Brynrefail is a small village situated only a short distance from the very northern tip of Llyn Padarn. It is thought the village came to be due to the Dinorwic Slate Quarry and the need to house its workers. It is home to the Caban cafe, a social enterprise consisting of a cafe and meeting rooms. The food is all home cooked and is partially sourced from the on-site kitchen garden.
Close to Llyn Padarn, there are plenty of walks and cycle routes from here.