Aberdyfi Circular Walk (approx. 4 miles)

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Map: OL23 Cadair Idris & Llyn Tegid
Start: SN 615 960 – Junction of Seaview Terrace and Copperhill Street
Route: The route is based on a leaflet published by Snowdonia National Park, 18 Aberdyfi Circular walk. When we completed the walk we were staying at a cottage on Copperhill Road, so we changed the starting point and the early part of the route. For anyone using the leaflet (or indeed following the waymarks), the route around Trefeddian Farm is unclear – hopefully my photographs will aid navigation.
There are some steepish uphill sections – and even steeper downhill bits on returning to the village.
Links to Route Files: Ordnance Survey OS Maps online (may only available to OSMaps subscribers).
More info:

route profile
Refreshments: Lots of choice in the village – during our stay we enjoyed a coffee at Medina Coffee House, a meal at the Dovey Inn and chips from Walker’s Fish and Chips.

Looking up Copperhill Street, Aberdyfi The Snowdonia National Park leaflet starts the walk at the car park and then leads along the main road to the west. Our route leads instead from the junction of Seaview Terrace and Copperhill Street (if you start from the mainseafront car park, head east along the main road until you come to The Dovey Inn).

Walk up the narrow road, first passing shops and then a row of cottages. Continue under the railway bridge pictured.
Copperhill Street, Aberdyfi After passing under the bridge follow the footpath sign on the left. This takes you along a narrow tarmacked path ...
junction of paths above Aberdyfi … for about 65 metres to the junction of paths shown. Turn right, taking the path uphill. From this point this description follows the Circular Walk route and the walk is waymarked with circular signs.

In places the path is quite steep, with steps, but after about 300 metres emerges ...
crossing Gwelfor Road, Aberdyfi … on Gwelfor Road. Cross the road and go through the wooden kissing gate opposite. The path continues to climb as it heads west north west.
the Dyfi estuary Do pause to take in the view across the estuary.
footpath above Aberdyfi, walking towards Trefeddian Farm The path leads up the hillside, turning to the north and taking you over a ladder stile and ...
footpath above Aberdyfi, walking towards Trefeddian Farm … onwards to the metal gate in this photograph (not the wooden gate on left). You pass a handy bench if you need to pause for a rest before continuing.
footpath above Aberdyfi, walking towards Trefeddian Farm Go through the gate pictured and then turn immediately left (not following the couple of walkers in the middle distance of the photo).
footpath above Aberdyfi, approaching Trefeddian Farm After just less than 100 metres go through this gate, following the track towards a group of caravans...
caravans at Trefeddian Farm … and then turn to the right. After the last caravan the path isn’t all that clear...
path leading down to stream near Trefeddian Farm … but a gap in the bushes leads down to ...
crossing stream near Trefeddian Farm … a metal walkway across a small stream. Follow the path up to climb over a stile and head a little north of due west.
Ruin - Trefeddian-fâch The route takes you past a ruined farmhouse on your right. The OS map shows a path turning to the right beyond the ruin, but we continued in the same direction for about another 80 metres.
looking back to the coast We turned right at a junction with this track (the photograph is taken looking behind us to the coast). After a little over 100 metres continue ahead at a junction of paths, walking almost due east.
track along hillside above Aberdyfi The path continues ahead, skirting the hillside.
track along hillside walking towards Crychnant Once through this gate in the picture, look out for the ...
… white-topped marker posts that indicate the route. Pass to the south of the farm buildings at Crychnant. Go through a metal gate ...
Crychnant … quickly followed by another and then turn right on to the farm road. Follow this road ...
junction of track east of Crychnant … and bear left after just over about 200 metres at this junction (the track to the right is a short cut back to Aberdyfi).
crossing unclassified road north of Aberdyfi After just over 300 metres you meet an unclassified road (the road downhill affords another short cut back to the start). Cross the road to follow another unclassified road (Panorama Walk), passing through a gate by a cattle grid. After a little more than another 600 metres or so ...
leaving Panorama Walk … take the track on the right (pictured). Walk downhill for about 350 metres ...
footpath leading downhill to Aberdyfi … and then go through a kissing gate on the right.
footpath leading downhill to Aberdyfi The path on the ground isn’t clear, but head south west and look out for more white-topped marker posts.
footpath leading downhill to Aberdyfi Continue following the marker posts downhill.
footpath leading downhill to Aberdyfi The path leads through this gap in the field boundary ...
footpath leading downhill to Aberdyfi … and down to another kissing gate followed immediately by a wooden bridge.
footpath leading downhill to Aberdyfi Continue to follow the route through woodland and over the boardwalk down to another kissing gate.
footpath leading downhill to Aberdyfi The next gate is a narrow wooden one – and then there’s another one before ...
footpath leading downhill to Aberdyfi … you leave the woodland, following the path south west around the hillside. The path turns to the south and a wooden gate leads to a track – cross this (following the Wales Coast Path waymarks).
Aberdyfi Steps take you down passing the first houses on the outskirts of the village. Cross the road ahead and continue down the tarmac path ...
Aberdyfi … to more (shallower) steps.
leading to Seaview Terrace, Aberdyfi Eventually the path joins the coastal road, Seaview Terrace. Turn right and follow the road back to the start.

All text and images © Graham Dean, October 2022.

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