Top 7 Best Snowdonia Low-Level Walks
If you’re planning for a trip down in Snowdonia and you would like to take a walk with the family, low-level walks are the way to go. Lucky for you, Snowdonia has plenty of easy routes that you and your family can enjoy. Some of them are quite scenic, with stunning picnic spots that will ensure you have a fantastic day riddled with outstanding views. Here are a few that should be at the top of your list.
Cwm Idwal Circuit
The Cym Idwal Circuit is a must-walk route for all walkers who have an hour to spare. It’s a classic in Snowdonia with plenty to offer. The most notable feature of the walk is the magnificent glacial corrie which you have to see to believe. To see the glacier, you continue onwards and upwards into Glyderau.
If you choose to tackle this route, you should know it gets rather busy. For most, it’s a popular walk to walk off that lunch.
Around Llyn Padarn
You don’t have to search for elaborate paths that avoid mountains, hills and tricky terrain. The circuit around Llyn Padarn is not only one of the easiest but also the most straightforward. It starts from Llanberis and is a good half day’s walk if you take that leisurely pace. You can have a long lunch at Y Caban in Brynrefail, and if the weather is kind to you, the views towards Crib Goch and Yr Waddfa will make the little work worth every effort.
Aber Falls – Rhaeadr Fawr Walk
Aber Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in Wales. It requires some minimal effort to reach with under 5Km of walking in total. While on the walk, you can take a slight diversion (also with minimal effort) to see to the Rhaeadr Bach, another waterfall in the vicinity.
Although the fall is very close to the park, there are yellow waymarks (even though you don’t need them) to ensure you don’t get lost. The path is wide enough for pushchairs all the way to the Aber Falls.
The best time to visit the falls is after a heavy downpour when the water is roaring. On rare occasions, the fall is frozen solid, which is also a breath-taking experience.
Snowdon Circular Path
The Snowdon Circular Walk is a well-marked trail around Snowdon. The path is well developed and has numerous trails you can branch off into if you feel challenged along the way. While most of the route is low level, there’s no easy way to finish. You either have to take the 30km trip around or climb over Snowdon.
Llynnoedd Crafnant and Geirionnydd from Capel Curig
For walkers looking for a long but easy walk, this is a good choice. It takes you a good half-day while avoiding the high peaks and challenging terrains. You can easily make this a full day of walking by diverging from the route at Llyn Geirionnnyd and taking the footpath towards the Hafna Mines and Llyn y Pac. In the process, you will have walks a decent 26km.
The path features excellent views of the vast landscape as well and good, wide walking paths. If you’re not in the mood for scrambling but want to put in some distance, this is the perfect path for you.
Rhaeadr Ewynnol – Swallow Falls from Betws y Coed
Walking this path allows you to see and experience two of the famous waterfalls in the Snowdonia – the Swallow Falls and Rhaeadr Ewynnol, both near Betws-y-Coed. The Swallow Falls are the easiest falls to see in the region. You can see them from the A5, meaning you don’t even need to leave your car.
The walk to the falls is varied, which makes it enjoyable without making it difficult. You can opt for longer routes or extend the current route.
The main path is rated as good for a walk and is wide. However, should you feel the need to take narrow and more challenging paths for whatever reasons, there are alternative paths that you can consider.
Lon Las Gwyrfai
This is an excellent surfaced track with the option of walking varying lengths depending on your preference. If you’re after a short section of no more than 2km, the Rhyd Ddu to Llyn Gader is the perfect walk for you.
While taking the walk, you can criss-cross between the villages of Rhyd Ddu and Beddgelert. The walk is best enjoyed in small sections. You can join the path at different sections depending on what you choose. You can also walk the entire path if you’re up to the challenge, but you should know that it is 16km long.