Llyn Gwynant

“To begin at the beginning” as Dylan Thomas once said, as we pan over that heart shaped lake. Stunning isn’t it? That’s Llynnau Cwm Silyn high on Garnedd Goch mountain in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. It’s a great place to go for an invigorating wild swim and you can warm up by the open fire with a pint of real ale at the nearby Cwellyn Arms in Rhyd Ddu.

Llyn Gwynant

Llyn Gwynant

The second lake with the canoeists is known as Llyn Gwynant. You might recognise this location, it’s starred in several Hollywood blockbusters including Merlin with Sam Neill and Tomb Raider. Remember Angelina Jolie riding her motor bike along the Great Wall of China? Think that was China? Think again, it was filmed here in Snowdonia.  

Where to Stay

In the summer, the Nant Gwynant campsite has a resident wood-fired pizza tent and sells coffee from a converted three-wheeled van. It also has canoes and kayaks you can hire so you can stop off at Elephant Rock half way down the lake for a spot of inland coasteering or wild swimming. If camping isn’t for you, just down the road is the lovely village of Beddgelert. It’s stuffed full of great places to stay, eat and drink. Scenes from the film, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness with Ingrid Bergman were shot here in 1958. Hunt out the Grave of Gelert, the story is written on a near-by plaque, it’s a real tear-jerker.

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