Torrent Walk is an excellent circular route following both banks of a river which cascades down a wooded ravine. Unlike many low level walks this one is arguably best experienced just after it has rained, for it is then that you will see Afon Clywedog at its most excitable.
The walk is commonly started from the top of the ravine where it meets the Dolgellau – Brithdir road. The original route on the eastern side of the river has recently been restored by the Snowdonia National Park Authority. The trip down and back up is only about 2km so take your time and savour the experience. The woods are certainly a delightful place to pause and linger. During the spring expect to have your senses stimulated in the best possible way - the distinctive smell of wild garlic and the pretty sight of bluebell flowers making for a heady mix. This is a walk that can be done again and again with each visit revealing a different aspect of its ever changing character.
If you have time it is well worth nipping up the road from the top of the ravine to St Mark’s church. This church is well known as an outstanding piece of period architecture; it also has a plaque commemorating Thomas Payne, the man responsible for building the Torrent Walk.
There is a handy layby at the top of the ravine on the Dolgellau – Brithdir road.
Good footpaths and steps but quite steep in places.