Betws-y-Coed has its own Tourist Information Centre and many Outdoor equipment and Clothing shops in the village. The Tourist information centre has many books and some free guides on things to do near Betws-y-Coed.
Below are some of the most local walks you may wish to consider during your stay in Betws-y-Coed. Of course this is just a small selection of local walks; there are plenty of walks further afield in the Mountains of Snowdonia and North Wales. Approximate duration times are provided as a guide and are based upon a round trip from various locations in central Betws-y-Coed:
- Pont-y-Pair Riverside Boardwalk (0.5 mile - 10 minutes)
More stroll than hike. Starting at Pont-y-Pair bridge in Betws-y-Coed, this short walk is suitable for anyone as it follows a recently and purpose built baordwalk along the banks of the River Llugwy.
- River Llugwy & River Conwy Confluence (2 miles - 40 minutes)
An easy flat stroll around the Betws-y-Coed golf course that follows the banks of the River Conwy and River Llugwy.
- Pont-y-Pair to Miners Bridge (2 miles - 40 minutes)
An easy flat riverside walk to the Miners Bridge just over a mile away from Pont-y-Pair bridge.
- Clogwyn Cyrau (2 miles - 30 minutes)
A steep Forest Path walk to a spectacular viewpoint overlooking Betws-y-Coed.
- Lake Elsi (various routes) (2/4 miles - 1.5/3.5 hours)
There are various routes mapped out from Pont-y-Pair to Lake Elsi. These can easily be combined with additional walks dependingon how energetic you feel.
- Pont-y-Pair to Swallow Falls (4 miles - 2 hours)
This Riverside and Woodland walk has a couple of short steep uphill sections on the outward journey. The beautiful views of Swallow Falls make the effort worthwhile.
- Capel Garmon & the Neolithic Tomb (6 miles - 3.5 hours)
Steep sections are encountered near the start of this walk. This is followed by more level parts for most of the remainder of the journey.
- Fairy Glen & Conwy Falls (7 miles - 3.5 hours)
A mainly flat walk takes you through woodland to the Fairy Glen on the outskirts of Betws-y-Coed. A steep decent to Fairy Glen should be followed by a pause to capture the unique scenery before continuing on to the Conwy Falls.
- River Lledr & Lake Elsi (7 miles - 3.5 hours)
Following the River Lledr and then climbing steeply to Lake Elsi this walk has plenty of spots to stop off for a picnic break.
- Gwydyr Forest Walks (6/10 miles - 3.5/7 hours)
This forest walk past Lake Parc can easily be extended to make it a whole day event. Take a picnic for one of the many fantastic scenic viewpoints.
- Llanrwst via Lake Parc (8 miles - 6 hours)
A lovely walk that can be combined with a visit to Gwydir Castle.