(N.B. this postcode doesn’t mark the exact location, but the marker on the map below is accurate – follow the Crafnant Road steeply up the hill from Trefriw. Continue straight on, past the lake until you reach a gate. Pass through the gate and up the steep gravel track in front of you until you arrive at the car park):
Things to Do
The location of the hut in its beautiful surroundings allow several different outdoor activities to be engaged in without the need to drive anywhere. There are many walks, climbs and bike trails to be discovered within a relatively short distance of Blaen-y-Nant.
The variety of terrain nearby is such that one can take a fairly short and flat walk around Llyn Crafnant which can be accomplished within a couple of hours. Capel Curig is less than two miles from the hut and can be reached in approximately an hour. In the Valley itself a pleasant walk can be had through the forest over to Llyn Geirionydd. More ambitious walks can be done over to Llyn Cowlyd and Carnedd Llewelyn for a full mountain day.
There are climbs of VDiff up to about E4 all within walking distance of the hut. These are mainly one and two pitch climbs, from Forestry Buttress to S.H. Wall.
No guidebook? No problem: use this link to download the free guide in pdf format from the Climbers Club Website. Recently there has been quite a bit of bouldering activity, exploration of the local quarries and development of dry-tooling venues.
The Marin Trail (Gwydyr Forest) is a 25km trail of forestry trails and technical single track. The start can be reached by either a 20 minute drive or a 30 minute ride. The Penmachno Trail is approximately a 35 minute drive away. This has two loops – one 11km and the other 19km, again a mixture of single track and forest trails. There are also plenty of trails that can be ‘made to measure’ incorporating quiet B roads and spectacular bridleways.