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Mary Jones Walk

Mary Jones Walk

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By following this linear route, you will walk 28 miles through the spectacular countryside of the old county of Meirionnydd, from an enchanting valley at the foot of Cadair Idris to the shores of Llyn Tegid. You will cross public paths and paths used with the permission of the landowner, over mountain pastures and through woodlands, along old romantic lanes, country roads and short unavoidable sections on the main road. The splendid views of lakes and mountains will astound you.

In 1800, 15-year-old Mary Jones walked 25 miles from Llanfihangel-y-Pennant, across the Welsh mountains, to Bala to get a Bible from Revd. Thomas Charles. According to the legend, she saved six years to be able to afford the Bible and Thomas Charles was so touched by her determination that he helped to establish Bible Society four years later.

Walk Route: From Llanfihangel-y-Pennant, across the Welsh mountains, to Bala

Access: Llanfihangel-y-Pennant

Duration: 3 Days

Miles: 28

Baby changing facilitiesCash PointCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPostboxPublic toiletsTelephone (public)

Open all the time



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Map reference: SH 926359  Lat: 52.91033 Long: -3.59841

A5 west from Llangollen, then A494.

By Bus: T3 Bus Service: Barmouth-Dolgellau-Llanycil-Bala-Wrexham

Public Transport Information Service:

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 21 miles from Blaenau Ffestiniog station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
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