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WARNING! Blue-green algae has been identified in parts of Llyn Tegid, Y Bala.

One of the National Park’s most versatile routes stretching between Beddgelert and Rhyd Ddu

Lôn Gwyrfai is a multi-use recreational path created especially for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The route stretches 4½ miles between the villages of Rhyd Ddu and Beddgelert. Parts of Lôn Gwyrfai have even wide surfaces suitable for some powered Tramper type vehicles or power-assisted wheelchairs.

Leading through a variety of landscapes, Lôn Gwyrfai offers fantastic views of the Gwyrfai Valley and the surrounding area, including stunning views of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon).

Why This Path?

Lôn Gwyrfai is one of the National Park’s most versatile routes. Experienced walkers might enjoy completing the whole 4½ mile route. However, it is also possible to complete smaller sections of the trail.

You could also take advantage of the bus service or the Welsh Highland Railway to travel back and forth between Beddgelert and Rhyd Ddu.

Particularly great for:
The Route

Snowdonia National Park Authority has categorised this route as an easy route. It is suitable for people of most ages and fitness levels. The terrain is predominantly a well-formed track or path with some steps or surfaces that are gently undulating. Trainers or comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Start
Snowdonia National Park Car Park, Rhyd Ddu

Finish
Snowdonia National Park Car Park, Beddgelert

Lôn Gwyrfai stretches from the village of Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert. This particular route begins at the village of Rhyd Ddu.

Relevant OS Map
OS Explorer OL17 (Snowdon & the Conwy Valley)

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Always park in designated parking places and never in areas where you block entrances to fields or residential areas.

Snowdonia National Park Car Park, Rhyd Ddu
Owned by Snowdonia National Park Authority

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Note that this particular route follows the Lôn Gwyrfai path from Rhyd Ddu to Beddgelert. However, it is possible to follow the route from Beddgelert to Rhyd Ddu.

Snowdonia National Park Authority has categorised this route as an Access for All route, which is suitable for Tramper style mobility scooters. Trampers are specially-designed, all-terrain mobility scooters that allow people with difficulty walking to access some of the National Park’s most fantastic areas.

The National Park Authority offer a Tramper hire service free of charge.

Important
Only certain sections of Lôn Gwyrfai are suitable for Trampers. When you request a Tramper, an officer from Snowdonia National Park Authority will inform you of the suitable and unsuitable sections of the route.

Request a Tramper for Lôn Gwyrfai
Information about Tramper Hire
Information about Accessibility in Snowdonia

Stay safe and help protect the countryside by reading the information about safety and following the Countryside Code.

Safety
Countryside Code

Developing Lôn Gwyrfai

Lôn Gwyrfai was part-funded by the Communities and Nature project, a £14.5m European funded project led and managed by Natural Resources Wales. The project aims to generate economic growth and sustainable careers by capitalising on Wales’ environmental qualities—particularly its landscape and wildlife. The Communities and Nature project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

History

Llyn y Gadair supported the railway that transported slate from Gadair-wyllt Quarry. The quarry was operational between 1885 and 1920, and slate waste was dumped in the lake for a period.

Towards the east, on the slopes of Snowdon, is the remains of the Ffridd Slate Quarry. Quarrying, mining and farming were the area’s main livelihood at one time, with villages such as Rhyd Ddu built entirely to house mining families. Farming continues to be one of the main livelihoods of the National Park today, and mountains such as Snowdon are home to a vast patchwork of hill farms.

Biodiversity

Llyn y Gadair, and the Gwyrfai river that flows out of it, is of great ecological value. It sustains a wide variety of plants and wildlife of national importance, such as the Arctic Char Floating water-plantain.

Welsh Highland Railway

The Welsh Highland Railway runs parallel to Lôn Gwyrfai. This narrow-gauge heritage railway operates between Caernarfon and Porthmadog and offers some of the best views in Snowdonia.

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