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Bala Walks and Walking Guide

Snowdonia, Gwynedd

Bala 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 all have GPS 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 near Dolgellau easy3.50
2054Moel y Garnedd from Lake Balaeasy/mod4.00
3055Glasgwm from Cwm Cywarchmoderate4.50
1151Moel Siabod from Pont Cyfyng, near Capel Curighard5.50
2551Rhobell Fawr from near Rhydymainmoderate5.70
2055Moel Emoel from near Balamoderate6.00
1332Four lakes of the Gwydir Foresteasy/mod6.50
1037Two lakes of the Gwydir Forest - Llyn Elsi and Llyn Parceasy/mod6.50
1086Post Gwyn and Craig-y-Mwn from Pistyll Rhaeadrmoderate6.50
3038Arenig Fawr from Arenig near Llyn Celyn (Route A)moderate7.00
1190Aran Fawddwy from Cwm Cywarchmod/hard7.50
2302Arenig Fawr from Arenig near Llyn Celyn (Route B)moderate8.00
1334Cnicht from Tanygrisiaumoderate8.00
2544Rhinog Fach circularmoderate8.00
2937Aran Fawddwy northern approachmod/hard8.40
3024North West of Blaenau Ffestiniog from the 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 Maesglasemod/hard11.00
1255The Aran Ridge from Cwm Cywarchhard11.20
1499Rhobell Fawr and Dduallt from Llanfachrethmoderate12.00
1400The Arans from Cwm Cywarchhard14.00
2713A traverse of the Northern Rhinogsmod/hard14.00
3053Berwyn Tops from Tan Y Pystyll moderate14.00
3227Rhinog Fawr and nearby tarnsmod/hard15.00

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

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