Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve

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Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve

Cwm Idwal National Nature Reserve
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Restless13Soul
345 contributions
Fairytale
Sep 2021 • Family
Ah I loved this hike! It wasn’t too, too difficult but still got your heart rate up. The hike up into a foggy lake was enough to make you feel as if you’ve walked into a fairytale.
Written October 15, 2021
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stefcali
London, UK2 contributions
Beautiful Lake
Sep 2021
I didn't walk all the way around, I climbed up a bit of the hill and just sat over the lake, super lovely
Written September 11, 2021
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Kazzy73
101 contributions
stunning scenic walk
Sep 2021 • Family
we arrived here later than expected it was gone 12 but still managed find a parking space we set off up towards the lake and thought it was going to be gruelling from how steep the walk started, but it wasn't it was easy walk for us . people not used to walking any distance etc might find it hard but not us we are regular hikers. still the scenery and lake is beautiful ! did go with the hope to wild swim but the weather wasn't great it was quite chilly. however we had a great day walked all around and our dog loved it. we are camping near by next summer so will visit again. the bonus for us is its not crowded like snowdon it was just so peaceful.
Written September 4, 2021
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Juljen83
Cirencester, UK420 contributions
Gorgeous place
Aug 2021 • Friends
We did the long walk around the lake which took just under three hours. I went for a wild swim at the end going in from the beach shore of the lake and it was gorgeous. Would definitely come back.
Written August 11, 2021
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tara37
North East103 contributions
Lovely walk
Jun 2021
Had a lovely walk here with our 7, 5 and 1.5 yr old. We walked the 3 mile walk up and around the reservoir. I think the description said strenuous - wouldn't class it as strenuous at all although we are an active family. We had a paddle - quite chilly but nice. We parked at the bottom and paid about £4 (I think) for 4 hours. We all enjoyed the walk and picnic. Loos and a little take away cafe at the car park selling pasties and sausage rolls and some cakes. Would recommend
Written July 6, 2021
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mattt j
Abergele, UK15 contributions
impressive place
Jun 2021
One of the great natural wonders of Wales, and somewhere Charles Darwin explored and information from here helped his study of geology. The paths are in good condition, there is great climbing nearby (Idwal slabs) and if you are fit you can climb up to the magnificent summits of the Glyderau. the lake itself is pretty cool too.
Written June 25, 2021
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Gardenerrich
Sandown, UK216 contributions
Beautiful place
Jun 2021
We often walk up through here and around the lake, but decided to venture up a bit this time.
Walked clockwise round and took the higher path at far end, over a bridge by a spectacular waterfall.
We carried on and walked up the devils chimney, which can be a bit challenging at times, and onto the top, but strong winds forced us to return the same way.
Well worth the effort of a bit of scrambling over the rocks where the “steps” have moved.
Written June 9, 2021
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Carla W
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Average, basic, needs some work
Jun 2021 • Couples
To be honest we only ended up at this campsite as all the others were booked up, we don’t even like wine...

We arrived at the campsite in our campervan and our pitch was clearly sign posted. The pitch itself was huge and in the corner which was the most private pitch out of the bunch but on a slant however great for our dog to roam.

We went to let someone know we had arrived in the wine bar to which the lady was very rude and blunt, telling us absolutely nothing about where anything was.

After exploring the facilities ourselves there was a fresh water tap and a single toilet 10 metres away however the toilet was left with no toilet paper. There is only one shower which is ridiculously hot and let’s no air in - you have to pay 50p for use of the hot water and have to book what time you want to use it which they claim is to let it air out however I never saw it ‘airing out’ as the door was always shut. There was a tiny dry room to dry clothes which was handy if it wasn’t full. There were 2 more toilets and 1 sink to wash up in the main building

It’s not the worst camp site I’ve been to, the people could just be a lot more welcoming if you ask me!

The coast is about a 20 minute drive from here with some beautiful beaches and plenty of little towns and castles to explore, can’t fault the area, just 5 minutes outside the campsite is the snooty fox dining barn and the dining tipis with lots of activities for all and amazing food - this is a must!
Written June 3, 2021
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Corrine R
Portales, NM940 contributions
A Must Visit!
Sep 2020
This is probably one of my favorite top 5 places in Snowdonia. There's a fairy tale type feel to the place that makes it fun to walk. We did the entire walk loop around the lake that is littered with waterfalls, cute rock and wood bridges, amazing mountain views, a few cattle and some mini ponies -that are friendly and allow you to pet them. The side of the lake closest to the visitor center is actually a very nice sandy beach. There's a photo op every few feet. The walk is long, maybe took us about a hour and a half, but we stopped for photo's and the ponies for awhile. And although this length might be long for some it's an easy rather level trail. It's stunning and a must do for this region!
And beware.. The parking here is inefficient for the trails attraction, proximity to other trail heads, and bathroom facilities. So many people are trying to park in what I saw them only having about 20 spots?
Written June 2, 2021
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Betty262
10 contributions
Beautiful scenery
Jun 2021 • Couples
Absolutely stunning place would recommend it 100% however, the walk is hard going and you need good footwear (much of it is bog and will be all year round and some parts are very rocky). If you have a dog I wouldn’t really recommend it either. Signs ask for dogs to be kept on leads at all times (fair enough there is some livestock) however there are styles which are not at all dog friendly (we had to lift our Springer over them) and one section is completely eroded and required a bit of rock climbing, not ideal. Part of the walk around one of the lakes involves walking alongside the busy road (if you want to do the circular route). The walk on the other side of the road is very hard work up and down and it’s not for everyone. Having said all that the scenery is amazing and we even got to see a couple of fighter planes fly through on exercise.
Written June 1, 2021
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