The village of Capel Curig is in Conwy, North Wales on the junction of the A5 from Bangor and Bethesda to Betws-y-Coed with the A4086 road from Caernarfon, Llanberis, Pen-y-Pass and Pen-y-Gwryd.
It is in the heart of Snowdonia and the River Afon Llugwy flows through the village with scenic falls at Pont Cyfyng. Whilst certainly not the retail centre of North Wales - Capel Curig has a general store to meet the needs of the visitor including an off licence. There are pubs and cafes within walking distance of Glan Dwr Mountain Lodge and for the outdoor type and gear fanatics Capel has serveral outdoor pursuits shops with an extensive range on offer at competitive prices. The village is nestled in the foothills of Moel Siabod, Y Glyderau and Y Carneddau and there are fabulous view of the Snowdonia Horseshoe. The twin lakes Llynnau Mymbyr are situated near Plas y Brenin.
Overlooking Capel Curig is Moel Siabod (872m). It is the highest peak in the Moelwynion mountain range and is a solitary mountain seperated from all the other high peaks of northern Snowdonia. It is claimed that from the top of the mountain, it is possible to see 13 of the 14 highest peaks in Wales on a clear day without turning one's head. The words Moel Siabod translate from Welsh as Scabby Hill.
The panoramic Glyderau mountain range is slightly smaller than the Carneddau and stretches from Myndd Llandegai to Capel Curig. Five of its peaks are included in the Welsh 3000s (the 15 summits in Wales over 3,000 ft in height). The Glyderau are a fairly rocky range , with some grassy and boggy ground towards the village of Capel Curig. The landscape was shaped by glaciers during the last Ice Age around 10,000 years ago and is regarded as one of the finest examples of a glaciated land form in Britain. According to Sir Ifor Williams, the word "Glyder" derives from the Welsh word "Gludair", meaning a heap of stones. The Welsh 3000s in the Glyderau Range: Glyder Fawr - 999m Glyder Fach - 994m Y Garn - 947m Elidir Fawr - 924m Tryfan - 915m
The Carneddau group of mountains make up the largest continuous area of high ground in Wales and England. The range is bounded by the coast to the north, the Conway valley to the east, and the Ogwen valley to the west and south. Over twenty of its peaks surpass 600m and six of these are amongst the highest peaks in the country. The Carneddau, meaning 'the cairns', covers a vast area of nearly 200sq km. The Welsh 3000s in the Carneddau Range:Carnedd Llywellyn - 1064m (and second highest peak in Wales after Snowdon) Carnedd Dafyddd - 1040m Pen Ole Wen - 978m Foel Grach - 976m Yr Elen - 962m Foel Gras - 942m Garnedd Uchaf - 926m
Beautiful twin lakes, Llynnau Mymbyr are around 3/4 mile long, with a depth of 30 feet. A delta halfway along the north shore, dissects the lakes. The lake is fed by the Afon Nantygwryd (or Nant-y-gwryd). On leaving Llynnau Mymbyr the river joins the Afon Llugwy at Capel Curig on its journey through Betws-y-Coed to the Conwy Valley.
Just over five miles west of the village is Betws-y-Coed - from here Snowdonia National Park is on your doorstep. A number of footpaths lead to Snowdon's summit from all sides and can be combined in various ways. The circular walk starting and ending at Pen-y-Pass and using the Crib Goch route and the route over Y Lliwedd is called the Snowdon Horseshoe. During winter, the routes become significantly more difficult and care should be exercised.