Best walks in Porthmadog
If you're staying with us in North Wales and seeking to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the area, lace up your walking shoes and get ready for some unforgettable adventures.
Porthmadog offers an array of scenic walks that allow you to soak in the stunning coastal landscapes and picturesque vistas. Here are five of the best walks for visitors to Haven Greenacres Holiday Park.
The Cob and Black Rock Sands
Distance: 3 miles
Take a leisurely stroll along The Cob, a historic embankment that offers a scenic pathway alongside the estuary. Marvel at the picturesque views of Porthmadog's charming harbour, the majestic Snowdonia mountains, and the serene Glaslyn River. At low tide, continue your walk to the expansive Black Rock Sands, a stunning beach where you can wander along the shoreline or simply relax and bask in the sun.
Porthmadog Maritime Trail
Distance: 1.5 miles
Embark on the captivating Porthmadog Maritime Trail, which offers insights into the town's rich maritime heritage. Starting from the bustling harbour, this easy route guides you through the historic streets of Porthmadog, passing by iconic landmarks such as Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways.
As you stroll along the trail, soak up the vibrant atmosphere, admire the colourful boats moored in the harbour, and enjoy the scenic views of the Afon Glaslyn and its surrounding landscapes.
Distance: 2.5 miles
For a moderately challenging walk, the Moel-y-Gest trail is an excellent choice. This circular route takes you up the scenic Moel-y-Gest hill, treating you to breathtaking panoramic views of the Snowdonia National Park, Cardigan Bay, and the stunning Llyn Peninsula.
Traverse through heather-covered moorland, encounter rocky outcrops, and meander through charming woodlands, immersing yourself in the beauty of the natural surroundings.
Distance: 3 miles
Immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of the Aberglaslyn Pass, a scenic trail located just a short distance from Porthmadog. This mesmerising walk takes you through a dramatic gorge, following the meandering path of the Afon Glaslyn.
Feel the tranquillity as you walk amidst ancient woodlands, admire cascading waterfalls, and witness the breathtaking grandeur of the surrounding mountains. The Aberglaslyn Pass walk is a true feast for the senses and offers a glimpse into the untouched natural landscapes of the area.
Portmeirion and Borth-y-Gest
Distance: 4 miles
For a longer walk that rewards you with diverse landscapes and cultural gems, the Portmeirion and Borth-y-Gest route is a must-try. Begin your journey from Porthmadog and follow the picturesque coastal path, passing through the charming seaside village of Borth-y-Gest with its quaint beach huts and stunning estuary vistas.
Continue onwards to the enchanting Italian-inspired village of Portmeirion, where you can wander through its whimsical streets, explore the beautiful gardens, and soak in the delightful ambience before returning to Porthmadog.
Minffordd Path Walk
Distance: 7.5 miles
For nature enthusiasts, the Minffordd Path Walk is a must-try. The Minffordd Path presents one of the two routes leading up the southern inclines of Cader Idris, with the Llanfihangel y Pennant Path offering an alternate option.
While being one of the shorter routes to ascend Cader Idris, it boasts a notably steep ascent, making it a challenging and demanding trail. A considerable level of fitness is advised on this hard and strenuous journey.