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Walk the Vivian Quarry Trail – Padarn Country Park

By Dave Roberts   

on November 15, 2011    No ratings yet.

Walk the Vivian Quarry Trail – Padarn Country Park

Further Details

Route Summary:

Short way-marked walk to the quarries above the Padarn Country Park in Llanberis

Route Start Location: Gilfach Ddu, Padarn Country Park, Llanberis

4.04 km 331 m 2 hours

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

Activivity Type: Easy Walk

Summits and Places on this Route


Cafes, toilets, ice cream cabin.


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 : LL55 4TY

Plentiful, paid for parking.

Public Transport:

Traveline for UK Public Transport

Recommended Maps


Walk the Vivian Quarry Trail – Padarn Country Park Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

Download file for GPS

Walk the Vivian Quarry Trail – Padarn Country Park

Following on from our lakeside walk around Llyn Padarn, here’s a quarry walk from the Padarn Country Park. This Padarn Country Park way-marked walk takes you through the old slate quarries and above Vivian Quarry and is ideal for anyone interested in the industrial archaeology of Llanberis and the Dinorwig Quarries.

The Route 

Starting off at the Gilfach Ddu car park in Padarn Country Park, you’re straight up the side of the hill and soon looking down into Vivian Quarry and over Llyn Padarn. A short walk through the forest brings you to the Barics Gwyr Mon – where the quarry workers from Anglesey used to stay during the week.

Walking along an old incline takes you up to the high-point of the walk, a viewing platform high above the Llyn Padarn. With the Llyn Padarn in front of you, the forest below, the mountains of Snowdon and Snowdonia to the left and the vast quarries behind you it makes it a unique place.

Descending the way you came, and beyond to the Zig Zag paths that the quarrymen used.

There’s loads more info at these links:

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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