52/2013 Week 32


52/2013 Week 32

Llyn Crafnant is a lake that lies in a beautiful valley in North Wales where the northern edge of the Gwydir Forest meets the lower slopes of the Carneddau mountains and, more specifically, the ridge of Cefn Cyfarwydd. The head of the valley offers a profile of crags which are silhouetted at sunset, and many people regard the lake as one of the most beautiful spots in North Wales. At 63 acres (250,000 m2) it is the best part of a mile long, although it was clearly once much longer – its southern end shows the evidence of centuries of silting.

Crafnant takes its name from “craf”, an old Welsh word for garlic, and “nant”, a stream or valley. Even today the Crafnant valley smells of wild garlic when it flowers.

The lake can be reached by car only from Trefriw in the Conwy valley, though many visitors walk there from the village or from the neighbouring lake of Llyn Geirionydd, which runs parallel to it, but a mile distant, the two being separated by Mynydd Deulyn – “mountain of the two lakes”. The lake can also be reached on foot Capel Curig.

Areas around the lake have been used for location shots in Hollyoaks, Tomb Raider II, the 1981 fantasy movie Dragonslayer, and the lake also appeared briefly in the 1966 film Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment.

 

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9 thoughts on “52/2013 Week 32

  1. petspeopleandlife August 8, 2013 / 20:24

    Gorgeous photograph of some incredible scenery. I made this one a favorite on Flickr.

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    • Mike Hardisty August 9, 2013 / 09:54

      We were lucky, the weather was good, so the photograph came out quite well…

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  2. James McDonall August 8, 2013 / 23:41

    Beautiful clear water, great composition. I love it.

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  3. soonie2 August 9, 2013 / 00:39

    A beautiful scene. Love the crystal clear water and thos clouds!

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    • Mike Hardisty August 9, 2013 / 09:51

      It was very humid and later that day I thought we were going to get caught in a storm

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  4. Margie August 9, 2013 / 04:36

    Beautiful photo!
    We visited Wales a few times when we lived south of London. I could never pronounce most of the place names.

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    • Mike Hardisty August 9, 2013 / 09:49

      I’m slowly but surely learning some of the names but I will probably never get the pronunciation totally correct

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  5. Andrew August 9, 2013 / 11:29

    Looks like we are heading to (South) Wales in October. I need to research the best photographic detours. Something like this would do just fine but too far 😦

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    • Mike Hardisty August 9, 2013 / 19:24

      Not sure about South Wales. I lived in Somerset and there was plenty. I think you are not far from the Brecons and the Valleys, though.

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