Walks & Waterfalls

Spectacular waterfalls, woodland walks...


Tywyn and the surrounding area provide some of the best and most scenic walking routes within the Snowdonia National Park including being on the Welsh Coastal Path.  If you are an experienced walker or just enjoy a stroll, combined with a trip on the railway it makes a wonderful day out.

A selection of six walking routes using the Talyllyn Railway as a starting point are available below.  We are gradually making them into videos so you can preview them!

1 – Pendre – Ynysymaengwyn – Hendy – Pendre Walk (4 miles).  Click here to download.

2 – Rhydyronen – Bryncrug – Ynysymaengwyn – Rhydyronen Walk (4 miles).  Click here to download.


3 – Rhydyronen – Brynglas – Bryncrug – Rhydyronen Walk (4 miles).  Click here to download.

4 – Rhydyronen Loop – Hendy – Pendre Walk (4 miles).  Click here to download.

5 – Abergynolwyn – Dysynni Gorge – Abergynolwyn Walk (5 miles).  Click here to download.

6 – Nant Gwernol – Castell y Bere – Llanfihangel y Pennant – Nant Gwernol Walk (5.5 miles).  Click here to download.

These routes were devised, researched and written by Kittiwake Books, who also supplied the maps.

Heritage Trail: Quarry Inclines Walk (4 miles) – produced by the Abergynolwyn Community Heritage Project.  Click here to download.

COMING SOON Heritage Trail: Quarry Inclines History, a companion leaflet to the above.


Dolgoch Falls

Dolgoch Falls, three sets of magnificent waterfalls in a beautiful wooded ravine, are served by Dolgoch station and many passengers alight here before rejoining the train later in the day (train service permitting). The Dolgoch estate was presented to the people of Tywyn and access is free (with donation boxes). There are various walks around the falls including a circular tour taking in all three levels of the falls.
The falls are attractive at any time of year offering restful serenity beneath the trees. If the weather is wet, then the falls are even more stunning as the water thunders down. Please note that for all but the lower falls the paths are steep with a lot of steps. Please take care.

Nant Gwernol

Nant Gwernol lies on the edge of Abergynolwyn village. It takes its name from a rocky river gorge with cascading waterfalls. Rugged peaks loom above the forested hillsides that are dotted with atmospheric ruins and slate spoil heaps.

There are waymarked trails that follow the riverside and explore the remains of Bryn Eglwys Slate Quarry. Leaflets are available from our stations.

Click here to find out more about the Nant Gwernol Trails.