Wonderful walks and waterfalls

The National Trust’s Craflwyn centre and car park is located just outside the picturesque village of Beddgelert, shortly before you reach the Sygun Copper Mine and Llyn Dinas. There are a number of wonderful walking trails beginning at the car park which take you past gorgeous waterfalls and through ancient woodland before turning upwards and into open countryside. You can enjoy amazing views over the mountains from the higher points of the trails and there is something for everyone to enjoy here.

If time is at a premium or you just fancy a short walk, try the Legendary Trail of Dinas Emrys. This takes you through woodland and past pretty waterfalls before ascending to the site where legend says the Welsh dragon appeared from beneath the mountain. The Craflwyn Circular Walk is a little longer and affords lovely views across the valley. A longer circular route takes you up to Cwm Bleiddiaid and then around the beautiful LLyn Dinas.

There’s a small room adjacent to the car park which features exhibits detailing the history of the area, the ancient myths and the walking trails. The building also has a toilet which can come in handy. Strangely, the Craflwyn car park doesn’t get too busy and is of a good size. You can usually find a free space and there are wonderful things to discover. Craflwyn is our default destination when we need to walk the dogs in bad weather.


Craflwyn circular walk


The trails from Craflwyn are great for dogs but there can be livestock around. The first portion of the Legendary Trail of Dinas Emrys is always free of grazing sheep and offers woodland for dogs to explore and pools to paddle in. As you progress along the trail, you will come to a gate which warns you that there may be livestock grazing beyond that point. In the winter months, there are generally no sheep around.


From the Woollen Mill, Drive to Penygroes and then turn right at the COOP store. Turn right at the next T Junction and then right again at the next T Junction. Follow this road past Nantlle and up into the mountains. You will eventually arrive at the Village of Rhyd DDu where you should turn right towards Beddgelert. When you arrive in Beddgelert, follow the road through the village and go straight on at the bridge. Continue on this road for roughly a mile and you will see the car park on the left.