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Name:Yr Aran
Hill number:1997
Height:747.2m / 2451ft
RHB Section:30B: Snowdonia
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Snowdon
County/UA:Gwynedd (CoU)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Buxton & Lewis, Bridge, Clem, Trail 100
Grid ref:SH 60440 51531
Summit feature:rock by cairn
Col:512m  SH605521  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 115
(1:25k) OL17W
Observations:small knoll 25m NE is at least 0.5m lower
Survey:Leica NA730/Leica 530
Survey of Craig Wen.pdf
Comments:Added to Trail 100 list Jan 2020
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 583 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
from Craig WenIWC01/12/2019
Via the Watkin path for Snowdon from Nantgwynant/Bethania car park. With a small group from Hiking Manchester. Varied day, with some mist, but also some great views.Lazylizzie03/11/2019
With Dave Wragg in round from Rhyd Ddu inc Snowdon, in improving weather, no rain. Rounsfell31/08/2019
From Nantgwynant via Watkin's Path. Onwards to Snowdon summit. Descend from Snowdon via south ridge and climbed to summit of Yr Aran. Return via path making a descending traverse north of the east ridge, pausing to look at disused mine workings (marked) from which old mining tramways were used to return to the valley bottom and return to the starting point. With Mike Raffe.raffemeister28/08/2019
Followed Nuttall route 3.3 very pleasant walkJulieB17/08/2019
Round of Yr Aran, Snowdon and Y Lliwedd from Bethania CP. East ridge, then back down east ridge as far as stone wall before left turn towards Snowdon.Topographer5701/08/2019
Snowdon via Watkin path with Mike Wilkinson, Vanessa & Daniel Howells (WBMC)JtwoUD23/04/2019
Traverse over Crib Goch down to Rhyd DduN.Morters09/04/2019
Route: Rhyd Ddu Bwlch Cwm Llan Yr Aran Craig Wen Rhyd Ddu. Stats: 3hrs51, 12.16km, 647.5m ascent. Weather: cold & extremely windy (55mph), but clear skies. Notes: snow/ice on ground (up to waist-deep in places); lost hat after wind blew it over the edge during ascent; original aim of Snowdon abandoned due to winds (although BJ summited).millionmts05/04/2019
From Rhyd Ddu CP (£6.00) - visited Y Aran first, then back to CP & on to Mynydd Mawr. Y Aran is an excellent hill with a really good mountain path from the bwlch.ger28/03/2019
CMC walkgreenways23/02/2019
Repeat visit (also March 2008) with M & X. Dropped off at Bethania by Mrs Anchovy, up the Watkins Path to Plas Cwm-llan, left up to mine workings and then up on to ridge and then summit. Basked in surprisingly warm sunshine on the top. Then on to Craig Wen before descending to a pub in Beddgelert where we met up again with Mrs A. Just over 10 km.Herbert Anchovy30/10/2018
From car park at Rhyd Ddu station £2-50 up Snowdon path. Went over first stile at the quarry & headed up the hill. Would have been better to have continued & gone up the path beside a dry stone wall.rogreeves19/10/2018
From Watkins PathDan Baddeley03/10/2018
From Rhyd-Ddu. Snowdon path then East to Bwlch Cwm Lan. Steeply South on a bit of a path to the ridge and on to the summit. Good weather. Val was with me as far as Bwlch Cwm Lan then waited while I went on to the summit.mike.hoult29/08/2018
As part of the RCSL Snowdonia Challenge.matthewgibbs08/06/2018
Start Beddgelert up the Watkins Path to Snowdon then to Yr Aran, return via Craig Wen to Beddgelert, 17 miles.stephenbuda14/05/2018
Dropped off at Betnania Cwn Llan path, a wander over and picked up at Rhyd-Ddu. Claggy on top, nice afternoon. With Tim747Shutterlag19/04/2018
#640 With shutterlagtim74719/04/2018
Route: Rhyd Ddu - Yr Aran - Rhyd Ddu. Approx. Stats: 3hrs, 8km, 556m ascent. Weather: very windy, with alternating sun & rain. Notes: slipped when climbing slate on ascent and cut finger; very nice climb onto top.millionmts05/11/2017
Climbed during ML assessment expedition on evening before first camp. Weather mostly good, some patchy mist. Climbed via east ridge. Descended to camp in Cwm Tregalan afterwards.jamessteel10025/10/2017
Wonderful walk up from Watkin Path then on to Snowdon via south ridge and down via WatkinMark Sims05/10/2017
ML assessmentMatt Smith20/09/2017
From Nant Peris. Yr Aran, Craig Wen and Snowdon via the South Ridge.Alunrees3309/08/2017
Whilst staying at H F Guest House, Craflwyn Hall, near Beddgelert. Solo. After ascending Snowdon I descended the SW ridge (Bwlch Main) passing several people going up but far, far fewer than were going up from Pen-y-Pass. I went over a minor top before descending the S ridge to reach Bwlch Cwm Llan. There were only a few people here. I scrambled up to the top of Yr Aran. A couple were also making the ascent of Yr Aran, the only people I saw on this hill. I continued to Craig Wen, descending to Craflwyn Hall.pwbellarby13/05/2017
Bob & DukeDukeNukem24/04/2017
Overcast, breezy, cloud base 2200'. Via Watkin path, then left fork and up the grass to ridge. Return via ridge and disused incline. 2.5 hours.Wycombe Wanderer03/04/2017
On a glorious blue sky day ascended Snowdon by the south ridge via the summit of Yr Aran. Descended along the Watkin Path.knarf25/03/2017
with RobLouieb7813/01/2017
with the WFP group.lkfwms02/10/2016
Tagged on to Dinas Emrys and Dinas Hill to make for a more rewarding outing.Twice Shy06/08/2016
Took train to Snowdon summit, then walked down to col and up to Yr Aran. After descended into valley and went up y Lliwedd. Very hot day.IanHHill19/07/2016
Solo, from Nantgwynant. On round with Snowdon and Y Lliwedd.amswanston17/07/2016
With Minnie, from Nantgwynant up watkin path to new hydro wier thing, left up toward 524 spot, follow wall up East ridge to Yr Aran trigless top down West ridge to col & high point on Craig Wen, North then NE to Bwlch Cwm Llan, down Cwm Llan/Watkin to start, cloudy & some sunshine.apricorum27/06/2016
From Nantgwynant (SH 62804 50712). Followed Watkin Path as far as SH 62124 52000 then direct ascent of Yr Aran, mostly clear path, at first along disused level. Descended to Bwlch Cwm Llan via SW spur then up and down Snowdon via the South Ridge. Re-joined Watkin Path back to start.david23020115/05/2016
From car park in Rhyd-ddu. A superb hill, great fun and nice and quiet compared to Snowdon, its neighbour.Cas-gwent05/05/2016
Climbed while on team building week with work at Blue Peris.JasmineS07/04/2016
747mThe Grouse30/03/2016
Windy, very light dusting of snow. From Rhydd Ddu.Hammy30/01/2016
Late afternoon foray. Up and down in a couple of hours. Straightforward and easy going.jenx29/12/2015
Went up to 500m to meet Jen coming down at dusk after bagging her final Snowdonian Marilyn. Easy walking compared to this morning.nordicstar29/12/2015
Yr aran and Y Lliwedd from NantgwynantOwain G27/12/2015
Direct climb from Nantgwynant with Lindsay and Steve. Cold day with a damp start but drier as climb progressed.knarf22/11/2015
With Steve and Frank from Nantgwynant with snow on the tops.Lou21/11/2015
Paddy Buckley ReccieDinoF01/11/2015
Ascent from Nant GwynantAJones16/10/2015
From Snowdon via south ridge, hundreds on Snowdon Just me on Y Aran followed wall and old fence line, decent to watkin by east wall keep east to old incline house and back to watkin pathunderhill26/09/2015
With Mrs G on a variation on Nuttall's 3.3 walk with a couple of added hills - Craig Wen and Dinas Hill. Some rough and steep ground, especially descent of Yr Aran's southern flank to make Dinas Hill.jonglew16/09/2015