Dulyn Bothy is an open stone cottage in the middle of the Carneddau mountain range. It’s a popular location for overnight stays but also makes a fantastic place to stop for a break on a family walk.
Parking near to Llyn Eigiau, the easiest way to reach Dulyn Bothy is along a wide track that leads around the low peak of Clogwynyreryr that then climbs gently along the north west side of Craig Eigiau, finally reaching the beautiful Melynllyn lake. The steepest section of the walk runs down to Llyn Dulyn lake before a well earned stop at this great Snowdonia bothy.
Dulyn is one of four bothies in Snowdonia National Park, the other three being Cae Amos, Penrhos Isaf and Arenig Fawr. Scroll down for our Dulyn Bothy Trail Routes. Dulyn bothy is a comfortable two room set up, with a large fireplace, plenty of chairs and a big bunk bed. The views from here are amazing, and it’s one of those places that has a special something that makes us revisit time and time again.
Dulyn Bothy Trail Route 1
Distance 5.5 miles
Time 2 hour 30 minutes walk (allow time to relax at the bothy on top of this)
Total Ascent 1,384ft
Views Craig Eigiau, Foel Grach, Garnedd Gwenllian, Foel Fras, Melynllyn (reservoir), Llyn Dulyn (reservoir)
The Carneddau is popular mountain range in North Wales for wild camping and overnight stays due to the remoteness and vastness of the landscape, but this Dulyn Bothy Hiking Loop makes a really comfortable walk for our walking-pace-only family and friends. Stopping halfway at the spacious and well kept bothy adds an extra dimension to the standard mountain wander. The two reservoirs, Melynllyn and Llyn Dulyn, are both staggeringly beautiful and a joy to spend any amount of time near.
1. We park at the Carnedd Llewelyn car park, high up in the Carneddau on a steep single road that snakes up from Tal Y Bont. There’s only two path choices from here; down to Llyn Eigiau towards Ogwen Valley, or across towards the Dulyn valley. Going clockwise around the Dulyn loop means dry feet to the bothy & wet feet at the end, going anticlockwise means wet feet when we get to the bothy and dry back to the van, if we light a fire.
2. Navigation is simple for most of this trail, mostly following the inside of the valley horseshoe. The section between the bothy and the bridge to cross the Afon Dulyn river is the only grey area, with multiple paths across and most of them very wet in anything but mid-summer. We keep the river on our right/left as the route marker in low visibility for this area (depending on which way round the loop we’re on).
3. A note on the bothy – this is a very popular and well kept bothy. We always take kindling, firelighters and/or logs and leave what we don’t use for others. If you read this and make a visit, think about everyone else and pass some kindness forward. It’s looked after by the Mountain Bothies Association for the benefit of everyone.
Dulyn Bothy Trail Route 2
Distance 12.1 miles
Time 7 hours (walking)
Total Ascent 3,057ft
Summits Foel Grach, Carnedd Gwenllian and Foel Fras.
Views the Carneddau, Craig Eigiau, Melynllyn (reservoir), Llyn Dulyn (reservoir)
This circular trail route starts near Llyn Eigiau, but takes a much wider radius around Dulyn Bothy to the mountain summits of Foel Grach, Carnedd Gwenllian and Foel Fras.
1. We park at the Carnedd Llewelyn car park and head towards Llyn Eigiau, keeping the lake on our right and following the curve of the mountain Craig Eigiau. This long stretched out hill walk eventually reaches the summit of Foel Grach, the highest point of the day at 977m.
2. From Foel Grach there’s a reasonably clear path that links Carnedd Gwenllian and then onto the final summit of the day Foel Fras, at 944m.
3. Following the fence line there’s a stile not far off the summit of Fras that then drops us down into the bothy valley.
4. On this route we like to take the dry feet approach back to the car park, following the clearly marked path past both Dulyn and Melynllyn reservoirs.
Summer 2019 Dulyn Bothy Visit
Lovely blue skies, warm sunshine and a trip to Dulyn Bothy with loved ones.
March 2019 Dulyn Bothy Visit
Watch highlights from this Snowdonia trail route in hazy end of winter conditions. The bothy was very welcome on this trip, we cranked up the fire and enjoyed a few games of cards before braving the wet feet back to the start.