Betws-y-Coed and Llyn Elsi

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The walk, like many around Betws, has a long steady climb at the start but the going is easy underfoot, being on a firm forest track with clear signposting leading to outstanding views of Snowdonia in a very tranquil area. You are not likely to meet many other walkers except near the lake. Moel Siabod dominates the skyline to the north, but you can also see Tryfan, the Glyders and the Carneddau.

Wales - North Wales - Conwy - Snowdonia


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Lake/Loch, Moor, Mountains, Museum, Play Area, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland
6/10/2024 - Adrian Tatnall

10th June 2024 - The notice board at WP2 states "CLOSED - Llyn Elsi Walk. The trail is closed at this time due to a damaged road bridge. Unfortunately a short diversion around the damaged area is not possible. We ask that you do not take this route until the bridge damage has been rectified. Tel : 0300 065 3000". The Orange Orienteering course is also CLOSED.

5/6/2023 - Sharon Howard

Completed this walk in May '23. The walk starts with a bit of a climb for about 1k up a good quality path. Don't worry there's plenty of benches and 'perches' to take a breather - there's even signs telling you how far from the top or the next bench! The walk does have a lot of tracks, something that I'm not keen on and the reason I marked it down. Instructions are accurate, a pleasant walk.

9/4/2006 - Susan

I really enjoyed the climb at the beginning of the walk, a little challenging in the wet. The grid references were absolutely accurate.

8/19/2006 - Stephen Harris

Lovely walk in Betws-y-Coed and the surrounding forest. A little tough on the legs at first through the woodland! More like a hill scramble! Excellent views. Worth mentioning that the directions after emerging from the forest and crossing the 2nd forest road led us the wrong way slightly (probably because we were tired and hungry!), but we had a GPS and good sense of direction so easily went back onto the right track. If you find yourself descending a wide gravel path turn back to the junction, go right a little and you will see a little path through the heather, past some upturned trees and then this takes you on the correct route. 8/10.