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Llyn Crafnant - a valley walk in Snowdonia

A moderate walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in national park Snowdonia starting and finishing in Clwyd, Wales, about 11.70km (7.27 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:45h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 182m (597ft)
Descent 369m (1210ft)
Max. Elevation 360m (1181ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 551m (1807ft)
Capel Curig
Distance 11.70km
Duration ~3:45h
Ordnance Survey Map
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 13 Oct 2008
Snowdonia is famous for its craggy peaks and hills, and rightly so. But there are lots of low-level walks to enjoy in the region, including this enjoyable hike from Capel Curig to Llyn Crafnant, finishing in Llanrwst. It's a good option if clouds are smothering the summits, or if you just want to get away from the crowds.

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OS Grid SH721581
At the triangle in the village centre, there is a signpost marking the footpath to Crafnant, just before St Curig's church.
OS Grid SH733581
Just over the rather conspicuous footbridge, take the left fork at the junction and follow the path as it runs along the Nant y Geuallt.
About 1.20 km (~0.75 miles) from
OS Grid SH738598
Past the small mound of Crimpiau, the path splits again. Take the route heading into the valley, rather than heading uphill. It's possible to walk to the summit of Crimpiau as well - there is a rough, rocky path up the northern end of the hill, on the eastern side.
About 1.68 km (~1.04 miles) from
OS Grid SH739606
In among the buildings in the valley head, take the path that skirts along the edge of the forest towards Llyn Crafnant.
About 0.81 km (~0.5 miles) from
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The path hugs the shoreline of the lake, running along a forest track.
About 1.48 km (~0.92 miles) from
OS Grid SH760617
At the end of the lake, take the footpath heading through the disused quarry. The paths can be a little tricky to follow around here - they don't appear to be used too much, so are not always clear. A map and compass are essential!
About 1.02 km (~0.63 miles) from
OS Grid SH769623
The path winds through the valley, past Penrallt and towards Trefriw.
About 0.96 km (~0.6 miles) from
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Carry on through the village to the main road. Cross over and take the footpath heading along the river - it starts opposite the village shop, next to the public toilets.
About 1.46 km (~0.91 miles) from
OS Grid SH784635
Easy from here - the path runs along the embankment and follows the Afon Conwy.
About 0.53 km (~0.33 miles) from
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After a mile or two on the embankment, it's a relief to see the bridge to Llanrwst (especially if it's raining!)
About 1.55 km (~0.96 miles) from
OS Grid SH797618
Head into town for the Snowdon Sherpa bus if you are heading back towards Capel Curig, or trains running to Llandudno or Betws-y-Coed. There are also plenty of shops, cafes and pubs in this sizable town.
About 0.51 km (~0.32 miles) from

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