Snowdon Circular Route Section 2 The Lon Gwyrfai Low Level Snowdonia Walk

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The Snowdon Sherpa buses can be used, or the WHR trains as the trail runs between the two stations at Rhyd Ddu and Beddgelert. There’s a bike carriage on most WHR trains, though you’ll need to book ahead to check. The Snowdon Sherpa bus travels around the foot of Snowdon, creating a link between the six main routes that travel up Snowdon, as well as the main car parks, villages and tourist attractions in the area.

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Route Summary:

The Lon Gwyrfai is part of the Snowdon Circular Route currently in development. It is a multi-use track from Rhyd Ddu to Beddgerlert that’s suitable for anything from walking to cycling with a mountain bike or a hybrid bike.

Distance: 8.03 km

Ascent: 117 m

Time: 2 hours

Start and Finish: Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert


Pubs, cafes and toilets both ends of the trail.


There are a couple of places where the trail crosses the Welsh Highland Railway.

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Snowdon Circular Route Section 2 The Lon Gwyrfai Low Level Snowdonia Walk Details

The Lon Gwyrfai is a low level way-marked footpath that joins the villages of Rhyd Ddu and Beddgelert in Snowdonia. It’s part of the Snowdon Circular route that is currently under development that will eventually form a footpath that circles around Snowdon. The Lon Gwyrfai is a multi use path and is shared by cyclists, walkers, trail runners and equestrian users.

Be aware that it is a linear route – so you’ll need to walk it in both directions or organise return transport. There are regular Sherpa buses between Beddgelert and Rhyd Ddu, or you can also use the Welsh Highland Railway as this footpath starts and ends at their stations in Rhyd Ddu and Beddgelert respectively. You can continue on the Lon Gwynant from Beddgelert.

Snowdon Circular Route Section 2 The Lon Gwyrfai Low Level Snowdonia Walk

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Snowdon Circular Route Section 2 The Lon Gwyrfai Low Level Snowdonia Walk

1 From Rhyd Ddu station (and the car park) cross the road to the start of the Lon Gwyrfai.  You’ll notice it’s well signposted, with the distance to Beddglelert marked as 7.8km. Most of the posts are marked like this, so you’ll know how far you’ve walked. The Lon Gwyrfai initially sets off through the marshy ground, but the path is well built and you won’t even get your boots muddy.  The views ahead are towards the Nantlle Ridge, one of the best high level routes in Snowdonia, with Snowdon behind you.

2 The Lon Gwyrfai arrives at Llyn y Gader along a causeway, before skirting the lakeside past old quarry buildings and entering Beddgelert Forest.

3 Forestry plantations can be dreadful places to walk, and the next section along tedious forestry tracks doesn’t bode well. Continue along the track and turn left at the waymark. After x00m you’ll cross the Welsh Highland Railway after which you need to turn right along a dirt track.

4 Follow the track, past some houses …. Fortunately, the views do open up, and after this forestry track section does improve. The trail arrives at Pont Rhyd Ceffyllau – the bridge at the horse’s ford with a shallow area to the left clearly where horses used to cross the stream.

5 The track takes on some interesting sections as it climbs and winds through the forest, passing a viewpoint below the farm at Hafod Ruffydd Uchaf that’s worth a stop (there’s a seat here). The path continues down through the trees towards the campsite at the Meilionnen Halt.

6 After Meillionnen, the track ascends for around 600m through the forest to arrive at a bridge and a wall that marks the start of open ground to come.

7 The track skirts below the peak of Moel Hebog – and is used by many people as part of a circular walk up Moel Hebog. Turn left at the farm, downhill on a quiet lane. Crossing the Welsh Highland Railway a number of times as it loops around here to gain height.

8 Turn right and the Lon Gwyrfai brings you out at the station at Beddgelert. You’ll need to pass through the car park and turn left at the Tourist Information centre for the village centre and to the start of the Lon Gwynant.

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