3.4 of 5 (4 votes)

Cnicht and the Moelwyns from Nantgwynant

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Snowdonia in Gwynedd, Wales, about 10.40km (6.46 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:45h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 569m (1866ft)
Descent 563m (1847ft)
Max. Elevation 650m (2132ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 1132m (3713ft)
Start & End
Nantgwynant bus stop
Distance 10.40km
Duration ~4:45h
Ordnance Survey Map
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 13 Oct 2008
Cnicht, set in the heart of the Moelwyn hills, is a marked contrast to the busier peaks in Snowdonia - no artificial paths or summit cafes out here, just miles of boggy ground that can be a joy or a nightmare, depending on your outlook (and your boots). This route starts and finishes in the Nantgwynant valley, served by the Snowdon Sherpa buses. There is a cafe nearby, more commonly used by people descending Snowdon's Watkin path, but equally welcome after a day in the bogs.

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Walk Map

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OS Grid SH628506
From the bus stop, take the footpath to Plas Gwynant. This soon joins a narrow lane, but it rarely sees much traffic. Keep on the road for 1.5km - there are options to take footpaths through some sections if you don't enjoy road walking.
OS Grid SH632484
Opposite the old quarry, take the footpath that heads to Gelli-lago and continue heading uphill alongside the stream.
About 2.23 km (~1.39 miles) from
OS Grid SH638472
The path leaves the stream and heads between two rocky hills. Past the small lake, join the wall heading on to the southern end of Cnicht.
About 1.25 km (~0.78 miles) from
OS Grid SH645466
From the wall, you can pick up the path leading to the summit of Cnicht. There's a little scramble just near the summit, but it looks worse from a distance - once in among the rocks there are plenty of good handholds.
About 0.99 km (~0.62 miles) from
OS Grid SH657482
From the summit of Cnicht, head down the other side for a simple descent to Llyn yr Adar. Look for the footpath heading around the lake, which takes you back towards home.
About 2.00 km (~1.24 miles) from
OS Grid SH646489
Where are the vowels?! At this point (ask a local for help with pronounciation), the path rejoins the country lane back to Nantgwynant.
About 1.36 km (~0.85 miles) from
OS Grid SH626504
The Gwynant cafe offers a range of goodies to help restore the feeling in those squelchy toes. The bus stops are 100m along the road, heading towards Beddgelert or Pen y Pass.
About 2.38 km (~1.48 miles) from

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