A vital component of the project was to enable more people to be able to access the countryside on foot, bikes or horseback.

To achieve this the project undertook access route surveys to inform priorities for action. 

The project worked to improve 11 routes were improved. Largely this work involved replacing gates, replacing stiles with gates near Machynlleth, replacing stiles adding stock proof and rider friendly latches, clearing scrub, fixing gates and putting in new gate posts, replacing a bridge and improving the surface on one path.

  • The project carried out work on the following public rights of way:
  • The area around Nant y Moch
  • 3 routes near Talybont, Tre-Ddol and Taliesin
  • 2 routes around Machynlleth
  • Mach 2 – from Pandy Bach, Forge to Cleiriau Uchaf, Aberhosan
  • Aberangell to Aberllefenni stopping at the bridge just before Aberllefenni
  • Aberdyfi to Penal
  • surface improvements at a Furnace 
  • A new bridge at Cwmlline 
New Gates installed with stock proof and rider friendly latches

76 new field gates and 8 new Bridleway gates were installed to replace broken gates that has become unusable by those seeking access.

7 of the self-closing gates replaced stiles on paths near Machynlleth to improve access for more people.

Many other gates were fixed and new posts were installed to make them easier to use. Stockproof and rider friendly latches were installed. The latter means that horse riders can open and close gates without dismounting.

New stiles installed on routes near Talybont, Ceredigion

14 new galvanised steel stiles replaced wooden stiles that had rotted and become dangerous. 

A replacement bridge installed 

The final access works for the project was help to replace a bridge at Cwmlline. The foot bridge in Cwmlline had become unsafe and was likely to be closed. Closure would have cut people in the village off from direct access to footpaths on the other side of the river. The Dolau Dyfi project contributed to the cost of a new bridge which was installed by Powys Council volunteers, some of whom had volunteered on the Dolau Dyfi project. The remaining costs was met by Glantwymyn Community Council.

A range of walk leaflets were created by the Dolau Dyfi Project

Bedd Taliesin

Dolau Dyfi Walking Guide 1: Bedd Taliesin

The first in our series of walks – the trail to Bedd Taliesin, the grave of Taliesin.

Borth Leri walk leaflet

Dolau Dyfi Walking Guide 2: Borth Leri Loop

A pleasant, flat and simple-to-follow walk with exhilarating views over the Dyfi estuary and the sea.

Dolau Dyfi Walking Guide 3: Cefn Erglodd Loop

An interesting walk up and along the hill South of the A487. There is a steep climb through oak woodland at the beginning and a steep descent back down. Once up on the edge of ridge the route is more level and open with expansive views over Talybont, Taliesin and the Dyfi estuary.

Talybont Loop long leaflet

Dolau Dyfi Walking Guide 4: Talybont Woods

This walk starts from Talybont on the ‘Borth to Devil’s Bridge’ trail, joins the ‘Wales Coast Path’ and then loops back to Talybont through the woods. If using the bus, the walk is a bit more straightforward and less strenuous if you start at Talybont and finish in Taliesin (there are regular buses between the villages).