Bryngwyn Branchline Footpath
The Old Bryngwyn Branchline trackbed runs from Carmel to Tryfan Junction, through the village of Rhostryfan. Llanwnda Community Council has been working hard during the past few years on re-establishing a public footpath along the old trackbed. We have successfully cleared overgrowth, resurfaced and fenced the lower part of the path and have landscaped and created a picnic area together with parking spaces on the old station site at Rhostryfan.
An additional interesting aspect to the project is the fact that the footpath leads to Tryfan Junction, where the Welsh Highland Railway trains runs from Caernarfon to Porthmadog and the Tryfan Junction halt will be a requested stop along the route, enabling people, should they wish, to disembark from the train and walk along Bryngwyn Branch trackbed to Rhostryfan and beyond. The old Tryfan Junction Station building has recently been refurbished by the Welsh Highland Railway Heritage Group, and includes memorabilia, artefacts and information boards outlining the history of the railway.
As well as being a visitor attraction, this footpath seems to be attracting much attention by the locals themselves. It has easy-access gates and stock fencing along it’s length, and is being used on a daily basis by many local people and it has proved to be particularly popular with dog-walkers and parents with young children in prams; keen cyclists regularly use the route as part of their training, as it’s a very convenient link from the Nantlle Valley to Waunfawr and Bontnewydd, with wonderful views of Caernarfon Bay and beyond to Anglesey, and on a clear day Wicklow Mountains in Ireland can be seen in the distance.