Visiting Snowdonia

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Crimpiau, Capel Curig

Want to explore the highlands of Snowdonia but don’t want to venture up the highest peaks? How about walking this circular route to the summit of Crimpiau near Capel Curig in the north of the National Park? From this tranquil spot you will enjoy magnificent views of the Snowdon horseshoe and Mymbyr valley, the Ogwen valley and Llyn Crafnant.

Enjoy various landscapes along the way – from beautiful native woodland to heathland and open moorland which is an ideal habitat for all kind of vegetation and wildlife – so do bring along a pair of binoculars!

The path follows public rights of way and crosses over open access land with many stiles to cross. There are some sections where the path is not well defined on the ground so please carry the relevant OS map. The route leads over rough mountain terrain and moorland so do take care and tread carefully.

Distance: 3.5 miles - 6km (circular walk)

Ascent: 902 feet - 275 metres

Time: Around 3-4 hours

Grade: Hard Strenuous Walk

Start/Finish: SNPA Car Park, Capel Curig. Grid reference - SH 720 582

Parking: SNPA Car Park off the A5 (free parking)

Post Code: LL24 0EN

Relevant Map: OS Ordnans Exp OL17 (Snowdon & the Conwy Valley)

This map is intended as a rough guide only. You should use the most recent version of the relevant Ordnance Survey map (see above) when walking the route.

Route Details

1. Follow the road to the left from the car park entrance. Go past the public toilets and continue until you get to the main road.

2. Cross the main road with care. Walk up the track to the left of St Curig’s Church opposite the junction.

3. Follow the track to the top of the field, and through a gap in the wall.

4. Bear right and cross a small stone clapper bridge. Follow the stone pitched path across the field. Be mindful of any farm animals you may come across. If you have a dog - keep it under close control, preferably on a lead.

5. Climb over the stile next to the small metal gate and follow the path through a beautiful woodland. When the path seems to fork, follow the path down to the right towards a gap in the wall.

6. Continue along the path and out of the woodland where you come to another stile and gate.

7. Cross this stile and follow the stone pitched path, then cross the river over a beautiful wooden bridge, turning left immediately after.

8. Follow the path over a hillock for approximately 500m and climb over the stile next to the gate. Enjoy beautiful views of Moel Siabod and Snowdon behind you.

9. Continue along the path for another 500m. Cross the small stream and climb over the stile next to the gate. Follow the path to the right, keeping the crags of Creigiau Geuallt to your left.

10. In around one kilometer the path will fork. Bear left past a large boulder.

11. Keep following the path until you reach a crossroad (bear in mind that it isn’t very obvious on the ground). Turn left through the rushes.

12. Begin your ascent to the summit of Crimpiau, taking care on the steep and rocky terrain.

13. Once Llyn Crafnant comes into sight, bear right and follow the path up a steep slope.

14. Continue climbing, and then straight ahead over a flat, boggy area. The path to the summit leads up to the right. Take care on this section as it is very loose underfoot.

15. From the summit enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding area. To the south-west, at the far end of the Mymbyr Valley you will see the Snowdon Horseshoe. Turning in a clockwise direction, you can see the Ogwen Valley with Tryfan and Pen yr Ole Wen on either side, Pen yr Helgi Du, Llyn Crafnant, Conwy Valley. Arenig and Cwm Penamnen lie South.

16. Begin your descent by following the path along the right side of the ridge.

17. In around 500m you will come to a small lake known as Llyn Coryn. Keeping the lake on your right, continue along the path.

18. Once past the lake, aim for a wire fence on the horizon up on the right. Climb over a short rocky section of path, keeping the wire fence on your right.

19. Follow the path down a steep slope. Keeping the wire stock fence on your right, continue to the next stile.

20. Climb over the stile and follow the path down rough terrain to another stile.

21. Climb over the stile and turn right, keeping the wire fence on your right.

22. Continue along the path over wet, boggy terrain, keeping the fence on your right.

23. Cross a wet and boggy field, aiming towards another stile on the right.

24. Climb over the stile and continue down the path to another stile on the left.

25. Climb over the stile and follow the path down a very steep slope. At the bottom of the slope you will re-join the path at the beginning of the walk.

26. Turn right and follow the path through the woodland.

27. Climb over the stile and out of the woodland, re-tracing your steps back to the car park in the village.

360 Panorama View

Crimpiau Summit

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    1. Follow the road to the left from the car park entrance. Go past the public toilets and continue until you get to the main road.

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    2. Cross the main road with care. Walk up the track to the left of St Curig’s Church opposite the junction.

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    3. Follow the track to the top of the field, and through a gap in the wall.

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    4. Bear right and cross a small stone clapper bridge. Follow the stone pitched path across the field. Be mindful of any farm animals you may come across. If you have a dog - keep it under close control, preferably on a lead.

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    5. Climb over the stile next to the small metal gate and follow the path through a beautiful woodland. When the path seems to fork, follow the path down to the right towards a gap in the wall.

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    6. Continue along the path and out of the woodland where you come to another stile and gate.

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    7. Cross this stile and follow the stone pitched path, then cross the river over a beautiful wooden bridge, turning left immediately after.

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    8. Follow the path over a hillock for approximately 500m and climb over the stile next to the gate. Enjoy beautiful views of Moel Siabod and Snowdon behind you.

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    9. Continue along the path for another 500m. Cross the small stream and climb over the stile next to the gate. Follow the path to the right, keeping the crags of Creigiau Geuallt to your left.

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    10. In around one kilometer the path will fork. Bear left past a large boulder.

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    11. Keep following the path until you reach a crossroad (bear in mind that it isn’t very obvious on the ground). Turn left through the rushes.

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    12. Begin your ascent to the summit of Crimpiau, taking care on the steep and rocky terrain.

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    13. Once Llyn Crafnant comes into sight, bear right and follow the path up a steep slope.

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    14. Continue climbing, and then straight ahead over a flat, boggy area. The path to the summit leads up to the right. Take care on this section as it is very loose underfoot.

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    15. From the summit enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding area. To the south-west, at the far end of the Mymbyr Valley you will see the Snowdon Horseshoe. Turning in a clockwise direction, you can see the Ogwen Valley with Tryfan and Pen yr Ole Wen on either side, Pen yr Helgi Du, Llyn Crafnant, Conwy Valley. Arenig and Cwm Penamnen lie South.

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    16. Begin your descent by following the path along the right side of the ridge.

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    17. In around 500m you will come to a small lake known as Llyn Coryn. Keeping the lake on your right, continue along the path.

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    18. Once past the lake, aim for a wire fence on the horizon up on the right. Climb over a short rocky section of path, keeping the wire fence on your right.

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    19. Follow the path down a steep slope. Keeping the wire stock fence on your right, continue to the next stile.

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    20. Climb over the stile and follow the path down rough terrain to another stile.

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    21. Climb over the stile and turn right, keeping the wire fence on your right.

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    22. Continue along the path over wet, boggy terrain, keeping the fence on your right.

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    23. Cross a wet and boggy field, aiming towards another stile on the right.

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    24. Climb over the stile and continue down the path to another stile on the left.

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    25. Climb over the stile and follow the path down a very steep slope. At the bottom of the slope you will re-join the path at the beginning of the walk.

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    26. Turn right and follow the path through the woodland.

  • Crimpiau walk, Capel Curig

    27. Climb over the stile and out of the woodland, re-tracing your steps back to the car park in the village.

Safety Note

Please read our Mountain Safety Advice before venturing out on the mountain.

Please Remember

The path passes through privately owned farm  land. Dogs must be kept under close control, preferably on a lead when in the vicinity of livestock, and kept on a short lead at all times between 1st March and 31st July to protect ground nesting birds.