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Snowdonia Walk
A circuit of Llyn Idwal from Ogwen Cottage

Nat Park - Snowdonia - Glyders Tryfan

County/Area - Gwynedd & Conwy

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 2.8 miles / 4.6 km

Ascent - 350 feet / 106 metres

Time - 1 hours 50 minutes

Grade - easy

Start - OS grid reference SH649603
Lat 53.122704 // Long -4.020341
Postcode LL57 3LZ (approx. location only)
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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - A circuit of Llyn Idwal from Ogwen Cottage
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The Snowdonia National Park is one of the most mountainous areas in England and Wales with towering peaks, rocky landscapes and cascading streams adding to the dramatic landscapes. This easy Snowdonia walk takes you into this wonderful environment without too much physical effort. However, do bear in mind that there can be dramatic changes in weather so do make sure you have suitable footwear and clothing.

The start is the small car park at Ogwen Cottage (grid ref. SH649603) on the south side of the A5 between Bangor and Capel Curig. In fine weather and at weekends parking can be in short supply. National Park information is available with up to date weather forecasts and refreshments are also available here.

After parking walk over the Ogwen Falls footbridge and follow the clear stony path. After a short way the path divides and here you bear right and continue across to the shores of Llyn Idwal. Reaching the lake, turn lefty and follow the clear path in a clockwise direction around Llyn Idwal. You soon realise the rugged nature of this rocky amphitheatre and you make steady progress along the path, which initially stays close to the lakeshore.

The path then gains some height at the southern end of the lake and bears right under Devil's Kitchen, a rocky mass of huge boulders and scree. The path then turns right again and joins the path descending down through the Devil's Kitchen to follow the western shores of the lake. A circuit of the lake is soon complete and you need to take the path on your left that follows the outward route back down to Ogwen Cottage.

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