The western view from the Llyn Llydaw causeway. Llyn Llydaw has always had Arthurian associations. The Battle of Camlann is said to have been fought at nearby Cwm-y-llan (Valley of the Parish) and Arthur is said to have been shot dead at Bwlch-y-Saethau (The Pass of the Arrows) on the ridge between Yr Wyddfa and Y Lliwedd. Llyn Llydaw is one of two lakes in North Wales with a legend of being the lake where Sir Bedivere (Bedwyr) threw Excalibur, King Arthur’s sword, to the Lady of the Lake after the battle of Camlann. The other lake with the same claim in the region being Llyn Ogwen, in the Ogwen valley about ten miles away.
Distance: 8 miles (13Km) (there & back).
Ascent: 2,372ft (723 metre).
Time: About 6 hours (there & back).
Grade: Hard Mountain Walk.
The Miners’ Track was originally built to serve the Britannia Copper Mine on Snowdon. It is ideal if you wish to take a walk on Snowdon without going all the way to the summit. The path starts off wide and even, climbing gradually past Llyn Teyrn and up to Llyn Llydaw, where the ruins of the old copper mine can be seen. From here, the path climbs steeply to Llyn Glaslyn, where it becomes a hard climb over scree towards the intersection of the Miners’ and the Pyg Tracks. The path then zigzags up to Bwlch Glas, and then on to the summit.