A pleasant stroll through coastal heathland where the cliff edges provide a refuge for masses of wild flowers.
Criccieth 6 miles 3 HoursEasy
Paths: Well defined tracks. 6 stiles
Landscape: Riverside woodland, fields, street and coastline
Dog Friendliness: Yes
Parking: Large car park at east end of village
Public toilets: Near museum at Llanystumdwy and at Criccieth
From the car park make a right turn and go through Llanystumdwy village, past the museum to the bridge over the Afon Dwyfor. Make a right turn along the lane, then follow the footpath on the left past the memorial and down to the wooded river banks.
After a couple of miles the path turns right, then tucks under a stone archway to meet the tarred drive to Trefan Hall. Turn left along this, continue to the B4411 and turn right.
Turn right down an enclosed drive, signposted 'To Criccieth'. When another drive merges from the left, turn half left along a path shaded by rhododendrons. After a few paces, go through the kissing gate, then cross the field guided by a fence on the left. Go through another kissing gate the path veers half right, following a fence which is now on the right.
After another gate the route cuts diagonally (south east) across two fields to re-join the B4411, just a mile or so north of Criccieth. Follow the B4411 into town. Keep straight on at the crossroads, with the main street, to reach the promenade, which is east of the castle.
Follow the coast road as it climbs past the castle and bends right towards the railway line. Take the bridleway parallel to the railway past Muriau, followed by the footpath to the track north of Cefn Castell. Here you have to turn right, nearly to the railway, then left back to the coast, east of Ynysgain Fawr Farm. Follow the coast path west along coastal grasslands and gorse scrub to the estuary of the Dwyfor, past some crumbled concrete sea defences. Alternatively, if it's open, you can pick up the coast path from Criccieth, without the diversions inland. At low tide, of course, you can go along the sands.
At a ladder stile, follow a wall back towards Llanystumdwy. The route turns into a farm track and then cuts under the railway and passes through the yard of Aberkin farm before reaching the main road.
Cross the main road with care and go through the gate on the opposite side. A short path leads to an unsurfaced lane, which in turn leads to the village centre. Turn right to return to the car park.
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