A circuit of Llyn Crafnant, near Trefriw
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Walk Route Description
The Carneddau mountains are probably the least visited part of Snowdonia and this easy circular walk provides excellent views and a flavour of this area. Llyn Crafnant is a reservoir dammed in 1874. The start is the parking and picnic are at grid ref. SH756618, which is reached by driving up a narrow lane which leaves the B5106 Conwy to Llanwrst road in the village of Trefriw.
After parking walk up the lane towards the reservoir and take the waymarked path along the north shore of the reservoir. You are immediately rewarded with fine views along the lake with the rugged peaks at its south-western end particularly notable. The path is easy to follow and leads to Hendre (grid ref.SH739605). Turn left here down to the road at Blaen y nant (SH739602). Turn left along the road and you have an easy walk back to the start.
Refreshments are available at the Lakeside Café which is open in the summer. There are also many places to have a picnic along the route.
Other walks nearby
Walk 2592 Llyn Geirionydd & Llyn Bychan from Llyn Crafnant - moderate - 9.5 miles/15.4 km
Walk 2608 Crimpiau & Creigiau Gleision from Llyn Crafnant - moderate - 7.5 miles/12.2 km
Walk 2536 Llyn Crafnant, Capel Curig & Llyn Colwyd from Trefriw - mod/hard - 13.0 miles/21.1 km
Walk 1332 Four lakes of the Gwydir Forest - easy/mod - 6.5 miles/10.6 km
Walk 3005 Clogwen from Bryntyrch, Capel Curig - easy - 2.0 miles/3.3 km
Walk 1635 Garnedd Uchaf & Llyn Eigiau nr Tal-y-Bont - mod/hard - 9.0 miles/14.6 km
Walk 2542 Foel Grach from Llyn Eigiau, Carneddau - moderate - 8.5 miles/13.8 km
Walk 2638 Craig Eigiau, Melynilyn & Dulyn Resrs nr. Tal-y-Bont - moderate - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 3047 The Carneddau from Llyn Eigiau, Carneddau - hard - 10.0 miles/16.3 km
Walk 2821 Melynllyn & Dulyn Reservoir from Llyn Eigiau parking - easy/mod - 5.5 miles/8.9 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
Great Mountain Days in Snowdonia
Inspirational guidebook to 40 great mountain day walks and scrambles in Snowdonia. Inspirational routes for all abilities across the National Park with routes up Snowdon and Moel Eilio, the Glyderau, the Carneddau, Eifionydd, Siabod and the Moelwynion, Rhinogydd (the Harlech Dome), Migneint and the Arans and Cadair Idris and the Tarrens.
Snowdonia: 30 Low-level and easy walks - North
Guidebook describing 30 walks in Snowdonia, Wales. Routes are mostly low level and on clear paths and showcase the region's beautiful scenery and rich history and culture. Part of a 2-volume set, this northern volume includes the Snowdon area, the Ogwen and Conwy Valleys, Betws-y-Coed, Beddgelert, Ffestiniog and the coast.
This pocket handbook to navigation will help you master the necessary map and compass skills for mountain walking. Chapters include map scales, symbols and contours, grid references, map reading, bearings, route planning and night and bad-weather navigation, as well as navigating with a GPS.