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.
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.
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.
The route is largely flat and the last section involves a walk along the picturesque lane that takes you back to the start point.
INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES
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.
HOW TO GET TO LLYN CRAFNANT
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.
NEED TO KNOW
Ability : Easy
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.
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.
Read our other family friendly walks here.