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The Torrent Walk near Dolgellau

Snowdonia/Eryri Walk

Nat Park - Snowdonia - Cadair Idris

County/Area - Gwynedd

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 1.6 miles / 2.6 km    Ascent - 380 feet / 115 metres

Time - 1 hours 10 minutes    Grade - easy

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - The Torrent Walk  near Dolgellau
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This short walk follows the Afon Clywedog downstream as it is passes over a string of pretty waterfalls. The route is easy to follow along a waymarked path. As you descend side paths take you closet to the river where the falls are particularly impressive. The route can be reached by taking the A470 from Dolgellau and turning left onto the B4416 signed to Brithdir. This walk could also be combined with the Precipice Walk nearby.

There are two laybys on either side of the close to the start of the walk about 500 metres after leaving the A470 (grid ref. SH761181). There is a fingerpost adjacent to the layby on the north side of the road. After parking walk to the fingerpost and continue towards Dolgellau beside the crash barrier. Turn right down to a metal kissing gate at the fingerpost. The path descends to a bridge across the river and then continues down through woodland running roughly parallel to the river.

As you proceed there are many side paths to the right leading to the best vantage spots to view the cascades. It is probably best to time your visit after a period of heavy rain as when the river is in spate the falls become very dramatic. Eventually the path finishes at a minor road. From here reverse the route back up the path. It is surprising how much you missed during the descent!

Other walks nearby

Walk 1646 The Precipice Walk easy3.5 miles
Walk 1107 Waun Oer and Maesglase near Dinas Mawddwymod/hard11.0 miles
Walk 2475 The Dyfi Hills Ridgemod/hard9.8 miles
Walk 2551 Rhobell Fawr from near Rhydymainmoderate5.7 miles
Walk 2811 Rhobell Fawr and Ddualt from near Rhydymainmoderate8.5 miles
Walk 1499 Rhobell Fawr and Dduallt from Llanfachrethmoderate12.0 miles
Walk 2937 Aran Fawddwy northern approachmod/hard8.4 miles
Walk 1172 Cadair Idris by the Pony Pathmod/hard11.0 miles
Walk 2668 Cadair Idris, Craig Cau and Cyfrwy by the Pony Pathmod/hard5.3 miles
Walk 1204 Cadair Idris Minffordd Pathmod/hard6.0 miles

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