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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
(Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim,Hew,N,CoH,BL,Bg,Cm,T100,P600,P500)
Grid ref:SH 86272 22387
Summit feature:trig point
Drop:670m
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
Notes:
  • Merionethshire [Meirionnydd] historic county top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 604 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
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
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.marktrengove07/05/2018
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
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
Ascend along north side of Pen yr Allt Uchef and via Drws Bach ridge route. Descend to Waun Goch and Cwm Terwyn. RHBLand Rover18/09/2015
Glorious 12th. Our penultimate Welsh County Top - Aran Fawddwy, Merioneth. Remote and fantastic. Sat in the car waiting for the rain to stop - and then just went for it anyway. We did get drenched a couple of times, but the skies cleared and the climb was one of the best with amazing views in all directions - an incredible variety of landscape and scenery. Little known Aran Fawddwy is almost due west from Loughborough and is the highest point in Britain that far south. It is a stunning peak with a plunging 1000ft drop to Creiglyn Dyfi, the Irish Sea away in the distance and lots of the peaks that we have climbed during 2015 in view. The two walkers whom we met at the top were the only people we encountered for the whole 7.5 miles. A bit different from Snowdon.callumorr12/09/2015
with grant. aran ridgerkid8401/07/2015
ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY WITH GOOD VIEWS. FOLLOWED NUTTALLS WALK 8.1 UP THE STEEP GRASS ONTO PEN Y ALLT UCHAF, THEN EASILY OVER GWAUN LYDAN. A STIFF CLIMB ONTO ARAN FAWDDWY, THEN EASY RIDGE WALKING TO ERW Y DDAFAD DDU AND ARAN BENLLYN WITH GOOD VIEWS OVER BALA, RHINOGS AND ARENIGS. RETURNED AVOIDING SUMMITS TO DESCEND STEEPLY AND THEN OVER ROUGH GROUND TO GWAUN Y LLWYNI AND EASILY TO WAUN CAMDDWR. DECIDED TO TAG ON WALK 8.3 TO AVOID RE-ASCENT AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FINE WEATHER AND LONG JUNE DAYLIGHT. A VERY HARD CLIMB ONTO GLASGWM, THEN EASY RIDGE TO FINISH ON PEN Y BRYN FFORCHOG. HOWEVER, THE FOREST HAS BEEN FELLED AND IT WAS VERY TOUGH GOING TRYING TO FOLLOW THE PREVIOUS RIDES UNTIL THE EASY DESCENT OF THE ZIGZAG - 10.5 HOURS WALKING.BURGESS15/06/2015
Number one of four summits on this walk. Drizzle then sunny intervals, very windy. Aran Fawddwy (905m), Aran Benllyn (885m), Erw y Ddafad-ddu (872m) and Waun Camddwr (621m) from Cwm Cywarch. Distance = 18km. Average moving speed = 3.6km/h. Time moving = 5:03. Ascent = 1311m.paulnewby8105/06/2015
From small carpark at Cywarth with Phil and Hamish the spaniel. Started out sunny as climbed up between Glasgow and Creigiau Camddwr. Cold and windy as climbed to summit. Fantastic views. Descended via Drysgol and path on side of Pen yr Allt Uchaf.Saggers30/05/2015
With the Hopkins family. Ascent via Cwm Cywarch and up and down Glasgwm. Dry-ish traverse of Crib yr Aran up to summit for SOTA. Return via Drws bach and the descent / traverse of Hengwm back to Cwm Cywarch. Out for 9.5 hours including 2 radio activations. Tiring.M0YDH25/05/2015
Followed Nuttalls route plus Pen-Aran.rhalstead24/05/2015
Solo. Circuit of Arran Fawddwy from Cywarch.amswanston14/04/2015
From Cwm Cywarch (SH 85243 18855) - Aran Fawddwy - Gwaun y Llwyni. Ascent via Drysgol & Drws Bach. Steep, grassy descent from Gwaun y Llwyni down to farm track.david23020109/04/2015
From LLanuwchllyn followed ridge path - cold snowy and under the watchful eye of a observant Ravenbriandavies18/03/2015
Part of a very, very long, snowy, misty, windy, cold day Creigiau Dwyfron/Pen Yr Allt Isaf/Pen Yr Allt Uchaf/Waun Goch/Gwaun Lydan/Drysgol/Drws Bach/Aran Fawddwy Isaf/Aran Fawddwy Uchaf/Gwaun Y Llwyni/Waun Camddwr Isaf/Waun Camddwr UchafFergalh16/01/2015