Beddgelert Forest, near Porthmadog
Peaceful forest in the heart of Snowdonia National...
Llyn Crafnant lies in a beautiful valley where the edge of the forest meets the lower slopes of the Carneddau mountains.
“Llyn” is Welsh for lake but Llyn Crafnant is actually a reservoir and it was once the water supply for the nearby town of Llanrwst.
Llyn Crafnant is three quarters of a mile long and the view from the head of the lake over the water to the mountains is one of the finest in North Wales.
Three waymarked walks set off from the car park, one of which is an accessible trail along the riverside, and you can also walk to the nearby lake of Llyn Geirionydd.
The lakeside café is privately run and is open from Easter until late summer.
The walking trails are waymarked from start to finish.
Look out for the information panel at the start of the trails.
Try this easy short trail, suitable for the whole family, winding its way through a variety of trees, from tall conifers to young birch and an open grassy area next to the bubbling river.
Take a seat at one of the well-placed picnic benches and listen and watch for wildlife.
Or find the ‘disappearing signs’ along the trail, which tell you some fascinating facts about the trees and wildlife that live in the area.
Take in the view across the lake to the crags at the head of the Crafnant Valley and Cwm Glas Crafnant National Nature Reserve.
Follow the trail climbing gently up the valley; the view is framed by imposing crags and old slate mines.
The woodland on the steep cliffs above is a rare type of ash woodland.
There are no paths through the very steep reserve so it is best viewed from this walk.
Return to the car park by following the tarmac road.
Admire the panoramic view across the Crafnant Valley, with the Carneddau mountain range visible behind.
Climb steadily up a forest track to reach a log bench, and from here take in the view of Crimpiau and Craig Wen across the valley.
Continue until the waymarkers send you off on a narrow forest path.
You’ll feel a change in atmosphere as you step into the dense shade and silence of a spruce plantation.
Apart from the occasional squawk from a jay, the stillness is a pleasant contrast to the buzz around the lake on a busy day.
This trail goes through the forest and takes in the two beautiful lakes of Geirionydd and Crafnant.
Facilities for visitors with disabilities at Llyn Crafnant include:
Please check the top of this page for any changes to these standard opening times.
The toilets are open at all times.
The lakeside café (which is privately run) is open from Easter until late summer.
Llyn Crafnant is in Gwydir Forest Park.
Gwydir Forest Park lies in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park and encircles the village of Betws-y-coed.
Lead and zinc mining once dominated the area and the legacy of old engine-houses, waste tips and reservoirs are characteristic features of the forest landscape today.
Several of the most important mines have been partially restored and made safe for visitors.
Waymarked trails start from Betws-y-coed and several other Natural Resources Wales car parks in Gwydir Forest Park:
Gwydir Forest Park forms part of the National Forest for Wales.
The National Forest will:
In time it will form a connected ecological network running throughout Wales, bringing social, economic and environmental benefits.
For more information about the National Forest for Wales go to the Welsh Government website.
Llyn Crafnant is 4 miles west of Llanrwst.
It is in the county of Conwy.
Llyn Crafnant is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map OL 17.
The OS grid reference is SH 756 618.
Follow the B5106 from Llanrwst to Trefriw.
In Trefriw turn left onto a minor road opposite the pub.
Follow this narrow road for 2 miles until you reach the car park.
The nearest mainline railway station is in Llanrwst.
For details of public transport go to the Traveline Cymru website.
The Natural Resources Wales car park and toilets are located just before the road reaches the lake.
Car parking is free of charge.
Overnight parking is not permitted.
There are no staff at this location.
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