Llanwnda Community Council is responsible for the maintenance of a number of public footpaths in the area.
Bryngwyn Branch Footpath
The Old Bryngwyn Branch track runs from Carmel to Tryfan Junction, through the village of Rhostryfan. Llanwnda Community Council has been working hard in recent years to re-establish a public footpath along the old track. We have managed to clear overgrowth, resurfaced and fenced off the lower part of the path and landscaped and created a picnic area along with parking on the former station site at Rhostryfan.
An additional interesting aspect of the project is the fact that the footpath leads to Tryfan Junction, where Welsh Highland Railway trains run from Caernarfon to Porthmadog and the suspension of Tryfan Junction will be a requested stop along the route, enabling people, if they wish, to disembark from the train and walk along the Bryngwyn Branch to Rhostryfan and beyond. The former Tryfan Junction Station building has recently been renovated 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 appears to attract a lot of attention from the local people themselves. It has easy access gates and stock fencing along it, and is used daily by many local people and has been particularly popular with dog walkers and parents with young children in prams; keen cyclists regularly use the trail as part of their training, as it is a very convenient link from the Nantlle Valley to Waunfawr and Bontnewydd, with great views of Caernarfon Bay and beyond Anglesey, and on a clear day the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland can be seen in the distance.