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Acknowledged as one of the beauty spots of North Wales, Llyn Crafnant is hidden within a valley in the hills above the village of Trefriw. This is a very visitor friendly location with free car park, plenty of marked walking routes and a lakeside cafe. On the eastern side of the lake Gwydir Forest reaches down to the shoreline and to the west is the Carneddau Mountain range. A small river flowing out of the northern end of the lake flows down into Trefriw where it powers the woollen mill before joining the River Conwy.

The forestry commission provide a free car park and toilets near to the lake and this is the starting point for various marked walking routes. The lake is about a mile in length and offers an easy walk around the shoreline following the road and forest tracks. Other routes take you onto Llyn Geirionydd in the next valley or as far as Capel Curig.

A popular café is found half way along the eastern shore serving a range of hot and cold food and cream teas. It only takes cash so make sure you bring enough with you. It is possible to drive to the café but the small car park can fill up on busy days.

If you’re short on time, or have reluctant participants in tow, a walk from the car park to the café offers great views, a pleasurable (if short) walk and an incentive to reach the destination.

Fishing permits and boat hire are also available from the café.


This is one of the more accessible hidden places in Snowdonia. You can walk up from the Trefriw but most people drive. It’s a fairly steep climb at first followed by a gentle ascent through the woods. It’s a single track road which may mean giving way to traffic coming the other way but there are plenty of passing points.

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