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Caernarfon, castle and town walls

A leisurely walk (countryside) in Gwynedd, Wales, about 7.60km (4.72 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:00. It is suitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 38m (124ft)
Loss 45m (147ft)
Max. Elevation 40m (131ft)
Elevation (total) 83m (271ft)
Start & End
Caernarfon Bus Terminal
Distance 7.60km
(4.72mi)
Duration ~2:00
Difficulty  
Leisurely
1Created by driver 16 on 02 Jul 2011
Begins at Lon Eifion, which at its start follows the Welsh Highland Railway, then leaves Lon Eifion to follow easy, pleasant country lanes to meet the Menai Strait near Foryd Bay. Return via Caernarfon Castle. No mainline trains to Caernafon, just buses.

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Walk Map

Waypoints

OS Grid SH481630
Turn left from the bus stop into Castle Square (paved area). Cross the square to the left of the Castle, and follow signs for the Welsh Highland Railway (waypoint 2).
End of platform of WHR About 1.10 km (~0.68 miles) from
OS Grid SH479619
Lon Eifion (Eifion's Way). Look up to see the Bicycle Emblem, and storyboard describing the walk. Follow the railway, first under a footbridge, then a road bridge, and continue on the right-hand side of railway. Ignore the first crossing, and go over the river visible down to your right. Go under a second road bridge, again ignore the next railway crossing, and go straight ahead. Under a third road bridge to waypoint 3.
Leave WHR About 0.93 km (~0.58 miles) from
OS Grid SH478610
Look right for a white house; hope you managed to see steam train running while on the path (kids would love it). Go straight ahead through a gate to meet the road, and cross (to be facing traffic) and turn left. Pass Fron Goch garden centre and farm shop, and continue to Llanfaglan Village, waypoint 4.
Crossroads About 1.11 km (~0.69 miles) from
OS Grid SH470602
You will have passed the village sign, and will now see a crossroads sign, a 30mph sign and a mirror set in the hedge. Turn right (a phone box on your left) and continue up a short uphill stretch (the only steep bit on walk), past a converted chapel on the left. Head over the brow, and descending you get good views of the Menai Strait and Anglesey.
Farm gate, footpath sign About 1.27 km (~0.79 miles) from
OS Grid SH462612
Go through the gate. To your left is a view of Abermenai Point and Fort Belan. Abermenai Point is the spit of sand sticking out into the Strait and marks its narrowest point. Across from the point is Fort Belan, built in 1775 by Thomas Wynne to fortify this narrow stretch during the Napoleonic wars. Turn right into the farmyard, past the barns. Straight ahead is a double gate; go through onto a grassy track between two hedges and up to waypoint 6.
End of grassy track About 0.36 km (~0.22 miles) from
OS Grid SH462616
At the end of the grassy track, look left to see a narrow gate in the wall. Go through; a golf course is on your right. Pass a house on your left, and walk down the neat grassy drive to the main road and waypoint 7.
End of neat grassy drive About 0.38 km (~0.24 miles) from
OS Grid SH459618
Turn right to follow the road back to Caernarfon. After about a mile, there is a good view of Caernarfon Castle. On your right is Coed Helen Park and waypoint 8.
Coed Helen Park About 1.15 km (~0.71 miles) from
OS Grid SH469623
Children's playground, picnic area, and toilets. Refreshed, return to the road and cross the Aber Swing Bridge to the quay and waypoint 9.
Caernarfon Castle About 0.79 km (~0.49 miles) from
OS Grid SH476626
The walk itself is only half a day, but if you wish to visit the castle, allow about 3 hours inside to take everything in. The Royal Welsh Fusiliers Museum is on three floors of one tower, an audio visual of Prince Charles's Investiture in another, and a small cinema in another showing a short film 'From the Eagle (Roman times) to the Dragon (present time)' every half hour. It is very enlightening. You could also walk around the town walls to waypoint 10.
Bus stop About 0.51 km (~0.32 miles) from
OS Grid SH480630
End of the walk, once again I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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