Starting place: Aberdovey Car Park
Starting ref: 6127 9594
Distance: 6.5 miles
Grade: Moderate to Easy
Walk time: 3.5 Hours

  1. From the car park go on to the beach and walk towards Tywyn. In about two miles, just before the third pillbox, climb on to the golf course and walk along the fence towards the main Aberdyfi-Tywyn road (A493). Climb over a stile and keep following the fence which is now on your right, to another stile. Go over it and follow the sign-posted footpath over the railway line to the main road.
  2. Turn right and in about 100 yards turn left to walk along a metalled road to the farmhouse of Dyffryn Glyn-cul.  Carry on past a small pond and continue through a gate on to a track (often very wet). Go over a stile and continue to a metalled lane at the next gate. Here you will find an old signpost for Panorama and Aberdyfi; follow it up to the farmhouse of Gwyddgwion.
  3. Just before the farmhouse turn left and at a public footpath sign turn right to follow the fence through some trees. Head across the next field towards the left, climb over a stile, cross a small stream and walk up a very steep hill along the fenceline.

    When you get to the fence corner, pause to recover your breath and admire the view around you. Immediately below is Cwm Maethlon and about half a mile away lies the small chapel of Maethlon and its little cemetery. (See Llyn Barfog Walk). To your left, you can see Tywyn and in the far distance Beacon Hill guarding over the Dysynni estuary.

    Maybe it was here that another version of the legend of the bells was born. It may be that it was among these hills that Menna, the beautiful daughter of a local farmer, used to watch over her father’s sheep. As she roamed the hills in all weathers she thought of her lover, a young sailor. In order to soothe her longing for him, she used to sing to the accompaniment of the bells tied around the necks of her flock.

    Os wyt ti’n fy ngharu i
    Fel rwyf fi’n dy garu di,
    Mal un, dau, tri, pedwar, pump, chwech,
    Meddai clychau Aberdyfi.

    (If thou truly dost love me
    As I truly do love thee,
    One, two, three, four, five, six,
    Say the bells of Aberdyfi).

    Another story tells of the giant, Idris Gawr, who used to carry a huge bell as he roamed the hills and mountains of the district. This is the Idris who lent his name to the highest mountain in the area, Cadair Idris. One day, a storm blew up as he was wading in the river Dyfi and he was drowned. The giant’s bell is said to sound over the sands at certain times.

    A more recent tragedy was that which occurred on Wednesday, February 27th, 1839 when seven people, including four local girls, were drowned while trying to board the ship, “Favourite”, moored nearby.

  4. Carry on straight ahead across the field to a gate; go through and walk with the fence on your left until you come to a stile by a double gate. Climb over the stile and continue along a track past the holiday chalets of  Bwlchgwyn and through two gates until you come to a metalled road. Turn right and walk a few yards to the Panorama road.
  5. Turn immediately right to follow a signposted track past a small cottage on your left. Go through a gate and when you come to a metalled road turn left to walk past the old reservoir that used to supply Aberdyfi with its drinking water. Go through a gate and when the road bends left just before another gate turn right to follow a public footpath signpost past a house (Mynydd Bychan) on your right to a stile. Go over the stile and follow the path around the base of Pen yr Horon until you come to another stile. You are now at the top of Gwelfor Road.
  6. Cross the road and walk past some bungalows to a track. Follow the track to a footpath, walk down some steps and when you come to a T junction turn left to proceed down to Copperhill Street. Turn right down the main road and right again back to the car park.

Please follow the Countryside Code at all times and look after this special part of the world. Country Side Code - Wales

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