The Walks

All the waymarked walks start at Y Ganolfan (the Community Centre in the centre of Waunfawr) where the way marks begin on the Announcement Displaywhere you will also see route maps.
You may also pick up the walks from Antur Waunfawr, some of which pass by this centre. There is a cafe and a warm welcome here on week-days.

[As yet only the first three walks are way-marked and ready for use, even though they are all passable public rights of way, or, in the case of Y Rhegal, permissive paths]
Yr Hen Waun
This is a short walk around the old village
 
Hafod Olau
A longer walk passing Hafod Olau, the home of the 18 century map maker John Evans who lived among the Mandan Native Americans when mapping the Missouri. There is a small exhibition at Antur Waunfawr, viewable by request, depicting the short but remarkable life of this little known adventurer. For the more observant there are the remnants of medieval cultivation strips on the slopes between the homesteads of Grasbil and Ty Pellaf.

Y Groeslon
A walk around the "suburb" of Groeslon Uchaf. Groeslon arose as a small hamlet serving the early Cefn Du Quarrying community. It passes near the pioneering installations erected by Marconi for his early radio transmissions.

Pompren 'Redog or Y Bompren
A longer walk crossing afon Gwyrfai at Bompren Wredog ("pompren" being a corruption of pont bren now replaced by the present rather unlovely metal structure! The bompren bridge is renowned among local children for the deep pool which provided a cool swim on hot summer afternoons.
 
Y Rhegal
The approach is along a Tir Gofal permissive path on the land of Hafod y Rhug Uchaf. A walk for a dry summers day passing the area know as Y Rhegal (from the name "yr hegl" meaning a leg or shaft of a plough, referring to the dog-leg shape of one of the fields. 


Waun Bant
A long walk past an extensive tract of moor (now planted with conifers, recently felled and replanted). Waunfawr's 19C poet Owen Gwyrfai claimed to have been able to see the planets in daytime from here! This is perhaps the most varied walk, which includes farmland, bleak moorland, an Betws Garmon's historic church and cemetery.

Moel Smytho
Another long walk which takes you over to the neigbouring parish and into the author Kate Roberts' country. Y Lon Wen (the white road) dissecting Moel Smytho was immortalised by this writer, the road which leads "to Waunfawr...and to heaven"! It was in one of the many quarrymen's homesteads here here that the soon to be broadcast xxxxxxxx (in the same series as Coalhouse) was filmed.