The historic Lôn Goed is a fascinating tree-lined path near Llanystumdwy, and extends for some 8 kilometres. Built in the first half of the nineteenth century as a cart road to transport limestone to the Mostyn Estate in Eifionydd. The ancient road that reached inland from the southern coast through rural farmland has since become an icon in the local area, and an integral part of Wales’s heritage.
Renowned Welsh poet, R Williams Parry, immortalised the Lôn Goed path in his famous poem of the same name. As a result, it is now recognised across Wales as a peaceful sanctuary residing in the heart of the Eifionydd countryside. The path is lined with ancient trees, primarily oak; all of which are protected under a Tree Preservation Order.
Due to its good linear feature, it acts as a useful wildlife corridor connecting a range of different habitats in the local area, ranging from oak woodlands to wetlands. Wildlife enthusiasts should look out for polecats and Brown hares; and on reaching the shore, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the porpoises and dolphins that frequent the coastline. Alternatively, Lôn Goed in the night is an exciting place to be. It is a hive of activity for bats, including Noctule, Pipistrelle and Daubenton bats, as well as offering frequent sightings of barn owls.
The Lôn Goed is not a circular path and comes to an end on the coast. The track has a hard bottom, making walking easy; however the surface is uneven throughout so walking shoes are recommended. Picturesque villages are nearby, with several pubs.