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Walk to Devil’s Kitchen and Cwm Idwal

By Dave Roberts   

on October 8, 2017    4.5/5 (2)

Walk to Devil’s Kitchen and Cwm Idwal

Further Details

Route Summary:

Popular walk, not to be underestimated as the highest point is over 600m and the route steep in places.

Route Start Location: Idwal Cottage

4.96 km 334 m 2 hours

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

Activivity Type: Moderate Walk

Summits and Places on this Route


Toilet and visitor centre.


Steep gound.

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 : LL57 3LZ

Limited parking available. Pavement parkers on the A5 will rightly be ticketed.

Public Transport:

Infrequent Sherpa buses from Bangor and Betws y Coed.

Traveline for UK Public Transport

Recommended Maps


Walk to Devil’s Kitchen and Cwm Idwal Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

Download file for GPS

Walk to Devil’s Kitchen and Cwm Idwal

The walk up to Twll Du – or Devil’s Kitchen – and Cwm Idwal in the Glyderau may only be a short walk, but you need to be prepared for some serious terrain. The route up to the Devil’s Kitchen is steep and rocky, bordering on scrambling in places. If in any doubt, you could take a circular walk around Cwm Idwal, which is much easier and still spectacular.

The final walk up to Twll Du may be worth it, but is steep and slightly scrambly and remember that as the highest point of the walk is 600m up in the Glyderau , that this is a mountain walk.

The main downside of any walks in Cwm Idwal and the Devil’s Kitchen is the popularity of the area and anyone seeking solitude should avoid during normal waking hours, and especially during the holiday season!

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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