A short walk from the car park at the western end of Llyn Ogwen will take you to Cwm Idwal. Not only is Cwm Idwal a classic example of a landscape carved out by glaciation, it is also home to a wide variety of wildlife. You can chose the short walk to the llyn and take in this spectacular landscape or a longer circular walk towards the Devil's Kitchen. The area, which has been used in the past for quarrying and grazing, is currently subject to grazing restritions to improve the growing conditions for artic alpine plants and is a popular spot for nature enthusiasts, walkers and climbers alike.
This train ride on the Ffestiniog railway followed by a return walk give you an excellent opportunity to experience the sessile oak woodlands of southern Snowdonia, which are one of the most important areas for woodland nature conservation in Europe.
This type of Atlantic woodland is often described as “temperate rainforest” due to the prevailing damp humid climate and associated abundance of ferns, lichens and the luxuriant growth of mosses and liverworts. The western sessile oak is the most characteristic tree, accompanied by frequent birch. On the woodland floor, you are likely to see grasses, ferns and sometimes large patches of heather or bilberry. The mosses and liverworts, special to this area, can form extensive green carpets covering boulders, bases of trees, spreading up rock faces and across thin peaty soils. A wide range of beautiful lichens adorn trees, especially where they are well-lit near glades, or along woodland edges. Most of the rare and scarce species are found on sessile oaks, which are also a summer home to the smart pied flycatcher and the stunning redstart.
This walk takes you along one of the most beautiful sections of the coast of the Llŷn Peninsula and gives you an introduction to a variety of the area’s outstanding wildlife and habitats - along a stunning coastline of dramatic cliffs and coastal heaths, across rolling farmland to sheltered valleys, all set against the dramatic backdrop of Cardigan Bay and the adjacent hills and mountains of Snowdonia. Note that there are many connecting footpaths in the area if you wish to either extend or reduce the length of your walk.The terrain is generally gentle along good footpaths and minor roads with a few stiles to negotiate. Please note that children should be supervised carefully as there are some dangerous sections of cliff adjacent to the path in a few sections.