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!

Penamnen Walk - 1 May 2018


Grade: Moderate Leisure Walk

Distance: 6 miles

Time: 3 hours

Terrain: Footpaths


For May, I can offer a moderate walk in the lovely natural Cwm of Cwm Penamnen above the small village of Dolwyddelan located on the sides of the river Lledr between Betws y Coed and Blaenau Ffestiniog.

The route follows well-constructed tracks suitable by foot or bike from the British Rail car park in the center of the village opposite the school. This route is easily accessible by public transport on the Conwy valley rail line (Traveline Cymru: 0871 200 22 33 or www.traveline-cymru.info) or by car.

It follows a mosaic of habitats giving a plentiful opportunity to see a wide range of wildlife. Birds varying from the Heron to the Peregrine Falcon are often seen circling high above the falls. Part of the route follows the ancient Roman Road of Sarn Helen passing the former home of Angharad James (1677–1749) who was a farmer, harpist and poet.

She was born in Gelliffrydau farm at Baladeulyn in the Nantlle Valley on 16 July 1677. When still a young woman, she married William Prichard, a man far older than herself, who farmed Cwm Penamnen. She lived in Parlwr, or Tai Penamnen, a house that had earlier been a home to the Wynn family of Gwydir, for the remainder of her life She continued to farm the valley after being widowed. The house has recently being uncovered by local archaeologists.

She was buried on 25 August 1749 and is buried within the church of St.Gwyddelan in Dolwyddelan. She was a skilled harpist who commanded her workers to dance to her playing as they returned from the milking.

Ioan Davies (Area Warden (North))

Archived Walks

Fron Feuno Circular

Fron Feuno Circular - 1 April 2018

Grade: Leisure Walk

Distance: 2 miles

Time: 2 hours

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Llanfairfechan Historical Trail

Llanfairfechan Historical Trail - 1 March 2018

Grade: Moderate

Distance: 7 Km / 4.5 Miles

Time: 4 hours

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Torrent Walk

Torrent Walk - 1 February 2018

Grade: Moderate Walk

Distance: 2½ miles - 4 km

Time: Around 1-2 hours

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Tan y Bwlch Circular

Tan y Bwlch Circular - 1 January 2018

Grade: Leisurely

Distance: 5 Km / 3 miles

Time: 2 – 3 hours

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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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