Cowlyd Circular

Friday 15th May, 2020

Cowlyd Circular

Llyn Cowlyd lies in the foothills of the Carneddau mountains behind Trefriw, and provides water for the Conwy valley and some of the towns on the coast. We’ll be walking round the lake at high level.

The minibus will take us to Cwm Cowlyd at the lake’s northern end, just 3 miles from Trefriw, where we will then walk up Pen Llithrig y Wrach (2621′ / 799m) on its north-western side (in the picture). From the summit there is a steepish descent to the far end of the lake. From there we will ascend Creigiau Gleision (2224′ / 678m) on the other side of Llyn Cowlyd (from where the picture is taken) before dropping down to the Crafnant valley and returning on foot to Trefriw. If the visibility is good, the views from these two tops will be stunning.

This area is remote, one part can be boggy, and it can be cold on the tops, even in May. Please ensure that you have warm, waterproof clothing (including hat and gloves) and good boots.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  About 9 miles / 14.5 km

Grade:  Strenuous mountain.  There is a total of some 2,600′ (792m) of ascent.

Suitability:  Fit and experienced walkers

Meet:  8:15 a.m. at Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Tea and cake will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. You are welcome to stay and socialise!

Walk Leaders:  Tony Ellis (local author) and Paul Newell


Click on the map to see the rough location of this walk.

Booking:   To book a place on this walk, use the ‘Eventbrite’ box below. 

Please ensure that you have read the booking information, terms and conditions before you attend any walks.

Please note that, although we make no charge for our walks, we do ask for voluntary donations (cash or card). More details on our funding page.

Back to the top