An easy walk with gorgeous views, the Llyn Crafnant Circular is a wonderful way to experience the beauty of Snowdonia, if you don’t wish to tackle an arduous mountain hike.
Located in the Gwydir Forest Park, Llyn Crafnant is actually a reservoir but you wouldn’t know it. The pretty lake is a legacy of the lead and zinc mining industry which dominated the area between 1850 and 1919. Most of the lakes in the forest served the mines. Llyn Crafnant sits in a pretty valley where the Gwydir Forest borders the slopes of the Carneddau mountains. It takes its name from Craf, the old Welsh word for garlic and nant which means stream or valley. Afon(River) Crafnant still smells of wild garlic when the plants are in flower.
The Gwydir Forest park is managed by Natural Resources Wales which means that the signage and waymarkers are good. This walk begins from the Natural Resources Wales car park which is a short distance from the lake. There are toilets in the car park which are supposed to be open at all times but when we visited, they were locked! Other than that, we had no complaints.
Duration: 90 minutes if you stop occasionally to admire the views.
Terrain: Gravel paths and forest roads.