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)
Terrain: Mountain Path
My choice for November walk of the month is Llyn Llydaw path. As winter closes in the weather can be an issue for walkers who would like to venture to the mountain tops, this walk offers itself as a leisurely option to experience spectacular views of Snowdon.
Start your journey from Pen-y-Pass car park (SH 647 555) (£5 for 4 hours), remember that the car park is busy even during the winter!
From this point follow the Miner’s Track. This is a bridle-path therefore it’s possible to cycle to Llyn Llydaw should you wish.
As you walk on the route keep an eye out for the remains of the old copper mine, mining occurred in the valley for around 100 years until finally closing in 1916. The first remains can be seen on the shore of Llyn Teyrn (the first lake), these were the barracks for the miners.
A large pipe is visible as you start uphill from Llyn Teyrn. This pipe carries water for the Cwm Dyli power station, recognised as the oldest power station in Britain.
Walk a little further and take a right as the path splits and you will reach the shore of Llyn Llydaw, the resting place of King Arthur’s famous sword maybe?
Follow the path over the causeway that was built to carry copper over the lake. Continue until you reach a large building on your right, this was the old crushing mill (the bridle-way finishes here so you may not cycle further).
If you wish to venture further you can walk higher towards Llyn Glaslyn to see more ruins of the mine and the home of the famous beast Yr Afanc!
Rhys W. Roberts (Snowdon Assistant Warden)