Beddgelert Forest, near Porthmadog
Peaceful forest in the heart of Snowdonia National...
Picnic spot with a walk to two scenic lakes
Our sites and most visitor facilities are open but, under the current coronavirus restrictions in Wales, this is intended only for the use of people who live locally.
You are strongly advised – in line with current Welsh Government regulations – not to drive to any of our sites to exercise unless you have specific health or mobility issues.
We have changed the normal route for some of our trails to help you maintain social distancing – please follow signs on site.
Llyn Sarnau means “lake of the old tracks” in Welsh and it is a lovely place for a picnic at one of the tables around the car park.
The lake is fairly shallow and so it often dries out in summer - even though it may not be much to look at during warmer months, it's a valuable home for wetland loving wildlife.
Discover beautiful mountain and valley views, scenic lakes and old disused lead mines on the walking trail.
The walking trail is waymarked from start to finish.
Look out for the information panel at the start of the trail.
Head out from the car park and take your time to appreciate the view from the benches.
Reach a path that goes around then down the middle of a small lake.
Meander through the old High Hafna Mine, once a hive of industry, then continue along an undulating path through the woods, taking in a viewpoint on top of a cliff edge.
Llyn Sarnau is in Gwydir Forest Park.
Gwydir Forest Park lies in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park and encircles the village of Betws-y-coed.
Lead and zinc mining once dominated the area and the legacy of old engine-houses, waste tips and reservoirs are characteristic features of the forest landscape today.
Several of the most important mines have been partially restored and made safe for visitors.
Waymarked walks start from several Natural Resources Wales car parks in Gwydir Forest Park.
Two red graded mountain bike trails, Gwydir Mawr and Gwydir Bach, start from the car parks at Sawbench and Hafna.
Facilities for visitors with disabilities at Llyn Sarnau include:
Llyn Sarnau is two miles west of Llanrwst.
It is in the county of Conwy.
Llyn Sarnau is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map OL 17.
The OS grid reference is SH 778 592.
Take the B5106 from Llanrwst towards Betws-y-coed.
After turning left at the brown and white sign for Gwydir Castle, turn immediately right onto a minor road.
Go past the car parks for Sawbench and Hafna and the Llyn Sarnau car park is on the left.
The nearest mainline railway station is in Llanrwst.
For details of public transport go to the Traveline Cymru website.
Car parking is free of charge.