Capel Curig

Capel Curig

Route: Capel Curig

Area: Snowdonia, North Wales

Date of walk: 22nd September 2021

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.0 miles

Ascent: 500 feet

Weather: Mostly cloudy, a few sunny patches 

On the final day of our short walking holiday in North Wales, we drove over to the village of Capel Curig in North Snowdonia, lured here by the description in a walking guide of a ‘classic view’ from ‘one of the most famous lakeside viewpoints in Britain’. More of which later

We parked in a free car park behind some shops and near a bridge over Afon Llugwy. After crossing the road we joined a grassy path beside a war memorial and climbed gently uphill. Looking back, there was a good view back over the village and towards the Snowdon Horseshoe, although the mountain tops were below the clouds

We followed a path across a bracken covered hillside below Clogwyn Mawr, and then turned sharp right to cross two stone bridges (easily missed). There then followed a gradual descent, mostly through woodland, until we arrived at the A5 road. We followed the roadside path for a short distance and then crossed Afon Llugwy via an iron footbridge. From here, tracks through the woodland brought us to the head of Llynnau Mymbyr, from where the ‘classic view’ of the Snowdon Horseshoe may be seen. It was a fine view, but the low clouds obscured the mountain tops and so we felt a little underwhelmed today

Improving light on the final section of the walk raised our spirits and there were some fine views as we made our way back to Capel Curig to end an enjoyable walk. The walk was a short one, and this left time for another walk in the afternoon, one which turned out to be a fitting climax to the end of our stay in North Wales – click here for more 

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