Llyn Dinas Easy Family Walk

By Dave Roberts   

on February 17, 2020    5/5 (2)

Llyn Dinas Easy Family Walk

Further Details

Route Summary:

Easy walk at Llyn Dinas that can be walked partially for a shorter walk. NOTE that distance below is the route in one direction.

Route Start Location: Llyn Dinas car park - GR SH 609 492

2.82 km 73 m 1hr 30 min

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Activivity Type: Easy Walk, Trail or Fell Runs

Summits and Places on this Route


Toilet and cafe at Nant Gwynant as well as numerous shops and pubs in Beddgelert.


Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Parking :

Limited roadside parking.

Public Transport:

The Snowdon Sherpa bus travels around the foot of Snowdon, creating a link between the six main routes that travel up Snowdon, as well as the main car parks, villages and tourist attractions in the area. Check out the Snowdon Sherpa page on Walk up Snowdon for the latest Snowdon Sherpa rundown.

Traveline for UK Public Transport

Recommended Maps


Llyn Dinas Easy Family Walk Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

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Llyn Dinas Easy Family Walk

This walk is a gentle stroll around Llyn Dinas, one of the most beautiful and accessible small lakes of Eryri. If you want a longer walk, then you can follow the Lon Gwynant from Beddgelert instead, and perhaps extend the walk to visit Llyn Gwynant too. There’s a wonderful cafe in Nant Gwynant – Caffi Gwynant –  that’s well worth the detour. The path along the southern shore has recently been rebuilt and is now an excellent multipurpose track that’s part of the Lon Gwynant and the under-construction Snowdon Circular Walk.  We also recommend that the route is walked out and back rather than a road return, which doesn’t have a pavement in places and certainly isn’t family friendly!

If you want more of a challenge then you could do the Cwm Bleiddiaid walk instead, which takes in the best of this walk and then a hidden valley on the flanks of Yr Wyddfa.

The Route

1. Start from the car park as mentioned above. It’s found on the left as you leave Beddgelert. If approaching from the opposite direction, I’ll leave you to work that one out. Cross the road and through a kissing gate. The National Trust have been working on these paths, so it’s worth putting some loose change in the collection box. Hopefully, they’ll get the path around the lake done at some point.

An Easy Family Walk Around Llyn Dinas Near Beddgelert

2. You are now on the lake, and follow this path for a short distance until you reach a footbridge over the Glaslyn. This has a gate on it, that had been left open when I was last there. Cross the bridge and keep to your left.

An Easy Family Walk Around Llyn Dinas Near Beddgelert

3. The path along the lake is now straightforward and is an excellent track all the way. There’s a new bridge over the stream, so at least you no longer need to ford the stream. The path then continues pleasantly along the shore of the lake rather than through the woods as it used to, and is easy to follow all the way.

4. . You’ll pass over a couple of stiles before a final path brings you into Llyndy Isaf’s farmhouse.

5. Follow the track from the farm to the main road, passing past a barn to your left and then a field (sometimes has cattle in). When you meet the minor road, you turn left and then over a bridge. Left again brings you onto the main road. We suggest crossing the road and continue right to the Gwynant Cafe before returning the same way.

Llyn Dinas Easy Family Walk

The return on the road, not recommended for families and children. To continue along the road, there is no pavement along some of it. You will no doubt notice the dire state of the lakeside. The shore is strewn with plastic bags and other rubbish, clearly suffering due to its proximity to the main road. The road will take you back to the start in 30 mins.


Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.
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