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Name:Gwaun Lydan
Hill number:2112
Height:632m / 2073ft
Parent (Ma):2083  Aran Fawddwy
RHB Section:30E: Bala to Welshpool
Nuttall/Wainwright area:The Arans
County/UA:Gwynedd (CoU)
Catchment:Dovey
Class:Nuttall
(N)
Grid ref:SH 88063 21197
Summit feature:quartzite cairn
Drop:17m
Col:615m  SH877211  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 124 125
(1:25k) OL23E
Observations:summit area very flat
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 226 users)ByDate of Ascent
2/7 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
Pennant > Pen y Graig > Llaethnant > Summit, (and back).Winterfloodian27/07/2019
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 ROWLETT29/06/2019
Second hill on a circular walk from the car park at the end of Cwm Cywarch. Glorious weather & not a soul about save us.DanMaisieBex22/06/2019
From car park at Blaen Cywarch, crossed footbridge and followed the path north on western face of Pen yr Allt Uchaf, up to pass at Drysgol, contoured around to Gwaun Lydan. Then returned to pass and ascended Waun Goch and continued to Pen yr Allt Uchaf.Dewi Prysor16/08/2018
soloAimless Rambler21/06/2018
Fawddwy loopandrew.morel17/02/2018
a bit of a bog trot but in clag it was featureless and no viewsAristotle Chip07/10/2016
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
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
Drove down to the head of valley, go past chapel and phone box, excellent parking for 40+ cars now at SH 85250 18856, complete with loo! Walked short distance back down road and then lane leading to ford and then good track up to the bwlch to the north of Y Gribin. Climbed this and then the good path to summit cairn of Glasgwym. On to Waun Camddwr and Gwaun y Llwyni then Gwaun Lydan. Back down over Pen yr Allt Uchaf to finish.nordicstar12/07/2016
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
Followed Nuttalls route plus Pen-Aran.rhalstead24/05/2015
With Frank and Steve on a very wet day.Lou25/01/2015
A reduced Aran Ridge walk with Lindsay and Steve taking in Pen yr Allt Uchaf, Gwaun Lydon, Gwaun y Llwyni, and Waun Camddwr. A rare wet foot day the rain was so bad.knarf25/01/2015
Up from car park at end of Cwm Cywarch, up the Aran Fawddwy path, over the fence and across country to Gwaun Lydan, across country to Pen yr Allt Uchaf and then down the path south of Nant Terwyn.tsharp18/01/2015
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
Nuttall walk 8.1: Pen y Allt Uchaf - Gwaun Lydan - Drysgol - Drws Bach - Aran Fawddvy - Erw y Ddafad-ddu - Aran Benlyn - Gwaun y Llwyni - Waun Camddwr east top - Waun Camddwrronaldo33318/10/2014
Car park at the end of the minor road in Cwm Cywarch – Pen yr Allt Uchaf – Gwaun Lydan – Aran Fawddwy – Erw y Ddafa-ddu – Aran Benllyn – Gwaun y Llwyni – Waun Camddwr – Down path by waterfalls – Car parkCJM22/09/2014
Parked in Snowdonia National Park car park in Cwm Cywarch. Followed track past climbing club hut then NE to end of track. Climbed very steep grass slope to summit of Dyrysgol then followed track E to Gwaun Lydan. Continued SSW then descended very steep grass slope to Tyn y twll and back to car. Rained all day and high wind on tops, no views, not a pleasant day.wombourne04/07/2014
From Pen yr Allt Uchaf. Water stop in Pumryd Fawr en route. Small quartz cairn.mick21/06/2014
On own. Starting from Cwm Cywarch, southernmost four tops on Nuttalls walk 8.1. Then added walk 8.3. A long hard walk, but really enjoyable in dry sunny conditions.Crib Goch21/04/2014
not such a lovely sunny day.. horrendous actually - nice circuit though from bwlch y groes hairpin up old track and over foel hafod fynydd in the cloud.climbed Aran Fawddwy via the screee filled gully, lots of remnants of crashed Beaufighter. walk out to Gwaun Lydan uneventful and summit bore no views today. steep descent to river Dyfi.stig_nest20/04/2014
Lovely sunny dayRuth18/04/2014
Nuttalls walk. Supposed to be sunny but spent a lot of time in the mist. Worth it for the occasions when the mist cleared.johnjennison03/09/2013
Circuit from Cywarch. 6 tops inthe day.Emlyno16/08/2013
A scorching day; but, having decided to leave Drysgol and the RIdge for another day, I had time for a leisurely sit down on the grass to admire the stunning views down towards Bala.ruthatlast12/07/2013
From Llanuwchllyn, the Aran ridge, down Drysgol, camped in the bwlch by Gwaun Lydan. Foel Hafod-Fynydd the next day and down Cwm Croes.spooksthehorse26/05/2013
Cloudy day saw me follow an anti-clockwise loop. Skipping Aran Fawddwy in the end as the wind was up and I couldn't see anything. Four more bagged so six to go.SS04/05/2013
5hr 50min round from Cwm Cywarch.Hammy23/08/2012
Car park at the end of the minor road in Cwm Cywarch 3 miles N. of Dinas Mawddwy – Old path up the Hengwm valley – Pen yr Allt Uchaf – Gwaun Lydan – Aran Fawddwy – Erw y Ddafa-ddu – Aran Benllyn – Return to col before Aran Fawddwy – Follow fence across W. slopes of Aran Fawddwy – Gwaun y Llwyni – Waun Camddwr – Down path by waterfalls – Car park. (JL,PM)gerrybowes29/05/2012
2nd of 7 tops in the day.bolton29/05/2012
Pen y Allt Uchaf, Gwaun Lydan, Aran Fawddwy, Erw y Ddafad-ddu, Aran Benllyn, Gwaun y Llwyni, Waun Camddwrijpowell17/05/2012
Linear walk from Cwm Cywarch to Bwlch y Groes via eleven Nuttalls. Contoured round from Waun Goch, then west to Drysgol.davidpettit8428/01/2012
Fantastic linear walk in snow with David P, Ruth, Andrew and Jo from CUHWC: Allt Uchaf - Gwaun Lydan - Gwaun y Llwyni - Camddwr - Aran Fawddwy - Erw y Ddafad-ddu - Benllyn - Hafod-fynydd - Esgeiriau Gwynion - Foel Rhudd - Llechwedd Du - car at Bwlch y GMark Jackson28/01/2012
CUHWC Bryn Golau Trip. With MJ, DP, RP & JS. Linear walk in lots of snow and good weather from Cwm Cywarch to Bwlch y Groes.AGWilliamson28/01/2012
Worth the visit via Cwm Pumryd for seeing the spectacular, little-known waterfalls - Pistyll Gwyn.Man of Kernow112/09/2010
Following nuttall route 8.1, warm clear summer day in April!! Good view point and worth extra effort.Dugswell210/04/2010
Not really worth the detour in bad weather but needs must!David Gradwell29/08/2009
Worth the detour for the views - and just ahead of the rain as wellwoodse31/07/2009
With Pendabeorwulf15/06/2009
The summit is not impressive but the views are.clivevilla31/05/2009
4th peak of the day. Agree with the other comments, also great views of Aran Benllyn in one direction, and the Berwyns in another.huwthomas10/05/2009
I should think this one is for the peak baggers only. Approached via Drysgol, top marked with a few bits of white rockSteveClay04/08/2008
KeithByTheC10/05/2008
Agree with Ted Richards!signyred13/05/2007
with Richard (SW Aran Ridge circuit) richardsun06/04/2007
Not exactly a summitt to write home about!Father Ted18/06/2006
With TonyStuart Hyde27/03/2005
completed as part of the aran ridgedianepick10/10/2004
Flat top with small cairn of white quartzitewebmaster25/05/2004
petey22/09/2002
A little bit of bog avoidance before making this top. Good views of the east face of Aran Fawddwy from here.garyhoney31/08/2002
From Cwm Cywarch.Marshsand27/05/1999
topgigglejon12/04/1999
Galltywenallt02/08/1998
Solo run. Second of seven peaks.mikejacobs29/05/1998
A hot day in February. 2nd top of a superb 5 hour bagging run in shorts around Cwm Cywarch horseshoe of peaks (superb long steep slopes plummet down from the corrie edge). With Rob Small and John Mawr (w/e staying at Corris YH) doing Deweys and previously missed Nuttalls which were not published when I was doing the Bridges here. Up from the west on an excellent slanting path -pushing hard - ran all way up from valley.Chris Pearson15/02/1998
GRRJIdris25/07/1992
Peaty outlier from main ridgeRhayader_wander17/02/1991
Date unknown RHW01/01/1990
a Nuttall, so had to be done with Pete! Worth it for the traverse of Pen yr Allt Uchaf afterwards.pwheeler16/07/1985
Nuttall collecting from SH 909 209. 199?summitsupblank
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