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Name:Arenig Fach
Hill number:2063
Height:689m / 2260ft
Section:30D: Barmouth to Betws-y-Coed and Bala
Area:The Arenigs
County/UA:Gwynedd (CoU)
Catchment:Dee (Flint)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Buxton & Lewis, Bridge, Trail 100
(Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim,Hew,N,BL,Bg,T100)
Grid ref:SH 82030 41596
Summit feature:boulder 5m SW of trig point
Drop:294m
Col:395m  SH785387  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 124 125
(1:25k) OL18E
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 304 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
CP at the junction of A4212/B4391, walk 200 metres to an access gate, it's not that bad but beware the boulder fields, lots of hidden gaps.bardolph27/09/2017
As part of Nuttall walk 6.2, with Penda. 6.5 hours, a punishing flog through deep heather up, and through bogs down. Great views from top however. Exhausting! Didn't appreciate the farmer who put barbed wire at the bottom of the fence I followed down, just the right place to snag my gaiters and scrape the dog. Idiot!beorwulf08/07/2017
From the A4212 lay-by near the Nant yr Helfa. A bruising little route through heather and whortleberry overlaying rocks, largely following the fence above Llyn Arenig Fach. Superb views onto that hidden lake and across southern Snowdonia compensated.Nick Down109/06/2017
Parked car at junction of B4391 and A4212 and took the lane and footpath to GR826400. Took the signposted 'Tir gofal' route but it's quite difficult to follow, especially once you're through the wall and into the heather/billberry. Very windy on top. Took the fence South East, also slow going until you turn East and follow the old fence posts. Took the footpath/lane back to the car.tsharp06/06/2017
444th (soon to be 445th) final English & Welsh Nuttall. Joined by 12 other friends/family and hill bagging buddies in strong NE winds, cloud and the first snow of the year. Thank you everyone for taking the trouble and time to enjoy chocolate biscuit cake on the summit, then whiskey and cake in the car park in what where less than ideal conditions.SteveSmith06/11/2016
Steve Smith's 445th and final Nuttall. thirteen of us braving the slush laden north wind. Not nice place too be for a November Sunday lunchtime. but good company, quick celebration and drinks and cake kept till back in the calm at the cars in the lay by.vegibagger06/11/2016
With Steve and hill-bagging buddies on his final E/W Nuttall.GinaSmith06/11/2016
On Steve Smith's Nuttall completion party. From parking area W side Llyn Celyn. High winds with much sleety snow.jonglew06/11/2016
My first Nuttall and Steve Smith's final one! A great experience to join Steve on his 444th and final nuttall. I hope you had better weather for the other 443! The route was tricky as we had to negotiate a tricky pathway following a fence. There were vey strong winds and snow/hale, so much so that we had to celebrate Steve's mile stone at ground level. A very memorable and enjoyable day which will be remembered for a long time.Simon110006/11/2016
I can gauge how frequented a hill is by how terrified the sheep are. On Arenig Fawr earlier, they reluctantly stopped eating for a few seconds as I passed; here they fled when I was 200 yards away. From road junction to south. Toiled straight up through deep, energy sapping heather in the heat. The terrain would give most of Scotland a run for its money. Found a path on descent that terminated abruptly near y Foel and had an even longer hack back. 1 hour 45 mins.Wycombe Wanderer15/09/2016
From the layby. As David Gradwell says below,it's just you and the heather. Arenig Fach gave me a good harvest of bilberries and OK views but it's charms eluded me. Definitely one to avoid.David Bell07/09/2016
Parked in layby to SE as others at SH 82981 40018. Walked west c300m along broad grassy road verge to start of permissive path at SH 82613 39998. The path isn't shown on usual OS maps but is shown on OSM Cycle and OSM Land maps that can be viewed on the excellent Wheresthepath website. (http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm) The path is clearly way-posted to gate/stile at SH 82344 40343 then its just you and the heather!David Gradwell22/08/2016
Walked up from the layby, through gates and over wall before steep heather slope before a more gentle amble to trig and summit.Dugswell205/04/2016
As per Nordicstar. Gate in Lay-by is at 82980 40011, Stile is at 82019 40311, where the top boundary wall drops in heigh and is topped with a fence.tim74723/02/2016
Very wet and windynicolajane02/12/2015
Very windy and wet. Most direct route from the main road. Mostly ok apart from some deep heather on the steep ascent.jenx12/11/2015
With Jenx from good layby on main road GR828400. Through gate and another to open fell. Across a wall using stones set in it for crossing and steep heather over rim of hill to minor top at 600m. Then easy lines across the moor through mist to summit. Very wet and windy for added fun.nordicstar12/11/2015
Parked at car park south-west of hill, walked up B road to gate, took gates and gaps through fields and through an old sheepfold to gain the open moor, struggled through heather up the west side until reaching the great summit, great views, returned the same way, hard work to climb but well worth a visit, it isn't that bad, don't let the heather and the reviews put you off!DanTrig17/07/2015
Did the full Nuttalls walk. A tough ascent through the heather etc. Recommend you follow fences to reach the top of Arenig Fach. Might be longer but I think it will be easier than what I did!!!johnjennison28/05/2015
Nuttall walk 6.2: Foel-boeth - Carnedd y Filiast S top - Waun Ganedd-y-Filiast - Carnedd y Filiast - Carnedd Llechwedd-Llyfn NE top - Carnedd Llechwedd-Llyfn - Lechwedd-Llyfn - Arenig Fach. Agree with other comments this is not a good walk.ronaldo33325/05/2015
On own. Straight up and down using permissive path from 827,400. Intermittent vague path beyond fell wall. 2 hours total.Crib Goch19/04/2015
with Ann-Cha and the boys. from main road up permissive path to stile and onto the ffridd / open access land. We followed the wall westwards and walked parallel to the brooks in a NE direction to gain the saddle on the ridge. This avoids the worst of the heather and tumpy grass! There's a quad track worth following which leads towards the summit. SOTA activation and fabulous clear views of all the mountains of EryriM0YDH04/04/2015
No fun at all walking over from Carnedd Llechwedd-llyfn. Wet, wet and more wet and no view from the summit.simocity25/01/2015
Walk with Simocity taking in Carnedd y Filiast, Waun Garnedd-y-Filiast, Carnedd Llechwedd-llyfn, Arenig Fach.jim_aramis25/01/2015
walked from Rhyd y Fen. Misty on topDewi Prysor28/11/2014
From Road adrianturner16/11/2014
From Road. Done in mist so no view. Lakesgirl16/11/2014
CHAOS Club meet..Neil, Andy, Steve and guest Frank..Nuttalls walk 6.2 on a hot clear day..too much walking knee deep in heather at the end!Lou08/08/2014
Easy walk from the lake.denisB5203/05/2014
River crossing from Carnedd y Filiast - Improving weather to summit. With Alan HClachaig07/04/2014
Direct from Mochowgryn. The ground was a lot firmer than I'd been led to believe, possibly due to the frost.JohnStoneham24/03/2014
My last Arenig! Made my way up from Cae Garnedd layby through mist and thick frost. Magic!! Amazing patterns of frost on the stones and the ferns.ruthatlast30/01/2014
with PhoebeTeasyChris03/09/2013
Probably the worst ascent of a Welsh Nuttall. Heather, rocks and no path. Hard going. Nothing like Nuttall says.bolton13/08/2013
HOT, SUNNY DAY AT BALA CAMPSITE. FOLLOWED NUTTALLS WALK 6.2 ALONG EXCELLENT TRACK TO WAUN CARNEDD-Y-FILIAST, THEN EASY WALK ALONG RIDGE TO CARNEDD-Y-FILIAST AND CARNEDD LLECHWEDD-LLYFN. JOYCE WENT DOWN TO THE ROAD FROM THE COL WHILE I DID ARENIG FACH. HAD TO WADE STREAM, THEN EXTREMELY ROUGH GOING UP INCREASINGLY STEEP HEATHER AND DOWN STEEP FENCE TO MAIN ROAD. WOULN'T RECOMMEND EITHER ROUTE.BURGESS03/08/2013
Notable for being my 100th Marilyn (excluding a couple more in Ireland).Alex C11/06/2013
Nuttall walk. Was easy going until the final ascent, and then slogging up through heather with very intermittent sheep tracks.Ruth05/05/2013
With smithy working w/e super views, heather bash from junctiongeoffreybbb18/11/2012
a horrible bog trot and heather bashing to get to the top and in the mist i had no view either!emily02/09/2012
Not much of a path going up this hill, followed fenceline. On the summit is a shelter stone & trigpoint.Views pretty good with rolling cloud on the top.Completed with Aly & Mutts, Only 4 miles walk.Mc Tango31/03/2012
As Nuttall walk 6.2. A rough and enjoyable hill.mindlessflogger18/03/2012
Layby on A4212 next to Memorial Chapel E alongside main road for 1km Track through forest Ford Nant y Coed Up to col Waun Carnedd-y-filiast Back to col Carnedd y Filiast Carnedd Llechwedd-llyfn Arenig Fach E. & then SE down by side of fence Cross stile & then E to join A4212 before the bend Back along main road to layby. (JL)gerrybowes06/03/2012
Followed track from A4212 to summit of Carnedd y Filiast then followed fence west across moorland to Afon Celyn. SWbS to base of Arenig Fach, followed fence up along to cliffs then onto summit. Back by following the ridge S Llyn Arenig Fach to A4212.AndyB27/11/2011
By the Nuttalls' recommended route. There are more fences than are shown on the 1:25000 map.davidpettit8431/07/2011
Final peak, from CyF. Strongly recommend ignoring the Nuttalls' suggestion to follow left branch of Trinant - leads nowhere, and had 20 min battle through heather to recover. Stick to right branch or fence. The hill seems devoid of paths!huwthomas30/12/2010
nightmare hill to approach. thick heather everywhere and vanishing pathslittlemisslakes26/03/2010
With TonyStuart Hyde06/03/2010
Not real date - no log kept. Waun Garnedd-y-filiast, Carnedd y Filiast, Carnedd Llechwedd-llyfn, then a very long, arduous (especially in today's mist) trudge through heather and squelch culminating in exceptionally steep climb to Arenig Fachijpowell10/07/2009
A lovely sunny day for December. Parked at 84504035 Started at the footpath at 82154018 We made a Bee line for the ridge between Y Foel & Arenig Fach once on the ridge we made a direct ascent to the summit. Due to frozen ground the going wasn't too badSteveClay28/12/2008
From nearest point on Rd to SSE (12:40), through fields to gate onto deep heather. Skirted to W to avoid and to top from SSW. Large shelter, trig point, fair views. Down more directly over Y Foel back to gate. dbb06/12/2008