Capel Curig is a village that lies in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. It’s an excellent centre for walkers with its tentacles stretching in all directions depending on your preferred mood. There are several challenging mountain climbs that start from the village, with lake side paths and wood trails that start on the southern end of the village.
The village also has plenty of activities and a decent range of accommodation options for the walker that would like to spend a night or two hear pursuing their escapades. Some of the best walks you can take part of while here include:
Tryfan by the North Ridge from Ogwen Valley
This is among the great walks and scrambles of Snowdonia. It starts from the Ogwen Valley and up Tryfan’s North Ridge. There is a lot of hand use going up the path. For experienced walkers, the best time to attempt this route is during winter when the ice and snow present substantial challenges.
It covers a total distance of 3.42Kms with a vertical gain of 572M. The route starts at Gwen Gof Uchaf where you can find basic amenities like parking and camping. From the starting point, you take the path skirting the western flank of Tryfan Bach. It’s a popular route so you’re most likely going to see other climbers mastering the basics. The path then climbs steadily to reach a fence grid where you continue climbing until you reach Tryfan’s north ridge.
Llyn Crafnant Circuit, Near Trefriw
For walker in Capel Curig looking for an easy but rewarding walk, this circuit walk is one of the easier ones that you can start from Capel Curig. It features the picturesque Llyn Tranant which is a reservoir of the Carneddau Mountains.
The route is easy to follow offering some rugged scenery and excellent family picnic spots along the way. It covers a 5.19Km distance with a vertical gain of just 59m.
Considering that Carneddau Mountains are the least visited part of Snowdonia, expect a lot of peace and tranquillity along the path. If you’re looking for a walk that is full of family fun, this is one of the best in the area.
The Glyderau Trio Walk
This walk takes you through the Glyder Fach, Glyder Fawr and Tryfan. It’s a difficult but very rewarding walk with excellent scrambling opportunities. If you come here on a clear day, the views throughout the walk are remarkable.
The walk is 9.63Km long with a vertical gain of 838M. It starts at the Idwal Cottage where there is a youth hostel and a well-Constructed foot path. The highlights of the walk are the wonderful rock formations of Glyder Fach, Glyder Fawr and Tryfan. These are ranked among the best of the Welsh mountains. This walk gives you an opportunity to conquer all three in one go.
Melynllyn and Dulyn Reservoir from Llyn Eigiau Parking
Most of the routes in Capel Curig are flooded with walkers trying to get a slice of the stunning scenery that most of the paths here offer. The Melynllyn and Dulyn Reservoir from Llyn Eigiau Parking is somewhat different. While it upholds the excellent mountain scenery standards that other paths in the region are known for, it has a sense of solitude for walkers that love the peace and tranquillity of taking on a path alone.
The route is easy to follow. But you need careful navigation from the Dulyn Reservoir section back to the start. The entire path covers a distance of 9.03Km most of which covers the Carneddau Mountains. Although the path doesn’t cover any of the peaks of the mountain, it still captures the true flavour of the wild country on this part of Snowdonia.