Craflwyn, Hafod y Llan and Llyn Dinas circular walk

Walking trail

This route starts and finishes at Craflwyn, but allows you to explore much of the wider Nant Gwynant valley. Take in the wild and lonely heath and ffridd beneath Yr Aran, the lower slope of Wales' highest peak, Yr Wyddfa / Snowdon, amazing waterfalls of Afon Cwm Llan and the stunning Llyn Dinas lake. Along the way you'll learn about this fascinating landscape and how we're protecting it.

Be prepared for a day in the mountains

Only parts of this route is way marked, please ensure you have a map and compass with you, check the weather before setting off and be prepared for a day out in the mountains. The route also takes you through several farms, therefore you are likely to encounter livestock.

Visitors enjoying the view at Llyn Dinas, Nant Gwynant

Map

Map of Craflwyn Hafod y Llan and Llyn Dinas circular walk in Snowdonia

Start:

Craflwyn National Trust car park, LL55 4NG

1

From the National Trust car park at Craflwyn take the footpath leading up through the woodland. At the fork in the path, follow the black arrow way-marker to the right. Continue past the dragon bench and then up some steps with a small waterfall to your left.

Small waterfall at Craflwyn, Snowdonia

2

At the top of the steps follow the path to the right, through some birch trees and into a clearing. Continue ahead following the black arrows and ignoring two paths that lead to the right. Stop off to admire the view from the Giant's chair on your right, before continuing to the left and climbing up some steps (ignore the stile on your right) and follow the path as it weaves up, cross a small stile over a fence and head up towards the ffridd.

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The Giant's chair at Craflwyn, overlooking Dinas Emrys and Mynydd Sygun in Snowdonia

3

Follow the path east towards Bylchau Terfyn. There's usually a carpet of bluebells in the ffridd on your left in early summer. Cross a stile at the wall and continue following the black way-markers. When you reach the bridge near an old ruin, turn left onto a track and continue upwards.

Bluebells and heath / ffridd habitat on the lower slopes of Yr Aran, Snowdonia

4

Turn left again at the next ruin. Continue on the path until you reach another stile over a wall. Follow the way-markers down towards the Watkin Path, on a clear day you'll be able to see Llyn Gwynant and Moel Siabod in the distance.

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

5

When you reach a track (the Watkin Path) turn right and descend the lower slope of Wales' highest peak, Yr Wyddfa / Snowdon. (Please note the black way-markers end here.) The impressive Afon Cwm Llan waterfalls will be on your left and the last stretch of the Watkin Path takes you through beautiful ancient oak woodlands of Parc Hafod y Llan.

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Bluebells by Cwm Llan waterfalls above Hafod y Llan

6

At the bottom of the track, turn right onto a lane and then right again at the main road. After passing Caffi Gwynant take the next left turning, crossing the river Glaslyn. Followed by the first right, signposted Llyndy Isaf Farm. Follow the track past the farm and walk along the shores of Llyn Dinas, you will pass through several gates on the way.

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Caryl the first scholar at Llyndy Isaf

7

At the end of the lake, continue straight ahead and through a gate, following the Glaslyn river downstream towards Beddgelert. Follow the path until you reach the old Sygun Copper Mines, from here take the right towards the main road. At the road turn left and continue along the road until you reach Craflwyn on your right.

End:

Craflwyn National Trust car park, LL55 4NG

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Craflwyn, Hafod y Llan and Llyn Dinas circular walk

Terrain

The route takes in a variety of challenging terrain, including steep,  rocky, uneven paths with loose stone, rocky steps and wet, muddy paths and several stiles. It also includes crossing and walking along part of the A498.  

Craflwyn, Hafod y Llan and Llyn Dinas circular walk

How to get here

Address
Craflwyn National Trust car park, Beddgelert, Gwynedd. LL55 4NG
By train

Main line stations at Porthmadog 10 miles, Betws y Coed 17 miles and Bangor 20 Miles. Welsh Highland Railway stations at Beddgelert, Rhyd Ddu 4 miles and Caernarfon 13 miles.

By road

From Betws y Coed: take the A5 towards Capel Curig. At Capel Curig, turn left into the A4086 (signed Beddgelert) continue on this road. At the Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel the road bears left into the A498, continue on this road down into Nant Gwynant. Craflwyn car park is on the right hand side before Beddgelert.

From Blaenau Ffestiniog: follow the signs to Penrhyndeudraeth. At Penrhyndeudraeth, turn right into the A4085 (signed Beddgelert). At the T junction, turn right on to A498 and follow the road through Beddgelert, turning right immediatley after crossing the bridge in the centre of the vilalge. Continue for about a mile,  Craflwyn car park will be on your left hand side.

From Caernarfon: Take the A4085 towards Beddgelert. As you enter the village turn off left / straight ahead instead of going right over the brdige. Continue for about a mile, Craflwyn will be on the left and is signposted. 

By bus

Sherpa bus service for Snowdon (check Gwynedd county council website). Bus service to Beddgelert (traveline Cymru website), check times before setting off. 

Craflwyn, Hafod y Llan and Llyn Dinas circular walk

Facilities and access

  • Toilets - available at Craflwyn car park and the National Park car park at Bethania (start point for hiking up the Watkin Path)
  • Cafe - Caffi Gwynant near the base of the Watkin Path
  • Siop and refreshments also available at Sygun Copper Mine
  • Parking - at Craflwyn, a National Trust car park
  • Please note there is no parking available at Hafod y Llan farm