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    Creigiau Gleision and Llyn Cowlyd

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    16.7 km
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    781 m
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    Creigiau Gleision and Llyn Cowlyd

    The walk up Creigiau Gleision and Llyn Cowlyd is less renowned than many of its Snowdonia counterparts, but don’t let that dissuade you - this is an adventure with plenty of punch. Capel Curig provides an easily accessible starting point, from which you ascend through woods and heather along several summits before conquering Creigiau Gleision. Descend to the shores of Llyn Cowlyd, a formidable reservoir with steep cliffs surrounding its banks. The stroll along the lake and the following grassy path back to town are a lovely reward for your efforts.

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    Route Description for Creigiau Gleision and Llyn Cowlyd

    From the church, head through a stile to the left. The path ascends through meadows and woods, connecting with a path from the Bryn Tyrch hotel. Follow the path across a footbridge and head immediately left after the bridge towards Cwm Geuallt. After roughly 2.0 km, you’ll come to a col above Llyn Crafnant. Aim left here to summit Crimpiau, the short but steep ascent bringing you incredible views of the Carneddau and Glyderau. From here, the path continues on a northwest bearing, quickly descending then climbing back up along Craig Wen. Your route zigzags a little to avoid the wettest patches of the hill, eventually leading you to the summit of Creigiau Gleision.

    Your descent starts from the northeast end of the peak, bearing further east as you make your way down. The narrow path leads to a fence - follow this past the stile on your right (this is for a visit to Llyn Crafnant) and keep your eyes peeled for a faded path on your left. A fence junction means you’ve gone too far! This takes you down to the Llyn Cowlyd Dam, which you walk behind then turn left to stroll down the lakeshore. The pass at its southern end opens up onto a broad, easy path that you can follow all the way back to the A5. Turn left and follow the road back to Capel Curig.

    Getting to the Creigiau Gleision and Llyn Cowlyd Trailhead

    This walk to Creigiau Gleision and Llyn Cowlyd starts from Capel Curig. Head for St Curig's Church (now a B&B), right about where the A5 meets the A4086. There is a public car park just north of the river, on your right-hand side (if driving north past the Joe Brown shop opposite the church/B&B).

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