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Meirionnydd Coast Path

The Meirionnydd coast, between the estuaries of the Dyfi and the Glaslyn, is a splendid and often wild area. Here are rugged mountains, remote upland lakes, scenic estuaries and natural woodland in valleys where streams tumble over rocks. There is plenty of history, but even Harlech's castle is rivalled by the wealth of ancient monuments that suggest the magic of this land and its importance to our prehistoric ancestors. Stone circles abound, the locations of earth lights are met and it's even worth scanning the beach for a turtle. Visit the chapel where the devil crept into a painting, the church where corpses were taken before their visit to Bardsey and see a tombstone with the oldest example of written Welsh.

The Meirionnydd Coast Walk is a continuous walking route of 72 miles that strings together all these features in a convenient manner. The route starts at Aberdyfi and heads north along the Meirionnydd coast to Porthmadog and is a link in the Wales Coast Path which provides a continuous long distance path along the whole of the Welsh coastline.

The walk can most easily be accomplished by walking eight daily sections that end at stations on the Cambrian Coast railway, making access easy at any of the stage points. The stages we recommend are as follows:

Day 1 - Aberdyfi to Tywyn
Day 2 - Tywyn to Llwyngwril
Day 3 - Llwyngwril to Barmouth
Day 4 - Barmouth to Talybont
Day 5 - Talybont to Llanbedr
Day 6 - Llanbedr to Harlech
Day 7 - Harlech to Llandecwyn
Day 8 - Llandecwyn to Porthmadog

The whole route can be completed in one week's holiday.


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Start: Aberdyfi

Grid Ref: SN 607961

End: Porthmadog

Grid Ref: SH 566392

Distance: 115 km

Walking Time: 8 days

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Meirionnydd Coast