Dog-Friendly walks in and around the small seaside village of Aberdyfi / Aberdovey

Llyn Barfog Bearded Lake at sunset Aberdovey Aberdyfi

This gentle four-mile walk soon gets you up above Aberdyfi, enjoying fine views over the mouth of the Dyfi estuary and south towards Borth and Aberystwyth.

  OS Map

Starting place: Tourist Information Centre
Starting ref: SN 614959
Distance: 4 Miles
Walk time : Allow 2 hours

  1. From the Tourist Information Centre walk to the RIGHT, then take the first LEFT into Copperhill Street. Continue up the street, passing under the railway bridge. 
  2. After the fifth house beyond the railway bridge, take the path to the LEFT, which climbs uphill, and is joined by a path from the right just after No 2 Bryniau - Isaf. Turn sharp RIGHT here and climb steeply up this path. Continue ahead when the path widens and becomes a tarmac road. Continue along the road, passing between houses to join another road.
  3. Cross this road, and go through the wooden gate opposite. Turn LEFT, following the direction indicated by the arrow. As you climb, superb coastal views open up. The path follows the edge of the field, climbing gently, then quite steeply, to reach a stile.
  4. Cross the stile, and continue with a fence to your left. Cross another stile in the corner of the field, and carry on ahead, to eventually descend to the footpath arrow to the right-hand side of Trefeddian Farm. Cross the small stream by the sign, go through the gate and turn LEFT following the direction indicated to walk around the back of the farm buildings. Go through the waymarked gateway, then turn RIGHT passing caravans. After about 15 yards, look down to locate a small footbridge over a stream, with a stile just beyond. Descend to the small stream and cross them both.
  5. From the stile, walk ahead, uphill for about 10 yards to reach a small brow, then walk half-LEFT across the field, with a low summit to the right. Soon the handsome, but derelict, stone buildings of Trefeddian-fach come into view. Walk past these and continue ahead, following the path between low summits. The path joins a track. Turn LEFT to reach a tarmac lane, which you follow down through Cwm Safn-ast
  6. Now pass through a gate, opposite the cemetery, turn LEFT and go through a gate to reach the coast road. Cross the road, veering slightly RIGHT, to go down the waymarked track to the railway. Pass through the gates and CAREFULLY cross the railway, looking and listening for trains. Continue along the track to a T junction. You are now on Aberdyfi Golf Course, so watch out for fast-moving golf balls. OPTION 1 – (Watch out for golf balls on this one!) Turn LEFT at the path junction, following the track until it veers away to the right. At this point continue ahead, keeping parallel with the railway. Eventually, you join another track. Follow this, ignoring the first waymarked sign to the left, which points across the railway (now go to instruction 7). OPTION 2 – (Recommended for amazing sea views) Continue ahead to cross a wooden walkway to the beach. Turn LEFT to return to Aberdyfi/Aberdovey along the beach, look out for the old WW2 pillbox on the way.
  7. Option 1 - Just beyond the Trefeddian Hotel, which is over the railway and road to your left, you will see a railway level crossing. Turn left and follow the track to the crossing, again looking and listening for trains. Join the main road and turn RIGHT to return to the Tourist Information Centre.


Please follow the Countryside Code at all times and look after this special part of the world.

This walk is published by ‘Kittiwake Books - Walks in the Dyfi Valley by David Perrott’
ISBN: 978 1 902302 76 8

 Dolgorch Upper Falls


Dolgoch has some very pretty waterfalls along this 1-mile easy walk.

Starting place: Dolgoch Hotel
Distance: 1 mile
Grade: Easy
Walk time: 1 - hour

Dolgoch has some very pretty waterfalls, a walk through the trees to the higher levels of the falls, end with tea and Bara Brith at the Dolgoch Falls Hotel. The path is clear with information posts and maps.

The highest fall is by the junction with the path up to the station and the path to the higher falls. These falls are quite spectacular after heavy rain. No photograph can really do it justice.
There are maps at regular intervals. Paths are clearly marked, and points of interest marked with information posts with poems from primary children from the local Bryncrug School. There are a number of interestingly constructed footbridges, and viewing spots and picnic tables en-route
The Tal-y-Llyn railway from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn passes over the path to the falls. The signs to the station are well marked from the path to the falls

Passengers who arrive by train walk down the path to the main falls, where they can also pick up the walk.

Not far from here are the main falls (shown on the previous page) and the left turn to the main path up to higher reaches of the network of falls.

The paths are occasionally steep with rough rock steps, but not for long distances.
Expect the path to be a bit muddy in places especially after wet weather – but this is also when the falls will be at their best.

There are a number of caves with shallow water. These are not barred off but are very dark. A number of publications give strong warnings not to enter.

Children can manage the paths, but they need to be kept nearby as there are some steep slopes just off the path. The walk is not suitable for buggies, but fit adults could manage young children in a back carrier!
Points of interest marked with information posts with poems from primary children from the local Bryncrug School. A number of interesting bridges as the paths criss-cross the stream.
The top of the route, with the river that flows down the hillside forming the various falls.
From here the path descends on the opposite side of the valley, crossing the bridge over the stream near the viaduct.


 Aireal of Estuary looking west


A walk along the Roman Road and Picnic Island which takes you above the village with views along the estuary and mountains.

Starting place: Aberdovey main car park
Starting ref: 6127 9594
Distance: 2.5 miles
Grade: Easy
Walk time: 1.5 Hours

From the beach, car-park follow the main road East through Aberdyfi towards the Railway station at Penhelig. You will pass the Yacht Club, Lifeboat Station and wharf, jetty.

Further on the right is the Literary Institute, it is worth visiting the institute to look at the notice boards to see the range of activities on offer, as well as the great views from the bay window in the reading room. The reading room also has a collection of old photographs of the village on its walls.

Turn right off the main road opposite the Penhelig Arms Hotel, then through to the Penhelig Park & gardens. The path follows the shoreline along the "Roman Road" towards "Picnic Island"; with its great views of the surrounding hills and along the estuary (The Roman Road is not passable during high tides).

For the return, retrace your steps back along the ‘Roman Road’ and take the path right about 20 metres beyond the Penhelig Arms hotel. Follow this path keeping to the left and up to a set of steep steps, just beyond the steps the path opens up with good views over the village and estuary. Further along the path you will come out at the Aberdovey Hillside village, turn right and follow the marked footpath up several steps on to the hillside.

Follow the path up the hillside between the gorse bushes and out to a large opening which again has great views over the village.  Continuing up the path, you will reach a gravel road; turn left onto a metalled road and back down to a crossroad.  Turn left at the crossroad and continue down into the centre of the village.



Pet Days Out - Off Lead Walkies in Snowdonia


Coed y Brenin Forest Park - Forest Visitor Centre

 Coed Y Brenin Centre

Waymarked walks and cycle routes. Dog drinking bowls around the cafe and dogs welcome inside.

Dogs should be kept under close control, or on leads, as required.

Please remember to clear up after your dog as requested (bags or stick-and-flick).

Please visit the website: Coed y Brenin


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