Crimpiau and Clogwyn Mawr

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Since we moved to Snowdonia it seems this walk has become a bit of an early new years tradition.

Interesting but straight forward. Not a huge amount of height gain and always feels like a wonderful adventure.

However, its worth mentioning that this walk is rated as ‘Hard Strenuous Walk’ on the Snowdonia National Park website so do take care and plan properly.

You can access information on recommended Kit here.

Crimpiau – January 2018

The views on this walk are stunning so always good to pick a nice clear day. It was quite a lot milder this year than in previous years with not even a sprinkling of snow.

Snowdon Horseshoe in the distance

We set off from Moel Siabod cafe in Capel Curig, taking the path that goes up along the side of the cafe to the right.

I’m not going to give you a step by step route to follow as there is a similar route on the Mud and Routes website. This one starts from the Snowdonia National Park car park a bit further down the road behind Joe Browns and Pinnacle.

View from Clogwyn Mawr
View from Clogwyn Mawr

Remember that Siabod cafe car park is for customers only and can get really busy.

Whether you park at the cafe or not I’d definitely recommend you pay them a visit for hot chocolate and cake when you’ve finished!

Llyn Crafnant
Llyn Crafnant

The Mud and Routes map seems to bypass Clogwyn Mawr but it’s definitely worth the short climb for another glimpse of the stunning views which includes the wonderful Snowdonia Mountains of Snowdon, Tryfan and Moel Siabod; also the Ogwen and Mymbyr Valleys and Llyn Crafnant.

You also have the option to head off towards Llyn Crafnant (Link takes you to Mud and Routes website) and many other options from there depending on how far you want to go, including Llyn Gierionnydd.

Llyn Geirionnydd
Llyn Gierionnydd – Snowdonia Challenge 2018

The route around Llyn Crafnant and Llyn Gierionnydd forms a lovely scenic part of day 3 (the day of the lakes) of Snowdonia Challenge.

Carneddau Ponies

Don’t forget to keep your eye out for the wild Carneddau ponies. This time we only saw one and this one was a bit camera shy.

Carneddau Ponies – January 2018

As you leave Crimpiau there’s a section which can be very boggy (I mean knee high bog, as I have discovered!). Easy enough to get through with care but definitely a test for the ‘waterproofness’ of your boots. This doesn’t spoil the walk but take extra care when we’ve had heavy downpours or it’s icy.

Looking at these photo’s its hard to believe that Capel Curig apparently has more rainy days per year than anywhere else in the UK.

As you leave Clogwyn Mawr there’s quite a steep section initially with loose rocks. I always make a ‘note to self’ to take poles next time.

In total we walked about 9km and were out for 3 hours and 40 minutes. This included 2 food stops and a couple of others just to enjoy the views.

Despite the blue skies it was a little bit chilly and windy on the tops!

We are hoping to include this walk in Snowdonia Walking Festival for 2019. If you’d like to join us please follow the Snowdonia Walking Festival facebook page for updates or subscribe to our newsletters by clicking on the link on the top right of the page.

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