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Walking the Torrent Walk, Brithdir

Torrent Walk, DolgellauOne of the most spectacular riverside walks in Britain, the Torrent Walk lies in Brithdir, 2 miles east of the town of Dolgellau in Snowdonia, North Wales.

Torrent Walk is a circular path that follows the river Clywedog through its striking gorge, surrounded by highly attractive woodlands. It passes a series of waterfalls along a turbulent stretch of river as it travels to join the River Wnion in the valley below. The walk is well signposted.

The walk was created by Thomas Payne and his son, who were commissioned by Baron Richards of the mansion Plas Caerynwch, which is further upstream, in order to extend the mansion’s gardens. Thomas Payne was also responsible for the design of the great embankment across the Glaslyn estuary at Porthmadog.

The whole gorge along the Torrent Walk is a site of special scientific interest because of the important collection of lichens, mosses and ferns which thrive here because of the humidity of the ravine and the cleanliness of the air. The woodland area is also home to the grey wagtail.

The path along the gorge is a permissive path. Please respect the landowner’s good will by following the countryside code at all times.

Torrent Walk is a moderate leisure walk. Please take care as there are some steep sections and some steps along the route.