Nant Gwynnant - Pen-y-pass - Nant Gwynnant

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This walk is a full 8.5 hours, but can be made into a shorter, five-hour walk if you use two cars or the local Sherpa bus service. The full round is a nice easy start, taking in a delightful quarry, a short scramble below Y Llwyd down to Pen-y-pass (this is where the short walk finishes), then dropping back into the valley, crossing a stream (river, if in spate) and passing an historic dig exposing an Elizabethan house and buildings, skirting a lake and finishing off on a nature trail.

The second part of the walk can be wet underfoot and if doing the full round, keep an eye on how long you stay exploring the quarry; I have allowed half an hour.

Wales - North Wales - Caernarfonshire - Snowdonia

Features

Great Views, Lake/Loch, Mountains, Toilets
30/01/2013 - Julian Coy

We've done this walk several times and it is always great, particularly if you allow time/stamina to go up the twin peaks of Y Lliwedd at the same time. A couple of points to note. As you get near the quarry be sure to take the less distinct path rising to your left, if not you end up in the lower part of the quarry and lose the trail. Secondly there is a new path from pen y pass taking you to the road junction/parking at the bottom, take this and then take the good track/road down to the water works/hydro station it misses out the stream at the bottom which is permanently boggy !

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