Walking

Walking trail

Rhaeadr Ddu and Coed Ganllwyd walk

Walking trail

This is a great waterside walk, taking you alongside the turbulent River Gamlan and past the magnificent Rhaeadr Ddu waterfalls. They look different every time you visit, depending on rainfall, weather and light.

Map

Map route for Rhaeadr Ddu and Coed Ganllwyd walk

Start:

Ganllwyd car park, grid ref: SH727243

1

Cross the road from the car park towards the recently restored corrugated iron village hall.

Restored corrugated iron village hall at Ganllwyd, Dolgellau, Snowdonia

2

Follow the tarmac road alongside the river then follow the waymarks over the stone bridge, heading for a wooden bridge. Look out for a lichen covered rock which has a Latin inscription carved on it.

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Footpath through the trees at Ganllwyd

3

Cross the wooden bridge and veer right towards the waterfalls. Rhaeadr Ddu, Black Falls in English, are two waterfalls which cascade over 60ft (18m). Take care on this section as the rocks can be slippery.

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Rheadr Ddu waterfall in Ganllwyd, South Snowdonia

4

Continue along the path following the waymarkers. Go through the kissing gate and shortly afterwards take the path to the left, following the waymarkers down through the open oak woodland.

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5

At the crossroads, go straight ahead through the wooden gate. Follow the path, through two more gates, to the main road. Turn left here to go back to the car park.

Woodland in Ganllwyd

End:

Ganllwyd car park, grid ref: SH727243

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Rhaeadr Ddu and Coed Ganllwyd walk

Terrain

Mixture of tarmac, grassy paths (may be muddy), rocky slopes. Dogs welcome, under close control in woodland and on short leads on farmland. Please clean up after your dogs.
 

Rhaeadr Ddu and Coed Ganllwyd walk

Contact us

Rhaeadr Ddu and Coed Ganllwyd walk

How to get here

Address
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

Rhaeadr Ddu and Coed Ganllwyd walk

Facilities and access

  • Car park in Ganllwyd village
  • Toilets at car park