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.
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.
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.