The Precipice Walk near Dolgellau

A Brithdir and Llanfachreth walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 21/09/16

This short walk near Dolgellau (Gwynedd) is a wonderful route offering great views and excellent walking. An ideal route if you are short of time or if the weather only allows a shorter walk.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h50[?]
Distance Distance : 3.36mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 358ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 328ft
Highest point Highest point : 810ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 682ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Brithdir and Llanfachreth
Starting point Starting point : N 52.77371° / W 3.86067°
Download :
View point towards Barmouth Estuary


(D)The start is a small free car park (grid ref. SH745211) which is reached from the minor road running roughly north from Dolgellau to Llanfachreth. To start the walk take the path running behind the toilet block. This leads west beside a minor road which is followed for a short distance. A signed track leads off to the left. This leads past a solitary house after which you turn left following the signs to the "Precipice Walk". The path leads you past woodland on your left to reach an open space with a good view along the length of Llyn Cynwch.

(1)Bear right here alongside the wall walking slightly uphill and follow the sign. This leads you onto a well maintained path that is quite narrow in places. Almost immediately the views open up initially to the north. The path swings round to head southwest.

(2)The path soon becomes a narrow trod high above the valley below to your right. The ground drops away quite steeply and sufferers from vertigo might find this a little worrying. However the path is quite safe and the exposure is not severe. Ahead you get a wonderful view down to the sea along the Mawddach Estuary as far as Barmouth. The path eventually reaches less steep ground and the view ahead changes. Reaching a solitary bench you get a great view of the Cadair Idris ridge with its many summits.

(3)The path then turns east and descends once more to the shores of Llyn Cynwch. Turn left along the lake and follow the pleasant path through trees. Reaching the northern end of the lake retrace your steps back to the car park.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Car park at Coed y Groes
1 : mi 0.5 - alt. mi 0.5 - Bear right and head north
2 : mi 0.77 - alt. mi 0.77 - Follow path southwest
3 : mi 1.88 - alt. mi 1.88 - Follow path east
D/A : mi 3.36 - alt. mi 3.36 - Car park at Coed y Groes

Useful Information

This short walk provides some great views and plenty of interest with very little effort. The Precipice walk is on private land and as such the paths are permissive and closed one day per year which at the time of writing is on the 1st February. The car park at the start has public toilets.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.5/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 4.5/5
Routemap quality : 4.5/5
Walk interest : 4.5/5

on Mon 10 Jun 2019 12:54:11 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 06/06/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Easy climb with stunning views

on Mon 23 Jan 2017 12:56:47 CET

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 21/01/17
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

I took my two children (age 6 and7) on this walk to help break in their new Christmas walking boots and to start exposing them to walks which don't have a play park attached to them They loved this one, it was a perfect length for them and kept them entertained the whole trip, with some beautiful views across the Barmouth Estuary to admire over a snack (there was even a well placed bench to do this). Some narrow footings but nothing to worry about a walk round the lake at the end of the trip was a nice way to finish the adventure.

Use the postcode LL40 2NG to get you most of the way there - after the 'destination has been reached' its a mere 100-200 yards left to the car park.

A lovely walk, thanks for the instructions and info

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