3.7 of 5 (6 votes)

Along the Afon Llugwy

A leisurely walk (riverside) in national park Snowdonia starting and finishing in Clwyd, Wales, about 8.10km (5.03 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:00h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 251m (823ft)
Descent 72m (236ft)
Max. Elevation 290m (951ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 323m (1059ft)
Capel Curig
Distance 8.10km
Duration ~3:00h
Ordnance Survey Map
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 26 Mar 2008
There are loads of great walks from Betws-y-Coed – the perfect way to warm up for an assault on Snowdonia’s mountains. One of the best routes follows the Afon Llugwy upstream through the forests of the Llugwy Valley, including a visit to the spectacular Swallow Falls. This walk finishes in Capel Curig, home of the Bryn Tyrch, one of Snowdonia's best pubs.

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OS Grid SH795564
Start of the walk. From the station, head across the park and turn right at the road. Head northwest for 250m, before crossing the bridge over the Afon Llugwy.
OS Grid SH781569
The first stretch of the walk hugs the river, entering the forest just before the Miners Bridge.
About 1.45 km (~0.9 miles) from
OS Grid SH776576
The track leaves the river past the bridge and starts climbing slightly to the hidden property at Diosgydd-uchaf.
About 0.94 km (~0.58 miles) from
OS Grid SH765577
The path soon drops back to the river and the spectacular Swallow Falls. The path itself is fascinating - narrow, twisting and overhanging rocks all add to the experience. The Falls are particularly impressive after heavy rains, crashing down towards Betws-y-Coed.
About 1.10 km (~0.68 miles) from
OS Grid SH750578
Past the Falls, the path heads to The Towers, an Outdoor Pursuits centre. Here, take the road heading steeply uphill and pick up the footpath skirting the edge of the forest towards Glyn Farm.
About 1.50 km (~0.93 miles) from
OS Grid SH726578
The path heads through the forest and then across the open ground towards Bryntyrch and the Plas Curig Youth Hostel. Just past here is the Bryn Tyrch Hotel, one of Snowdonia's best pubs, complete with roaring log fires, fine ales and fantastic food. Perfect for ending the day's walk.
About 2.39 km (~1.49 miles) from
OS Grid SH721581
Once your thirst / appetite are sated, it's not far to the bus stop to take the bus back to Betws-y-Coed, or heading the other way to Llanberis and Bangor.
About 0.58 km (~0.36 miles) from

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