This walk will take your breath away in more ways than you can imagine.
This path is know by various names: Some refer to it as the "Beddgelert Loop", others call it the "Fisherman's Path" or the "Cwm Bychan Path". It is a relatively easy route to follow provided you have good walking shoes or boots. It is varied with ever changing stunning scenery. Outside the peak tourist season this path is usually quiet and you will not be following a queue of people up the hills. Wonderful.
Circular path around Beddgelert
Distance: Approx 9 km - 3 leisurely hours
Grade: Moderate Walk. Some rough, wet and muddy terrain. Wear appropriate footwear
Parking: Beddgelert on the A498 (SH 588 481) - LL55 4YJ
At the "Aberglaslyn Point" you start a moderate climb up "Cwm Bychan" and pass through what can only be described as a "Fairy Glen", covered in beautiful soft-to-the-touch vivid green moss. The climb gradually gets more strenuous and energy sapping and for some reason this section often feels quite humid in summer months. Before too long you are high on the hills and at "Grib Ddu", the highest point of this path. From here it feels like wilderness in every direction with amazing far reaching views.
As you head further along the path you will see a signpost with two directional arrows. One pointing the way to "Llyn Dinas" and the other back towards Beddgelert via "Mynydd Sygyn". At this point you maybe tempted to take a shortcut and head back towards "Mynydd Sygyn" and Beddgelert. From your vantage point at "Grib Ddu" both paths will seem fairly mild and easy going. However, be aware, the final drop from "Mynydd Sygyn" to Beddgelert is very steep and rough going. It is usually very muddy and mud is very slippery. You should not attempt this unless you are confident of your footwear and your ability to descend steep, rough terrain.
The path to "Llyn Dinas" is much easier to negotiate. It is steep but smooth and easy going all the way to the shore of "Llyn Dinas", and you can fully enjoy the magnificent views as you descend. Once you reach "Llyn Dinas" you can turn left (west) and walk along the river towards the Sygun copper mine and eventually back to Beddgelert. Just in time for some refreshments. Another happy day in Snowdonia.
Fisherman’s Path and Cwm Bychan (PDF)
Looks lovely but how do you know the path to follow? Is it clear?
This path is fairly well defined. Well most of the way anyway. There are some sections high up on the hills which are not so well defined and you just kind-of guess. It is harder when it is quiet and you are alone up there with no other walkers to follow. But overall there is nothing to worry about. You won't get lost .