Egryn walk, Barmouth

Walking trail

Step back in time as you explore this fantastic location with its breath-taking views, look out for evidence of human influence on the landscape. The extensive archaeological remains found here span 5,500 years making Egryn an outstanding site to discover.

Egryn, South Snowdonia


Egryn trail map, South Snowdonia


Lay-by 300m north of Egryn entrance on the A496


From the lay-by near the chapel (SH593204), head south towards Barmouth, taking care alongside the busy A496 for approximately 300m until you reach the gateway entrance for Egryn. From here the well way-marked circular walk starts.


Following the way-markers, go through the gate and up the farm track. You’ll pass the medieval Egryn hall house on your left (Point 1). It is now a holiday cottage and working farm so please respect guests’ privacy and watch out for farm traffic.

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Go through the galvanised gate and up to the farm yard, and on through the wooden gate directly in front. Bear right, over the small bridge, and then keep left, up the rough track passing the barn on your right.


Keeping left at the waymarker, follow the fence line by the stream, through the gate and over the bridge and keeping on the path, cross over the stile and follow the waymarkers across the stream.


Follow the dry stone wall, cross at the stile and keep left up along the track until reaching the waymarker at the top of the hill, keep left and go over the stile. Follow the waymarkers through the fields and carry on through the small wooden gate.


Near the top of the hill (Point 2) you’ll see the remnants of Pen Dinas, the Iron Age hill fort.

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Follow the track around the fort and through the wooden gate continuing across the fields following the waymarkers up to the wall and stream. Go through the gate, carrying on up the hill until reaching another metal gate. After going through the first gate, go through the gate immediately to your left.


The grassy mounds here (Point 3) mark the location of a manganese mine that first opened in 1835.

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Continue past the works, through the wooden gate on to the track and up to the metal gate. After going through the gate, turn right to continue the Egryn Walk, or, if you have the time, take the path to the top of Bwlch Rhiwgyr to see the outstanding views of the Mawddach estuary.


Carry on downhill following the waymarkers, taking the path through more remnants of the manganese works.


Carrying on downhill and through the gateway, you’ll come across the remains of a group of hut circles from the Bronze Age (Point 4).

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Follow the path down to Point 5. You'll reach two striking upright stones.

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Two upright stones


Taking the path downhill and following the waymarkers, cross the two streams and on through the metal gate to Point 6. Looking across the slope to your right, there are traces of medieval platform houses, paddocks and field systems.


Continue along the track downhill past Point 7 from where you’ll see all the dry stone walls that have been built over hundreds of years.

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Cross the wall at the stile, and keeping on the track, continue down to the farm yard and back to the start of the walk.


Lay-by 300m north of Egryn entrance on the A496

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Egryn walk, Barmouth


Some steep and wet sections. This landscape is farmed so you’re likely to encounter livestock, please keep dogs on a lead and leave gates as you find them.

Egryn walk, Barmouth

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Egryn walk, Barmouth

How to get here

Egryn, near Barmouth, Gwynedd
By train

Station at Barmouth (5km). See Traveline-Cymru for details.

By road

On the A496 Barmouth to Harlech road, park in lay-by by the chapel (or larger lay-by a further 300m up the road). Start of walk is at the entrance gate to Egryn.

By bus

On Barmouth to Harlech bus route, Sunny Sands bus stop is 300m from Egryn entrance. See Traveline-Cymru for details.

By bicycle

On Route 8 Lôn Las Cymru. See Sustrans for details.

Egryn walk, Barmouth

Facilities and access

  • Parking; There is a lay-by 300m north of Egryn entrance on the A496 SH593204 (by the Chapel)