Mynydd Graig, Rhiw
Eifion & Viv Williams
short circular walk takes about an hour and a quarter to do. It
takes you around the base of the stunning Mynydd Craig- the rock
fortress that dominates the Rhiw skyline. It is one of our
favourite walks and we do it at
least once a week but we always see something different. It’s
relatively easy with one very steep downhill section at the
beginning and one short uphill pull in the middle. The views are
spectacular – Snowdonia, Porth Neigwl, Cardigan Bay and if you’re
lucky on a clear day, the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland. Wildlife is
prolific, depending on the time of the year, so take your
binoculars. If you wanted to do a longer walk, you could tack our
‘Trwyn walk’ on to it. We indicate in the directions where these two
walks join. Our photographs were taken in January so there is no
bracken. In the summer it looks quite different. This coastal path
takes you through gorse (which perfumes the air with a lovely
coconutty smell in spring and early summer) but it might not be a
good idea to wear shorts as it is, of course, prickly!!
1. The walk begins at the crossroads in Rhiw.
Take the road signed ‘Plas yn Rhiw’.
(Views to Snowdonia in the far distance)
2. Turn first right after the house ‘Berwyn’,
following a signed footpath route. Pass ‘Pen y Groes’ then
‘Gorffwysfa’ on your right. Follow the track going through a metal
gate after ‘Awelon’.
3. Take the path
down the hill alongside the wall on your left. Pass the front of a
terrace of houses, ‘Bay View’. Go through another gate and walk
down the steep hill (Care!)
(Porth Neigwl –
Hell’s Mouth’ is down below)
4. Near the bottom
of the hill, pass a cottage on your right, the track then bends to
the right and you pass a white cottage on your left. Follow the
track, which is between two stone walls for a short distance.
Follow the track across some open ground then take the path
keeping a stone wall on your right and the sea on your left. Pass
a cottage 'Pen yr Ogof' on your right.
your right before you reach Pen yr Ogof, and nestled under the rocky outcrop are the ruins of Bryn
Gwynt, and in front of it there is an ancient roundhouse, which can
be clearly seen.
7. Follow this coastal path, which takes you
through gorse and in the summer, bracken. Eventually the path
divides into two small paths. It does not matter which you follow
as they eventually reunite. (The lower path is perhaps a little
Views across Cardigan Bay as far as the
Pembrokeshire Coast can be spectacular on a clear day.
8. The track
eventually bears right taking you in front of a large rock face
(on your right).
There is a good
coffee/picnic spot to your left with some convenient large stones
to sit on and contemplate the world and the view.
9. Walk to the gateway ahead and climb the
stile (Take care it can be slippery when wet).
(*At this point you might want to add on
the Trwyn Walk. If you wish to do this turn left and pick up your
directions for that walk).
10. After climbing the stile, turn right along
a track. Pass ‘Carreg Lefain Bach’ and ‘Carrig Lefain’. Go through
gateway. The track becomes a narrow, tarmac road.
As you walk on this road, if the day is
clear, you may be lucky enough to see the Wicklow Mountains of
Ireland in the far west, ahead of you.
11.Stay on this road passing a few houses
until you reach a junction with another road. Turn right.
In this area we have spotted large,
beautiful hares several times.
You pass a house called ‘Cwt Gwn’ which
was once the shed where vital lifesaving equipment was kept. This
included a hand cart on which was mounted a kind of harpoon gun
which was designed to be fired from the land to a ship in
distress, thus enabling people to be winched ashore using a
bosun’s chair. Men from Rhiw took part in regular practice drill
with the equipment.
12. This road will bring you to Rhiw
crossroads where you started your walk.
Many thanks to Eifion and Viv, for this walk.