If you are looking for drama without having to take an arduous hike, the walk to and around Llyn Idwal would be an excellent choice. Just a 20 minute stroll from the A5 and yet feeling a million miles away, this striking lake boasts a stunning backdrop. Craggy peaks rise up sharply behind the lake to create a memorable vista. The rugged terrain feels other-worldly but the walk itself isn’t taxing and can be tackled in two hours including a break for a picnic.
We tried this walk in the winter as you can see from the photographs. The snow on the mountains enhanced the beauty of the scenery and the footpaths were passable but icy in places. The only drawback to this fabulous walk is it’s huge popularity. Walkers are attracted to Llyn Idwal in large numbers due to its proximity to the main road. Unfortunately, the car park isn’t anywhere near large enough to cope with the number of visitors looking for a space, even in winter. It is advisable to arrive very early!
The walk begins at the National Trust’s Ogwen Cottage Ranger Base which is located on the A5 opposite LLyn Ogwen. This is roughly 35 minutes from The Woollen Mill and there’s spectacular scenery to enjoy along the way. You can walk with your dogs at Llyn Idwal. There are signs telling you to keep dogs on their leads but in winter there is no livestock around and it would be difficult to walk on the icy paths with a dog pulling you along. We let our dogs run free and the other dog owners we encountered were doing the same.
Duration: 2 hours including a picnic
Terrain: Rocky paths which can be icy in winter.