Betws-Y-Coed - Llyn Parc - Gwydyr Forest - Betws-Y-Coed

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Starting at the picturesque and popular village of Betws-Y-Coed which lies within the Snowdonia National Park, this walk takes you up into the Gwydyr Forest with it luscious green backdrops and winding rivers. You have the option to spend some time visiting the village before or after the walk, time permitting. There are several shops and walking-stores along with cafes, restaurants and pubs for lunch or dinner.

As you ascend, the walk takes you past riverbanks and beautiful cascading waterfalls, old industrial mine workings where the village of Betws-Y-Coed grew very slowly with the development of the local leadmining industry and up to Llyn Parc, which used to power the mines all those many years ago.

You skirt the water's edge of the llyn for its full length before circling back along the south side of the Gwydyr Forest, again alongside old workings and wonderful views over the valley and Snowdonia. You descend using waymarked meandering tracks and small winding paths through the forest before returning to the village.

Wales - North Wales - Gwynedd - Snowdonia


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Lake/Loch, Moor, Pub, Public Transport, River, Toilets, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland
5/20/2018 - Annabel Gowers

Please note that the signage has changed since this walk was written. The yellow marker at waymark 12 no longer exists & there is a 2nd yellow marker further down the hill which makes it confusing. You must turn left only a short time after you begin to decent from waymark 11. Also, the route between waymarks 13 & 14 is almost impassible as a result of substantial tree felling. We managed to make our way through but I would go as far as to say it was quite dangerous!

7/29/2013 - Leza Ellis

Just a word of warning if you are considering this walk, at Waymarker 13 although Dean states it was particularly muddy which it was even during the long dry spell we have had also there was no clear path we had to use the View Ranger app to ensure we were on the right track it was terribly overgrown and getting through was very difficult in areas due to the low branches on the trees. Apart from that was an excellent and very scenic walk, if another way to Waymarker 14 could be found would be a lot better.