Hike - Afon Dyrwyd and Llyn Decwyn
|Beach beside Afon Dyrwyd|
Route: The route starts from the roadside parking at the eastern end of Pont Briwet, close to Llandecwyn Station. This is the best starting point, as the route returns to this point along the banks of the Afon Dyrwyd estuary.
|View of Pont Briwet, the bridge over the Afon Dyrwyd esturay|
Follow the pavement along the roadside towards Llandecwyn, and cross the A496. Continue uphill through the houses, eventually turning left onto a public footpath through the fields, just as this road starts to zig-zag steeply uphill.
The footpath follows the line of the electricity pylons up the valley towards Llyn Tecwyn Uchaf.
Halfway up the valley, a less-distinct footpath leads of to the left, following a branch of the valley uphill to Allt-Gallch.
Follow the footpath past the Allt-Gallch.farmstead, then descend the forestry track which zig-zags down into the next valley.
Halfway down the track, the footpath veers off to the right, descending the wooded and bracken-covered slopes to a pedestrian gate out onto the A496.
Cross the A496 (with care, as there are no pavements), and cross the low stone wall by a stile. This footpath leads across a small field to the shore of the Afon Dyrwyd.
Now follow the Afon Dyrwyd shore downstream towards Pont Briwet. The footpath lads along the top of several small sandy beaches, briefly crossing the stone wall of a drocky promontory by a ladder stile.
Continue along the sandy shoreline towards Pont Briwet. At low tide, the route can be followed along the sandy shore around the small rocky ridge, emerging onto the roadway. At mid-tide and above, this shore-edge route becomes impassable, and the footpath meander over the slopes of the rocky ridge, descending again steeply to meet the roadway.
Obstacles: Several stiles. Shoreline section of Afon Dyrwyd is tidal, so above mid-tide, requires a diversion with a steep descent. Road crossing of A496.
Parking: Roadside verge between Llandecwyn Station and Pont Briwet.
Facilities: Rail access at Llandecwyn Station (which is a request stop).