Here you can discover two very different lakes, one to inspire poets present and one that inspired bards of the past.
Llyn Crafnant, Wales 5 Miles 3 HoursMedium
Paths: Forest tracks and clear paths, rocky in parts. 7 stiles
Landscape: Lake, forest and hillside
Dog Friendliness: Yes, on lead where indicated
Parking: Forestry car park, north of Llyn Crafnant
Public toilets: At start of route
Going out of the car park make a right turn continue down the lane to the north end of Llyn Crafnant. Make another right turn, and keep on the forestry track along the North West shores of the lake, before taking the lower left fork.
Ignore the first stile on the left, and instead climb with the forestry track. Keep watch for a waymarked footpath on which you should descend left to pass beneath the cottage of Hendre. On the right go over a footbridge and make a left down a track past a couple of chalets.
Take another left turn along the road which heads back towards the lake. Leave this at a telephone box for a path, signposted 'Llyn Geirionydd' and waymarked with blue capped posts. This climbs through the conifer forests and over the shoulder of Mynydd Deulyn.
Head down on a winding forestry track, continuing to follow the obvious blue capped posts. Ignore the track forking to the right that leads to Llyn Bychan.
When you reach the valley floor, leave the track to go over a step stile on the left. The path crosses a field beneath Tynewydd cottage before tracing Llyn Geirionydd's shoreline. At the north end of the lake the path keeps to the right of a wall and meets a farm track.
Make a left then right turn along this to the Taliesin Monument. Descend to a green path heading North West, then north, descending towards the Crafnant Valley.
Bear left to cross a ladder stile and follow an undulating path over rock and heather knolls.
The path eventually bends left to reach an old mine. Here, take the lower track on the right which descends back to the valley road and the forest car park.
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