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Bala Walks and Walking Guide

Snowdonia, Gwynedd

Find circular walks near Bala which is located on the eastern edge of the Snowdonia National Park. The town has a wide range of local amenities including cafés, bars and restaurants. Accommodation including camp sites and caravan parks is readily available. Public transport is limited and most of the walks listed below require the use of private transport.

All walks are free to download and print, and all routes have mapping and GPX files. Bala occupies an excellent position to explore other parts of the National Park. The Arans, Arenigs and Berwyn Hills are relatively close by with many excellent walks to be enjoyed. Further afield highlights include the Precipice Walk near Dolgellau and the rugged Rhinog mountains. Closer to the town are a number of easier routes in the hills surrounding Lake Bala.

★ = GPS file available

WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
2059Castell Carndochan near Balaeasy/mod2.50
1646The Precipice Walk from near Dolgellaueasy3.50
3055Glasgwm from Cwm Cywarchmoderate4.50
1151Moel Siabod from Pont Cyfynghard5.50
2551Rhobell Fawr from near Rhydymainmoderate5.70
2055Moel Emoel from near Balamoderate6.00
1332Gwydir ForestLakes from Tyn Llwyneasy/mod6.50
1037Two lakes of the Gwydir Forest - Llyn Elsi and Llyn Parc from Betws-y-Coedeasy/mod6.50
1086Post Gwyn and Craig-y-Mwn from Pistyll Rhaeadrmoderate6.50
1190Aran Fawddwy from Cwm Cywarchmod/hard7.50
2544Rhinog Fach circular from Coed y Breninmoderate8.00
1334Cnicht from Tanygrisiaumoderate8.00
2302Arenig Fawr from Arenig near Llyn Celynmoderate8.00
2937Aran Fawddwy northern approach from Esgair-gawr farmmod/hard8.40
3024North West of Blaenau Ffestiniog from Crimea Passmod/hard8.50
2811Rhobell Fawr and Ddualt from near Rhydymainmoderate8.50
3102Bwlch Sych and Tynygarreg from Lake Vyrnwymoderate8.50
1036Rhinog Fach & Y Llethr from Craigddu Isafmoderate9.00
3031Cadair Berwyn from Cwm Maen Gwyneddmoderate9.25
1256Cadair Bronwen from Llandrillomoderate9.50
3017Aran Benllyn & Aran Fawddwy from Llanuwchllynmod/hard10.00
1107Waun Oer and Maesglase near Dinas Mawddwymod/hard11.00
1255The Aran Ridge from Cwm Cywarchhard11.20
1499Rhobell Fawr and Dduallt from Llanfachrethmoderate12.00
1400The Arans from Cwm Cywarchhard14.00
2713Traverse of the Northern Rhinogs from Trawsfynyddmod/hard14.00
3053Berwyn Tops from Tan Y Pystyll moderate14.00
3227Rhinog Fawr and tarns from Bronabermod/hard15.00

The walks listed above are the nearest 30 from Bala when measured in a straight line.

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