Walks around Llanfair

Sometimes described as little Switzerland Llanfair TH should be viewed from one of the surrounding mountains.The best way to do this is to take a stroll on one of the numerous footpaths in the area.The footpaths have varying degrees of length and difficulty,But one of the favourites with locals and visitors starts by the Pen-y-Bont filling station, this footpath can be used as an appetizer if you are considering a meal in one of the local hostelries in the village. (Can even be used to walk of the effects of overeating). Bodran Mountain here.

About 30 meters above the filling station on the left hand side of the road just by the river bridge is the start of the path, over the stile and follow the river, please be careful depending on the time of year you could disturb the wildlife, throughout the year and the changing seasons there is so much to see, wander down towards the weir and in the later part of the year salmon can be seen leaping, and carefully and quietly you may see the wild trout in the still waters.
Make your way down to the footbridge across the river and up the steps to the single track road, here you can pause for breath and take in the magnificent scenery, at this point turn right and follow the road past the cottages to a junction, here you can turn right down the hill going over the a small bridge and past the Dolhairn Mill you will come to Ty Clwyd the County camp for the Girl Guides, walk on to the cross roads, cross over carefully and you can either turn right back down to the Pen-y-Bont, or carry on into the heart of the village where you will find the village shop, and to very welcoming public Houses’ which both serve fine food and welcome children.
The approximate length of the walk is 2.5 kms and after having walked this route you will wonder what else you are missing by not using the other paths in the area. Please at all times remember when you are on a farmers field respect the ways of the countryside and livestock and follow the country code.

For the more adventurous walkers, a walk that involves hills some quite steep, which should be taken at a leisurely pace, sturdy footwear is recommended, light drinks and waterproofs.

Starting point for this walk is the car park by the toilets, go through the car park past the new all weather pitch and turn right along the road for about 500 metres until you come to the white footbridge which crosses the River Elwy, turn right over the bridge and follow the path until you come to the gate at the main road, cross the main road and through the gate and up the track.

This is where the climb starts, follow the track up to Ty Mawr Farm and through the yard, please be aware this is a working farm and afford the family the respect they deserve, as this is their home and business. Do remember to stop and look back at the magnificent views down the valley and across to the mountains behind Llanfair TH. Follow the way markers and stiles until you come to the single track road known locally as Bara Ceirch, this is where you now turn right towards Betws-yn-Rhos approximately 500m along the road on the right hand side is a track into the field this is where you rejoin the path for the return journey, take in the views across Betws-yn-Rhos and Rhyd-y-Foel down to the sea.

This section of the path has new way markers and some new stiles which make the path very easy to follow so please stay on the path, a leisurely stroll taking in the awesome views is recommended, from the top of the hill a great picture postcard view of the village greets you, from here the walk is down hill passing Tyn Ffrith and down to the stile at the main road and a 300 metre walk back to the village, where for hot feet a paddle in the river with the ducks should be very soothing or to one of the local hostelries for a bite and some light refreshment.

This walk is about 8kms or 5 miles and you should allow yourself approx 3 hours to fully enjoy the walk.