The Precipice Walk is one of the most popular walks in the Dolgellau area. Although it covers some fairly spectacular ground it is essentially a contour walk with no steep gradients. The views along the Mawddach Estuary are superb, but there are also splendid mountain vistas in nearly every direction. To the west is the Rhinogau, to the north, Snowdon and the Moelwynion, and to the east are the Aran and Arenig. Most prominent of all is the impressive form of Cadair Idris, which lies to the south.
The walk, which takes place on the Nannau Estate, travels through a variety of landscape features and habitats, including deciduous woodland, a conifer plantation and open meadows. The ‘precipice’ section is essentially a traverse of the steep Foel Cynwch hillside which sits high above Afon Mawddach. The walk then swings round below the ancient hill fort on Foel Faner before tracing the western shore of Llyn Cynwch.
On the east side of Llyn Cynwch you can see Nannau Hall, the centre point of the Nannau estate and home to the Vaughan family for many generations.
There is a Snowdonia National Park Authority car park (and toilets) at Saith Groesffordd. The turn off from the Dolgellau – Llanfachreth road is signposted: Precipice Walk.
Mostly good footpaths, but some muddy sections, particularly during rainy periods.