Walking and Hiking around Betws-y-Coed and Snowdonia
Betws y Coed and the surrounding area is blessed with numerous walking paths. From a family-friendly River Walk starting from the village following the Conwy and then Llugwy river, you can either cross the Miners' bridge and return to the park or continue walking to reach the magical Swallow Falls and Tŷ Hyll (Ugly House) then return along the side of the A5.
Llyn Elsi is a beautiful walk, after trekking through the forest, the lake opens out to spectacular views with Moel Siabod in the backdrop, perfect location for a picnic on a summers day. Even better Llyn Elsi can be accessed from the public footpath adjacent to our site.
Gwydir Forest has ample walking, cycling, and bridle paths to choose from. Many of the walking trails accessible just beyond Pont y Pair bridge and a mere 10-minute walk from the comfort of your accommodation.
Our favourite walking path for a birds-eye view of Betws y Coed is the Cyrau Trail (approx 2.5km). For a more expansive view of the Conwy Valley, and Moel Siabod, try the Pen yr Allt Trail (approx 7km). To fully embrace the peaceful nature of Gwydir forest opt for the Llyn Parc Trail (approx 10.5km) which follows the old miners' track and passes Aberllyn mine, where 2,500 tons of zinc were extracted in the 18th century.
With the towering mountains of Snowdonia a mere 15 minutes drive away, you will be spoilt for choices with plenty of walking trails to suit all ages. And of course, the highlight of many walking trips will be one of the several routes up Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales and England.