Trail Running – Llyn Geirionydd & Llyn Crafnant

Paul Hodges

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From the cafe there is a full range of trail & fell run options to suit all skills & abilities. Having only taken up these exhilerating sports in the last couple of years Paul cannot enthuse enough about how they have both opened him up to running in wonderfully open & varied surroundings often in complete isolation. From the classic fell race route up Moel Siabod that literally starts & ends across the road from the cafe, to fabulous forest trails around isolated lakes there are too many to list although most of our walks make excellent trail runs. Paul will be only too willing to help you choose one that should thrill, excite & encourage you to leave the roads behind & run as nature intended.
Paul Hodges
Trail Running – Llyn Geirionydd & Llyn Crafnant

Level: Moderate
Terrain: Clear paths, Forest Tracks & Tarmac Road.
Distance: 10 Miles.
Estimated Time: 4/5 Hours.
Description: This is an easy to follow trail with some small ascents & good views to Moel Siabod & Snowdon along the way. As its title suggests it main target is two popular lakes in Snowdonia’s North Eastern region but as well as these splendid beauty spots there are many other sights & remote places to enjoy along the way. The trail is long but by no means difficult when taken at a leisurely pace, so relax, stop as frequently as you want & enjoy this more gentle side of Snowdonia.

This is a particular favourite of mine as it takes you through quiet forests, around two beautiful lakes (Geirionyd & Crafnant) & across open expanses of moorland & all on a wide variety of terrain to help hone in on you technique. The terrain ranges from short boggy sections early & late to forest tracks, stony paths & quiet tarmac roads. I find it a good stamina builder with a demanding climb early on, another tougher climb between the two lakes & a further slog on the return from Llyn Crafnant before a gentle return home.

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Exertion Rating 3 out of 5 Exposure Rating 4 out of 5 Scenery 4 out of 5 Nature 4 out of 5
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8 Responses to Trail Running – Llyn Geirionydd & Llyn Crafnant

  1. Jason Jones says:

    Hi, Do you have any links to routes and maps.
    many thanks.

    • paul says:

      Hi Jason, Only outline of routes are on the web sites. Free written copies are available from the Cafe & these can be supplemented with one of our Dinky maps with all the routes marked for £2.99 (only needed if you haven’t got the correct O/S map & want added reassurance). Hope that helps, Paul

  2. Gerallt says:

    Hi paul im new to fell running ive ran from llanrwst through gwydir forest to betws and back looking for some more trails to run

    • paul says:

      Hi Gerallt,

      Apologies for slow response, I don’t seem to have stopped running over the last week or so & so have only just seen your message. I use many of the walks based from the Cafe as training runs, they offer a mixture of trails, fell & roads so if you ever want to call in & discuss with me just do so. Swallow Falls & extended versions of it is one of my most regular ones, it can be combined with Llyn Mymbyr or Llyn y Parc, great routes & pleasantly quiet whilst never being too far from safe bail outs, ideal for solo runs. Also great for Fartlek sessions.

  3. Chris says:

    Is the route easy to follow…I have a habit of getting lost!!!! Thanks

    • paul says:

      Hi Chris,

      Pretty easy but running a new route is always a bit tricky, I tend to walk it first which makes running it later much easier & avoids the need to start stop at each junction.



  4. Tom Ankers says:


    Me and a friend are training for some ultra marathons and looking for some new trail to train on with little self-navigation (long easy runs) to get the miles in. Are there any marked routes that allow say 25-30 mile runs?

    Thanks in advance, Tom

    • paul says:

      Hi Tom & apologies for the delay, the best recommendation I can come up with is using the marked trails at the Coed y Brenin just north of Dolgellau. There are four main trails ranging from 4 miles to 13 so you can do variations of them back to back. They are all marked, hilly but not mountainous on a variety of wide forest tracks & single tracks with added technicality. A good option would be to start with the Half Marathon, follow it with the Goldrush (8.5 miles & my favourite) & then the Long Sarn Helen, that would give you 26 miles or so, if you wanted you could then add the Short Sarn Helen & possibly the running shoe test route which would get you just above 30 miles. There is a running shop at the centre where Matt Ward & his team can offer a lot of advice.

      If however you want to do something from our cafe we have 14 routes which total 135 miles but they are not marked so you would need to navigate from either one of our maps (12 of the routes are marked on this map) or using our typed route descriptions. The map is £2.99 but the route descriptions are free from our counter. Best bet with this option is to walk/trot the routes to get to know them & then let yourself loose after that.

      Hope that helps.