Visiting Snowdonia

Cader Idris from Foel Caerynwch


Leisure Walks

Hard Leisure Walks
Our hard leisure walks combine flat terrain with occasional steep gradients and gradual ascents with some gorge walking on the Clogau path. You are still likely to encounter steep footpaths and some challenging sections, so be prepared and wear suitable walking boots as the ground can get slippery underfoot on some of the footpaths. You will be rewarded with great views of the Snowdonia scenery including mountains, lakes, woodland and rivers. The majority are circular paths with convenient facilities at the start of the walks.

Moderate Leisure Walks
Many of our leisure walks are circular and vary from a few hours’ walking to an all day outing. They are a great opportunity to see the Snowdonia National Park without having to compete with undulating terrain or venture onto our more challenging paths. Although our leisure walks are less demanding, the terrain can vary according to location. When starting out on one of these walks, be prepared for farmland, rough footpaths, tarmac roads, streams, marshes and some steep sections. These walks are great for the whole family. A good pair of walking boots and suitable clothing is recommended.

Easy Leisure Walks
What’s great about these leisure walks is that they are all on the flat and cover easy ground with little or no gradient. You can either walk part of the route or complete the whole trail–it’s entirely up to you. With the exception of the Mawddach Trail, all these easy leisure walks can be completed within a few hours leaving you free to explore the Snowdonia National Park at your leisure. Comfortable waking shoes are recommended.

Tomen y Mur, Trawsfynydd

Tomen y Mur, Trawsfynydd - Moderate Leisure Walk

This circular walk will lead you from the shores of the man-made reservoir, Llyn Trawsfynydd, and across farmland to the most fascinating feature of the walk, the Roman fort of Tomen y Mur.

Distance: 4 miles - 6.5 km

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Panorama Walk

Panorama Walk, Barmouth - Hard Leisure Walk

On this varied and beautiful walk you can enjoy some of the most spectacular views in Snowdonia! Visitors have been walking parts of this walk since the Victorian period enjoying the splendid views of the Mawddach estuary, of the Cader Idris range and of the Cardigan Bay.

Distance: 4 miles - 6.5 km

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Torrent Walk, Dolgellau

Torrent Walk, Dolgellau - Moderate Leisure Walk

This circular path is one of the most popular paths in the Dolgellau area and it follows the river Clywedog through its striking gorge.

Distance: 2½ miles - 4 km

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Aber Falls Path

Aber Falls Path - Accessible Walk (some steep sections)

This is a challenging path, and should not be attempted unless you are totally confident. Take care while travelling along the path, especially following bad weather.

Distance: 2 miles - 3.2km (one way)

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Farchynys Walk, Dolgellau

Farchynys Walk, Dolgellau - Moderate Leisure Walk

Farchynys woodland is owned by the Snowdonia National Park Authority and is situated in a beautiful spot near the river Mawddach.

Distance: 1 mile - 2 km

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Foel Caerynwch Path, Dolgellau

Foel Caerynwch Path, Dolgellau - Moderate Leisure Walk

This circular walk rises 175m (570 feet) and takes you to the summit of Foel Caerynwch from the village of Brithdir.

Distance: 2 miles - 3 km

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Lôn Gwyrfai, Rhyd Ddu

Lôn Gwyrfai, Rhyd Ddu - Moderate Leisure Route

This is a multi-use 4½ mile recreational path created especially for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The path leads through a variety of landscapes offering fantastic views of the Gwyrfai Valley and the surrounding area including stunning views of Snowdon.

Distance: 4½ miles - 7 km

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Llyn Mymbyr and the Snowdon Horseshoe

Crimpiau, Capel Curig - Hard Leisure Walk

‘Crimpiau’ means ‘fine, high ridges’ and the views of the Snowdon Horseshoe and of Llynnau Mymbyr from this walk are spectacular.

Distance: 3.5 miles - 6km

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Afon Glaslyn, Beddgelert

The Fisherman's Path and Cwm Bychan - Hard Leisure Walk

The path starts at the picturesque village of Beddgelert and follows the River Glaslyn through the scenic Aberglaslyn Pass before climbing through a copse by Pont Aberglaslyn. The footpath climbs up through Cwm Bychan past the remains of the old copper mines before descending towards Llyn Dinas on the other side of the Cwm. The last part of the walk takes in the Gwynant Valley as you follow the river once more back towards Beddgelert.

Distance: 6 miles - 9 km

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Mawddach Estuary

Clogau, Bontddu - Hard Leisure Walk

The walk takes you up to the old Clogau gold mines where there are lovely views of the mountains of Southern Snowdonia and of the Mawddach estuary. The Clogau mines were the largest and the most productive in the area.

Distance: 4 miles - 6.5 Km

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Dôl-goch Gorge, Tywyn

Dôl-goch, Tywyn -

There is an interesting and varied woodland in the humid gorge facing north-west. The wood has seen little grazing over the years and there is therefore an unusually luxuriant variety of plants to be seen here including honeysuckle, ivy and several fern species.

Distance: 2 miles - 3 km

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Abergwynant Woods

Abergwynant Woods - Moderate Leisure Walk

This walk takes in part of the beautiful Mawddach Trail which is a 9 mile (15km) walk from Dolgellau to Barmouth, and also the lovely woodland at Abergwynant.

Distance: 4 miles - 6 km

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Craig y Ddinas Walk

Craig y Ddinas Walk - Moderate Leisure Walk

Craig y Ddinas is an Iron Age Hillfort situated on an isolated rock at 350m above sea level and boasts a very dramatic location with wonderful views of the sea and the mountains.

Distance: Linear route 4 miles - 6 Km

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Llyn Tegid, Y Bala

Craig y Fron, Y Bala - Moderate Leisure Walk

The Snowdonia National Park conjures up images of craggy mountain scenes, but this walk will show you the gentler, greener aspect of the area. This is a fairly easy walk, which involves a steady climb at the outset, then leveling out for a gradual descent across grazing land.

Distance: About 3 miles - 4.5 Km

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Croesor Circular Walk - Moderate Leisure Walk

How about a walk offering beautiful views of land and sea? This circular walk will take you down from the remote village of Croesor on the foothills of Cnicht, to the lowlands near the Glaslyn estuary, before following Afon Croesor back up to Croesor.


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Cwm Penamnen, Dolwyddelan - Moderate Leisure Walk

Enjoy this lovely walk through the woods up to Cwm Penamnen valley where you can enjoy magnificent views of the mountains of Snowdonia.

Distance: 2 miles - 3.5 Km

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Llan Ffestiniog

Cynfal Falls Walk - Moderate Leisure Walk

The dramatic waterfall of Rhaeadr Cynfal, south of Llan Ffestiniog, is hidden away in the wooded valley of the Afon Cynfal river, and the spectacular gorge is within the Ceunant Cynfal National Nature Reserve.


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Dyffryn Maentwrog

Dyffryn Maentwrog and Llyn Mair footpaths - Easy / Moderate Leisure Walk

The Dyffryn Maentwrog & Llyn Mair footpath network is extensive and includes over 30km of paths. The network was established for your enjoyment in 1989 by a partnership of local landowners and the numbered posts at path junctions will help you to find exactly where you are on the map.

Distance: Footpath network of over 30km in total

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Glyn Aran, Dolgellau

Glyn Aran Walk, Dolgellau - Moderate Leisure Walk

This is a circular walk from the historic market town of Dolgellau, which allows the walker to enjoy panoramic views of the town and of the northern slopes of the Cader Idris range.

Distance: about 2.5 miles - 4 km

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Llanfairfechan Trail

Llanfairfechan Trail - Moderate Leisure Walk

This circular walk is an archaeological treat and takes you up to the foothills of the Carneddau mountain range where there is a wealth of archaeological features from the Stone Age.

Distance: 4.5 miles - 7.5 km

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Llyn Tegid, Bala

Llyn Tegid, Y Bala - North - Moderate Leisure Walk

This walk leads along the northern hills above Llyn Tegid, offering striking views of the Arenig mountain and open countryside.

Distance: About 6 miles - 10 Km

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Llyn Tegid, Bala

Llyn Tegid, Y Bala - South - Moderate Leisure Walk

This walk leads along the southern hills above Llyn Tegid, offering striking views of the lake and open countryside.

Distance: About 7.5 miles - 12 Km

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Llyn Cynwch

Precipice Walk, Dolgellau - Moderate Leisure Walk

This circular walk does not follow a public footpath but a private walk over a particularly beautiful part of the Nannau estate, which dates back to the twelfth century.

Distance: About 3 miles - 4.5 Km

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