Known as the adventure capital of Europe, Snowdonia National Park (Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri) is home to many famous Snowdonia hiking trails suitable for all abilities. While Mount Snowdon is the perfect destination to unleash your inner explorer, there are countless Snowdonia walking routes to discover on your trip.Â
Hiking in Snowdonia is often referred to as some of the best in the UK. If youâ€™re looking to book a forest escape to Beddgelert here are our recommendations for exploring this wild and untamed corner of Wales.
With a range of Beddgelert walks to choose from, thereâ€™s no need to venture far for an authentic Snowdonia walking experience. For walks around Beddgelert from your cabin simply cross the Welsh Highland Railway line at the crossing, before entering Beddgelert Forest where you can explore meandering walks from Beddgelert and discover tumbling waterfalls.
From here you can also climb through the foothills of Moel Hebog (bare hill of the hawk) to the hidden waters of Llyn Llewelyn. Remember the trail to Llyn Llewelyn is a challenge and sturdy walking boots are essential. And donâ€™t forget to make time for a rest at the tranquil lakeside picnic area for a glimpse of breath-taking views across the valley.
With so many Beddgelert walks to choose from you may be overwhelmed with choice. We recommend Gelertâ€™s Grave Walk, for a leisurely stroll that the whole family can enjoy. Immerse yourself in the mythology of the village of Beddgelert with and learn about the history of the area along the way. This circular route offers Snowdonia walking at its most beautiful, taking you from the centre of the village to the spot that marks Gelertâ€™s grave.Â
An easy 1.6km, the 40-minute walk follows the Glaslyn River and offers stunning views of the village and Snowdonia mountains beyond. Youâ€™ll also be able to discover the tragic story of how Beddgelert acquired its name before crossing the river back to the village. Here you can unwind with a pit stop at one of the many local tea rooms or restaurants.Â
This Snowdonia walk starts at the Gelertâ€™s Grave and Riverside Walk in Beddgelert village. Along the riverside, a gate carved with two fish depicts the start of the Fishermanâ€™s Path.Â
The walk is a 10km round route and takes 4-6 hours. Itâ€™s strenuous with some tricky narrow paths that can be slippery. But it rewards with fantastic views and a chance to walk through the stunning Aberglaslyn Pass. Look out for the Welsh Highland Railway steam trains that follow the route too.Â
On the way back, climb through Cym Bychan past the remains of old copper mines and down towards the restored Sygum Copper Mine before returning to Beddgelert.Â
In search of a challenge? From your cabin walk to Beddgelert or Rhyd Ddu, following the way-marked Lon Gwyrfai Path. On this Snowdonia walking route youâ€™ll find the path is wide and steep in places but the panoramic views more than make up for it.Â
You can choose to walk to Beddgelert village which is a 30 minute walk away. Or head 5.2km in the other direction to take in the sights at the pretty village of Rhyd Ddu.Â
Our tip? Around 20 minutes into the route, stop at the viewpoint for a breathtaking view of Mount Snowdon (yr Wyddfa) and other mountains such as Yr Aran and Cnicht.Â
Nestled at both ends of the trail are welcoming localÂ pubs and cafes. And if you donâ€™t want to walk back from either direction, you can catch the steam train or the Sherpa bus back to your cosy forest cabin.Â
If youâ€™re a keen hiker, Snowdon is a must.Â
The Rhyd-Ddu path (just a 5 minute drive from Beddgelert Snowdonia) is the quietest of the main Snowdonia hiking routes up, with great views of Moel Hebog and the hills of Nantlle. Itâ€™s 12km there and back from the car park at Rhyd Ddu and takes around 6 hours.Â Â
This strenuous walk should only be undertaken with the appropriate equipment and planning. But the sense of achievement that comes with climbing the highest UK mountain outside Scotland, is worth the effort.