Height Gain: 500m Distance: 15km Time: 6hrs
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The Gwydyr is a sprawling forest of larch, spruce and deciduous woodland boasting a large network of labyrinthine paths, picturesque lakes and the popular Marin mountain bike trails. It takes a long time and many visits to get to know the Gwydyr but this circular 15km (9 mile) walk is a wonderful introduction to its myriad attractions.

Starting at the legendary Moel Siabod Cafe we’ll strike out into the secret valley of Nant y Geuallt enjoying sweeping views of Moel Siabod and the Snowdon range before dropping down to Llyn Crafnant, one of the most beautiful lakes in North Wales.

Next we’ll skirt the foothills of Mynydd Deulyn (mountain of the two lakes) and arrive at Llyn Geirionydd where a monument is dedicated to Taliesin, a 6th century bard who is said to have lived beside the lake. We’ll stop for a snack/lunch here and enjoy a welcome break at this gorgeous location.

Our return leg follows the water’s edge and takes us onto a forestry track which passes the tranquil Llyn Bychan, the dark waters of which are decorated with hundreds of water lilies. As we continue through the forest the views star to open up and reach a climax when half a dozen of the highest mountains in Wales are suddenly revealed in a stunning vista. (weather permitting!).

This walk is not technically difficult and is great for those who want a satisfying day out without the effort of climbing the high tops. The going is good underfoot, the scenery varied and there is a surprise view around every corner with lots of opportunities for photography.

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