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Name:Y Garn
Hill number:2073
Height:629m / 2064ft
RHB Section:30D: Barmouth to Betws-y-Coed and Bala
Nuttall/Wainwright area:The Rhinogs
County/UA:Gwynedd (CoU)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Buxton & Lewis, Bridge, Clem
Grid ref:SH 70276 23030
Summit feature:cairn
Col:314m  SH680242  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 124
(1:25k) OL18W
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  • Height given as 620m in Nuttalls book

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Hotel closed down today. One last blast before an uncertain future. Parked on minor road in Cwm Mynnach (near Ty-n-y-coed) - Road then forestry track up east side of the Cwm to beyond Blean-cwm-Mynnach. Followed footpath through cleared forestry (old homestead uncovered) to open mountain beyond. We then meander ever upwards through the Rhinog landscape to Craig -Y-Merched with its lake then the summit of Y Garn - (found OS rivet on detached block of concrete - buried in summit cairn for safe keeping) - a few other walkers we wave distantly to each other as we pass - descent via Foel Ddu - Moel Feol Isaf - New Precipice the road back down in the valley to the car - home and who knows what next.briandavies22/03/2020
From Ty’n-Y-Groes Hotel. Up the road into forest and to old mine workings, following the track along the line of mines with very apt gold topped poles. Then in thick mist used the path along walls to open ground and summit. Limited breaks with views in mist.N.Morters24/01/2020
Ty'n y Groes Hotel - Y Garn via gold mine - Cesailgwm - Penmaenpool - Dol Gledr - Craig y Castell - Craig y Castell (Marilyn) - Bryn-y-gwin - Dolgellau.Mark Jackson28/08/2019
From SE starting at road end near Blaen y cwm, narrow and steep road but parking OK. Permissive track passes above Tyn Lwyn then continues west to gate before turning north up to the south ridge. There is a well built wall along the ridge, stay on east side as far as stile at 473m then west side as far as last stile at 584m. Nice pointed summit with sea views west and full view of Cadair Idris above Dolgellau to south.Topographer5726/08/2019
From Ganllwyd via 7138824200. A helpful farmer showed me the metal gate and path which lead up to a hole in the wall at 7111924106. Then following a wall up, and a wall to cross before the summit. Rather hot today.NormanW15/07/2019
from Ganllwyd via Gold mine and NE ridge.IanHHill29/05/2019
The start and path are easy to find but watch for the path through the wood. There are faint sheep tracks to follow but aim for the wall and you will follow a path up on it's right hand cross the stile and make for the summit marked by an upright stone. We followed the route as per book back to the start. It is steep in parts but easily navigatedAristotle Chip27/05/2019
From Ganllwyd car park via National Trust paths, Cefn Coch gold mines and eastern flank.Winterfloodian31/03/2019
Ascent of Yr Garn from Ganllwyd to complete ascent of all the Rhinogs.knarf15/11/2018
Visibility poor. Overshot where I should have been following the wall parallel to the crags and hence had to climb over a couple of walls. Met farmer who pointed me in the right direction after I assured him I hadn't damaged his wall.Longwojo17/10/2018
From NT CP at Ganllwyd. SW following blue then green route to old mine - (possibly best to pass mine building on a grassy track) more or less following Nuttall's route. Nice hill with good summit views.ger29/09/2018
From the Cefn Coch gold mines. Go initially south, pass tidy house, stay on the miners track which loops north along ridge. You pas two mine entrances and 3 opening gates and a ladder style. No walls or gates need to be cloned if you go the right way. Impressive 360 views including Snowden and Berwyns on a sunny and clear day. NNick Caunt22/06/2018
First of 3 with MegHarrismiles 10/06/2018
Followed the Nuttall's route with Xander. Walls not too bad - there were normally handily placed holes or, if not, they could be climbed quite easily. Took five hours in total which wasn't bad at 8 year old pace and including about 1.5 hours of stoppages for lunch and snacks.Herbert Anchovy30/05/2018
Looks like damaged Platform Bolt (OS) under cairn. One witness rivet survives.Dusty11/05/2018
From Cwm yr Wnin above Llanelltyd, parked below Blaen-y-Cwm. Up the track to Ty'n y Llwyn which continues up to the S ridge with gates and/or stiles at all the wall crossings. The last stile towards the top of the hill is easy to miss. A pleasant walk, and wonderful views of the Rhinogs, Cadair and Snowdon from the top. Basking in the sun admiring it all for at least 20 minutes.Gill20/04/2018
A difficult walk in poor conditionsS4m49812/12/2017
3/4 (Mynydd Ceiswyn/Waun-Oer/Y Garn/Uwch Mynydd)Fergalh05/11/2017
Start from Tin Church GanllwydPeteEdwards02/09/2017
Mad dash off here via Bryniau Glo to catch the bus from near Ganllwyd. Don't know how I managed it, but did so with just a couple of minutes to spare.Twice Shy01/09/2017
#629 From Ganllwyd via Blue & Green walks to the gold mines then onto open hill. Walls not a problem, first is 'stepoverable', second has a hole at 71263 22876, and the third has a step style at 70969 23091.tim74709/06/2017
with GKatyT14/05/2017
With Katy. Sunny.George Thompson14/05/2017
With Val. Parked on lane that runs up Cwm yr Wnin. Walked to end of road at entrance to Blaen-y-Cwm. Took permissive path towards Ty'n-y-Llwyn then track onto ridge . An easy walk to summit along ridge with gates or stiles over walls. Very windy but clear with good viewsmike.hoult05/05/2017
Lovely Xmas walk with LynfaRob Pen y Garn27/12/2016
With Rob Nuttals route. Walls!Lynfa Penygarn27/12/2016
Sunny, windy day. Wet underfoot. Used Nuttall route, route up easy enough but following the route down complicated by lack of crossing points for the wall below the summit. Ended up retracing my steps, progress hampered by a heavy Labrador lacking in agility!robgarbett32926/12/2016
Tried getting thru forest to ascend via ridge, not a good idea, eventually retreated to go up past gold minegeoffreybbb30/11/2016
From Ganllwyd Village car park SH 727 244Westdenewalker08/10/2016
With G. Nuttalls' route from GanllwydRT197015/08/2016
Hit as part of a route from Trawsfynydd to Llanelltyd over Moel Ysgyfarnogo, Rhing Fawr, Rhing Fach, Y Llethyr, Diffwys and Y Garn. Two days, wild camped on east shore of Llyn Hywelandrew.morel28/07/2016
Part of Vegan ultra very foggyLykewake4218/06/2016
sort of Nuttalls route from Ganiwild but up their descent route. Hint Once out of the woods follow tracks to goldmines to SE. Much easier than thrashing through bracken, following burn. Lovely spacious summit.Thearlaichdubh18/09/2015
Nutall walk up getting late so back same way, walls at top now have barbed wire, watch boggy groundunderhill06/09/2015
Hideous weather. Via Nuttall route.Ruth27/07/2015
From Tyddyn Bach cottage. Track to woods and top of lane at GR. Old farm track and up field to corner of wall (fallen down). Direct up to top wall line and stile. Easy rigde / quad track most of way. After final stile filliw the line to summit. No bolt visible at cairn. Back more direct to farm in Eastward direction. With Jenx and Andy D, Paul R and Adrian.nordicstar28/06/2015
Nuttall walk 9.3: Y Garnronaldo33326/05/2015
From Llanelltyd, via a bit of the New Precipice Walk. Route and write-up at:
As per the Nuttall walk. No parking issues, stiles are well disguised.JohnStoneham10/11/2014
Nuttalls' route from Ganllwydjim pererin05/11/2014
From Ganllywd.lenman01/09/2014
Followed Nutall route. Good afternoon walk stayed dry. Good views although distant mountains lost in haze.axe.stephen30/05/2014
Ardurous ascent up from Ganllwyd but without complications.Alex C03/04/2014
WITH JON, ABOUT 3 HOURStallblond28/07/2013
CUHWC Dolgellau (Torrent Bunk Barn) Trip. Long solo linear walk from Cwm Nantcol - Rhinog Fach - Y Llethr - Diffwys - Diffwys W Top - Diffwys - Y Garn - Blaen-y-cwm - Llanelltyd - Dolgellau - Bunkhouse. T-shirt weather! An epic day. Y Garn ascent from the west can best be described as horrific.AGWilliamson02/03/2013
Nuttall's route up but, as previous poster had difficulty with their route down, just went back down the same way I'd gone up.clivevilla18/11/2012
start ganllwyd 727 243 no access problems good views just over 4 hoursGraham18/11/2012
NT car park in Ganllwyd on A470, 4m N of Dolgellau – Road & then path to Waterfall – Track/paths through woods to mines – Up W. slopes to the summit of Y Garn – Reverse. (JL,PM)gerrybowes14/11/2012