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Name:Aran Fawddwy
Hill number:2083
Height:905m / 2969ft
RHB Section:30E: Bala to Welshpool
Nuttall/Wainwright area:The Arans
County/UA:Gwynedd (CoU)
County (CoH):Merionethshire [Meirionnydd] (CoH)
Catchment:Dovey, Catchment Boundaries, Mawddach
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Historic County Top, Buxton & Lewis, Bridge, Clem, Trail 100
Grid ref:SH 86272 22387
Summit feature:trig point
Col:235m  SH850267  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 124 125
(1:25k) OL23E
Survey:obvious summit
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill
  • Merionethshire [Meirionnydd] historic county top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 648 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Just me and cloud. Took a quick picture than retraced steps so could head to marilyn to the east. Company: Soloiandesbottes15/03/2020
Morning run with Rufus, 3.5 hours along ridge and back from Llanuwchllyn with a great cloud inversion about 4-500m. Garth Fawr, Pen-Aran, Aran Benllyn, Erw y Ddafad-Ddu, Aran Fawddwy.jacobrichmond23/01/2020
Used the Hengwm route from Cwm Cywarch. Snow above 2500'Rob Rees19/01/2020
With CUHWC friends: Bryn Hafod - Drysgol - Aran Fawddwy - Glasgwm - Y Gribin - Bryn Hafod. Quite a lot of snow.Mark Jackson09/11/2019
OUR HILL 2000! 3/7. As per Nuttall book. Pen yr allt Uchaf. Gwaun Lydan. Aran Fawddwy. Erw y Ddafad-ddu. Aran Benllyn. Gwaun y Llwyni and finally Waun Camddwr the ex Nuttall. Great walk loved waterfalls on descent. Misty but mild.nickywood125/09/2019
Garth Fawr, Pen-aran, Aran Benllyn, Erw y Ddafad-ddu, Aran Fawddwy, Foel Hafod-fynyddkeithouk15/09/2019
Llanuwchllyn > north ridge > Aran Benllyn > Erw y Ddafad-ddu > Aran Fawddwy (and back).Winterfloodian13/09/2019
Solo walk. From the carpark at the SE end of Llanuwchllyn. Ascended the north ridge of Aran Fawddwy. Deviated to take in Garth Fach and Garth Fawr. Went to the summits of Pen-aran, Aran Benllyn and Erw y Ddafad-ddu on way up. Back same way but not going to summits of various tops. Mostly dry but rain towards the end.pwbellarby20/08/2019
Traverse of the Aran ridge with my son. Starting from Llanuwchllyn around 1pm and ascending ridge line to Aran Benllyn (885m), Erw y Ddafad-ddu (872m), Aran Fawddwy (905m), Gwaun Y Llwyni (685m) before camping for the night near a stream. Modest winds and cloud around summits. Distance 11.2Km, ascent ~1000m. Day 2 spent mostly in cloud. Ascent of Waun Camddwr (621m), Glasgwm (780m), Pen y Brynfforchorg (685m), and descent to Bwlch Oerddrws. Distance 7.7Km, ascent 373m. Hitch back to car.VirtualMountain26/07/2019
From the car park at the top of the valley north of Dinas Mawddwy. Though farm, up gorge and along ridge.iangalbraith25/07/2019
Challenging but extremely enjoyable walk up from Llanymawddwy. Fantastic waterfall that would look spectacular in full speight. Stunning 360 views once on the ridgeline.Eliza10010/07/2019
Objective of the day done - as we had to get home for school in the morning we left Aran Benllyn for another day. Long descent via the Llaethnant valley.DanMaisieBex23/06/2019
Waun Goch > Drysgol > Drws Bach > Aran Fawddwy South West Top > Cefn Glas > Waun Camddwr East Top > Waun Camddwr from GR: SH 85251 18847ronaldo33325/05/2019
Waun Goch > Drysgol > Drws Bach > Aran Fawddwy South West Top > Cefn Glas > Waun Camddwr East Top > Waun Camddwr from GR: SH 85251 18847Hippster25/05/2019
From the car park at the top of the valley north of Dinas Mawddwy. Steeply up towards Glasgwm but we didnt bother with that so turned right at the top. Continued back via Drysgot and Waun Goch. Generally dry underfoot today but clearly could easily be quite soggy when the boards alongside the fence would be essential.Newton Maximus23/05/2019
10 mile walk from Cwm Croes, up Tir Gofal path from Nant-Y-Llyn farm to Llyn Lliwbran then climbed NW steeply onto the ridge, followed ridge onto Aran Benllyn, Erw Y Ddafad-Ddu and Aran Fawddwy (all bagged previously in 2011) then retraced steps to Erw Y Ddafad-Ddu and descended to Creiglyn Dyfi tarn, up easily onto Foel Hafod-Fynydd then diagonally onto Llechwedd Du, along ridge to Esgeiriau Gwynion, descended to Llechwedd Llyfn, then steep descent back to car in Cwm Croes, perfect sunny/breezy weather, good dry terrain, views from west Coast including the whole of Cardigan Bay to Shropshire. Saw 2 people all day. Later that day drove up to Bwlch Y Groes pass and bagged Foel Y Groes and Moel Y Cerrig Duon, great day.DanTrig15/05/2019
Long walk from Cwm Cywarch around Glasgwm, Waun Camddwr, Aran Fawddwy and Drysgol with Sue and Shelley. Just over 10 miles, 7 hours walking and 1300m of ascent. Didn't see another person all day, amazing day out. Ridiculously windy, positively dangerous on some exposed parts of Glasgwm and Aran Fawddwy. Great to return to the scene of the first date between Sue and I (16 years ago). View stupendous, as always.Cangarwbach13/04/2019
Over Esgeiriau Gwynion up the central ridge. Fine sunny day but a long way back to Bwlch y GroesN.Morters11/04/2019
up and down the ridge from edge of Bala Lake in horrible weatherjmistry8612/01/2019
During a long weekend in Wales with J, Shaky & Smithy on a sunny but cold day. After bagging Glasgwm on a filthy day a few months earlier, this was a return bout on the Arans. Parked in the car park at the end of the road at Cwm Cywarch & followed RoW through the farm & up the steep cwm. Cut off the corner at the top heading due N to meet the fence & the quite boggy path which improves as it gains height. Great views W along the way & then from summit. Descended SE then E over narrowing ridge to Drysgol with great views again. Gradually dropped into the cwm via the path & back to the farm va the RoW. This is the best way to do the circuit of the cwm. A cracking walk & well worth the Trail 100 listing!NotReallyABagger30/09/2018
Accent from PandyDargydoof26/07/2018
Started ascent the classical way from village of LLanuwchllyn. Evening mix of showers and sun. Camped at cloud level just under Moel Ffennig at around 550m. Next morning clear except for massif of Aran Fawddwy itself. Back down in cloud following the fence to just below Glasgwm and thence on to Dollgellau on paths and minor roads.peter17/07/2018
soloAimless Rambler21/06/2018
Cywarch Car Park > Pen yr Allt Uchaf > Aran Fawddwy > Gwaun y Llwyn > Waun Camddwr > Glasgwm > Cywarch Car Park.Winterfloodian19/05/2018
Round of AF and Glasgwm from Cywarch with Mark T.Topographer5707/05/2018
From the car park in Cwm Cywarch via Drysgol and Drws Bach to the summit. Onwards to Waun Camddwr. With JdF.Man of Kernow107/05/2018
Climbed on Stuarts Trans Cambrian TrekBannor12/04/2018
With E. From Llanuwchllyn up ridge footpath via Garth Fawr, Moel Ddu, Moel Ffenigl and Llyn Pen Aran to summit trig point. Beautiful day with excellent views in all directions. Snow drifts at higher levels and small ponds still frozen solid. Raven patrolling the summit watching for any crumbs from our lunch!Beeliner26/03/2018
Up from Cwm Cywarch to Glasgwm, heading on to Aran Ridge to take in Gwaun y Llyni, Aran Fawddwy, Erw Ddafad-Ddu and Aran Benllyn, east to Foel Hafod Fynnydd, due south to Pen yr Allt Uchaf.andrew.morel17/02/2018
With MikeB, MerielC & CathyB. From Llanuwchllyn. masmith25/11/2017
A massive six hour,ten mile county top walk from the free car park in Llanuwchllyn. Second visit was a 18 mile walk with 5500ft of accent combining the Arran Ridge and Southern Arrans following nuttalls route.Pen y Allt Uchaf, Gwaun Lydan, Aran Fawddwy, Wrw y Ddafad-ddu, Aran Benllyn, Gwaun y Llwyni, Waun camddwr, Glasgwm and Pen y Bryn-fforchog.The woodland beneath the last top has been completely felled and so the return route Nuttall suggests is really difficult.From the free car park at the end of the minor road in Cwm Cywarch three miles north of Dinas MawddwyWAYNE ROWLETT26/08/2017
The ridge path from Llanuwchllyn, straight into cloud, not easy.bardolph16/08/2017
From Llanuwchllyn. Very peaceful, and boggy!JamesD197215/08/2017
Walked in from LLanuwchlln along the ridge lovely hill it a shame its not 10 meters high.Nozzer02/05/2017
A note about trig point etiquette. Don't hang around standing on the base of the trig point trying to get a signal, checking your answer phone messages and making calls before hanging around even longer to take selfies when there are people around clearly waiting for a brief moment on the trig point who have been waiting longer than you. Very poor!tumpawumpa17/04/2017
With Jasmine. Up via Cwm Cywarch, down via Drysgol.jonesthesteam11/03/2017
From Cwm Cywarch very cold on top -12c and summit obscuredrobgarbett32904/12/2016
With Smivvy and Ted.zaul_uk13/11/2016
From Cwm Cywarch car park SH 852 188 Via Drysgol then onto Erw y Ddafad-ddu & Aran Benllyn then return by same route.Westdenewalker12/10/2016
Third time lucky due to the weather.An ascent from Llanuwchllyn on a bright day with Frank, Pen Aran, Aran Benllyn, Erw y Ddafad-ddu and a second ascent of Aran Fawddwy.Lou10/10/2016
From Llanuwchllyn with Lindsay. Aran Fawddwy walk including in addition Pen-aran, Aran Benllyn and Erw y Ddafad.knarf10/10/2016
With G. Nuttalls' route from Cywarch > Pen yr Allt Uchaf > Gwaun Lydan > Drysgol > Drws Bach > Aran Fawddwy > Erw y Ddafad-ddu > Aran Benllyn > Gwaun y LLwyni > Waun Camddwr > CywarchRT197016/08/2016
Afternoon walk up from Llanuwchllyn and camped just below the summit. A mild, clear night with a light breeze to keep the midges at bay - perfect conditions. Quite a mountain this one, such height and relative isolation along with steep rocky slopes, it's one to savour and long for again. The views, from Shropshire to Llyn to Brecon, were also outstanding. Let the masses have Snowdon, let us have Fawddwy.Jake99415/08/2016
From Llanuwchllyn. Pen-aran, Aran Benllyn, Erw Y Ddafad-Ddu, Aran Fawddwy, Gwaun Lydan, Foel Hafodd-Fynydd, Esgeiriau Gwynion, Llechwedd Du, Foel Rhudd and Llechwedd Llyfn.Alunrees3321/07/2016
A recce on circuit of Cym Cywarch for a final Marilyn. Looks a good top, nice approach from the CP at head of southern vally past Glasgym and Sims to top. Fine stone trig. Mists cleared as we approached. Wales now complete.nordicstar12/07/2016
A nice walk round from the head of the valley.jenx12/07/2016
Climbed from Llanuwchllyn to Aran Fawddwy along ridge path, returning by same route and bagging Pen-Aran, Aran Benllyn and Erw y Ddafad-ddu along the way (5.5 hours). Superb cloudless warm late Spring day. Dry underfoot, though path looks like it could be boggy at times. Views stretching from Carneddau to Brecon Beacons, and from Lleyn Peninsula to the Shropshire Hills. Superb rugged mountain ridge - similar to Cader Idris minus the crowds. Despite being a Bank Holiday, saw nobody until I reached summit of Aran Fawddwy at 1.15pm!jamessteel10030/05/2016
With Josh and Calebsimon and co25/03/2016
A slog, but worth it.mike.hartley25/03/2016
With university - foggy but clearing near summit.lerritt06/12/2015