Dolmelynllyn Estate walk

Walking trail

Walk alongside the cascading Rhaeadr Ddu Falls, an inspiration to generations of artists and writers, and make sure to see the fascinating remains of the Cefn Coch gold mine.

Views over ruins at the Cefn Coch goldmines


Map route for Dolmelynllyn Estate walk


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 Gamlan to its junction with a stoned footpath, waymarked towards a wooden bridge. As you follow this path look out for a rock inscribed in Latin with a line by the poet Thomas Grey.

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Cross over the bridge and veer right to Rhaeadr ddu: the Black Falls. There are two separate waterfalls, both spectacular in all seasons.

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Continue along the path, following the waymarkers through a kissing gate. A little further on, take the path to your right and cross the wooden footbridge. Carry on along the path to your right, up a tarmac road and through a gate into Forestry Commission woodland.


After about 110yds (100m) turn left through a conifer plantation. Follow the way-markers over a rustic oak footbridge and onto the open mountain. From here the way-markers will take you past the the 19th-century gold workings. Look out for the early and more recent stamping mills, the barracks and a powder hut. The path will lead you down to the ruined cottage of Berthlwyd.

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Walk downhill along the tarmac road as far as the stone house on the left. Take the path to the right and cross a step-over stile into the woods.


Carry on along this path until you reach a junction. Take the second path to the right and follow the way-markers through the woods. This path will bring you to the Merionnydd National Trust work base.


Continue on along the tarmac road to the Tyn-y-Groes Hotel. Cross the busy main road and take the path opposite, towards the River Mawddach and the Tyn-y-Groes bridge.


Go left along the tarmac road back to the main road. Cross over to the pavement and turn right, back towards the village and the car park.


Ganllwyd car park, grid ref: SH727243

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Dolmelynllyn Estate walk


Woodland, grass paths, some tarmac. Can be muddy. Steep in places. Kissing gates, ladder and step-over stiles. Dogs welcome, under close control in woodland and on leads on farmland. Please clear up after your dogs.

Dolmelynllyn Estate walk

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Dolmelynllyn Estate walk

How to get here

Ganllwyd, Gwynedd
By train

Station at Barmouth 10 miles (16km), see Traveline-Cymru for details

By road

A470 to Ganllwyd, car park in village. Post code LL40 2TF

By bus

Bus stops in Ganllwyd, routes between Dolgellau and Blaenau Ffestiniog, see Traveline-Cymru for details

By bicycle

NCN Route 82 goes close by, see Sustrans for details

Dolmelynllyn Estate walk

Facilities and access

  • Car park in Ganllwyd village
  • Toilets at car park
  • Picnic benches in woodland below car park
  • Uneven and steep path in places