A circuit of Llyn Idwal from Ogwen Cottage

Llyn Idwal lies in a spectacular location under the Glyder Mountains in Snowdonia. This walk provides a mountain experience without too much effort walking through a rocky amphitheatre in the mountains.

Technical sheet
No. 293229
A Llandygai walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 04/08/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h30[?]
Distance Distance : 2.6mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 308ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 305ft
Highest point Highest point : 1309ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 1010ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Snowdonia
Location Location : Llandygai
Starting point Starting point : N 53.123705° / W 4.020072°
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(D/A) The start is the small car park at Ogwen Cottage (grid ref. SH649603) on the south side of the A5 between Bangor and Capel Curig. In fine weather and at weekends parking can be in short supply. National Park information is available with up to date weather forecasts and refreshments are also available here.

After parking walk over the Ogwen Falls footbridge and follow the clear stony path. After a short way the path divides and here you bear right and continue across to the shores of Llyn Idwal. Reaching the lake, turn lefty and follow the clear path in a clockwise direction around Llyn Idwal. You soon realise the rugged nature of this rocky amphitheatre and you make steady progress along the path, which initially stays close to the lakeshore.

(1) The path then gains some height at the southern end of the lake and bears right under Devil's Kitchen, a rocky mass of huge boulders and scree. The path then turns right again and joins the path descending down through the Devil's Kitchen to follow the western shores of the lake. A circuit of the lake is soon complete and you need to take the path on your left that follows the outward route back down to Ogwen Cottage(D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 1010ft - Car park
1 : mi 0.94 - alt. 1286ft - The path then gains some height
D/A : mi 2.6 - alt. 1014ft

Useful Information

The Snowdonia National Park is one of the most mountainous areas in England and Wales with towering peaks, rocky landscapes and cascading streams adding to the dramatic landscapes. This easy walk takes you into this wonderful environment without too much physical effort. However, do bear in mind that there can be dramatic changes in weather so do make sure you have suitable footwear and clothing.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.33/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 5/5

on Tue 26 Feb 2019 14:55:51 CET

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 21/02/19
Description quality : Good
Easiness to follow the route : Good
Walk interest : Very good

We really enjoyed the walk. It was short but beautifully located. Great for the whole family.

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