Glaslyn Gorge and Cwm Bychan WalkBeddgelert, Snowdonia

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From either car park make your way to the bridge in the centre of the village. The walk starts on the south side of the river (near the Tanronnen Inn). Head along the road next to the river, signposted for Gelert’s Grave. When you reach the footbridge take the path on the right.  With the river on your left follow this until you reach the railway line.

A detour along the way will take you to the site of ‘Gelert’s Grave’.

The story behind the name
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At the railway line, cross the bridge over the river and then cross the railway line. The Fisherman’s path now takes you along the left bank of the Glaslyn as it enters the gorge.

There are a couple of good spots on the right for a paddle if it is hot!

Interesting fact
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The riverside path is followed to its end. There are a couple of interesting sections to negotiate - where the path is quite rocky - nothing too serious though.

Historic note
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At the path’s end, it reaches the Aberglaslyn road bridge and bears left to leave the river. Follow the waymarked and worn steps through the oak trees to the Cwm Bychan carpark

Route note
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Follow the path and signs for Cwm Bychan. You will immediately pass underneath the Welsh Highland Railway line. Follow the path through a picnic area and on through the woodland as it starts to climb.

You may see...
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The easy to follow path gently climbs up the valley. You will soon notice the remains of the aerial cableway that was used to transport the copper ore. Ignore the path that forks off to the left and continue the gentle climb.

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At the high point of the route, you will reach a fence and a stile. Cross the stile and follow the path immediately on the left to a signpost.

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The signpost shows the route to Beddgelert Sygun and Llyn Dinas - our route takes the path downhill to Llyn Dinas.

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The path takes you to a point where it becomes steeper but has good steps. Follow the steps down and the lake will soon be seen. The view across the lake here is awesome. Follow the steps down to the lakeshore.

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At the lake take the well made path along the river, back towards Beddgelert.

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The path leads to a tarmac road, turn left here and follow the road towards the Sygun Copper Mine. At the entrance to the mine follow the road around to the right, you will pass a small water wheel on your left.

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Follow the road until you reach a bridge where it crosses the river. A kissing gate on the left here leads to a path that takes you back to Beddgelert along the left-hand side of the river. Follow this all the way back to Beddgelert and a well-earned drink or ice cream - or both!

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Glaslyn Gorge and Cwm Bychan walk, Beddgelert, Snowdonia

 

A circular walk that starts in the lovely village of Beddgelert, surrounded by the high Snowdonia peaks, lakes, rivers, and forests.

Route Summary: The 6-mile route takes 3-4 hours. The paths are easy to follow throughout but there is rough and occasionally wet terrain. Good walking footwear is essential.

Along the way, you will follow the tumbling waters of the Glaslyn river as it cuts its way through the gorge. Then through mature oak woodlands to the higher valley of Cwm Bychan with relics of an industrial past and amazing views to mountains and sea. As you descend you are rewarded with views across Llyn Dinas towards Snowdon and her adjacent peaks. A final riverside walk along paths and country lanes takes you back to Beddgelert.

With only 300m of gentle ascent, this route isn’t too arduous but there is a fairly steep descent to Llyn Dinas, on a well-made path of rock steps. There are excellent facilities in the village and other attractions to visit including the Sygun Copper mine or a ride on a Welsh Highland Railway steam train.

1. Start of your journey: From either car park make your way to the bridge in the centre of the village. The walk starts on the south side of the river (near the Tanronnen Inn). Head along the road next to the river, signposted for Gelert’s Grave. When you reach the footbridge take the path on the right.  With the river on your left follow this until you reach the railway line. A detour along the way will take you to the site of ‘Gelert’s Grave’.

2.  At the railway line, cross the bridge over the river and then cross the railway line. The Fisherman’s path now takes you along the left bank of the river Glaslyn as it enters the gorge. There are a couple of good spots on the right for a paddle if it is hot!

3.  The riverside path is followed to its end. There are a couple of interesting sections to negotiate - where the path is quite rocky - nothing too serious though.

4.  At the path’s end, it reaches the Aberglaslyn road bridge and bears left to leave the river. Follow the way marked and worn steps through the oak trees to the Cwm Bychan car park

5.  Follow the path and signs for Cwm Bychan. You will immediately pass underneath the Welsh Highland Railway line. Follow the path through a picnic area and on through the woodland as it starts to climb.

6.  The easy to follow path gently climbs up the valley. You will soon notice the remains of the aerial cableway that was used to transport the copper ore. Ignore the path that forks off to the left and continue the gentle climb.

7.  At the high point of the route, you will reach a fence and a stile. Cross the stile and follow the path immediately on the left to a signpost.

8.  The signpost shows the route to Beddgelert Sygun and Llyn Dinas - our route takes the path downhill to Llyn Dinas.

9.  The path takes you to a point where it becomes steeper but has good steps. Follow the steps down and the lake will soon be seen. The view across the lake here is awesome. Follow the steps down to the lake shore.

10.  At the lake take the well made path along the river, back towards Beddgelert.

11.  The path leads to a tarmac road, turn left here and follow the road towards the Sygun Copper Mine. At the entrance to the mine follow the road around to the right, you will pass a small water wheel on your left.

12. End of your journey: Follow the road until you reach a bridge where it crosses the river. A kissing gate on the left here leads to a path that takes you back to Beddgelert along the left-hand side of the river. Follow this all the way back to Beddgelert and a well-earned drink or ice cream - or both!

BEDDGELERT Snowdonia

 

Below you'll find all the information you'll need to help you along with this walk; where to park, whether or not there are loos and if it is dog-friendly.

Parking & access
  • In the village of Beddgelert, pay and display parking is available at 2 large car parks - LL55 4YW and LL55 4UY.
  • Access is rough and uneven - watch out for steps and hidden trips; there are slippery rocks on path.
Bus stop

In Beddgelert. S4 / S87 from Caernarfon and S97 from Porthmadog village. No service on a Sunday.

Loos

In Beddgelert at the start of the walk and at Cwm Bychan car park.

Dogs

Dogs must be kept on a lead - livestock grazing.

Places to eat

There are a good choice of places to eat and drink in Beddgelert including the Tanronnen InnHebog and Glaslyn Ices & Glandwr Cafe.

Itinerary

Disclaimer

You are responsible for your own safety when walking a suggested route. Only walk if you are medically able to. We make no representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information on this site in relation to any of the suggested routes. While we try to ensure that all walking routes on this site are suitable and safe for walking by people of a reasonable level of experience and fitness, you should be aware that walking, like all outdoor activities, carries a degree of risk to person and property.

We accept no responsibility for loss or damage to personal effects, personal accident, injury or public liability in relation to a suggested route on this site (although we do not exclude or limit in any way our liability to you where it would be unlawful to do so). Furthermore, while we try to ensure that all suggested routes follow public rights of way, these are liable to change and you should ensure that all routes are rights of way at the time of walking. Please respect private property (including livestock), as we accept no responsibility for trespassing or damage to private property, to either you or any third party. Mountains and farmland are likely to be private property, please respect the landowners and their property. Please take extra care around traffic, farm machinery and livestock, and around steep drops on mountain or cliff paths.

Please walk within your group’s level of health, fitness and experience and follow advice from relevant authorities. Check the weather forecast (and, where relevant, tide timetables) in advance of a walk. Do not walk in adverse weather and always pack food, water, bright high-visibility warm and waterproof clothing, and a recent OS map, compass, torch and mobile phone. Proper footwear should be worn. Please let people know what time you are due to arrive at your destination. Children and pets should be supervised at all times, and dogs should be kept on a lead, particularly around farmland and livestock.

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