Craig U Garn and White Water Centre
Craig u Garn (461m) is worth the effort of a steep climb to see the breathtaking views with the mountains of Arenig Fach (689m) to the west, Arenig Fawr (853m) to the south and Carnedd-y-Filast (669m) to the north.
Canolfan Tryweryn, The National White Water Rafting Centre close to Bala and situated in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, which opened in 1986, provides the best white water rafting on the Tryweryn River and is one of the longest and steepest runs in the UK. The Tryweryn River which is fed from the Llyn Celyn Reservoir is a steep and rocky mountain river with fast flowing rapids that carry you down the course on an adrenalin fuelled trip and because it is dam controlled there is always water when other rivers are dry. The breathtaking scenery here also offers a great day out for those who do not want to participate on the rapids but to relax at the various picnic tables or take an idle walk along the riverside Tryweryn Trails. You can also watch the action from the riverside cafe. The extensive riverside trails are suitable for wheel chair users too. Make sure you take your camera there’s wildlife and action to capture.
We would like to thank the Fire and Rescue lads on their training course for letting us film and photograph them.
We have split this walk into two walks but the two can be done as one walk.
First Walk – Craig u Garn
We park in the White Water Centre and walk back to the road. We turn left and go over the bridge, past the building on the right and take the gated tarmac road on the left. At the white house we turn right up a grassy tree lined track going through a gate then head straight forward, go over a stile and a stream, ignoring the track bearing right, we go very steeply uphill following the stream on the left and go under the pylon wires. We go over another stile and head forward on a green track to the right of some gorse bushes and then go through the waymarked gate and keep to the edge of the pasture then a level track. As the path starts to go down we turn left at the large stone slab and make our way down through an old wall and follow the markers over the stream and a stile. We then go steeply uphill to the trees at the top on the left to look at the ruins and then turn right to the trees on the right of the ruins. Taking the stile we follow the tree line and then at the end of the tree line we go steeply uphill to the summit of Craig u Garn. The views are fantastic. We then make our way back down to the ruins. Back at the ruins we take the track at the far side, skirting the slopes of Craig u Garn, and follow this, passing another ruin, until we come to a footbridge which we cross and then go uphill to the corner of a plantation. Here we cross a stile and head straight forward, with the river on our left, passing a stile on the right and follow the fence on the right to a ladder stile and footbridge we cross this and then go to the next ladder stile in the corner of the field. We go over the stile and turn right and follow the path to a gate by a cottage we then go sharp left to cross a stone bridge over the river to the white house at the start of our walk. We retrace our steps back to the White Water Centre and begin our second walk.
Second Walk – Tryweryn Trail
We’re not giving instructions for this walk as we just followed the markers and enjoyed the trail. Explore and find your own way round to walk around this fantastic setting.
Some very steep inclines and declines up to Craig u Garn.
Flat easy walking at the White Water Centre and is suitable for wheelchair users.
Approx 4.25 miles if taking in the summit of Craig u Carn. Using OS map OL18
Tryweryn Trail is approx 1.5 miles
White Water Centre near Bala, Gwynedd, North Wales.
From Bala take the A4212 and the White Water Centre is about 4 miles on the left.
White Water Centre.
Toilets and Refreshments
There are toilets, shop and cafe at the White Water Centre.