Wales' Highest Lake

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Mountain Walks
May 12

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Approx. 12.5km - steep ground, often with no obvious path - approx. 500m of ascent

Llyn Llyffant is a tiny lake with a big personality!

The lake sits in a very remote position, deep within the Carneddau mountain range, in the shaddow of two of Wales' highest peaks: Carneddau Llewelyn and Gwenllian. Most impressively, Llyn Lyffant is Wales' highest lake at 815m above sea level

We have to achieve a fair amount of remoteness by car before we even begin this hike. The carpark is at the end of a steep lane which rises from the main road, up into the wilderness. From there we will head south west on foot, around Llyn Eigiau, ascend and eventually leave the path to head west towards Llyn Llyffant itself.

Weather permitting, the hope is that we can spend some time near the lake, taking in the beauty of its surroundings and seeking out some of the plane wreckage scattered in that area.

Once fully rested, we will head north to the ridge above Melynllyn (reservoir), then gradually (but sometimes steeply) descend back to the car park. 


Distance: approx. 12.5km.  Elevation Gain: 529m. Some paths, but frequently these will be indistinct or non-existent. We will be traversing accross steep ground, which might sometimes be slippery and uneven. 

This is a substantial and full-on day out in the mountains.  A good level of fitness and previous experience of at least hill walking and preferably mountain walking is necessary to enjoy the day.  At a steady and reasonable pace, this walk should take about 5 hours, with breaks.

Weather conditions

The walk may need to be changed or postponed in event of extreme weather conditions.

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Blue lake: Copyright Chris Andrews and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Llyn Lyffant: Eric Jones, CC BY-SA 2.0 <;, via Wikimedia Commons

Boulder field: Eric Jones, CC BY-SA 2.0 <;, via Wikimedia Commons

Others provided by event leader and used with permission.