Dinas Oleu walk, Barmouth

Walking trail

The walk takes you from Barmouth town centre through the steep narrow winding streets of the Old Town and up to the top of the gorse-covered hill, known as Dinas Oleu (Citadel of Light). As you make your way upwards, dramatic views over the Mawddach Estuary and Cardigan Bay - stretching towards the Llyn Peninsula - unfold. The walk is rich in history and you will explore the first area of land donated to the National Trust in 1895 by Mrs Fanny Talbot.

Dinas Oleu headland with Barmouth town and coastline in the foreground


Map route for Dinas Oleu walk Barmouth


Barmouth train station


Proceed along Station Road opposite the station entrance into Talbot Square (also called Talbot Place).


Turn right down the main high street and after some 100 yards you will notice a brown National Trust sign to your right pointing the way up to Dinas Oleu. Cross the road and turn up a narrow side street (Dinas Oleu Road). Walk uphill, bearing right at first, following the small National Trust indicator arrows at each junction until you reach a viewing point overlooking the town.


Take the steep path past the National Trust sign. Continue straight uphill, ignoring the path to the right at the first fork. The path narrows and there is a steep drop to the left so take care. A little further on you will come to the 'open air sitting room' recessed into the rock on you right.


Continue upwards following the zig-zag path and take the left fork where the path next divides. After a while you will come to some steps going quite steeply downwards for a short distance and then beneath some trees the path splits again. Take the sharp right fork and now follow the path steeply uphill again until you come to the National Trust centennial memorial at the top.


From the memorial carry on along the path you came up on. The path at first levels off and then descends quite steeply. Bear left at a fork, continuing downwards until you come to some steps, at the bottom turn left through the gate. Proceed for some 100 yards following a wall on your right until you come to a gate signposted "Frenchman's Grave Only". Go through the gate and follow the path for a short distance, passing through another gate until you see the grave directly in front of you.


Retrace your steps back to the first gate you came through and this time follow the path downhill, descending steeply, until you arrive at the first viewpoint you came to (see step two above). Now take the lane to the left of the path you ascended. This takes you past Ty'n Ffynnon (House of the Spring) where Fanny Talbot lived until her death in 1917. Notice the commemorative plaque carved in slate in the wall past her house.


You will now find a number of narrow, steep paths and alleyways descending through the higgledy-piggledy cottages of Barmouth Old Town. There are a number of routes you can take but if you keep bearing left you will pass the more prominent of the Ruskin cottages.


Continue descending through the narrow passageways until you reach the main High Street through the town. Turn right along the street and walk back to Talbot Square and the Station entrance where the walk began


Barmouth train station

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The path is steep and rough in places. It may be slippery when wet.

Dinas Oleu walk, Barmouth

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Dinas Oleu walk, Barmouth

How to get here

Dinas Oleu Barmouth
By train

Barmouth station (National Rail)

By road

From North Wales: A470 to Dolgellau then A496 to Barmouth; From Mid Wales/Midlands: A458/A470 from Welshpool to Dolgellau (then as North Wales); From South Wales: A 470 north to Dolgellau (then as North Wales)

By bus

Frequent buses from Wrexham via Dolgellau (Traveline Cymru)

Dinas Oleu walk, Barmouth

Facilities and access

  • Parking: There is a large pay and display car park (not National Trust) on the sea front (follow signs).
  • Various shops and cafes in the town.