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.



Most 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.


Conwy, Betws-y-Coed, Llanberis, Bethesda, Beddgelert, Capel Curig, Porthmadog, Dolwyddelan, Blaenau Ffestiniog.


The 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 See

Must See

Valleys - 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
11 Jul 2019
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.1cm
  • Overview

    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.

  • Contents

    The walks
    When to go
    Getting there
    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

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.

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