The Brithdir Torrent Walk

Including the Torrent Walk, of course, but no proper waterfalls.

Ability requirements (key)


From Cardiff, take the A470 to the B4416, just before Dolgellau, signposted to Brithdir. After half a mile, park in the first lay-by on the left. SH 7611 1815.


Head through the gate below the lay-by, and follow the path all the way down to the lower road. The torrents are below the path. Turn left, swing a corner, then turn left again at the end of the road. On the left is the old woolen mill, whose weir will soon be seen in the river a short distance upstream. After crossing the stream on the road bridge, the Torrent Walk continues through a gate on the left. Follow the road ahead instead for 150 metres, to the Fronalchen Caravan Park on the right. Follow the caravan park's driveway for 50 metres to view the remains of the Dolgun Blast Furnace on the right, then return to the Torrent Walk. Follow the river back upstream on the right bank, along an occasionally stepped path. The torrents look better from this side, though some of the best are obscured in little gorges. There are no proper waterfalls though, and the word "torrent" is quite appropriate. When the path reaches a footbridge over the river, cross it and go through a gate to reach the road. Turn left and follow the road a short way to get back to the start of the walk.

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Whilst every care has been taken in the compilation of this description, neither the author nor his fellow walkers can accept responsibility for loss or injury arising from any errors, omissions or inaccuracies in this description. This description is intended as a guide only, and you should select a route to suit your own abilities, at your own discretion. Ability requirements are a guide only. Route maps are approximated. You follow this description at your own risk.