Visiting Snowdonia

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Fisherman's Path, Cwm Bychan

Fisherman's Path, Cwm Bychan - 1 September 2017


Fisherman's Path, Cwm Bychan
Carwyn ap Myrddin

Grade: Hard Leisure Walk

Distance: 6 miles - 10 km

Time: Around 4-6 hours

Terrain: Some rough, wet terrain. Wear appropriate footwear


This is a delightful walk with challenging parts to it by the Glaslyn River and whilst going up Cwm Bychan. Having said that it’s worth all the effort as you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the Glaslyn River winding down the valley and reaching the sea whilst you go up Cwm Bychan. And on the other side views of Llyn Dinas Lake with Snowdon, Lliwedd and Siabod mountains in the background.

The walk starts and finishes at the picturesque village of Beddgelert, which is well worth a visit in itself. It has a variety of Shops and Cafes that will keep everyone happy at the end of the walk!

From the village the walk follows the Glaslyn River (you need to take care in a number of places). If you’re lucky you’ll see the highland train pass that runs from Caernarfon to Porthmadog! You’ll reach Aberglaslyn bridge where you’ll need to turn and to follow the path through the woods before starting up Cwm Bychan. Before the Cob was built in Porthmadog back in 1812 the sea would reach as far inland as Aberglaslyn Bridge!

As you start to walk up Cwm Bychan it’s worth having a break now and again to admire the views behind you as you’ll see the Glaslyn river wind down to the sea with the mountains on each side. You’ll see a number of ruins that date back to when copper ore was mined here. From Cwm Bychan the copper ore would go down by a cable car system before being transported by horse and cart to Porthmadog where it was shipped to Swansea for refining into Copper.

The views change dramatically when you reach the top of Cwm Bychan and start your way down to Llyn Dinas Lake. There’s a number of lakes to be seen as well as Nant Gwynant with Snowdon, Lliwedd and Siabod and a number of other peaks to be seen in the background on a clear day.

As you reach Llyn Dinas you’ll see a good path that follows the lake to Llyndy Farm. You’ll need to take a left and follow the Glaslyn River on a new path improved by the National Park path team. You’ll reach Sygun Copper mine where you’ll need to follow the narrow back road back to Beddgelert.

Carwyn ap Myrddin (Snowdon Warden)