It’s the weekend and you fancy a walk that has a lake with maybe a mountain backdrop and some woodland. On the other hand, it’s been a long week and you haven’t got the legs for a big trek, the dog’s tired or you just want a quick blast outside. If that’s the case then the Llyn Crafnant loop is a walk that packs in everything you ask for, over 2.5 short miles.

boy in bobble hat and wellies standing at the lake's edge looking at the reflection of the trees.

reflections of trees in a lake in autumn. Mountains reflected in the lake

Aside from the landscape in which it sits, its accessibility and simplicity is what makes this walk a brilliant one, especially for families. The walk begins at the edge of the lake and the best way to tackle it is to follow the path around it in an anti-clockwise direction.

bulldog walking along a path in a woodland

Despite the path being a very obvious one to follow, there are signposts along the route. Just make sure you follow the yellow footprint route if you want the most direct one. Dotted along the path are perfect spots for a pit-stop; there are benches, paths down to the lake’s edge and a lovely woodland section.

father and son and dog waling down path in a forest

The route is largely flat and the last section involves a walk along the picturesque lane that takes you back to the start point.

country lanes with trees and mountains and shadows

father and son and dog walking down country lane. Trees, lakes and mountains on the horizon.


Having done this walk pre-children, I was eager to head back and try it again with a buggy, or in our case with the double buggy otherwise known as The Tank, to see if it was doable. From memory, I knew the paths were wide and fairly flat so I knew that aspect wouldn’t be a problem but I could remember that there were a number of gates to navigate on the way round. Thankfully, the new kissing gates are super-wide and even The Tank was able to get through without much trouble. Just after the woodland section there is a small bridge to cross the stream and again it was wide enough (just) to get the buggy across. The terrain and short distance means that this walk is also perfect for a carrier.

children being pushed in a pram along a country lane in a wood with a dog

dog walking down lane in woodland


Satnav – LL27 0JZ

Llyn Crafnant is easy to get to and the drive from up from Trefriw through the winding lanes is a picturesque one, especially in the Autumn.


Ability : Easy

Map of family friendly trail around Llyn Crafnant

Facilities :

There is a large carpark a few hundred yards before you get to the lake and it has a toilet block and baby changing facilities there. At the lake itself there are two laybys that we’ve used rather than the carpark and the boot has been our makeshift baby changing area.

nappy change in car boot

On the last stretch of the walk there is a lovely cafe called the Llyn Crafnant Cafe at the lake’s edge with a garden and picnic benches as well as indoor seating. They didn’t take card the last time we went so make sure you have some coins in your backpack. The cafe is also only open from the 20th of March until the end of October, between 8am and 5pm.

cafe at the side of the lake

Reflections of trees in the lake and fishing boats

Reflections of forest and trees in the lake

Read our other family friendly walks here.


  1. Rich Acton
    29/04/2018 / 7:56 pm

    Fantastic walk,ideal for families.Very easy but very rewarding with a useful refreshment stop en route.Highly recommended for a memorable day out.

  2. Rich Acton
    30/04/2018 / 1:04 pm

    Absolutely fantastic walk,very easy so not difficult with children.Nice cafe with beautiful views was a bonus.

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