Walk the Wales Coast Path from Llwyngwril to Aberdyfi
Another mixed bag on the Snowdonia ‘coast’ – which at least finishes with a section of proper coastal walking between the Dysynni and Aberdyfi
Distance: 19 km
Ascent: 295 m
Time: 5 hours
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Start and Finish: Llwyngwril to Aberdyfi
All facilities in Towyn, plenty of hostelries in Aberdyfi.
Check out the businesses nearby for more places to stay and drink.
The railway is recommended along the entire section from Pwllheli to Machynlleth.
Businesses on this section of the Wales Coast Path:
Walk the Wales Coast Path from Llwyngwril to Aberdyfi Details
This section of the Wales Coastal Path between Llwyngwril and Aberdyfi takes an initially hilly approach before closing the Afon Dysynni at a new footbridge on the way to Tywyn. Finally following the coast into Aberdyfi (Aberdovey). At this point, you can see the seaside resort of Borth across the Dyfi barely a kilometre away but two day’s walking on the coastal path!
Llwyngwril to Tywyn
From Llwnygwril, the Wales Coast Path again heads uphill and inland. Following country lanes in the main, the trail takes an inexplicable downhill route in order to plod through some farmland, because no section of the Wales Coast Path is complete without one muddy field and a bunch of cows to negotiate. It does take you a little closer to the sea, but all that height is then regained to join the same country lane a few k from where you left it (we’d be tempted to stick to it!)
The coast is a distant memory, as the track contours around the hill of Foel Llanfendigaid to the landward side before following a quiet road past the former army base at Tonfannau, which still has a railway station and serviced over 3000 passengers a year in 2017/18. That places it as the UK’s 2,437th busiest station out of 2,563 stations and not in the 100 quietest stations.
The quiet country lane used to be the main coast road, but the bailey bridge over the Dysynni was removed when the army camps closed and until a few years back, entailed a diversion inland on the coast path’s original route. Thankfully there’s a shiny new Dysynni Bridge that makes the walk in to Tywyn around half an hour’s walk rather than the 90 minutes it would have been from this point.
Tywyn to Aberdyfi
The final approach into Aberdyfi is similar in some respects to that of Barmouth further north, with even the name mirroring that of Abermaw. However, the coastal path manages to stay faithfully to the coast by following the shore into Aberdyfi. It’s not all good news as the wide estuaries previously crossed had embankments (Glaslyn), bridges (Dwyryd) and viaducts (Mawddach) to cross – the Dyfi leaves us no choice but to divert, a full two days’ diversion! Occasionally, the remains of tree stumps and peat can be seen on the beach, usually when exposed by stormy weather.