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Even those less able to hike could manage a walk around Cwm Idwal. It is the most accessible and most beautiful corrie in Snowdonia, even Britain - indeed a textbook glacial hollow. The scenery here is wonderful - even just walking the circuit of the cwm although more challenging hiles can be made from here. Llyn Idwal was the First National Nature Reserve in Wales and was named for the son of one of the Princes of Wales who was murdered by being drowned in the lake. Legend has it that if a bird flies across the lake then the Prince will rise from his grave!
Twice we have attempted to climb Devils's Kitchen (so called as its a tall cleft in the rock, often seen with cloud "smoking" out of it) and Y Gran but been deterred by the weather. Our last vist we did see a lovely rainbow towards the valley though.
Toilets and a food kiosk are available - try the welsh "oggies" they are enormous versions of a cornish pastie! Check the weather conditions too before you start a hike a the wardens office.
Directions: Off the A5 at the west end of Llyn Ogwen, 5m South of Bethesda
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