Melynllyn and Dulyn Reservoir from Llyn Eigiau parking

This walk on the eastern side of the Carneddau mountains in Snowdonia offers a sense of solitude and excellent mountain scenery. The route is generally easy to follow although careful navigation is needed on the section from Dulyn Reservoir back to the start.

Technical sheet
No. 293245
A Caerhun walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 27/07/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h25[?]
Distance Distance : 9.03km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 286m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 288m
Highest point Highest point : 635m
Lowest point Lowest point : 374m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Snowdonia
Location Location : Caerhun
Starting point Starting point : N 53.17882° / W 3.89903°
Download : -
Dulyn Reservoir

Description

(D/A) The start is the small parking area for Llyn Eigiau (grid ref. SH731662), which is reached by a narrow lane from Tal-y-bont on the B5106 Conway to Betws-y-coed road. After parking take the clear track heading north-west. Cross the stile and take the track past the sheepfold (grid ref. SH725667). Continue along this track as it climbs around the northern flank of Clogwynyreryr to enter a broad valley. The track continues climbing and after just under two miles you pass a ruin (grid ref. SH706656) where the track bends right and heads north-west to the corner of Melynllyn Reservoir.

(1) From here a clear path heads north down to the shores of Dulyn Reservoir, which like Melynllyn has a backdrop of impressive crags. From here take the footpath on the north side of the valley (Pant y Griafolen) for about a mile and a quarter to cross Afon Garreg-wen at grid ref. SH717675. Turn right just after this point heading almost due east walking downhill towards a dam. You will near to cross the Afon Dulyn below the dam. Choose the shallowest point as there is no bridge. Pick up the track on the other side and continue to the derelict farm of Maeneira (grid ref. SH727673).

(2) From here continue south along a clear path/track to rejoin the outward route at a sheepfold. Cross the stile and head southeast along the track back to the start(D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 376m - Parking area
1 : km 4.02 - alt. 635m - Head north
2 : km 7.59 - alt. 376m - Farm of Maeneira, continue south
D/A : km 9.03 - alt. 375m

Useful Information

The Carneddau Mountains form the largest area of high ground in England and Wales rising to over 3000 feet above sea level. This walk does not visit any of the peaks in the range but still captures the flavour of the wild country in this part of Snowdonia. The outward half of the route is easy to follow but some navigational skills are required for the return. Suitable boots are needed and there are no refreshment opportunities. Also be prepared for rapid changes in the weather.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.83/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 4.5/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 5/5


Walker
on Mon 10 May 2021 10:36:27 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 10/05/21
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

A medium walk with outstanding views. Good pathways to start . Last part of the walk can get a bit boggy. Look out for the bomber crash site at the reservoir.


Walker
on Mon 03 Sep 2018 20:56:09 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 03/09/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

We found this to be a very enjoyable and memorable walk. The car park is quite small so we got to the start early. The weather was glorious and there were panoramic views all the way round. The reservoirs were very peaceful. Part of the return journey was a bit marshy and keeping to the path does require careful navigation. Many thanks for posting this walk. We only had a few days to spend in this part of Wales so it was perfect for us.

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