Geirionydd & Crafnant Lakes
Circular Walk, steep in places. Total ascent: 1,185 feet
5 miles / 3 hours
The twin lakes of Llyn Geirionydd and Llyn Crafnant are easily accessible to walkers from Trefriw following this trail, which branches off Trail 4 at the bridge above the Fairy Falls. The trail takes you through woodlands with fine views of the beautiful Crafnant valley before arriving at the northern end of Llyn Geirionydd and circling around to Llyn Crafnant.
From the car park in the centre of the village, cross the main road in front of the Woollen Mill and turn right. At the end of the row of shops, opposite the Fairy Falls Hotel, turn left and walk up the hill. After a few yards, turn left onto Trail 4 that will take you to the Fairy Falls. From the Falls, climb up to the footbridge and follow the Trail 5 waymark signs.
The Trail takes you up into woods above the village and climbs steadily up 680 feet from Trefriw before levelling off along an old mining track that eventually brings you to the first lake - Llyn Geirionydd.
A single-track road follows alongside the lake on one side and a rough path on the other, allowing a circuit to be made on foot. There are also a number of other footpaths that lead into the network of paths and tracks in Gwydyr Forest.
Trail 5, skirts the northern edge of the lake and circles a hillside around old mine workings to bring you out by the Forest Enterprises car park below Llyn Crafnant.
The lake itself is a few hundred yards up a narrow road from where there are Forest Enterprise trails that circuit both Llyn Crafnant and link to Llyn Geirionydd.
To return to Trefriw, descend along the road that leads down from the car park before joining Trail 7 which will take you back to Trefriw avoiding a narrow section of road.