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Cwm Idwal

A short walk at just under 3 miles, with stunning views of Cwm Idwal, Tryfan, and the Ogwen Valley. The walk starts at the Ogwen Car Park at the end of Llyn Ogwen. Follow the path up adjacent to the visitors center and toilets, crossing a stream over a wooden bridge. Follow the path up hill until you reach the stunning crystal clear lake Llyn Idwal. Then turn left and walk around the lake, at the lakes far end you are under ‘Idwal slabs’ and looking up you can see the Slabs, Tryfan mountain on your left and the ‘Devils Kitchen’. (The KML file for this walk uses the lower path at the end of the lake, there is another obvious higher path should you want to extend the walk and gain a bit more height). Follow the path back around the far side of the lake and then detour at the end of the lake to take in the stunning view of the Ogwen valley looking towards Bethesda. Return to the lake and follow it around back to the path you came up, follow it back down to the car park.

Grid Ref: SH 649 603

Total distance: 4.71 km (2.9 mi)
Total time: 2:08:02
Moving time: 1:33:32
Average speed: 2.21 km/h (1.4 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 3.02 km/h (1.9 mi/h)
Max elevation: 451 m (1481 ft)
Min elevation: 359 m (1178 ft)
Elevation gain: 168 m (552 ft)

Weather: Cold freezing and sunny.

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