GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Llyn Elsi

3 miles (5 km)

This circular walk visits the lovely Llyn Elsi from the village of Betws-y-Coed in the Snowdonia National Park. It's about a 1 mile walk from the village to the lake where you can pick up a circular trail around the water. Start the walk from just behind St. Mary's church then steadily climb through the woodland to the peaceful lake.
Llyn Elsi is surrounded by attractive woodland where you can extend your walk on a number of trails. It sits in an elevated position of about 800ft so there are lovely views towards theCarneddau range,the Glyderau range and Moel Siabod.
To continue your walking in the area you can visit the splendid Fairy Glen where you'll find little waterfalls, rapids and cascades in a wooded gorge on the River Conwy. Near here there's also other lovely walks to Conwy Falls and Swallow Falls.
The reservoir is located in the Gwydyr Forest area of the national park. You can find a series of other beautiful reservoirs here with more lovely walking trails.

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

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

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Monument near Llyn Elsi - - 300879

Monument near Llyn Elsi. The monument built to commemorate the opening of the Betws-y-Coed Waterworks by Lord Ancaster in June 1914. This reservoir in the hills to the west of Betws was named Llyn Elsi and prior to this the lake was in fact two smaller lakes, called Llyn Rhisgog and Llyn Enoc.

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Looking North towards the Monument, small island left of picture.

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The Southern end of Llyn Elsi in early spring. Looking due West.

Llyn Elsi, Betws-y-Coed - - 300881

A cormorant sunning itself on one of the small islands.

Woodland path to Llyn Elsi - - 1983834

Woodland path to Llyn Elsi

Heathland near Llyn Elsi - - 1985125

Heathland north of the lake


GPS Files

GPX File

Llyn Elsi.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Llyn Elsi.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)