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Fancy taking a walk with me in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park - virtually?


Since we are all unable to go for an actual walk in North Wales at the moment, how about I share with you some of my favourite walks which we are longing to walk ourselves once the lock down regulations are easing (whenever that might be)?

Cwm Idwal

A popular and easily accessible walk, which is not too exhausting (unless you want to climb up to the ridge?) just 20 mins by car from the B&B takes you right into a stunning part of Northern Snowdonia called the Glyderau.

Llyn Idwal (Lake Idwal) is the centre for the walk once you've reached it and, on a calm day, it beautifully reflects the sky as in this picture taken in autumn 2018.

This path made with huge stones makes it easy, if a bit uneven, to ascend to the lake and the 'Devil's Kitchen', the Cwm.

This Welsh word means a bowl-shaped basin at the foot of a mountain with steep walls, which might contain a lake. Three letters in Welsh, a whole long sentence in English ;)

The water from the lakes flows downhill into the Ogwen River and runs parallel to the path for most of the trip up/down.

It's a lovely place, but gets busy at weekends and in the summer, so we normally stick to spring and autumn for walking here with the dog.

Aber Glaslyn

This is a different part of Snowdonia altogether, near Beddgelert (great for a stop at a local cafe), but the walk is equally dramatic as a long part of it leads you along the Glaslyn River on a stone ledge or path alongside this wide and shallow river. It will take you about 40 minutes to get here from the Bed and Breakfast in Penmaenmawr.

You skirt Beddgelert, which is definitely worth a visit in its own right, or combined with this walk makes for a great day out. Then it's uphill with gorgeous views across Llyn Dinas as you climb up to Nant Gwynant Pass.

Not bad, ey?

There are several stiles to get over and then you head down past some kind of industrial leftovers returning you to your starting point.

It's a scenic walk which can be popular, but you will find that you will have long stretches of this route all to yourself.

Llyn Elsi

This is a little hidden gem of a walk straight from Bewts y Coed up behind St. Mary's Church through a lovely bit of woodland and up to the lake from where you can see across to Moel Siabod (which is not far from Cwm Idwal).

It's not a long walk, but a steep climb initially and coming down isn't too great for my knees either, but in the summer it's really busy, so we normally choose autumn and winter walks here, which is why these are winter photos, too.

It's a lovely spot for a picnic, too, if you can come here in the evenings, which is often ideal for us in the later summer months, as it's only 15-20 minutes in the car from us.

Hope you enjoyed these ideas of where to go?

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