Get active in and around Craflwyn and Beddgelert
There's so much to do in and around Craflwyn and Beddgelert for all ages and abilities. All you'll need is your own sense of adventure and some waterproof clothing - just in case. Here are just a few things to get you out and about around the area.
You can take your pick from a number of walks and trails around the area. From gentle, riverbank strolls through to the full ascent of Snowdon, there’s a path for walkers of all levels and ambition.
In any season, the Aberglaslyn Gorge is a colourful place to be and in late autumn you may even see spawning salmon working their way up river. For those who want a sense of advernture try the Watkin Path that takes you to the summit of Snowdon. But beware, this isn't for the faint hearted. Here are just a few of our favourite walks.
At a tough Grade 5, the Aberglaslyn Gorge is one for the experts and draws experienced paddlers when the levels are right. Novices can try their hand on the flat water of Llyn Gwynant and progress to the gentle river waters between the lake and Llyn Dinas. From there to Beddgelert, the river is graded 2 and 3.
An agreement between landowners, the National Trust and fisherman to prevent salmon spawning beds being disturbed, allows access to the Afon Glaslyn when the water level is high enough.
Gauges at the outflows of Llyn Gwynant and Llyn Dinas indicate if the water levels are right to paddle.
Mountain biking and cycling
Beddgelert Forest has numerous trails to suit all levels and, a little further away, Capel Curig is home to Coed y Brenin which attracts two-wheeled thrill-seekers from across the UK.
Cycling on Snowdon is restricted with access on the bridleway between the end of October and the beginning of May.
For road riders there are lung-busting climbs that lead to fabulous views.
The road climb from Beddgelert to Pen-y-Pass is something any cyclist would be proud of.
Beddgelert Bikes, in Beddgelert Forest, is open all year for the hire of mountain bikes, tandems, child seats and trailer bikes.
One of Wales’s most unusual climbs, Lockwood’s Chimney can be found at Clogwyn y Wenallt above Llyn Gwynant. The climb, which includes an upward scramble through a tunnel in the mountain, was named after Arthur Lockwood, former proprietor of the Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel who made its first ascent.
It was traditional to climb this mountain route on midsummer’s eve. Lockwood’s Chimney is only for the experienced and brave who are rewarded with stunning mountain views at the top.
Elsewhere, there are small mountain crags, again for those with plenty of experience of outdoor climbing.