GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Llyn Cau

4 miles (6 km)

This walk climbs to the beautiful Llyn Cau on the slopes of Cadir Idris in the Snowdonia National Park. While still quite a challenging walk it's not as strenuous as the longer climb to mountain summit. As such it's a great way of exploring the stunning Cadir Idris National Nature Reserve with less stress on the body.
Start your walk from the Dol Idris Car Park at the junction of the A487 & B4405 (postcode: LL36 9AJ ). From here you can pick up the the Minffordd path and follow it up to the lake. You'll enjoy a delightful woodland section before passing the stunning cliffs of Craig Cau. The park then forks with one branch going straight on to the lake and one heading left up to the mountain peak. Go straight on and you will soon come to the glacial lake where there is a lovely circular trail running around the perimiter of the water.
The striking lake is shaped like a crater formed by acirque glacierduring thelast ice agewhen snow and ice accumulated in the corries due toavalancheson higher slopes. It's a wonderful sight so be sure to bring your camera.
After circling the lake descend the same way. At the end of the walk you can enjoy refreshments at the splendid Ty Te Cadair Tea Room where there's outdoor seating with great views.
To extend your walking in area continue up to the summit of Cadair Idris for wonderful views over the Snowdonia National Park to the coast.
Tal-y-llyn Lake is also located very close by.

Llyn Cau Postcode

LL36 9AJ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Llyn Cau OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Llyn Cau Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Cadair Idris National Nature Reserve - geograph.org.uk - 359135

Cadair Idris National Nature Reserve sign at the bottom of the path

Nant Cadair Falls alongside the Minffordd Path - geograph.org.uk - 1350084

Nant Cadair Falls alongside the Minffordd Path

Entering Cwm Cau - geograph.org.uk - 955688

Entering Cwm Cau

Cwm Cau, from the lower slopes of Mynydd Moel - geograph.org.uk - 671081

Cwm Cau, from the lower slopes of Mynydd Moel

View towards Pen y Gadair - geograph.org.uk - 955693

View towards Pen y Gadair

Cwm Cau - geograph.org.uk - 520424

Cwm Cau

Llyn Cau and Craig Cau - geograph.org.uk - 1264867

Llyn Cau and Craig Cau

Llyn Cau through a cleft - geograph.org.uk - 967868

Llyn Cau through a cleft

GPS Files

GPX File

Llyn Cau.gpx (right click - 'Save As')

Memory Map Route

Llyn Cau.mmo (right click - 'Save As')