Coed Niwbwrch – Newborough Forest

I just went for an awesome trail run around the forest today. I followed good footpaths for ages and  hadn’t a clue where I was until I hit the Lon Las Cefni that I’d biked before and then onto the Anglesey Coastal Path. It’s a great place to spend a few hours, and get somewhat lost, as you’ll eventually find your way back. We followed this off with some real espresso in the dunes!

It’s marvellous to see an area that’s used by everyone from walkers to equestrian, to dog walkers (even if they leave some ‘eggs’), runners and cyclists as you often see tyre, boot and hoof prints along the same tracks.  It can be awkward to find, but there are some signs now for Llanddwyn Beach on the A4080 from Niwbwrch. Make sure you’ve got £3 in change ready for the toll as well, not a bad price to pay. Alternatively, park at the free car parks on the A4080 at SH411 671 if you’re happy to walk a bit further and a bit of a skinflint ;-).

Click Here to Download The Random Route as a GPX file

Distance, Ascent and Time 2-2-km, minimal, how long have you got?

OS Map Required Explorer 263Landranger 114

Difficulties Navigation in forestry.

Grading Easy/Blue

Start/ End Llanddwyn Carpark (SH405 635)

Facilities WC, Parking (Shop and pub in Village)

Public Transport Buses to Niwbwrch and Malltraeth.

Mountain Bike: This forest cannot be beaten as the first place to take your mountain bike. Easy fire roads and being mostly flat, with some downhill stretches, means that this should be within the capabilities of most. If you can remain upright on your bike, then it’s ideal.  One route starts off at the car park near Malltraeth and follows lon las cefni as far as the tarmac toll road to the Llanddwyn beach car park. It’s only around 10k, but you can easily shorten this, or add extra loops to up the distance to over 16km if you want a bit more challenge.

Be warned though, that while cycling is permitted in the forest, there are no waymarked trails other than the Lon Las Cefni section, no bridleways and a lot of walkers and dogs. So take care. Go on an autumn evening for a wonderful introduction to night trail riding!

Walking and Running: There are three easy waymarked routes that start from the carpark, with 2.8km being the hardest of these. If you really want a challenge then start off from the car park and return via the entire coastal path in a few weeks. Or more reasonably, walk the short stretch of coastal path (here) and spend some time on the beach. Ynys Llanddwyn (link here) shouldn’t be missed either.

You could alternatively run along the beach, great once you find the firm sand, but a killer in soft sand. Well worth running to Abermenai which is opposite Fort Belan if you’ve got the time (about 9 or 10km).

Llyn Coastal Path – Stage 2a Clynnog to Llanaelhaearn

The coastal path, having finally reached some coast, now heads uphill for a short section! Either add it on as a strenuous last stretch for day 1, or as half of day 2. We keep it here as a separate section for simplicity.

Again this follows a slightly different route to the ‘officious’ route and chooses to descend to Llanaehaearn and maintain altitude than needlessly descending to Trefor. There’s a tricky section over faint moorland paths, but as the highest point of the walk, you’ll see the rest of the week’s walking stretch out ahead of you and you’ll finally feel like you’re walking the coast.

Download the GPX file for stage2a

Distance, Ascent and Time  11.5KM, 640m, 4 hrs

OS Map Required Explorer 254,  Landranger 123

Difficulties Navigation in poor visibility over Bwlch Mawr

Start / End  Clynnog Fawr to Llanaelhaearn

Facilities Pub and shop at Clynnog. Cafe at end.

Public Transport Buses from Caernarfon and Pwllheli, and between start and end.

The Route is now maintained on Mud and Routes.

Walk Eryri Navigation Skills Page

Walk Eryri Navigation Skills Page.

Old page – useful stuff moved to –  – and the information below will be updated and reposted as a new article on Mud And Routes.

We will be redirecting this page to a new section on Navigation on Mud and Routes.

In the meantime, try –

Silva navigation School

List of Map Symbols

How to use the GPX files provided with your GPS.

Also a brief explanation of free SMC contour maps for compatible Garmin GPS units.





Walking up Snowdon Wyddfa – Free printable Snowdon map

10 walking routes to the top of Snowdon.

Free downloadable contour map of Snowdon and the main routes up! This has now been developed into a new website – : – but this page will remain to make the map easy to find until it is fully transferred to Walk up Snowdon.

This has now been updated and a better map can be downloaded here. 1.88 Mb. Please ignore the part about guided walks on the leaflet as we no longer provide this service.

A map for Nant Gwynant walks is here. 2.57 Mb

This is the first in a series of printable contour maps i’m going to produce to accompany the routes on this site. Please read the disclaimer and copyright notices on the maps. You will still need a Harvey or Ordnance Survey map. I’ve aimed at a reasonably small file size, but struggled to get it below 6mb without losing quality. The final file is just under a meg and of ‘reasonable’ quality. I may consider putting the hight quality file online too.


Please note the information at the bottom of the page regarding the train and single fares!

Download the Acrobat version of the Snowdon Contour Map (900k).