The beautiful seaside village of Aberdovey is the perfect spot to stay to enjoy a weekend of lovely Welsh walks. There are walks of varying difficulty and length – so you’ll easily find something suitable.
Aberdovey Circular Walk
Stunning sandy beach, medieval castle site, tales of sunken villages, and far-reaching views of the Dyfi estuary and Cambrian coast are all part of this short but scenic walk which starts and finishes in Aberdovey.
For the walk:
- From the seafront car park, head to the west of the town passing below the railway bridge, a signpost marks the start of the route with the path initially climbing above the town past the supposed site of a castle.
- Continue westwards around the summit of the hill to Trefeddian Farm and on wards until you follow the line of a small river past the southern edge of the farmyard at Crychnant.
- Follow along the track until it merges with the road, then when you see the signage for the Wales Coastal Path, leave the road and descend back into Aberdovey.
Short Walk from Happy Valley
This is an easy short walk in the Snowdonia National Park, easily manageable in about a couple of hours – making it a prime choice for families. It is a rewarding and enjoyable walk, set in the land of Arthurian legend; providing varying interests and ever-changing panoramas from coastal to more distant and impressive mountains.
For the walk:
- The walk begins at a car park (Grid Ref SH 640 986); leave the car park and turn left down the lane going towards Happy Valley. Turn left at the first opportunity past a cedar wood bungalow and on past some stone farm buildings. Cross over the stile, over a field and the bridge across the Afon Dyffryn-gwyn.
- Turn to the right up the track and follow it through and along the edge of the woods and over the open land down to a track junction. From here, turn to the right and enjoy views over Cardigan Bay to the Llyn Peninsula and down the western end of Happy Valley.
- As you turn to the left, follow the track rising gently over the downs, there is one gate to go through before the track reaches a lane; then turn left.
- The views of Happy Valley continue to the left, but as you carry on walking the views of the Dyfi estuary start to appear on the right. Continue walking and you’ll come to a house, and follow the ancient track way – from here you can see right across the estuary to the sand dunes of the Ynyslas Nature Reserve and the marshes that provide a wildlife sanctuary behind Borth.
- Further along the path there are spectacular views right up the valley; look out for the marking Carn March Arthur on the left of the track. Here you can see the indentation made by the hoof of King Arthur’s horse when it made a legendary leap across the estuary. Follow the track to the left, and head down the track to reach the car park.