Hike - Follow the Roman Road from Pont‑y‑Pant to Betws‑y‑coed

This 4 mile walk starts with a short (8 minute) train ride from Betws-y-Coed to Pont-y-Pant.

Pont-y-Pant Station
The route follows the old Roman Road (Sarn Helen) gently up through the forestry and through the ancient abandoned village of Rhiwddolion.
Abandoned Village
Sarn Helen then descends to Pentre Du, the route back to Betws-y-Coed crossing the river by the Miners Bridge and returning by the riverside path.

Miners' Bridge


What to bring

You'll need to take about £2.60 train fare (or free if you have a Welsh Bus Pass!)

Important to know

The first half of this follows some narrow country lanes and eventually a bridle path. There are two straightforward road crossings, the first is straight across the A470 at Pont-y-Pant, and the second is straight across the A5 at Pentre Du.
Riverside path
An alternative to the riverside path into Betws-y-Coed is the unclassified road past Coedcynhelier Farm.

The final few hundred yards in Betws-y-Coed are along the pavement of the high street. Several convenient parking places available in Betws-y-Coed.