Keep to the path
Keep to the path as the area is dotted with tunnels, spoil heaps and pits.
Total steps: 6
Total steps: 6
National Trust car park, Nantmor, grid ref: SH597462
From the car park, go through a gate near the toilet block and turn left for Aberglaslyn. Walk up through the woods, when you reach the river turn right to follow it upstream. This fisherman's path will take you along the side of the Aberglaslyn gorge. Great care should be taken when negotiating this part of the path, especially the stone buttress above the river. Continue until you reach the railway tracks and take care when crossing: the Welsh Highland Railway service travels between Caernarfon and Porthmadog along this route. Cross the railway line and turn left onto the bridge to cross the river, then turn right towards Beddgelert and continue upstream.
As you approach the village of Beddgelert don't miss the detour on the left to see Gelert's grave from the famous Welsh legend. See if you can spot the special bronze sculpture of Gelert nearby.
At Beddgelert head right over a footbridge then left, following the river upstream. Cross a street and go through a gate.
At the next gate, turn right onto a narrow lane. Follow this past Sygun Copper mine. At the river, turn right to follow the path upstream towards the lake.
By the lake shore (Llyn Dinas) turn right up a stone-pitched footpath that zig-zags up the hill. At the top continue for half a mile (ignore the first path on the right) at the fork, bear right.
From Bwlch y Sygun take the left path (heading south). Then bear right, down Cwm Bychan to the car park.
Nantmor car park, grid ref: SH597462
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