At the foot of Snowdon


This page outlines 6 walks that you can go on whilst staying at the Cwellyn Arms, the campsite, bunkhouse, or self catering farmhouse. All walks can begin from where you are staying without having to use your car.




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The three western paths are the RHYD DDU path, the SOUTH RIDGE and the SNOWDON RANGER path. The Rhyd Ddu path is the shortest and quickest but is pretty uneven in some places, the Snowdon Ranger path is the longest and is mostly easy going and the South Ridge comes somewhere between the two. A recommended route taking 5/6 hours is to go up the Rhyd Ddu path and come down the Snowdon Ranger path with a variation at the lower end which enables one to start and finish at Rhyd Ddu. UP. Starting at the car park go north up the track and take the gate to the right. After about 1 km. the track levels out and at this point there is a gate on the left which leads on to the Rhyd Ddu path proper. more...


Time 4 - 6 hours. Maximum height 734m. (2400 ft) This is a splendid and popular walk but planning is essential. The paths marked on the OS map for the western end are not to be relied upon. They do not exist. There is no public transport between Nantlle and Rhyd Ddu and most people leave a car at one end. The local taxi fare between the two ends of the ridge is about £ 5. (01286 880485) CAR PARKING. The official car park at Rhyd Ddu is about 100m south of the village on the A 4085. The path to the ridge starts opposite the car park. There is also roadside parking for about five cars about 200m. along the B4418 to Nantlle and the path continues from this point. The car park at Tal-y-Sarn is at the T-junction just north of the bridge. Access at the west end. more...

This map is not to scale and should be used in conjunction with an O.S. map

This map is not to scale and should be used in conjunction with an O.S. map

Time - about 4 hours Maximum height 698m.(2286 ft.) It is easy enough to plod up and down Mynydd Mawr from Rhyd Ddu in about 2/3 hours. This is an attempt at a circular walk. Easy going except for some tough heather in Cwm Du. Mynydd Mawr is known locally as the Elephant Mountain and whereas this may appear to be a little far fetched, there is an area near the top of the Snowdon Ranger path on Snowdon where the resemblance is quite remarkable. CAR PARKING at Rhyd Ddu or else in a layby at the prominent BETWS GARMON sign driving north from Rhyd Ddu. FROM the layby walk along the road towards Betws Garmon for a few yards until you can turn left on to a track and over a bridge. more...


Time 4-5 hours. Max. Height 726m.(2374 ft.) Vertical ascent 896m.(2935 ft.) Very easy underfoot but lots of up and down .Wonderful views into Clogwyn. PARK at the Snowdon Ranger youth hostel. It is difficult to find car space at the Betws Garmon end except at the village of Betws Garmon itself. If you have to walk back to the Snowdon Ranger it takes 30 to 40 minutes along the road.WALK across the road, past the mill and up the zigzags, (It is of course possible to turn off at the Llanberis path signposted at the top of the zigzags and omit Moel Cynghorion but you would miss out on some good views of Snowdon and a near peep at the brooding cliffs of Clogwyn Du'r Arddu, the climber's Mecca. Besides it would be cheating!) Walk right along to the Bwlch Cwm Brwynog them turn left and go up to the top of Moel Cynghorion. more...

This map is not to scale and should be used in conjunction with an O.S. map

This map is not to scale and should be used in conjunction with an O.S. map

Time 4-5 hours. Maximum height 530 metres. A low level walk for a day when the clag is down. The 2 km walk back up the road to Rhyd Ddu is tedious andthere is no pavement so if possible it is a good idea to leave a car at the North end of the forest. Starting from the car park at Rhyd Ddu the footpath is immediately opposite and goes across to a point on the B4418 (where it is possible to park by the roadside). Follow the well marked footpath but turn left after thesecond stile and pickup another path which is followed into the forest. Do not deviate until you reach a T-junction then turn right and in a few yards there is a sign on the left pointing to Dolbenmaen. more...


Time 3-4 hours. Maximum height 655 metres. A hard but scenic little walk with some very muddy patches in the forest. Car Parking:Approaching from Rhyd Ddu there is an entrance to the forest at the point where the forest begins. A track parallel to the main road runs from this point and there are places for off track parking in addition to the official car park further down the track. Clockwise: Take the second turning off the initial track and follow through without deviation taking the double bend where the track splits. At the weather station take the right fork and further on take the right-hand option again to access the highest part of the forest. more...

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Cwellyn Arms is the perfect place to complement your visit to this area of outstanding natural beauty. We are an ideal base for exploring the whole of Snowdonia and North Wales see our accommodation pages for more details.


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