŷ unnos’. These dwellings would have been built on common land, and if built in one night the house would be theirs and the land surrounding it to a distance that an axe could be thrown. It still has its original layout with a crog loft, a sleeping loft over the half of a cottage furthest from the cooking hearth.
Continue back down following the stone wall to the pathway leading to your left. Look out for the cottagers' pig sty built into the slope on your right. This is one of only three of this kind in Wales and is a listed building.
Frondeg pig sty
The fact that such effort was made to build the sty shows the importance of the pig to the household. Pigs were slaughtered during November and the meat was salted to last the family through the winter.
Follow the waymarkers through recently felled coniferous plantation. Before you go down the slope into the middle of the forest, bear right and look out for the old Baptist well. It's on the pilgrims' route to Bardsey Island.
Our rangers in Llŷn have been working tirelessly planting up to 30,000 trees in Tŷ’n y Parc. It’ll take years to grow but it’s something for our future generations to enjoy.
Go through the gate and take care on slope down as it can be slippery in places. Bear right at the bottom of the slope and in about 200m turn left onto the path that runs along the stone wall, this leads to the wildlife pond.
This pond is a haven for wildlife. Nine species of dragonfly and damselfly are found here, as well as a rare water plantain. This pond was created in 2000, following strong winds that destroyed a section of the conifer plantation. The only plants introduced here were alder, hawthorn and hazel; all the others have seeded naturally.
Return to the main track and walk on until you reach the road. Go straight over the crossroads and follow the old road, replaced because of erosion by the sea. When you re-join the road, cross straight over and follow the footpath back to the Plas yn Rhiw car park, where you began.
Car park at Plas yn Rhiw, ref: SH237282
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