Follow the Buzzard
Arudwy Way

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The Route : From Barmouth (A) start from the station crossing the main road and walk up passing the church on the right. The path zig zags uphill giving a birds eye view of the town and beach. Look out for butterflies and chough (B). These rare elegant relatives of the crows have a bright red curved bill and red legs. Turn at Gell Fawr and shortly the cuts and spoil heaps of 19th Century maganese mining are evident.

In a further mile ‘The Way’ turns east through Bwlch y Llan. At a wall the path turns northerly but take the opportunity to admire the impressive view of the Mawddach Estuary (C) with Cader Idris beyond. The path gradually falls until it reaches the small stone circle of Cerrig Arthur (D).  Rising from here a faint path reaches Bwlch y Rhiwgyr (Pass of the Drovers). After the bwlch care is needed as the path is steep and rocky. Pass along a fence with sea views to the left. About 0.5 mile off the route on the left are the Neolithic tombs of Carneddau Hengwm.

Further along the track two stone circles and cairns may be seen. Look out for buzzards, red kites with their forked tails, ravens with their deep croaking call and meadow pipits. Reach a wall and drop to a gate (here the Central Section of ‘The Way’ continues east). For Tal y Bont head down to Pont Fadog pausing to look at the dated central stone (E) in the wall of the bridge, then on to Llety Lloegr (England Lodgings) where the droves congregated for the drive to London.  Then enter the path opposite through the trees of Coed Cors y Gedol following the river with care down to Tal y Bont.

Reverse Route: The route in the reverse direction starts at the Car Park at Tal y Bont going past the Ysgethin Inn and following the river through the woods to Llety Lloegr  to join ‘The Way’ past Pont Fadog.