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North Wales is overflowing with a variety of breathtaking walks and trails. With many outstanding locations to visit, it can be challenging to know where to start.
Let’s take a look at 8 of the best walks in North Wales known for some of the most stunning lakes.
1. Y Bala Circular (Easy)
This 6.8 km loop around Bala Lake takes around 2 hours to complete. With spectacular views over the water, the route is mainly flat making it ideal for families with pushchairs or wheelchairs.
I personally feel this Lake is just stunning with its crystal waters and green surroundings making it a peaceful place to walk. You can also find a range of watersports available at Bala Adventure and Watersports Centre.
2. Y Garn Via Devil’s Kitchen (Hard)
This awe-inspiring loop around Y Garn is 7.6km and takes between 2-3 hours to complete. It’s the perfect trail for avid hikers with more challenging terrain and steep gradients.
Starting the trail from Idwal Cottage, you’ll come across the mesmerising Llyn Idwal Lake framed by the Glyderau Mountains. From the summit, the panoramic views are incredible and leave opportunities for many stunning photographs.
The way down through Devil’s Kitchen takes you to more beautiful scenery and through a gap of impressive stone boulders. It got the name Devils Kitchen because it was regularly swallowed in swirling clouds of mist, looking like a devils kitchen from afar2 (source: BBC).
3. Lake Vyrnwy Circular (Moderate)
The circular walk around Lake Vrynwy will take you on a journey of discovery. The 19km loop around the Lake takes 4-5 hours to complete (it’s also a great cycling route!).
Every time I visit the lake, I’m blown away by the impressive dam that creates the reservoir Vrynwy. The story of the submerged village of Llanwddyn has always been of interest to me and brings an element of mystery to the enchanting lake.
In 2000, Lake Vrynwy was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its variety of birds and wildlife along with breathtaking scenery. The lake is dog-friendly and has easy access for pushchairs and wheelchairs with a large car park on entry.
I especially love to visit Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa for a drink and snack after walking here, with excellent views overlooking the lake (where the above photo was taken).
4. Cefni Reservoir (Easy)
The largest manmade lake on Anglesey, Llyn Cefni takes 1-2 hours to walk around at 6.3km. The dam, which was built in the 1940s, is a spectacular site with fantastic views across the lake.
The area is a designated nature reserve with a wide variety of wildlife and birds. Entirely on flat ground, this is the perfect track for families with pushchairs and wheelchairs. Enjoy reconnecting with nature in this peaceful environment where dogs are also welcome to roam freely.
The walk begins from the reservoir car park located North of the lake and is free for 2 hours which should be just enough time for your walk.
5. Snowdon via Miner’s Track (Hard)
If you fancy combining a lake walk and a hike up Wales’ tallest mountain, then the popular route via miner’s track is a great bet. The hike is13km in total so you should allow 5-6 hours to complete it.
Starting from the Pen Y Pass car park, the trail begins with the stunning Llyn Gaslyn lake with spectacular views across the valley.
The track was built like a road to serve the Britannia Copper Mines. Now abandoned, it’s the perfect route for people with less experience hiking mountains. The entire trail is dog-friendly with lots of spots for taking a breather.
6. Llyn Ogwen Circular (Moderate)
Surrounded by the finest Welsh mountains, Llyn Ogwen circular is 4.6km and takes around 1-2 hours to complete. There are many walks and routes to follow around this area with fantastic photo opportunities alongside the lake.
Legend has it that a knight of King Arthur cast the famous sword Excalibur into the lake at Llyn Ogwen, where it remains to this day. The blog Daniella Travels says the Lake “is a must-stop on your trip to Wales!”.
The route is dog-friendly and has parking available from Ogwen Cottage and Ranger Base. See the full route here.
7. Rhosneigr Circular (Easy)
A pleasant walk around Llyn Maelog Lake, this 3.5km loop takes up to an hour to complete. Although the area is mostly flat, rocky outcrops make it an unsuitable path for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
On the trail, you will pass by Traeth Lldan Beach with fantastic views across the ocean. A variety of birds and plants can be seen here as well as an opportunity for some beach combing. At Llyn Maelog, there are plenty of outdoor activities to do such as fishing and paddleboarding.
The trail is dog-friendly and they are free to roam off the lead.
Kieren is the founder and editor-in-chief of Wales Guidebook. Originally from rural Mid-Wales, he has lived all over the country from Cardiff to Wrexham. A true Welshman, Kieren created this site to share his passion for Wales and help others discover this beautiful country.