Description: A loop walk taking in the summit of Crimpiau, starting and ending in Capel Curig.
Parking Information: Small car park (free) and toilets (20p) along the small lane next to the Pinnacle Stores in Capel Curig.
Having been some time since I last walked in Snowdonia, I decided it would be a good idea to start off with a relatively low level walk, so I opted to climb Crimpiau from Capel Curig, which I have been wanting to do for a while. One of the attractions of this route is the views it affords – Moel Siabod, Llynau Mymbyr, Snowdon, Glyderau, Tryfan and Llyn Crafnant are all on show from this walk. I arrived early at the car park in Capel Curig, which was empty at the time but full when I finished the walk. Setting off at around 09:00 it was starting to feel warm already.
Afon Llugwy, near the car park in Capel Curig.
The start of the route can be a bit tricky because you have to cross the A5 on a bend, which means you have limited visibility, but once safely across I climbed the ladder style (the first of several) and followed the stone path gently uphill. The path goes thorough a gap in a wall and into some lovely old woodland before our route turns steeply left on a grassy track. The views behind start to open up – a good excuse to take a breather!
Moel Siabod, Llynau Mymbyr and Snowdon.
I could hear jets flying around on training exercises, but was only able to spot one later on in the climb as it raced through the Ogwen valley. The path continued to rise, then level off, before rising again. At times it was not terribly clear, and often it was muddy, boggy, or very wet, making progress along this section slow. Eventually I made the summit and took in the stunning views. I wished that it had been less hazy, but it was lovely in the warm sunshine with little breeze.
View from Crimpiau summit towards Tryfan.
Llyn Crafnant from the summit of Crimpiau
Moel Siabod, Snowdon, etc. from Crimpiau summit.
From the summit, I followed the same path down initially, then headed east then north east to pick up the obvious path. Turning right here and following it easily all the way back to the woodland I’d passed through earlier and retracing my steps from there back to the car. While the path now was obvious, it was also very wet in places – it was rocky with patches of mud and in places was like walking through a small stream. Along here I encountered a group of several horses – I’m not sure if they were wild or just had the freedom to roam the hillside, but they didn’t have many options to go off the path so I had to sort of squeeze past them to make progress. The sun was beating down now, and while I had marvelled earlier about not having seen another person so far, on this path I ran into a couple of dozen people heading in the other direction. But I had the views of Moel Siabod and Snowdon ahead all the time, so it was a pleasant end to a very enjoyable walk.
Given the lack of altitude (relatively speaking) on this route, I had expected this to be a gentle hike, so I was quite surprised how tough it was at times. I’m not a fan of walking through boggy terrain, so some of the climb up to the summit wasn’t very enjoyable, but the views and the feeling of isolation during the first half of the walk made up for it. And the fantastic weather didn’t hurt either!
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