New Precipice Walk offers superb views from the Arran Mountains in the East, to Barmouth and beyond in the west and all the while you gaze down on the meandering Mawddach Estuary with a beautiful view of Penmaenpool and its wooden toll bridge.
To get to the start of the route by car, you will need to drive up a steep and narrow road which departs from the main Dolgellau to Barmouth road at Taicynhaeaf (which is where the road from the Penmaenpool toll bridge joins the main road). This winds uphill for a couple of miles until it reaches the 800 feet where you start your walk (you will need to stop and open a couple of gates before you get there). The first part of this walk is also suitable for the disabled.
If you want more of a walk, you can also start at the car park by the old bridge at Llanelletyd (at sea level). This route is HIGHLY recommended as not only do you get to visit this beautiful bridge, but you can also spend a little time at Cymer Abbey while you are there. Also, the route takes you past the gorgeous hidden lake “Llyn Tan y Graig” (which is around 500 feet up) before entering a forest with glimpses of the view through the trees. After about fifteen minutes in the forest, you arrive at the beginning of the walk. This walk is part of the main circular route above, just follow it from Llanelltyd Bridge car park.
Unlike Precipice Walk, this is one doesn’t follow a circular route, but is around a mile in length.
If you would like to do this as a circular walk, the header image shows my anti-clockwise route which is 7.34 miles and takes in Llanelltyd Bridge, Llyn Tan-y-Graig (Lake), Penmaenpool Bridge and back along the Mawddach Trail. This route starts from the main Dolgellau town car park (by the Marian). There are some steep parts (from Llanelltyd to the lake and from the lake to the start of the walk, which goes through the conifer woods). The maximum height is around 850 feet.
If you want to cut it short, there are bus services back to Dolgellau where the route crosses the main roads (at Taicynhaeaf and Penmaenpool). If you want to extend it by another mile, just carry on from the viewpoint just above the lake and walk around the edge and back through the woods on the opposite side. There are some lovely views of Cader Idris across the lake from certain points in the wood if you do this.
The walk usually takes me just under three hours. If you take a packed lunch, the top of the walk has several nicely positioned benches. If you prefer, you can stop at the George III pub at Penmaenpool, which is about forty-five minutes from the end.
If you like this walk, you can also try the original Precipice Walk.