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  The Town in the Bowed Hills

An easy walk to a sweeping view of Snowdonia's giants

Pentrefoelas simply means “Town in the Bowed Hills”, an apt name indeed as you let your eyes sweep the horizons. The knolly landscape was renowned for its grouse shooting and is still home to the very rare black grouse and birds of prey such as hen harrier.

Views towards the summit of Snowdonia can be idyllic, sweeping northwards from the remote Arans to Snowdon itself. A village heritage trail explores the recent history of the little estate village that also served as a staging point for change of horses in stagecoach days.

Cross the A5 and take the lane beside the Foelas Hotel. The old village mill, which retains its waterwheel, is to the right along the main A5. At the corner by the church turn right, walking beside the graveyard to a gate. Continue ahead to cross a gate and a ladder stile; 100 yards later take the wicket gate ahead-left, walking through a farmyard to the main A543. Turn uphill and carefully walk this road (no pavement) for about 500 yards to a waymarked bridlepath on the right, along a rough lane .

The walled path rises to reach Cefn Garw Farm. Pass left of the house and go along the green lane beyond the gate. The fields are home to curlew, their mournful call a common sound. Pass the bungalow and go ahead to a lane, along which turn left, rising gradually to the A543. Turn left and then in 100 yards go right along the farm road to reach the farm complex. Turn right in front of the house and follow the rough lane up to a stand of firs. Keep right here (not through the gate), rising to take the left-hand of two higher gates and then onwards to a further gate. Go through and turn left, picking up an old moorland road.

Views ahead are magnificent, with all of Snowdonia's highest peaks jostling on the horizon; the jagged profile of Tryfan is a highlight. Stay on this track to a point just before the fir plantation. Here is an isolated fingerpost; turn left through the gate and follow the field road downhill. Stones in the field to your left are believed to be Neolithic ceremonial alignments. Keep right as this becomes tarred beyond a cattle grid. Just before the next cattle grid, take the signed narrow kissing gate, left, and walk to and through the woods ahead. The wooded hill has a medieval motte structure on it. Go straight ahead through the farmyard and use the kissing gate beyond the trees, aiming for the left of the distant woods. Go through the small gate and head to the left of the bungalow to gain the road. Turn left to find the village centre.

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DISTANCE : c. 4 miles (7.2 km)
TIME: Allow 2 hours
TERRAIN: undulating countryside with some modest slopes. Can be muddy.
PARKING: Car park immediately south of village centre crossroads.
REFRESHMENTS: Hotel, cafe and stores in Pentrfoelas.
Pentrefoelas is beside the A5 road 8 miles south east of Betws-y-Coed
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Infrequent bus from Betws y Coed and Corwen.
OS Map Explorer Sheet OL18
GRID REF: SH 872515

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