Snowdonia: Low-level and easy walks - North
Snowdon, the Ogwen and Conwy Valleys and the coast
By Alex Kendall
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.
SeasonsMost of these routes can be walked at any time of year. If there is ice on the ground some of the higher routes should be treated with care.
CentresConwy, Betws-y-Coed, Llanberis, Bethesda, Beddgelert, Capel Curig, Porthmadog, Dolwyddelan, Blaenau Ffestiniog.
DifficultyThe routes are easy to moderate; there are all lengths from 1½ hours to a full day out, but all are low-level and nearly all are on clear paths or tracks. There is no grading system, but notes on length, ascent, projected time and terrain are given.
Must SeeValleys - Cwm Idwal, Conwy Valley, Nant Gwynant, Fairy Glen, Vale of Ffestiniog Waterfalls - Conwy Falls, Aber Falls, Swallow Falls, Pass of Aberglaslyn Lakes - Llyn Padarn, Llyn Dinas, Llyn Gwynant, Llyn Llydaw, Llyn Crafnant Historical sites - Neolithic settlements, Iron Age Forts, Dolwyddelan Castle, Dolbadarn Castle, Conwy Castle, copper mines, slate quarries Other features - Sarn Helen Roman Road, Gelert's Grave, Taliesin's Birthplace, sites from the Mabinogion, River Conwy
This guidebook describes 30 low level and easy walks that are suitable for all abilities. The hikes covered are in the northern part of Snowdonia National Park, close to Conwy, Betws-y-Coed, Llanberis and Porthmadog. Most of the walks take around two hours, with others ranging from two to six hours.
Each walk has an accompanying Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 or 1:50,000 map showing the route, easy to follow route descriptions and information on distance, time, ascent, refreshments and where to park. The guide also includes more general advice on walking in the area, historical and flora & fauna information, and facts about all the points of interest seen on each walk.
In this part of Wales, neolithic settlements and Roman ruins stand beside the medieval castles of Welsh Princesses and the modern remnants of the mining industry. Myths and legends abound, and many walks relate to the stories of King Arthur and Merlin, Anfanc and Welsh fairies.
When to go
What to take
The Countryside Code
Maps and GPS
Understanding Welsh placenames
Using this guide
The North Coast and Lower Conwy Valley
Walk 1 Conwy Mountain/Mynydd y Dref
Walk 2 The Druid’s Circle/Meini Hirion
Walk 3 Aber Falls/Rhaeadr Fawr
Walk 4 Craig y Dulyn
Walk 5 Trefriw
Betws y Coed and Gwydyr Forest
Walk 6 Gwydyr Forest
Walk 7 The Fairy Glen and Conwy Falls
Walk 8 Pont Gethin
Walk 9 Dolwyddelan
Walk 10 Lledr and Llugwy
Walk 11 Crafnant and Geirionydd
Snowdon and the Ogwen Valley
Walk 12 Capel Curig
Walk 13 Cwm Idwal
Walk 14 Bethesda and Penrhyn
Walk 15 Cwm Pen-Llafar
Walk 16 Moel y Ci
Walk 17 Llanberis and Dolbadarn
Walk 18 Llyn Padarn
Walk 19 The Miners’ Track
Walk 20 Cwm Llan
Walk 21 Beddgelert to Pen-y-Gwryd
The Vale of Ffestiniog and the West
Walk 22 Nanmor and Aberglaslyn
Walk 23 Cwm Croesor
Walk 24 Blaenau Ffestiniog
Walk 25 The Vale of Ffestiniog
Walk 26 Coed Llyn y Garnedd
Walk 27 Coed Felinrhyd
Walk 28 Cwm Pennant
Walk 29 Tremadog
Walk 30 Moel-y-Gest
Appendix A Useful contacts
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Alex Kendall is a mountain leader, working in summer and winter throughout the UK and abroad, leading groups on day walks, challenges and long distance journeys. He enjoys getting people into the outdoors, especially through supervising Duke of Edinburgh's Award expeditions and running weekend walking trips for adults. He has been walking in Snowdonia for over 10 years having been introduced to these mountains as a student.View Articles and Books by Alex Kendall