A view of the Mawddach Estuary on a clear spring day with woodland lining the shores.
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A woodland walk on the outskirts of the Rhinog National Nature Reserve

Graigddu Woods is the shorter of two walks in this area. Bwlch Drws Ardudwy is the longer alternative.  You will pass the small but picturesque Pistyll Gwyn waterfall and see some spectacular views of southern Eryri on your way.

The route is the perfect opportunity to experience the lesser-visited Rhinog are of the National Park.

Why this path?

It is often said that the Rhinogydd mountain range is one of the last true wilderness in Wales. This rocky, heather-clad area towards the south of the National Park is a designated National Nature Reserve and is home to an abundance of important and rare species.

As a leisurely path, it can be suitable for those who are eager to begin their journey to lesser-known parts of the National Park or for an adventurous family outing.

Particularly great for:

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The Route

The National Park Authority has categorised this route as a leisurely route. It is suitable for people with a reasonable/moderate level of fitness. The terrain may include unsurfaced and undulating rural paths. Walking boots and waterproof clothing are recommended.

Start / Finish
Coed Graigddu Car Park

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Always park in designated parking areas and never in places where you block entrances to fields or residential areas.

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Rhinog National Nature Reserve

The Graigddu Woods path will take you to the outskirts of the Rhinog National Nature Reserve—an area home to many important habitats and species.

The heathland, which covers nearly 70% of the reserve, is punctuated by the craggy outcrops of the Rhinogydd mountains, including Rhinog Fawr, Rhinog Fach, Y Llethr and Moel Ysgyfarnod to name only a handful.

Wooded areas of the reserve exhibit a mixture of trees and provide habitats for various mosses, liverworts, fungi, insects, birds, and bats.

Many of Eryri’s smaller lakes call the Rhinog reserve their home, including Llyn Du and Llyn Cwmhosan.

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