Walk around Llyn Crafnant

By Dave Roberts   

on June 25, 2011    No ratings yet.

Walk around Llyn Crafnant

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Route Summary:

Route Start Location:

5.23 km 155 m

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


Check out the businesses nearby for more places to stay and drink.


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.

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Walk around Llyn Crafnant

A pleasant circuit around this attractive lake. Follows a decent lakeside track, but does have its slippery sections, so be careful. If you want to drag some non walking family members out for an afternoon, this is the walk to do it.

Half way around there’s a cafe (even sells bottles of beer), so there’s something for everyone. More information on the route on the Forestry Commission website that maintain this route and waymark it with Yellow posts, though their distance is stated to be a little less as they start from the lake itself.

Distance, Ascent and Time 
5.5km, 200m, 2 hours

OS Map Required Explorer 017BMC MapLandranger 115

Difficulties None.

Start / End  Car park (fee) near Lake. At GR SH 756 618

Facilities Toilets at start of walk, Cafe half way ’round lake,, pubs in Trefriw

Public Transport Some buses to Trefriw. Adds extra distance to walk.

The Route

1. Start uphill from the car park along the road. You will shortly arrive at the lake.


2. At the lake, turn right over a footbridge and you find the forest trail.

Llyn Crafnant

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3. Follow the trail, do not follow any forks that take you uphill. Other than that, there should be no navigational problems. Once you have walked beyond the lake, you will find the track begin to narrow and rise sharply. It only climbs for a short distance before the downhill section. There is a waymark at the point you need to descend.


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4. The section downhill is a little steep, and slippery in wet conditions. It is a clear path, with no other difficulties. It is only a short section and you are soon next to some cottages. Follow the track, and it takes you clearly to a gate and a tarmacked road.


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5. Follow the road now to return to the car park. Half way along you will find the cafe, which will hopefully be open when you pass!

Llyn Crafnant Cafe

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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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