Near Llyn Ogwen is the breathtakingly beautiful Cwm Idwal, an amphitheatre-like valley formed by glacial erosion. Visiting Cwm Idwal for the first time is an awe inspiring experience. Llyn Idwal at the base of the valley is surrounded by giants of high peaks, towering crags and menacingly dark screes.
For the serious hillwalkers, hikers and mountaineers, 'Y Garn' (947m / 3100 ft), 'Glyder Fawr' (1000m / 3279 ft) and nearby 'Tryfan' (918m / 3010 ft) are a magnet.
The scarp face is magnificently dark and brooding and seemingly inaccessible to all but the very brave. It's no surprise that this place was once thought to have sinister origins. There is often a plume of steam rising over the top of the dark cliffs and towering peaks, resembling a chimney. This is as the result of moist air from the sea hitting the rock face. Legend has it that when the steam is rising above the cliffs, the Devil is cooking in the 'Devil's Kitchen'.