Short (steep) walk in Cwm Pennant

Short and initially steep walk (of only 2 miles) up through woodland to reach the restored Cwm Cypwrth copper mine.

Inspecting the old copper-mining equipment

The riverside pool is a great place for paddling and picnicing (so maybe arrive early with a picnic ?!!!)
Riverside parking place, excellent for a picnic and a paddle

Parking place (and starting point for walk) is here:

The first 200 yards are across a sheep pasture - (so dogs on leads!).

There are two substantial post-and rail stiles, (which may need a bit of dog-lifting assistance for the less agile!), but no other sgnificant obstacles.
One of the two stiles encountered en route

The short ascent through the woodland is by a reasonably steep stony path, though there are several points for a rest on the way up. At one point the route currently diverts around a fallen tree.

There is a good viewpoint for a proper rest after the second stile, so time to take a break and admire the panorama of Cwm Pennant.
Panorama from the halfway viewpoint

After a further short ascent onto the open moorland of Cwm Cypwrth, the second half of the approach is a fairly even walk across moorland on a well-defined path, to reach the old mine workings.
Stream crossing

The stream to the workings can be crossed on a substantial wooden footway.
Restored waterwheel

The ancient machinery of the workings was restored by the National Park Authority and is an impressive reminder of past industrial heritage.

The return route is the reverse of the same route.


The starting point (and roadside parking) is 4.5 miles up the narrow lane from Dolbenmaen Parish Church, Garndolbenmaen

From the A487 (near the bridge over Afon Dwyfor,) follow signs along a long narrow lane to "Cwm Pennant" for 4.5 miles. Go past a converted chapel with a red phone box. Stop at the gated bridge and park in the adjacent roadside layby beside a large riverside pool.