Beautiful walks from Betws Y Coed

Betws Y Coed is a beautiful village in the Snowdonia National Park and is a very popular destination for outdoor-loving tourists. Being close to Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales, many hikers will base themselves in the village before heading out to the mountains. There are also a number of lovely walks which start and end in the village itself.

Four colour-coded circular routes start from the Pont Y Pair car park; one of these follows the river and the other three head up into Gwydyr Forest. There is a map at the start with information about the difficulty, distance and ascent of each walk, so you can decide whether the trail is suitable. Gwydyr Forest surrounds the village and is home to a number of trails which pass disused mines, waterfalls, lakes and stunning picnic vistas. The coloured routes are well-marked, but make sure you pay attention to the arrows as the forest is quite large and it’s very easy to become disorientated, especially if you haven’t got a map. The forest is managed by the Welsh Forestry Commission, who work in the area during the week, so be aware of approaching trucks whilst you’re on the main tracks. Find out more about each walk below.

Red (Coed Tan Dinas Trail)

Distance: 0.5 miles

Difficulty: Easy

This trail runs parallel to the river and heads into the woodland. Board walks line the trail for most of this walk, so it can be easily accessed with wheelchairs and pushchairs. You’ll notice some wooden animals tacked to trees along the trail; these are part of the Animal Puzzle Trail. You can download a work book to keep the kids entertained HERE.

Blue (Pen Yr Allt)

Distance: 4.3 miles

Difficulty: Moderately challenging

The initial climb out of Betws Y Coed is the most challenging part of this walk; it’s quite a steep climb up into Gwydyr Forest! Once you reach the top you’ll be rewarded with some wider tracks for a while as you skirt around the slate cliffs. You’ll have the occasional vista over the Conwy Valley before heading back into the woodland. The second half of this trail is the real highlight though. As the trail takes you across a field towards to a cute little farm house, you’ll notice the epic view of Moel Siabod (aka the lonely mountain) in the distance. The mountain views continue as you head through the sheep fields and back down into the forest. The descent is steep again and leads down to the river, eventually joining up with the red trail back to the car park. The river occasionally floods along with the last part of this trail, but there is a clearly marked diversion in case of heavy rains. This is a beautiful walk which we’d highly recommend!

Read our ‘Moel Siabod - A lonely mountain’ post here

Stunning circular walking trails from Betws Y Coed, North Wales
Stunning circular walking trails from Betws Y Coed in the heart of Snowdonia National Park

Yellow (Llyn Parc Trail)

Distance: 6 miles

Difficulty: Challenging

Llyn Parc is a beautiful lake hidden among the trees in the heart of Gwydyr Forest. You’ll follow the blue trail for a few miles, before splitting off to head deeper into the forest. Not only does this route skirt the side of the tranquil lake, but it also passes the Aberllyn Mine and ends with a lovely waterfall. There are no facilities on the trail itself once you leave Betws Y Coed, so make sure you take plenty of food and drink. If you do find yourself in need of a resupply, the village of Llanrwst is accesible from the midway point; there’s a track leading down past Gwydir Castle into the village, where you can find cafes, pubs and shops.

Read our ‘Why Llanrwst should be on your Wales itinerary’ post here.

White (Cyrau Trail)

Distance: 1.4 miles

Difficulty: Moderately challenging

Don’t be fooled by the short distance of this trail! With steep ascents, uneven ground and cliff faces to the side of the path, this route is still considered moderately challenging. The hike is worth it though for the epic views over the village. It shouldn’t take too long to complete, so it’s the perfect way to wake yourself up before a spot of lunch in one of Betws Y Coed’s many pubs or cafes.

Llyn Elsi Trail

Distance: 3.6 miles

Difficulty: Moderately challenging

Llyn Elsi is another stunning lake nestled in the forest that is home to families of geese and seagulls. This trail starts behind St Mary’s Church on the A5 and climbs a fairly long forest track before circling the lake. The initial ascent is quite steep, but the terrain levels out just before the lake. You’ll descend down the same path you climbed at the start, giving your knees a lovely work-out on the way back down into the village! The best time to do this walk is in Autumn when the leaves are changing colour.

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Beautiful walks from the village of Betws Y Coed in Snowdonia National Park