Lllyn Cwm Bychan Circuit via The Roman Steps
Lllyn Cwm Bychan Circuit via The Roman Steps

Lllyn Cwm Bychan Circuit via The Roman Steps

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Lllyn Cwm Bychan Circuit via The Roman Steps

Lllyn Cwm Bychan Circuit via The Roman Steps

Distance: 8.7mi
Elevation: 2,165ft
Time: 4.5-6h

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The Roman Steps are found in one of Snowdonia National Park’s most remote areas, perfect for those keen on a proper adventure. This circular walk begins and ends along the shores of Llyn Cwm Bychan. The paths are narrow and rugged in many spots, so take care as you work your way along these medieval slabs. There are plenty of lakes and rivers to spot from various points around the loop.

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Getting there

To access the Roman Steps, head for the eastern end of Llyn Cwm Bychan, where a small campground sits on the shores. From the village of Llanbedr, turn right on National Cycle Route 8, with the post office on your right-hand side. Continue along this road for approximately 30 minutes until you reach the lake. A car park awaits at the very eastern end.

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When to do

March–November

Backcountry Campsites

No

Pets allowed

Yes - On Leash

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Poor

Crowd Levels

Low

Route Type

Circuit


Lllyn Cwm Bychan Circuit via The Roman Steps
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Lllyn Cwm Bychan Circuit via The Roman Steps Description

From the shores of Llyn Cwm Bychan, set off on a path leading south over the rivers that flow into the lake. You should see a sign for the Roman Steps pointing to the right when you arrive. Despite the name, it’s more likely that these were laid down in medieval times for pack horses to navigate the terrain.

Stay left at the trail fork, continuing in a southeast direction. The trail steadily climbs as you enter the Rhinog National Nature Reserve, with the impressive peak of Rhinog Fawr looming on your right and the calm waters of Lly Morwynion on your left. At the next fork, stay left again and turn back towards the north. The mountain of Craig Winn will be on your left (it should always be, as this walk is essentially a loop around it). As you head west, the final leg of the walk sees some rapid elevation change as you hike up the slopes of Craig Ddrwg, then back down towards the lake where you began the circuit.

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