We are incredibly lucky that during lockdowns this year, we could walk from our door at Graig Wen to waterfalls, woods, into the mountain uplands and onto the coast.

One of the good things to have come out of the situation, as well as being able to enjoy the walks ourselves, has been sharing routes with more of our guests. It’s been a pleasure to see the positive effect of being out in nature, exploring the quiet and beautiful areas of Snowdonia National Park.

All the places pictured below can be reached from Graig Wen without having to get in a car. You can walk for just an hour or two or spend all day wandering around the hills surrounding the Mawddach Estuary.

There are walks suitable for families and seasoned hikers. From Graig Wen, all the routes involve a steepish hill on our track down to the Mawddach Estuary Trail. But you don’t have to go far in the car to find flat walks accessible to everyone.

We share some of these walks with you when you book via our digital welcome guide. Make sure you you add the guide to your phone so it works offline like an app when you are here. We also sell OS maps and walking books on site.

Recommend a circular 9 mile walk from the Graig Wen – head down to the Estuary and turn right towards Dolgellau to Abergwynant Woodland – which is a must, especially in the Autumn. Crispy leaves from ancient oaks and silver birch, holly and acorns – just stunning. For the more energetic I would absolutely recommend carrying on uphill to the Cregennan Lakes where the landscape changes dramatically with superb views of Cadair Idris. This is an epic circular walk with all around views of mountains and the Estuary, made particularly spectacular returning to Graig Wen (from the Barmouth side) in the bright twilight and fine shower mist which created a magnificent rainbow. Golden sunset moments and you don’t even have to get into the car.

Amanda, October 2020

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