Cwm Idwal

Cwm Idwal, with Devil's Kitchen in the background


13 August 2011

Cwm Idwal, Glyderau

SH 64225 59338; 53.11388°N, 4.03001°W


Cwm Idwal is a north-facing glaciated hanging valley in the Glyderau range of mountains in Snowdonia. There is a lake, Llyn Idwal, in the cwm, which is named after Idwal ab Owain Gwynedd — illegitimate son of the Welsh prince Owain Gwynedd ap Gruffydd (c. 1100-1170) — who was, according to legend, murdered by being drowned in the lake. The conspicuous gully in the crags above the cwm between the peaks of Glyder Fawr and Y Garn is known as Twll Du (‘black hole’) or The Devil’s Kitchen — the mist often seen hanging above it having been likened in the past to a diabolical cloud of smoke.

Llyn Idwal;
Frozen Llyn Idwal

Devil's Kitchen / Twll Du

Afon Idwal waterfall, near Ogwen Cottage


3 thoughts on “Cwm Idwal

  1. Second David’s comment. I’ve happy memories of Idwal from my schooldays and have experienced some of it’s more diabolical moments. As always, your gritty mono shots are superb and capture the feeling wonderfully.

  2. Hola!!!!! Hace bastante que no te escribo. Todo bien, y como siempre muchas gracias por compartir estas fotos e historias conmigo, del hermoso”país de nuestros abuelos”.

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