Name:Bryn Du [Y Fawnen]
Hill number:3414
Height:563m / 1847ft
Parent (Ma):2087  Cadair Berwyn
RHB Section:30E: Bala to Welshpool
Nuttall/Wainwright area:The Berwyns
Catchment:Dee (Flint)
Class:Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Dewey, Clem
Grid ref:SJ 14514 36038
Summit feature:no feature: thick heather
Col:445m  SJ138371  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 125
(1:25k) 255
Observations:summit is 125m WNW of trig point
Survey:Abney level
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2nd hill of 12 on a 28km circuit from Llanarmon D.C, after Mynydd Bach I descended to Track to the Wnw via ford then climbed up continuing on Fp although it does not always show on the ground till I got to the open access land then followed track that winds up just East of the Trig pillar then fairly easily moved across past the Trig pillar to the high point. Thank goodness for the Grid reference. Descent Sw via fence pushing past the Gorse at Graig Fawr to reach footbridge onto track, heading for Pen-yr-eryr...Dazingdale09/03/2024
Car near Fron Heulog West to Bwlch y Dolydd. Up the fences and rough stuff to the top. Down more direct. Good trousers along fences in access land to meet RoW at Tyddyn Bychan.Moorponder22/06/2023
Bryn Du (Y Fawnen) [Bryn Du S3109] from GR: SJ 16470 37024Hippster08/04/2023
Bryn Du (Y Fawnen) [Bryn Du S3109] from GR: SJ 16470 37024. PARKING: Lots of hard-standing at Hen Hafod Farm, permission to park readily given.ronaldo33308/04/2023
Parked near to the forest due north at 16644 38188 as there is limited parking on this side of the hill, using the Upper Ceiriog way and then turning West to reach the summit returning the same way, Seven and a Quarter mile in Two and half hours.WAYNE ROWLETT25/02/2023
Easy park Ceiriog Forest 16642 38191 n using rides and tracks to ride start 16485 39387 n to Berwyn way to > Vivod Mountain return w on Berwyn Way and out and back to > Pen Tan-y-Graig tracks sw to gate at 14400 37994 north and another gate to open land west on fence line to high spot 1388 3796 then 70 m some crawling to >Creigiau'r Hyrddod highest point appreas at spot height, sw on tracks to point 445 then se to > Bryn Du high spot in heather then TP return via Tyddau Bychan and rows ne to car 18.5 ks 6 hrsunderhill15/03/2022
From NE, limited parking at start of ROW. Up ROW to access land, then old tracks most of the way. Visited trig and summit.PGCE07/02/2022
From SE, drove as far as could from LDC, lots of young grouse. Up track then FP by fence to stile. Good track for a way then through heather to HP. Back via trig. Mynydd Bach done on way back.PeterD13/08/2021
Bryn Du from SJ 170 370. Up the RoW to the open access land, then along good tracks nearly to the Trig and HP. Back the same way. Parking is difficult, after looking for a suitable place I left the car on a bit of wider verge at SJ 179 371, then walked along the road to the real start at Ty-du. A round trip of 9km with 330m ascent in 2h20m. (S)silveracorn_alan11/08/2021
Large parking area at 165383. SW to the road and then south up an old track to a gate. Generally followed the fence although an old track to the north of the fence proved useful after the 2nd plantation. Plenty of gates to get over on this walk of 5.6 miles. Solo.bolton26/05/2021
Parked to the SE in pull-in in unmade lane SJ157336. After Mynydd Bach - return to Upper Ceiriog Way - Northwards - then head NW to summit on tracks and cut heather from SJ156349.David Evans16/12/2019
6/6 - long round from road at Nant y Dramwys Wood - cold. I/M rain. Weather deteriorated after dark - more heather. At least the rain stoppedwychwood15/11/2019
Climbed from north east. No parking space at end of lane/forest entrance or anywhere else along the lane, even for my small car. Could have maybe chanced it at the junction by the church, but instead I turned off at the junction and headed towards Hen Hafod farm. At grid ref 166 370 (just past end of yellow road on the map) found a very large grass verge near a gate. Plenty of room to park at far end away from gate and I don't think it would cause any inconvenience to the farmer. After leaving Upper Ceiriog Way the tracks were moderately visible and provided fair walking almost to the sumit. A couple of nice groups of Whinchats on way up and down made an otherwise uninteresting walk more pleasant.ijpowell13/07/2019
A long slog from Llanarmon DC, the walk was rather fun in that trying to navigate your way through a bog kind of waygreboicus25/05/2019
From mynydd Bach. Heather bash, actually met some people on this obscure Berwyn top. Took a little detour to look at Craig fawr which offers a stunning view into the Berwyntumpawumpa18/04/2019
Used old track to Tyddyn Bychan, then once on access land west on old track through heather almost all the way to top. With R and B.jenx25/11/2018
From the NE, limited parking near gate into woods, opp old lane by house. Followed this w Jenx and Bryher to grouse tracks, trig n topnordicstar25/11/2018
After visiting Mynydd Bach. Last few hundred metres heathery but with cropped lines. Trig about 130m from summit had an embossed feature.Aye Jimmy05/05/2018
6/7 (Moel yr Henfaes(Pen Bwlch Llandrillo Top)/Y Drum/Moel yr Henfaes/Pen y Lladron (Cefn Perfedd)/Pen -yr-Eryr/Bryn Du (Y Fawnen)/Mynydd Bach)Fergalh06/08/2017
From Ll.D.C. on a sunny morning,quite dry up here.mad max31/05/2017
From LDC after Mynydd Bach.ngthack13/03/2017
Parked the car in the Ceiriog Forest at SJ 16647 38268. Followed PROW to Fron Heulog. Crossed road and up track to Tyddyn Bychan. Continued on track to high point and then turned R and went to trig point and then top of Bryn-Du. Top 270 metres from track. Dropped down through heather to PROW that runs NW past Nurse Uchaf to forest track. Followed track NE and then N to where it meets the N Berwyn Way. Turned R and followed good path to top of Vivod Mountain. Top at the other side of the fence this way. Reversed N Berwyn Way to a few metres past first fence going off L. There is an old fire break. Followed this to a forest track. Turned L. Followed track down to a T junction. R here and followed to a good track and back to the car.MikeM20/10/2016
Parked near end of minor road (badly pot-holed in places) in Ceiriog Forest at SJ16642 38262 - SW along public footpath & then down bridleway to Tyn-y-Clwt - S up bridleway & ancient trackway to gate at 162366 - S side of fence & then ATV track to within 250m of unmarked summit. (S)gerrybowes18/02/2016
From Llarmon DG. Path comes and goes once you leave the main track near the end of the woods. Summit photo is a bit misleading as the summit is not the trig but is about 100 yards away.clivevilla07/08/2015
Route as Chris Watson.Chris Peart18/06/2015
First hill of a two week marathon. With Chris Peart.Colin Crawford18/06/2015
From Mynydd Bach. Once off the main northerly path the going was quite tough through the heather.JohnStoneham08/11/2014
Ascent from Glyn Ceriog using ROW. Very pleasant ascent followed by forest roads to low point. Path hard to find then but fine when on it. The pull to summit was through shoulder deep bracken and Berwyn heather though. Descent was by ROW and road on a warm summer's day.SS04/07/2014
This heathery hill was a bit of a sting in the tail after a long, hot day.Alex C08/07/2013
park in llanarmon d ceiriog village. walk up on road, bridal paths and over grass pastures to a final trek across rough heather. watch out for a single wire electric fence.arranc28/05/2013
A 6 mile up and down from village, 4/10 for the hill and 0/10 for the last 100 yards of heather :-(heavyhorses01/03/2013
P nr Outdoor Centre. Tracks to 158360 then through heather.Went to trig and summit which looked dubiouschrisbien10/03/2012
Parked to W. Track then heather for last 600m.destaylor01/12/2011
a good excercise in route finding circular taking in the tops of moel fferna, bryn du,cerrig coediog. route started/finished at the chapel near hen hafod farm. following the green lane over towards llanarmon. following a fairly clear path almost to trig.stig_nest02/10/2011
waist deep heather and bracken whichever way you come.DARRENG22/08/2011
Parked and walked up from Tyn-y-Celyn initially on the track and then followed the fenceline. FP on map not waymarked on ground. Actual top near trig and summit are swathed in heather making the last 150 meters hard going.Father Ted02/06/2011
Parked by Ty'n-y-Clwt and took track past Tyddyn Bychan to end. Faint track up through access land led almost to trig point.chriswatson14/01/2011
Circular from Llanarmon DC. Not one for a list of "100 summits to visit before you die".summitsup15/02/2009
Came out of the woods, weather deteriorated. Was wet with low visibility. Got the trig point and moved along the North Berwyn Way via Vivod Mountainwee mac13/04/2008
Climbed from Vivod Mountain and Ffynnon y Brenin. returned west to Tyddyn Bychan, then to Ochr-y-Fron wood and tracks to start @ 165384.steve hudson20/11/2006
OK view @ sunset. pentre: 125:137347: track, pasture then deep heather to summit RHW19/09/1998
From pt592 to the WNW and down to Llanarmon DC.Alan Moore27/01/1980
Wycombe Wanderer06/10/2023