discover the beauty of Aberdyfi & its surroundings
There are plenty of Walks for families, the adventurous and the dog
There’s a variety of walks nearby to suit all levels and are great for exercising the dog too. We’ve made just a few local suggestions below, plus we’ve lots of books and maps in reception for browsing. As with all walks please keep your dog on a lead around livestock, and remember to follow the countryside code.
Walks from site
Nyth Robin to Aberdyfi or Tywyn
This 6 mile/ 10km walk will take you directly from site and up onto the Wales Costal Path with spectacular views out to Cardigan Bay before descending down into Aberdyfi. After enjoying a stroll around town, you can jump on the bus back to Nyth Robin. This walk can also be extended by carrying on along the beach at Aberdyfi to Tywyn.
If you’re after a shorter walk or loop that finishes back at site, you can walk to Llyn Barfog/ Bearded Lake. This is part of the walk to Aberdyfi.
Dogs must always be kept on a lead at all times as this goes through farmland. Please note heavy rain some parts are impassable. To do this walk you’ll need more details as it’s not well sign posted – ask us for directions.
Wales Costal Path
The Wales Costal path boasts 870 miles/ 1,400km of dedicated footbaths that hug the coastline. You can pick up part of the splendid and diverse coastal path from site (see above) or nearby. We particularly like the Borth to Aberystwyth section.
Borth to Aberystwyth
This 6 mile/ 10km section of the Wales Coast Path is proper coastal walking with breathtaking clifftop views and plenty of ups and downs! You can start at either end and catch the train or bus back to the beginning, after some well-deserved refreshments of course. There are some off lead sections for the dog.
Getting out and about in the countryside is great for all the family and the kids love running free in the woodlands. Here’s just a couple of suggestions.
Dol Goch Waterfalls are enchanting series of cascading waterfalls set in a woody ravine. The main waterfalls are just a short walk from the car park, so accessible for most. For a longer walk you can continue to hike up through the woodlands to the start of the falls. The Talyllyn steam railway from Tywyn stops at Dol Goch, so why not combine the two on a grand day out. Dogs are welcome on the Talyllyn Railway and must be kept under control at Dol Goch.
Tan Y Coed is located in the Dyfi forest and has easy walking trails amongst huge trees and along the river. There’s also an animal puzzle trail for the kids to follow, a picnic area with tables and public toilets. Dogs can run off the lead under control here.
A hike up Cader Idris is a challenging and rewarding days walk. The Minffordd Path is the closest starting path to Nyth Robin, and arguably the spectacular route up. On your 930ft climb up to the summit you’ll pass Llyn Cae a stunning glacial lake, which on a hot day is a perfect stop for a bit of wild swimming. The Minfordd Path starts at the visitors centre, just outside of Dolgellau, and you’ll need about 5 or 6 hours for this walk. Dogs must be kept on a lead around livestock.
Whilst Snowdon is about a 1hr 40 minute drive from Nyth Robin, at 1,085m high it’s Wales & England’s highest peak, so we couldn’t talk about amazing day hikes without mentioning it! There are many options for ascending Snowdown with the Llanberis path is the closest and the easiest, although not the shortest. you’ll need about 6 – 7 hours for this walk and dogs must be kept under control.
Walks for everyone
These walk options are a bit of a longer drive away, but as they are great for all ages, we thought they were worth mentioning.
Mawddach Trail – This footpath and cycle route runs for 9.5miles/ 15km along a disused railway track on the southern edge of the spectacular Mawddach estuary. Its mostly flat surface makes this an ideal walk for families and can be joined at several points if you’re looking for a shorter stroll.
Coed Y Brenin Forest Park has many walking trails to discover, so there’s something for everyone and is just a 40 minute drive from Nyth Robin. There’s a great café, kids play areas and plenty of picnic sites along the walks, so an easy place to spend the day exploring the great outdoors. Dogs are allowed and must be kept under control.
Devils Bridge Falls are 12 miles from Aberystwyth and have attracted many thousands of visitors since the 18th century. The Falls Nature Trail provides a unique opportunity to see this great natural feature in the Rheidol Gorge.