Visiting Snowdonia

Cader Idris from Foel Caerynwch

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Walk of the Month

We want you to make the most of what Snowdonia has to offer, and what better way to do this than by walking one of our promoted routes? There are walks to suit all levels of ability and interests – from challenging mountain walks to low level circular walks through native woodlands. One thing you can be sure of on each and every one is exquisite scenery!

With so many walks to choose from – how do you decide which one?! Are there any which are more suitable for a particular time of year? Which walks highlight the best of what nature has to offer? Why not let our Wardens decide for you?

Every month we will feature one of our Wardens’ favourite walks so that you can be sure to enjoy Snowdonia at its best! Remember to come back here every month to see where we will be taking you next!

Tan y Bwlch Circular - 1 January 2018


Grade: Leisurely

Distance: 5 Km / 3 miles

Time: 2 – 3 hours

Terrain: Woodland Paths


A great way to start your new year by shedding some of the excesses gained over Christmas by walking in one of Snowdonia’s most impressive landscapes.

The walk is almost 5km (3 miles) in length with the highest point 140 meters and lowest 35 metres. The route takes in the lakes of Llyn Mair and Llyn Hafod y llyn, crosses the Ffestiniog Railway at Tan y Bwlch station and passes through the grounds of historical mansion from the slate era, now the National Park Study Centre.

It is a wonderful wooded valley with conifer plantation and broadleaved woodland which is a National Nature Reserve and forms part of the Special Area of Conservation (Meirionnydd Oakwoods) which has some of the best examples of Atlantic Oak Woodland in Europe.

The walk is part of the Dyffryn Maentwrog Leisure Network which mostly comprises courtesy paths with numerous landowners including the National Park, Woodland Trust, Tilhill EFG, Natural Resources Wales and private ownership. Please remember these paths are open through an agreement with them, ensure you follow the Country Code at all times.

There are four car parks and two cafes on the route, although the station at Tan y Bwlch is closed during January. Maintenance works will be carried out early in the year at the station, therefore parking spaces will be reduced. The café at Plas Tan y Bwlch will be open for a deserved respite in a pleasant tearoom overlooking the Dwyryd. Or if you prefer an alfresco break there is a spacious picnic site by Llyn Mair.

The route – from the map:
As you can see from the map below there are numerous paths in the area, with blue waymarker discs at each junction directing you in a clockwise direction. Please take care at the junctions and when crossing the railway.

Enjoy!

Ifan Eryl Jones (Area Warden)

Archived Walks

Graigddu Circular

Graigddu Circular - 1 October 2017

Grade: The short circular – Coed Graigddu – Leisure / The long circular – Bwlch Drws Ardudwy - Moderate

Distance: 3 miles (the short circular – Coed Graigddu) / 4 miles (the long circular – Bwlch Drws Ardudwy)

Time: 2 / 3 hours

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Bala - Lake, River & Town

Bala - Lake, River & Town - 1 December 2017

Grade: Leisure

Distance: 2 miles – 3.25km

Time: 1.5 hours

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Llyn Llydaw Walk

Llyn Llydaw Walk - 1 November 2017

Grade: Leisure (Moderate)

Distance: 3.2km (4.6km to Llyn Glaslyn)

Time: 1.5 - 2 hours (3 - 4 hours to Llyn Glaslyn)

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Fisherman's Path, Cwm Bychan

Fisherman's Path, Cwm Bychan - 1 September 2017

Grade: Hard Leisure Walk

Distance: 6 miles - 10 km

Time: Around 4-6 hours

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Llyn Gwernan

Llyn Gwernan - 1 August 2017

Grade: Leisure

Distance: 1 mile

Time: 1 hour

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Aber Falls Path

Aber Falls Path - 1 July 2017

Grade: Accessible Walk (some steep sections)

Distance: 2.5 miles - 3.2km

Time: 2 hours

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Farchynys Path - Woodland Walk

Farchynys Path - Woodland Walk - 6 January 2017

Grade: Moderate Leisure Walk

Distance: 1 mile - 2 km

Time: Around 1 hour

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Lôn Gwyrfai

Lôn Gwyrfai - 1 February 2017

Grade: Moderate Leisure Route

Distance: 4½ miles - 7 km

Time: Around 3 hours

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Craig y Fron

Craig y Fron - 1 March 2017

Grade: Moderate Leisure Walk

Distance: About 3 miles (4.5Km)

Time: About 2 hours

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Penamnen Walk

Penamnen Walk - 1 April 2017

Grade: Moderate Leisure Walk

Distance: 6 miles

Time: 3 hours

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Croesor Circular Walk

Croesor Circular Walk - 1 May 2017

Grade: Moderate Leisure Walk

Distance: 3.5 miles / 5.5km

Time: About 3-4 hours

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Minffordd Path

Minffordd Path - 1 June 2017

Grade: Hard Mountain Walk

Distance: 6 miles - 10 km (there & back)

Time: Around 5 hours (there & back)

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