Ogwen Valley Snowdonia
Ogwen Valley, or Dyffryn Ogwen in Welsh, is the real jewel in the crown of Snowdonia National Park, a huge glacial valley bowl with mountain lakes, waterfalls and boulder fields. The valley’s creation dates to the Ordovician geological period, roughly 450 million years ago. Two land masses collided to produce the mountains and following the retreat of the last ice age around 12,000 years ago the weathering and erosion left the landscape we see today. The last of the ice retreated east down the Nant Ffrancon valley, carving out the Cwm Idwal bowl on its way.
Today we’re among many people who love the Ogwen Valley for hiking, scrambling, climbing and running. There’s so many paths and trail routes available it’s impossible to get bored here, with the weather alone providing unique experiences on every visit. Many of our clients that we provide the transportation for the Wales 3 peak Challenge come to the Ogwen Valley to train.
For those who want a gentle wander but still get some mountain vibes, Llyn Idwal is a reasonably accessible walk from the Ogwen Visitor Centre. The valley provides far tougher challenges for others who wish to seek them out.
At the bottom of the valley is the World Famous Zip World in Bethesda. Providing Europe’s longest zip line with speeds of 70 mph + as well as gravity feed Quarry Go Karting there entertainment for everyone here. Travel further to the coast and you will see Ynys Mon or more commonly known as the isle of Anglesey. Conwy Castle and Caernarfon Castle – recognised casles of World heritage and Penrhyn Castle ( Bangor Castle) are also in this direction.
Head away from the Welsh coast you trek into the welsh mountains and go towards Mount Snowdon – the highest mountain in Wales and in the direction to the towns of Betws Y Coed and Llanrwst where even more great adventure activities exist – Zip World Fforest Coaster and surf Snowdonia to name a few.