GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Padarn Country Park and Llyn Padarn Walk

2 miles (4 km)

This country park in Snowdonia has a number of splendid way-marked walking trails to follow. There are 800 acres to explore through oak woodland and along lakeside paths.
The beautifulLlyn Padarn is the centrepiece of the park. You can stroll along the lakeside or catch the Llanberis Lake Railway which runs along the easten edge of the lake. It's a splendid 1 hour ride with views of the 13th century Dolbadarn Castle and the twin lakes of Llyn Padarn and Llyn Peris. Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in England and Wales makes a wonderful backdrop.
To continue your walking in the area you could visit the spectacular Llanberis Waterfall. It is located just to the south of the country park and has a nice footpath running to the 100ft high falls.
For splendid views of the area you could try the climb to Moel Eilio from Llanberis.
For cyclists there's Lon Las Peris on the western side of the water. The surfaced trail runs along a tree lined path on the old railway line.

Padarn Country Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Padarn Country Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Head into Llanberis on the western side of the lake and there's lots of fine refreshment options. On the High Street you'll find The Heights. This friendly pub is popular with walkers who have been climbing the hills and mountains surrounding the town. There's an attractive interior and a beer garden to sit out in on finer days. They have a good selection of ales, a decent menu and are also dog friendly. You can find the pub at postcode LL55 4HB.

Dog Walking

The park, lake and surrounding woodland are ideal for dog walking and you can also have them off leash in most areas. The Heights Pub mentioned above also welcomes dogs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head to the other side of the lake and you can try the circular Llanberis Lake Walk. There's some nice lakeside footpaths here taking you to the photogenic Dolbadarn Castle which dates from the early 13th century.
On the fringes of the park there's the fascinating Dinorwic Quarry to explore. At one time the quarry was the second largest slate quarry in the world. You can pick up the tramway trail footpath across the site just north of the visitor centre. The quarry is one of the significant sites on the Snowdonia Slate Trail which runs through the area. The circular long distance trail can be used to visit several of the other historic mining areas located in the World Heritage Site. Heading north along the trail would take you to Bethesda where you could visit the Penrhyn Quarry which was the largest slate quarry in the world during the 19th century. Heading south along the trail would take you to Dorothea Quarry where you'll find the remains of the old mining houses and a series of scenic lakes including Llyn Nantlle Uchaf.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Snowdonia Walks page.


Llyn Padarn - - 468156

Llyn Padarn. Llanberis village is just behind the trees in the foreground.

Model boat enthusiasts on the shores of Llyn Padarn - - 684031

Model boat enthusiasts on the shores of Llyn Padarn

The Snowdon Star on Llyn Padarn - - 240232

The Snowdon Star on Llyn Padarn. This vessel, formerly known as the 'Southampton Star', was built in 1947. It is 13.7m long and has a gross tonnage of 12.00t. For some years now, despite initial protests from a powerful angling lobby, the Snowdon Star has been engaged in taking visitors on excursions along the lake from its base at Llanberis. It also provides a ferry service between the village and the Padarn Country Park.

Rock outcrops of the Pre-Cambrian Padarn ridge seen across Llyn Padarn - - 480653

Rock outcrops of the Pre-Cambrian Padarn ridge seen across Llyn Padarn

Llyn Padarn and Snowdon - - 77179

Stunning view across the lake to Snowdon. A view,roughly facing south east taken from Padarn country park, with the pyramidical summit of Snowdon just visible in the distance [centre].

Lower end of Llyn Padarn - - 536545

Lower end of the lake with old stone bridge

National Slate Museum - - 464123

National Slate Museum. Museum buildings on the left. The Museumis located at Gilfach Ddu in the 19th-century workshops of the now disusedDinorwic quarry, within the Country Park. The site includes the multi-media display,'To Steal a Mountain', showing thelives and work of the men who quarried slate here. There's also the largest workingwaterwheelin mainland Britain, which is available for viewing via several walkways. The ponds are connected with Llyn Padarn on the right and are used for canoeing lessons.

Llanberis Lake Railway - - 774662

Llanberis Lake Railway. Thenarrow gaugeheritage railwayruns for about 2.5 miles along the northern shore ofLlyn Padarn.


GPS Files

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