Walk 8 – Llyn Geirionydd & Llyn Crafnant

Paul Hodges

Trail Running guide - Biography
My first introduction to mountains was a family holiday to Snowdonia in 1976, I remember spending long summer days by the Black Waterfall near Dolgellau (26 years later I bought a house less than half a mile away from it) as well as ascending Snowdon (I hate to admit by train), even in the summer of ’76 it was cloudy on top!

We want you to enjoy are surroundings, whether you are new to the area, experienced hill walker, novice or full on adrenalin junkie we think we’ve got a walk that will interest you & introduce you to some hidden gems. These walks are tailored to all levels of fitness & provide you with a wide choice of scenery & surroundings, to help you select a walk that suits you we have graded them on a star rating for Exersion Levels, Exposure, Scenery & Wildlife & explain these below.
Paul Hodges
Walk 8 – 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 walk 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 walk 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 3 out of 5 Scenery 4 out of 5 Nature 4 out of 5
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11 Responses to Walk 8 – Llyn Geirionydd & Llyn Crafnant

  1. Jan says:

    Is it possible to walk round 1 lake

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  3. Jacqueline says:

    We love Snowdon. My partner thinks he’s been over 30 times; I have just 3 under my belt. The second time I went, we had a stunning day in September and climbed crib goch & crib y ddysgl which was absolutely amazing; the views were the best I’ve seen anywhere in the world and the photos show that. We now go every year to somewhere in Snowdon.
    We are staying at the cottage on Llyn Geirionydd lake next month. So we’ll be walking around there. But just wondered where that photo of you on the rock that looks like it is hanging in mid-air on this page was taken? We’d love to visit it.
    Thank you

    • paul says:

      Hi(Typo correction!) Jacqueline, that’s the Cantilever Stone near the summit of Glyder Fach taken on a glorious March day back in 2011. Grid Reference 657 584, feel free to pop into the Cafe & either I or Nick can show you the route options to it. Moel Siabod is another mountain it’s worth getting to know, long day walk from Geirionydd but do-able or simply park at the Cafe & go from here.

  4. john says:

    We have a motorised off road wheel chair, but this will not go through stiles! Is this a route that has no stiles or other restrictions of a similar nature?

    • paul says:

      Hi John,

      No I’m afraid it has many restrictions, an option could be to drive up to Llyn Crafnant where you could circle the lake but even then I think the Northern gate might not allow access so you might have to turn around & go back the way you came. Still it is a nice lake & has a cafe to take a break at. Best of luck.


  5. Enter your name Diana says:

    Enter your question …How do I get the route for walk 8 please ?

    • paul says:

      Simply park in our large long stay car park, come into the cafe & ask for the route notes at the counter, they are free of charge.

  6. Huw Edwards says:

    It’s not called ‘Black Waterfall’ …it’s called Rhaeadr Ddu…These names are part of our heritage, so please respect them.

    • paul says:

      Hi Huw, No disrespect was intended. I was first taken to the waterfalls in 1976 when I was 10 years old, it was the drought year & my Mother had read about them as the Black Waterfalls, probably in a tourist information leaflet or something similar. The name certainly fit what we saw from a Bristolian perspective & we spent several wonderful days playing in & around the various pools below them. I returned to them next in early 2002 when they were in speight & although what I saw was obviously very different from my childhood memories the experience & memories they sparked including the loss of my Mother 9 years earlier brought a flood of tears to my eyes. To me they will always be the Black Waterfalls as they mean a lot to me in a formative way. I hope you can understand I simply referred to them in that context. If I refer to them in any future blogs I will try to give the correct name too, my apologies.