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Name:Llan Ddu Fawr [Waun Claerddu]
Hill number:2207
Height:594m / 1949ft
RHB Section:31C: South-West Wales
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Central Wales - Pumlumon
County/UA:Cardiganshire [Ceredigion] (CoU)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Wye, Ystwyth
Watershed:Severn Estuary, Cardiff to Cape Wrath, Cardigan Bay
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Dewey, Clem
Grid ref:SN 79071 70428
Summit feature:collapsed cairn 2m SE of tall cairn
Col:426m  SN796669  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 135 147
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 158 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
1/3 - in low cloud and fading light - night nav exercise from Llyn Teifi. Very rough ground with few random tracks. This summit easy enough to locatewychwood31/12/2019
From the south starting at the cattle grid. Ground not too bad but wet and tussocky in places.Topographer5707/09/2019
Up and down from the cattle grid near Teifi Lakes. ATV tracks and sheep tracks there and back via trig point.Moorponder15/07/2019
Third of three tops from a layby near the mines in Cwmystwyth up the bridleway/footpath over Banc Hir and onto Geifas, Domen Milwyn and Llan Ddy fawr before returning via the shoulder of Bryn Dafydd completely pathless even before Banc Hir and tussock grass everywhere a really tough walk in five hours.(tacker failed distance roughly nine mile)WAYNE ROWLETT13/04/2019
Frosty early start from layby at Tanyrhydiau 739692. Walked north along road to track at 736696 and then followed rights of way east along the crest of the ridge to cairn at 779703. Crossed to summit cairn to view the vast emptiness to the east in the winter sunshine. Returned via trig point, cairn/pond at 771690 and then followed rights of way as best we could to mine at 754693. Then tracks back to car. A fine walk and saw a fox on the ascent.mindlessflogger04/01/2019
From Cattle grid SN784683, via Trig as per previous logsNeil Midgley28/08/2018
From Claerwen picnic area below the dam. I'd been eyeing up completing my Welsh Marilyns on this hill for a while..something a bit different, and as a fitting finale I had decided to bike the reservoir track. I'd not anticipated it being quite as hot mind you. I dragged the bike up the hill part way then walked across the bogs to the trig then the true summit. A superb spot..though the sunburn is going to sting for a while yet no doubt.stig_nest19/04/2018
Climbed on Stuarts Trans Cambrian TrekBannor15/04/2018
From Rhiplem SN 784683. Rough moorland walk wiothout paths. Operated ham radio for SOTA from summit cairn.G4OBK (Phil)15/04/2018
Came across a campsite at Ffair Rhos after driving 300 miles from Suffolk, turns out it is just a short drive from one of tomorrow's planned Marilyn's, so took advantage of the long summer evenings, especially as it is not raining and went up it tonight. Parked at cattle grid to the south following fence north and continuing north at bend in fence to trig pillar and then on to summit. Returned east of trig and back to fence corner following fence back to start point.SteveSmith24/06/2017
From end of Treifi Lakes road over to Claerddu bothy then just followed nose over Waun Claerddu (after bagging trig), Domen Milwyn (nice top) and then Geifas (tough going). Really hot day on totally pathless territory with plenty of sucking bog. Highlight is just the emptiness.SS17/06/2017
From cattle grid as others.Lionel Bidwell07/06/2017
From cattle grid to south on rough tracks.rhalstead28/05/2017
Walked up from cattle grid to south. Nice walk across wild country.Cas-gwent08/05/2017
Walked up from the Teifi Pools road, to Trawsallt first, then here and back via Llyn Fyrddon Fawr and Carreg Naw Llyn, then along an old mining leat.Neolith29/04/2017
From cattle grid at SN784683: Llan Ddu Fawr - Bryn Dafydd - Domen Milwyn - Geifas - Geifas West Top - Banc Hir - Trawsallt.Tony J09/04/2017
From B4574 (Coed Hafod) to the NW. Easy to the cave (worth going in), then a awkward stream crossing and rough ground to the top. To trig point and down WNW. Alan Moore07/04/2017
A walk up from the South near the Cattle Grid. Followed the fence and then walked to the trig point and then on to summit cairn. Was accompanied by my 2 daughters Isabelle and Amelia. We saw plenty of Red Kites a Swallow and Wheatears, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits. We returned by the same route weather was sunny but windy although cloud came in from the West.isabelle03/04/2017
A grand walk over Llan Ddu Fawr and Pen y Garn from the church at Rhaeadr Peiran, W of Cwmystwyth (Hafod estate). Down to Dologau, using all short cuts, then the lovely footpath along Nant Gau, with a surprising section with a handrail. Short cut up to bridleway, followed SW uphill to a good footpath cutting up hill E to the end of the forest road 773728. S, NE then SE to pick up a rough ATV track at 783711 across the bogs onto the hill, and straight up to the pools at 786704 and then to the trig. Great views, Anglesey to B. Beacons. To summit of Llan Ddu Fawr, then Bryn Dafydd (excellent mossy bogs), followed fence and then track down to Cwmystwyth. Up the road to 791754 to pick up track, dodging wet bits by a ruin to good track all the way to within 10 feet of the trig on Pen y Garn. Great views. Nasty rough stuff down to the wind turbines, then back through the forest, via branch at 786771 and home via Pwllpeiran.Gill20/01/2017
2/10 Second of eight on nice circuit followed by two singles (Trawsallt/Llanddu Fawr (Waen Claerddu/Carreg Naw Lyn/Esgair Hengae/Esgair Wen/Dibyn Du/Disgwulfa/Graig Feklen/Mynydd Bach/Allt yr Hebog)Fergalh30/07/2016
With K, M and RM. From nearby bothy (not MBA).Ashley01/06/2016
From road by cattle grid (784683), a straightforward walkAlanD25/03/2016
As many others, good parking by the grid. ATV track in to a marshy area, faint tracks can be followed to rejoin higher ground which lead first to trig the quartzite topped summit. A welly job if it's been wet, which it had. 80 minute return.nordicstar23/02/2016
Surprisingly easy going, and a beautiful sunny day made this a pleasant walk.jenx23/02/2016
From the 2nd cattle grid. Good parking.jimbloomer19/01/2016
With GB. Parked tat the cattle grid south at 785683. A 3 mile walk taking about 80 minutes. The terrain was surprisingly dry.bolton29/10/2015
Parked by cattle grid to south at SH78432 68340 Walked up right side of fence for about 600m & then headed for the higher ground Where possible, kept to the higher ground on route to the trig point and then on to the summit cairn. (PM)gerrybowes29/10/2015
Start ~ 784683, Cattle Grid. Followed Quad bike track onto rough moor then followed the driest line available to summits. Great views and wide open spaces. With Wombourne.steve hudson09/09/2015
Parked at GR 784683. With SH.wombourne09/09/2015
With Trefor. Parked at cattle grid to the south, TP first (hidden in a shelter) then a further 0.5Km to summit. Not too wet recently so not bad underfoot.mike.hoult03/07/2015
From cattle grid due S at SN 78435 68340. Some sheep trods to follow but largely over roughish ground, though not difficult. To Trawsallt trig first, then onto HP 500m further. A very pleasant walk with wide open expanses.jonglew27/06/2015
Had noted this hill and the nearby lakes years ago on a bimble from Cwm Ystwyth. Proximity to home meant there were always other places to go though, until today. Up from the cattle grid to the South, and rounded the Eastern side of Llyn Fyrddon Fach before gaining summit, and back via trig. Wild Wales at its best.huwthomas26/10/2014
There are lots of good walks between Claerwen and Strata Florida. For its Marilyn we parked just after the tarmac ends, at Rhos Waun-lloi, went over Trawsallt, direct(ish) to the quartz cairn, then the trig pt, and N of Disgwlfa pt 525 then returned along the attractive Blaen Marchnant. A great ramble on this fine day but not advised in cloud. This little, wild bit of Cen Wales remains mercifully free of windfarms and should be recognised as special.pwheeler04/05/2014
Staying at Claerddu for the night. Came up to see the trig, but made sure that I also visited the Marilyn summit.Alex C11/09/2012
Visited after reaching TP. Parked and walked from south by cattle grid.Dusty28/04/2012
From the cattle grid to the south. 1.6miles each way. Interesting quartz-topped cairn and 360 views.clivevilla11/03/2012
Almost but not quite!! Reached trig but thick mist down and thought it was the top. Will have to revisit to claim it properly. What a bummer! ***Reached proper quartz-topped summit in good weather on 18/06/2012***signyred18/07/2010
From nr cattle grid to S. Mostly good going to trig in enclosure. Summit is 550m further, cairn capped with white quartz stones - guarded by a wheatear. If you like wide open spaces, this is the place to be!Aye Jimmy19/04/2010
Parked near cattle grid then easy bag from a southernly direction across frozen ground in a very bright cool sunny morning.Dugswell207/03/2010
From Cwmystwyth via Domen Milwyn, trying to pick the least boggy line along the Llethr Tirion. Bog part frozen & several large patches of snow in places. Returned via Bryn Dafydd.Smudge24/01/2010
Left car at 767690 at end of rough road. Walked along track over ridge to farm then steeply up next ridge to faint track. Crossed bog to summit ridge & trig pt, then NW to 2-tone cairn at summit. Good view. Talk with farmer by farm on way back. Car 15:45 dbb10/10/2009
From South. Little boggy ground as been so dry.destaylor11/05/2009
Walked up along Esgair Embor along very good tracks.Rob Pen y Garn29/03/2009
What a wild place - very misty on the day we decided to climb this hill. Followed a stream up from the road end. This went to a high point and after about an hour of wandering over various tops and hillocks (I am sure we did some of them several times) we found the trig point. We certainly must have hit the highpoint in our rambling. A compass bearing was taken back to the road.ChinnockC26/10/2008
With Da192102/06/2007
The low cloud and rain meant it was a little tricky nagigating between the trig point wind shelter and the stone pillar topped with white quartz stone on this summit.Father Ted12/05/2007
Out and back to the Claerddu bothy.Eddie09/01/2007