Hafod y Llan walk, Craflwyn

Craflwyn, Eifionydd

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Walkers on the Watkin Path, one of six main routes to the summit of Snowdon © Joe Cornish

Walkers on the Watkin Path, one of six main routes to the summit of Snowdon

Welsh Black cow and calf amongst the cottongrass on Hafod Y Llan farm, Snow © Joe Cornish

Welsh Black cow and calf amongst the cottongrass on Hafod Y Llan farm, Snow

A picture of Cwm Llan House © The National Trust

A picture of Cwm Llan House

Route overview

Beware! Here there be dragons! Yes, this walk will transport you into the land of magical mythical creatures at the summit of Dinas Emrys. It also takes in the impressive tumbling Cwm Llan waterfall, and allows you to see the Welsh Black Cattle that are creating more diverse vegetation on slopes of Bylchau Terfyn.

Route details

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A map of Hafod y Llan, Craflwyn
  • Directions
  • Route
  • Bus stop
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Viewpoint

Start: Bethania car park, Watkin Path, grid ref: SH627506

  1. From the Bethania car park (just off the A498) join the Watkin Path. Head up through the oak woodland towards Cwm Llan.

    Show/HideCwm Llan, Hafod y Llan

    The Watkin Path rises up to Cwm Llan, with Clogwyn Brith to the left. The path was created by Sir Edward Watkin in 1892 and is one of six routes up to Mount Snowdon. It attracts 50,000 walkers each year.

    Walkers on the Watkin Path, one of six main routes to the summit of Snowdon © Joe Cornish
  2. Once out of the oak woodland, stick to the gravel path until you reach a waymarker which directs you south-west along a path towards Bylchau Terfyn.

  3. Continue along the path until you reach a wall. Climb over the stile which brings you into Bylchau Terfyn.

    Show/HideWelsh Black Cattle on Bylchau Terfyn

    Welsh Black cattle graze these slopes of Bylchau Terfyn. Cattle graze less selectively than sheep and keep the aggressive grasses such as purple moor grass and matgrass under control. This in turn helps to increase biodiversity on the land. .

    Welsh Black cow and calf amongst the cottongrass on Hafod Y Llan farm, Snow © Joe Cornish
  4. Follow the way-marked route through this quiet valley. The walk takes you over another wall within 0.75 miles (1.2km). Once over this wall, head through the heather to the highest point of the walk.

    Show/HideCwm Llan House

    Cwm Llan House is one of many ruined buildings in this valley which we are doing our utmost to consolidate. These structures give a glimpse into the past previous land use and farming methods

    A picture of Cwm Llan House © The National Trust
  5. As you walk downhill you emerge on an old cart track. Continue along the track until you reach a stile. Once over the stile turn immediately to the right towards the river. Cross the river taking care over the stepping stones until you reach another stile.

  6. Once over the stile follow the waymarked route which leads you down to Craflwyn Hall and the end of the walk.

End: Craflwyn Hall, grid ref: SH602492

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 3.75 miles (6 km)
  • Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • OS Map: Landranger OL17
  • Terrain:

    This walk includes gravel paths, stiles, gates, steep inclines and muddy sections. Dogs allowed on a lead.

  • How to get here:

    By train: Bangor Station - 1 hour drive to start point. Betws y Coed - 35 minutes drive to start point

    By bus: Snowdon Sherpa services pass the start point

    By car: Travelling from the Bangor (A55) area - head south along the A5 trunk road towards Capel curig (15 miles/24 km approximately).  Turn right at Capel Curig towards Porthmadog, Beddgelert along the A498.  Stay on this road for approximately 11 miles (18km) until you reach Bethania car park

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