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Ogwen Lake



As you look around the wonders of Cwm Idwal, it will come as no surprise that around 120,000 people grace the valley's footpaths annually.

Cwm Idwal is a haven for all types of visitors. The path up to and around the lake is around 5km long and is accessible for most walkers, whilst ones of less ability could make the lesser journey (1km) up to the lake itself. The path is not accessible however for wheelchair users.

The Ogwen valley is also very popular for school and education visits. Thousands of pupils visit annually be it with their own educators, the Snowdonia National Park education team or with the Cwm Idwal Partnership Officer. The area is a fantastic resource to learn about the local geography, geology and vegetation.

Braver souls use Cwm Idwal as a base to venture into the mountains and hilltops. This is not a traditional route to the peak of Snowdon, but is often used to get to the summits of Tryfan, Pen yr Ole Wen, the Glyderau among others, they are great routes as an alternative to Snowdon and the views from the peaks on clear days are captivating.

Cwm Idwal is also used for rock climbing, although we gently remind people to be careful and mindful of the area around them. More details can be found in the video below.

Header image - Cwm Idwal (© Crown copyright (2014) Visit Wales)