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The eight circular waymarked self-guided routes are marked with different colours on the map and the path markers en-route. Five start and finish in Dinas Mawddwy. The others start and finish in three other nearby villages – Llanymawddwy, Mallwyd and Aberangell. Additionally, a 9th non-waymarked route ascending Aran Fawddwy (905m) is included here.
Five of the routes start from Lawnt y Plas car park in Dinas Mawddwy (Grid Reference SH 859 150). The signed entrance is opposite the Red Lion (Llew Coch) Inn at the public toilets. The 5 Dinas Mawddwy paths are:
The other three paths are:
Finally, the Aran Fawddwy Path (not fully waymarked) starts at the head of Cwm Cywarch – (7 Miles / 5Hrs).
In rough order of difficulty and time they are:
The paths explore intimate valleys, tumbling streams, shady woodlands and wild moorland with magnificent views. A reasonably fit person will be able to tackle any of the routes given adequate time and consideration for the weather. All the walks follow public rights of way and are waymarked. Follow the Countryside Code at all times.
Unless you are negotiating an obstruction, you should at all times stay on the paths. Do not wander over private land without permission from the owner. Mawddwy is sheep country, where dogs must be kept on a lead at all times (or left behind).
Always take account of the weather and dress accordingly, especially if you are exploring the longest routes. Good quality walking boots are strongly recommended. Please check e.g. the Met Office or BBC websites for a weather forecast. Please always remember to respect local traditions and the environment so that all those who wish to share the great charm and beauty of this unspoilt area of Mawddwy will remain free to do so.
Some paths are permissive where landowners voluntarily provide access to these paths and choose when they can be used, and by who. Permissive paths are shown with a white arrow.
The Mawddwy area is a special and unique place with the Dyfi River flowing through its heart. This is an area rich in history, scenery, nature, culture and characters that have shaped this mountainous Valley. Mawddwy has been a destination for those who were persecuted over the centuries from the pre-historic period of the fort which has retained the name Dinas in honour of Saint Tydecho, Owain Glyndwr, and Dugoed for the (Red Bandits) Gwylliaid Cochion. Dr John Davies Mallwyd built bridges to improve connectivity together with scriptural bridges to the life of Christ in his translation of the Bible into Welsh in an understandable language. The Mawddwy Trails take you to many of the sites where there is a connection with the above, and there is a thrill to be had from following in the footsteps of Henry Tudor on his way to Bosworth field, the big and the small , the hero and the villain, the king and the commoner, the Christian and the atheist, the nonconformist and the Anglican have all been here and there is a chance for you to leave your mark.