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the hairy legged hiker walking in WalesWhere is it?  Crafnant is located in a hanging valley between the Carneddau range of mountains and the Conwy Valley, North Wales. Nearest village is Trefriw.
How long will it take ? : Roughly 3.8 miles for long route and 2.9 miles for shorter route. Allow approximately 2 hr for lakeside walk, and allow 3hr for longer route that includes the hill climb.
What's the attraction? : Beautiful views, waterfall, moss covered rocks, wild ponies.
Essentials : Stout footwear. If you are climbing the hill take usual hill walking precautions.
Rating : Mostly easy, level ground for walk around the lake. But if the short hill section is included then moderate level of fitness is required. Take care with the descent as the track is broken up.
Car Parking : Car Park, pay and display close to the lake at the entrance to the valley, but we parked for free alongside the road!.
Facilities : Cafe  and Toilets (for use of Cafe customers only) and other refreshments are available at the Lakeside Cafe, seasonal opening, 20th March to 31st October. For further information, including Llyn Crafnant trout fishing, telephone Llyn Crafnant Lakeside Cafe Tel :01492 640818.


Directions :   [ Map of Lake Crafnant Walk location ]
Take the B5105 south from Conwy or north from Betws-y-Coed to Trefriw. Take the road opposite the Fairy Falls Hotel in Trefriw, uphill. Continue on this road to Llyn Crafnant, some 2 miles. This road narrows to single file traffic which can be disconcerting should traffic come in the opposite direction, however there are many passing points along the road.
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Lets Go !

Llyn CrafnantThe walk starts alongside the tumbling Afon Crafnant. On exiting the car park follow the river towards the Lake. Bear right on reaching the lake crossing a small bridge and take the track on the northern edge of the lake. There are beautiful views toward the hills of Crimpiau, Craig Wen and Creigiau Gleision from this end of the lake.

Continue on the track to the south west end of the lake. Ignore the first fork and keep to the higher trail. Eventually (1800m) the track forks again, take the fork to the left, towards the lake. This section cuts through some trees. Continue walking way beyond the end of the lake until a track bears to the left, downhill. (Take a short detour to your right while descending for views of a nice waterfall) Back to the track and the path opens out at the top end of Llyn Crafnant. There are a few cottages, Blaen-y-nant and Hendre, alongside the track, well to be exact it is now a narrow road.

You now have the option of continuing along the road on the eastern bank of the Crafnant for the shorter route or taking the slightly longer and more interesting path over the hill. The map above shows the longer uphill  more scenic route.

To take the hill walk head south east up the footpath behind the Blaen-y-nant cottage up to the coll.

On the day we visited there were several ponies grazing the hillside. I thought they may have been the wild Carneddau horses that roam the hills but I should have known better as they were so friendly, and I have since been told they are a local farmer's Welsh Cobs.

From the top of the hill the path itself leads on for a few miles down to Capel Curig but our walk doubles back Welsh Pony on the Carneddaunorth east round the hill top back toward Crafnant. There are more nice views of the lake from this point. Cross the ladder stile and follow the track downhill. The downhill section of the track is broken up due to erosion but it is not too difficult if you are reasonably fit. The track cuts through a section of forest before reaching the road on the south east of the lake. It is just a short walk to Cynllwyd and the Lakeside Cafe where refreshments are available between March and October. Tracks lead off from here to Llyn Geirionydd but that is for another day.

Continue the walk along the lakeside road for another 3/4 mile or so, passing a small monument, until you reach the car park.

 

Please -- click on the pictures -- for enlarged pictures of the walk around Llyn Crafnant, North Wales, UK.

The path cuts through the trees toward the hills of Craig Wen (548), Creigiau Gleision (634) and Crympiau Bear left at the fork
After leaving the car park the trail crosses the Afon Crafnant and cuts through the trees toward the hills of Craig Wen (548), Creigiau Gleision (634) and Crympiau.
 
After approximately 1800 m bear left at the fork. On your way down the track keep your ears open for the sound of running water.
Waterfall   Moss covered tree
A short detour to the right of the track on the downhill section reveals a waterfall
 
After the forest section the aspect opens out to reveal these moss covered trees and stone walls.
Head of Lake Crafnant Lane leads toward Crympiau
Fields at the south western end of Llyn Crafnant
 
Lane leads toward Crympiau
Old ruin alongside the way   Old stone walls around Llyn Crafnant
Old ruin alongside the way
 
Old stone walls around Llyn Crafnant
More stone walls A pony appears from over the hill top
More stone walls
 
A "wild" pony appears from over the hill top
Well it's not so wild , but really friendly   Hills of Crimpiau, Craig Wen and Creigiau Gleision
Well it's not so wild, but a really friendly pony
 
Hills of Crimpiau, Craig Wen and Creigiau Gleision come into view but don't worry we don't have to climb them
Start of the return walk A panoramic view over Llyn Crafnant
A short climb to the top of the hill. Russet coloured heather covers the hilltop
 
A panoramic view over Llyn Crafnant with the Conwy Valley in the distance
Looking north west  toward Tryfan   Deep hole below the path. Keep clear
Looking north west toward Tryfan
 
Remains of an old quarry, leaving a deep hole below the path. Keep clear
Quarry face overlooking Crafnant Valley The path cuts through another section of forest before returning to the road
Quarry face overlooking Crafnant Valley
 
On the descent the path cuts through another section of forest before returning to the road
Back to the lake and the walk continues around the lake on the road   Abandoned chapel at Lake Crafnant
Back to the lake and the walk continues around the lake on the road
 
Abandoned chapel close to the end of the walk round Lake Crafnant

Information Board close to the start/finish of the walk


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