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Sarn Helen

235 km / 146 miles

Carms, Ceredigion, Conwy, Gwynedd, Powys
Sarn Helen is the name of this Roman route through West Wales, connecting various Roman remains. In places the old road is clearly visible, but in others it is a matter of conjecture. From the Roman fort at Caerhun the route heads along the edge of Snowdonia to the Swallow Falls, Dolwyddelan, skirts Ffestiniog to Trawsfynydd, and continues to Dolgellau and Machynlleth. After crossing the Rheidol valley, the route becomes less wild and more agricultural to Bronant, Lampeter, and Carmarthen, albeit moorland at 1,200 ft is crossed in the Pencader area. Navigational skills would be appropriate on the northern part of the route.


Details:

Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Challenging; Cycle Route; Moorland; Heritage
Start:
SH773705 - Caerhun, Conwy
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Finish:
SN417205 - Carmarthen, Carms
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Web Sites: Mountain Bike Routes UK - Sarn Helen Trail Route Companion Pack
  Wikipedia - Sarn Helen

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Booklet: Sarn Helen Trail: Mountain Bike Route Companion Packs (MTB-Wales.com - 1998)
Paperback: Sarn Helen: Walking a Roman Road Through Wales (A Cicerone guide) (Cicerone Press - 1992)

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  Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.
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Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger: 115124135146159
OS Landranger Active: 115124135146159
OS Explorer: 171823177185186198199213215
OS Explorer Active: 171823177185186198199213215

Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

From Path Along Path
B & B Accommodation: Glyn Isa 17th Century Country House  (bookable online) 2 Km < 1 Km
Self-catering: Conwy Valley Cottages  (bookable online) 2 Km < 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Rowen YHA, Rhiw Farm, Rowen, Conwy 3 Km 1 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Conwy Valley Backpackers Barn, Tal-y-Bont, Conwy < 1 Km 2 Km
B & B Accommodation: Ty Newydd Guest House  (bookable online) < 1 Km 10 Km
B & B Accommodation: Crafnant Guest House  (bookable online) < 1 Km 10 Km
Hotels: Meadowsweet Hotel  (bookable online) 2 Km 10 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Betws-Y-Coed YHA, Swallow Falls, Betws-y-Coed, Gwynedd < 1 Km 18 Km
B & B Accommodation: Gorphwysfa House  (bookable online) 1 Km 18 Km
B & B Accommodation: Tan Dinas Country House  (bookable online) 2 Km 18 Km
B & B Accommodation: Glan Llugwy Guest House  (bookable online) 2 Km 18 Km
B & B Accommodation: Bryn Llewelyn Guest House  (bookable online) 2 Km 18 Km
B & B Accommodation: The Courthouse  (bookable online) 2 Km 18 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Woodlands Outdoor Centre, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy 2 Km 18 Km
B & B Accommodation: Garth Dderwen Guest House  (bookable online) 2 Km 18 Km
B & B Accommodation: Bridge View Bed & Breakfast  (bookable online) 3 Km 18 Km
Hostel Accommodation: The Vagabond 3 Km 18 Km
B & B Accommodation: Mary's Court (Mairlys) Guest House  (bookable online) 3 Km 18 Km
B & B Accommodation: The Park Hill  (bookable online) 3 Km 18 Km
B & B Accommodation: Glyntwrog House  (bookable online) 3 Km 18 Km
B & B Accommodation: Tyn y Fron Luxury B&B  (bookable online) 4 Km 18 Km
Self-catering: Tyn y Fron Holiday Cottage  (bookable online) 4 Km 18 Km
B & B Accommodation: Tan y Foel Country Guest House  (bookable online) 4 Km 18 Km
Self-catering: Llannerch Goch Luxury Cottages  (bookable online) 5 Km 18 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Capel Curig YHA, Betws-y-Coed, Gwynedd 2 Km 23 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Plas Curig Hostel 2 Km 23 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Lledr House, Pont y Pant, Dolwyddylan 1 Km 27 Km
Hotels: Elen's Castle Hotel  (bookable online) < 1 Km 28 Km
Bunk House: Bryn Tirion Farm Bunkhouse, Dolwyddelan, Betws-y-Coed 1 Km 29 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Hendre Isaf Basecamp, Dinas, Betws-y-Coed, Gwynedd 4 Km 35 Km
Self-catering: Bron-Nant Holiday Cottage  (bookable online) 1 Km 35 Km
B & B Accommodation: Bryn Elltyd  (bookable online) 5 Km 47 Km
Self-catering: Plas Blaenddol  (bookable online) 2 Km 48 Km
Other: Old Mill Farmhouse  (bookable online) < 1 Km 56 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Cabin 32 Trawsfyndd Holidays, Bronaber, Trwsfynnydd 1 Km 60 Km
Hotels: Tyn y Groes Coaching Inn  (bookable online) < 1 Km 71 Km
Self-catering: Dragonfly Cottage  (bookable online) 3 Km 76 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Kings (Dolgellau) YHA, Penmaenpool, Dolgellau, Gwynedd 5 Km 77 Km
Bunk House: Caban Cader Idris Bunkhouse, Dolgellau, Gwynedd 5 Km 77 Km
B & B Accommodation: Aber Cottage Guesthouse  (bookable online) < 1 Km 78 Km
Bunk House: HYB Bunkhouse Dolgellau, Gwynedd < 1 Km 78 Km
B & B Accommodation: Ffynnon  (bookable online) < 1 Km 78 Km
B & B Accommodation: Ivy House  (bookable online) < 1 Km 78 Km
Other: Tyddyn Mawr  (bookable online) 4 Km 78 Km
B & B Accommodation: Tan-y-Fron Bed and Breakfast  (bookable online) < 1 Km 79 Km
Other: Tan-y-fron Camping Pods  (bookable online) < 1 Km 79 Km
B & B Accommodation: Dolgun Uchaf  (bookable online) 1 Km 80 Km
Self-catering: Cader View & Arran Cottage  (bookable online) 1 Km 80 Km
Camp Site: Torrent Walk Caravan & Camping  (bookable online) 1 Km 80 Km
Self-catering: Helmau Cottages  (bookable online) 2 Km 80 Km
B & B Accommodation: Y Stabal B&B  (bookable online) 2 Km 80 Km
B & B Accommodation: Afon Rhaiadr Country House  (bookable online) 5 Km 80 Km
B & B Accommodation: Caerynwch House B & B  (bookable online) 2 Km 80 Km
Self-catering: Torrent Walk Cottages  (bookable online) 2 Km 80 Km
Hotels: Cross Foxes Bar Grill and Rooms  (bookable online) 1 Km 83 Km
Hotels: Gwesty Minffordd Hotel  (bookable online) 3 Km 88 Km
B & B Accommodation: Dolffanog Fach  (bookable online) 3 Km 88 Km
B & B Accommodation: Dolffanog Fawr  (bookable online) 3 Km 88 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Tyn Y Berth Mountain Centre, Machynlleth, Powys 2 Km 92 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Corris Hostel, Machynlleth, Powys < 1 Km 93 Km
Bunk House: Braich Goch Bunkhouse & Inn, Corris, Machynlleth, Powys < 1 Km 94 Km
Self-catering: Beudy Banc  (bookable online) 4 Km 97 Km
B & B Accommodation: Yr Hen Felin / The Old Mill  (bookable online) 5 Km 97 Km
B & B Accommodation: Plas Llwyngwern Guest House  (bookable online) < 1 Km 98 Km
Self-catering: Dovey Valley Cottage  (bookable online) < 1 Km 98 Km
Self-catering: Glangwynedd Holiday Cottage  (bookable online) < 1 Km 100 Km
B & B Accommodation: Felin Crewi - The Mill House  (bookable online) 3 Km 100 Km
Self-catering: Felin Crewi - The Mill  (bookable online) 3 Km 100 Km
Hotels: Plas Dolguog Hotel  (bookable online) 1 Km 101 Km
Camp Site: TEST SITE Car/Camp MWT  (bookable online) < 1 Km 102 Km
Self-catering: Yr Hen Stablau  (bookable online) 1 Km 102 Km
B & B Accommodation: Dyfi View B&B  (bookable online) < 1 Km 102 Km
Bunk House: Reditreks Bunkhouse < 1 Km 102 Km
B & B Accommodation: Sunny View  (bookable online) 2 Km 103 Km
Camp Site: Gwerniago  (bookable online) 2 Km 108 Km
Self-catering: Arddol Cottage  (bookable online) 3 Km 109 Km
Self-catering: Penmaenbach Farm Cottages  (bookable online) 3 Km 110 Km
Camp Site: Cefn Crib Caravan Park  (bookable online) 3 Km 110 Km
Other: Gogarth Hall Farm  (bookable online) 3 Km 110 Km
Self-catering: Gogarth Hall Farm Holidays  (bookable online) 3 Km 110 Km
Self-catering: Ty'r Beudy  (bookable online) < 1 Km 112 Km
Self-catering: London House  (bookable online) < 1 Km 113 Km
B & B Accommodation: Plas Mawr  (bookable online) < 1 Km 113 Km
Self-catering: The Old Stables / Yr Hen Stabl  (bookable online) 4 Km 114 Km
Other: Eco Retreats  (bookable online) < 1 Km 115 Km
B & B Accommodation: Heulwen Bed & Breakfast  (bookable online) 4 Km 123 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Borth YHA, Morlais, Borth, Ceridigion 5 Km 123 Km
Self-catering: Caenant  (bookable online) 5 Km 123 Km
Self-catering: Hendre Gwyn Cottage  (bookable online) 3 Km 124 Km
B & B Accommodation: Hendre Gwyn Guesthouse  (bookable online) 3 Km 124 Km
Self-catering: Red Kite Cottage (Bwthyn Barcud Coch)  (bookable online) 4 Km 132 Km
B & B Accommodation: Awel-Deg  (bookable online) < 1 Km 135 Km
B & B Accommodation: Plas Dolau Country Estate (Guest House)  (bookable online) 3 Km 136 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Plas Dolau (Country House Hostel)  (bookable online) 3 Km 136 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Plas Dolau, Lovesgrove, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion 3 Km 136 Km
B & B Accommodation: Brynarth Country Guest House  (bookable online) < 1 Km 151 Km
Self-catering: Bryn Bach  (bookable online) 4 Km 151 Km
Self-catering: Murmur Aeron  (bookable online) 1 Km 165 Km
B & B Accommodation: Taincwm  (bookable online) 5 Km 165 Km
Hotels: Y Talbot  (bookable online) 3 Km 167 Km
Hotels: New Inn  (bookable online) 1 Km 173 Km
Self-catering: Llety'r Wennol  (bookable online) < 1 Km 173 Km
Bunk House: Denmark Farm Conservation Centre 3 Km 179 Km
Hotels: The Falcondale Hotel and Restaurant  (bookable online) 2 Km 184 Km
B & B Accommodation: Maesycrugiau Manor  (bookable online) 4 Km 200 Km
Self-catering: The Barn @ Nant Llwyd  (bookable online) 3 Km 202 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Gilfach Wen Barn, Brechfa, Carmarthenshire 5 Km 209 Km
B & B Accommodation: Dolwerdd Bed and Breakfast  (bookable online) 2 Km 235 Km

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Connected Paths:

National Trails (England & Wales): Glyndwr's Way/Llwybr Glyndwr National Trail; Wales Coast Path
Other Paths: Birmingham and Aberystwyth Walk; Cambrian Way; Celtic Way; Cistercian Way (Wales); Coast to Coast - Snowdonia to the Gower; Conwy Valley Way; Dyfi Valley Way; Hope House Way; Macmillan Way - Cross Britain Way; Mal Evans Way - Borth to Devil's Bridge; Mary Jones Walk; Mawddach Trail; Mawddach Way; Mawddach-Ardudwy Trail; Snowdonia's River of Gold; Ystwyth Trail
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Anytime Challenges: Around Idris; Around the Carneddau; Around the Rhinogs; Snowdonia Round

Downloads:

GPS Exchange Format Route File: Sarn Helen GPX Exchange Format Route File Login to Download
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MemoryMap Route file: Sarn Helen Memory Map Route File Login to Download
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Tracklogs Route file: Sarn Helen Tracklogs Route File Login to Download
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Route Profile:

234.2 Km (145.5 miles)
7,850 m (25,755 ft) ascent
474 m (1,555 ft)  maximum height