Beddgelert Forest, near Porthmadog
Peaceful forest in the heart of Snowdonia National...
Picnic site with walking trail around two beautiful lakes
The Geirionydd to Crafnant trail is diverted to avoid forestry operations - please follow all signage and instructions on site.
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 Geirionydd is a popular lakeside picnic spot.
You can follow our circular waymarked walking trail from Llyn Geirionydd through the forest to the nearby lake of Llyn Crafnant - enjoy views of the lakes and the mountains along the way.
Llyn Geirionydd was reputedly the home of the 6th century poet Taliesin and a stone monument to him stands by the lake’s north bank.
In the 1870s this was a derelict industrial landscape - in fact, the car park lies on a waste tip near an old lead mine entrance.
The walking trail is waymarked from start to finish.
Look out for the information panel at the start of the trail.
Find out about walking trail grades.
This trail goes through the forest and takes in the two beautiful lakes of Geirionydd and Crafnant.
Follow the trail past the southern end of Llyn Geirionydd until the path narrows and casts you into the shelter and dappled light of tall larch trees.
Descend steeply through a shady silent spruce plantation and then pass ash and hawthorn hanging heavy with moss and lichen, a sign of the clean air here.
Continue on tarmac and forest road alongside Llyn Crafnant, climbing to a viewpoint over the lake, then descend back to Llyn Geirionydd.
There are three waymarked walking trails from our car park at Llyn Crafnant, one of which is an accessible trail.
One of the Trefriw Trails, a series of nine waymarked walking trails from the village of Trefriw, leads to Llyn Geirionydd.
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.
In addition to the walks from Llyn Geirionydd, waymarked walks and two red-grade mountain bike trails start from several other Natural Resources Wales car parks in Gwydir Forest Park.
Please check the top of this page for any changes to these opening times.
The toilets are open from 9am to 7pm all year around.
They are locked overnight.
Llyn Geirionydd is 4 miles west of Llanwrst.
It is in the county of Conwy.
Llyn Geirionnydd is on OS Explorer OL17.
The OS grid reference is SH 763 604.
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.
Pass several Natural Resources Wales car parks and turn right at the signpost for Llyn Geirionydd.
Follow this road to the car park.
The nearest mainline railway station is in Llanrwst.
For details of public transport visit the Traveline Cymru website.
Car parking is free of charge.
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