4 of 5 (2 votes)

Llyn Dinas and Beddgelert

A leisurely walk (riverside) in national park Snowdonia starting and finishing in Gwynedd, Wales, about 8.08km (5.02 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:30. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 253m (830ft)
Loss 251m (823ft)
Max. Elevation 300m (984ft)
Elevation (total) 504m (1653ft)
Distance 8.08km
Duration ~2:30
Ordnance Survey Map
1Created by driver 16 on 11 Nov 2010
Part of walk 11 in Jarrold Short Walks No. 14 'Snowdonia'.

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Walk Map


OS Grid SH627507
Start of the walk - take the bus to Nantgwynant.
Entrance off road About 0.95 km (~0.59 miles) from
OS Grid SH621499
Short walk from Nantgwynant to find the entrance to the east end of Llyn Dinas.
West end of lake About 1.22 km (~0.76 miles) from
OS Grid SH612492
Having followed the south side of the lake, look for the start of a very steep zigzag path to the top of the next valley.
Top of zigzag path About 0.60 km (~0.37 miles) from
OS Grid SH611486
Rest after your efforts.
Middle section About 0.75 km (~0.47 miles) from
OS Grid SH605482
This is level, with pockets of bog which can be sidestepped. Watch out for a sign for Beddgelert, past an old mining area with ruined buildings.
Bwlch-y-Sygn About 1.65 km (~1.03 miles) from
OS Grid SH597467
The start of the descent leads to a level section. At the start of the second section of descent, look for a path on the left signed for Beddgelert. At the next junction go right, still descending.
Bridge over river About 0.63 km (~0.39 miles) from
OS Grid SH594462
Turn right on the path and follow the east bank of the river in the Aberglaslyn Pass into Beddgelert. Note the extension of the Welsh Highland Railway.
Gelert's Grave About 1.89 km (~1.17 miles) from
OS Grid SH589480
Gelert was a dog whose master left him alone with his baby. On return, master finds baby dead in blood-soaked blanket, assumes dog has killed baby. So kills dog, but later finds body of wolf, realises wolf killed baby and dog killed wolf. A kids' storybook is available in the souvenir shop.
Village About 0.39 km (~0.24 miles) from
OS Grid SH585481
In 2011, the Welsh Highland Railway will extend into Porthmadog. You can either bus it back home, or, take the little train into Porthmadog, with various connections from there.

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