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Ogwen Valley Travel Guide

Explore Beautiful Ogwen Valley

Ogwen Valley, or Dyffryn Ogwen in Welsh, is a stunning part of the Snowdonia National Park in north Wales. This wide glacial valley is surrounded by soaring mountains, and features placid lakes as well as historic towns and industrial heritage. It’s also the perfect gateway to Snowdonia’s best mountain hikes, and puts you on the doorstep of some of north Wales’ best attractions.

Getting to Ogwen Valley

The historic A5 London to Holyhead road runs through the valley, connecting to the A55 expressway on the north coast, which takes you to England and links to the M6 north-south corridor.

Travelling south on the A5 takes you to Betws-y-Coed and into England and the south via Shrewsbury.

Travelling by car from our ferry port in Newcastle takes around 4 hours, while from Dover it takes around 5 ½ hours.

Things to do in Ogwen Valley

One of the most beautiful walks in Snowdonia takes you up through Cwm Idwal, a perfect example of a landscape carved by ancient glaciers. From the visitors’ area at the end of Llyn Ogwen, you can ascend through a variety of tracks to upland lakes and tumbling waterfalls to the highest point of Glyder Fawr, where you’re rewarded with breathtaking views of north Wales, and the peak of Snowdon itself.

If you fancy more of a challenge and are seasoned mountain climber, you could tackle the jagged ridge of Tryfan, or the long but stunning track to Carnedd Llewelyn, the second highest peak in Wales.

Hiking Ogwen Valley

As part of the Snowdonia National Park, Ogwen Valley offers breathtaking scenery and stunning hiking trails to suit all levels of experience. There are gentle hikes as well as more serious climbs, so you can admire this beautiful landscape no matter what your experience level.

Zip World

For more thrills you can visit Zip World near Bethesda, home of the longest zip line in Europe. Set up in the old Penrhyn slate quarry – once the largest in the world – Zip World offers the perfect attraction for adrenaline-seeking holidaymakers. Even if you don’t fancy flying through the air at over 100mph, you can still enjoy a tour of the historic quarry, and admire the stunning views.