County Tops of Wales: Merionethshire

Aran Fawddwy: 905 metres (Grid Ref: SH862223)
Route Statistics and Files
Start: Roadside near Ty'n-y-ddol Grid Ref: SH852186 Distance: 7.2 miles (11.6 km)
Climbing: 802 metres Time: 4-6 hours Rating: Hard
GPX Route File Google Earth File Map: OL23 Cadair Idris and Bala Lake
Statistics
Start: Roadside near Ty'n-y-ddol Grid Ref: SH852186
Distance: 7.2 miles (11.6 km) Time: 4-6 hours
Climbing: 802 metres Rating: Hard
GPX Route File Google Earth File
Map: OL23 Cadair Idris and Bala Lake
Aran Fawddwy and Creiglyn Dyfi
Aran Fawddwy (on left) and Creiglyn Dyfi (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

The Walk: The walk I have designed to accomplish the county top of Merionethshire is what I regard as a classic uplands circular. From the start follow the road north-west to where two valleys meet near Bryn Hafod. Take the valley to the left thus leaving the road behind. Climb through the valley in a north-west direction to its head around grid reference SH840200 and turn right to follow a trail leading north-east directly to the summit of Waun Camddwr and then without deviation to the summit of Aran Fawddwy. Once the summit of Merionethshire's county top is attained then track back 450 metres to grid reference SH859220 and follow a track south-east to a cairn which heralds the beginning of a great ridge walk to Drysgol and then to Waun Goch. A good path south-west then leads home.

The Walk I Would Do: I would do this walk. It looks perfect on paper.


Information: Aran Fawddwy is a mountain in southern Snowdonia, Wales, United Kingdom. It is the only peak in Wales outside of North Snowdonia above 900m. The nearest urban centres to the mountain are Dinas Mawddwy to the south, Llanymawddwy to the southeast, Llanuwchllyn on the shores of Bala Lake to the north, and Rhydymain to the west. On the eastern slopes of Aran Fawddwy is the small lake named Creiglyn Dyfi, the source of the River Dyfi. Its sister peak is Aran Benllyn at 885 metres. (Source: Wikipedia)


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