5 Harlech gems along the Branwen walk This Snowdonia National Park walk is steeped in legend. Enjoy this 2-mile stroll taking in the Castle, Harlech town, beach and dunes and a bit of the Wales Coast Path too. Harlech Town Aerial view of Harlech town and castle, Snowdonia Harlech’s steep hills and winding lanes provide plenty of nooks and crannies to explore. It is also the scene of one of the legends of the Mabinogion, ‘Branwen, Daughter of Llŷr’. The tale tells of the rescue of Branwen by her brother, the giant Bendigeidfran. These Celtic legends were passed down by storytellers through the ages and were finally recorded on manuscripts by monks in the 13th Century. Harlech Castle Harlech Castle, Snowdonia A classic Edward 1st medieval fortification, this dramatic cliff top castle was taken in 1404 after a long siege by the Welsh ruler Owain Glyndŵr. It was again used as a stronghold during the Wars of the Roses, where the longest siege in British history is said to have inspired the famous song "Men of Harlech". Finally surrendered in 1647, the castle still keeps a watchful eye over the Irish sea. Morfa Harlech Morfa Harlech, Snowdonia by tedandjen This breathtaking sweeping stretch of coast is part of an extensive sand dune system that sweeps from the Mawddach estuary along the shore of Cardigan Bay north to Morfa Bychan. Designated a National Nature Reserve, Morfa Harlech’s magnificent beaches and mountain scenery provides a stunning backdrop for hikers, kite surfers and sand-castle builders. Eating and drinking in Snowdonia The sea and mountain air is sure to get your appetite going and there are plenty of pubs and restaurants to reward yourself after your explorations. The area’s diverse landscape yields a great variety of local produce. Succulent lamb and beef, cheeses and seafood put Snowdonia firmly on the food map and the award winning Purple Moose brewery has ensured its place on the real ale map too. Other routes in Snowdonia Llandecwyn church and the Afon Dwyryd estuary, North Wales If you’re thirsty for more of a hiking challenge, the Taith Ardudwy Way is a new mid level route from Barmouth to Llandecwyn. As well as rolling meadows and morlands, walkers can enjoy sea views and opportunities to observe the area’s birds and wildlife. You can split this breathtaking route into three sections over three day walks…or in the event of blisters, use the bus or train to walk any section! Find out about appropriate clothing and footwear as well as more info on protecting and enjoying the countryside in the Countryside Code. Search for tour operators in Snowdonia. Enjoy this? Share it with friends Related items Walks in North Wales Explore the soaring mountains and refreshing coastal walks of North Wales. North Wales attractions Where to go and what to see during your adventure across the lands and seas of North Wales. Wild winter in the north Ravens, choughs, baby seals – and hundreds of thousands of wintering birds. North Wales' holy places Your guide to discovering some of the special and sacred places across North Wales. North Wales on film Fangirl Quest go in search of epic film locations in North Wales 5 great winter ideas Five great activities that show colder months are no time to hibernate.