Aran Fawddwy (Welsh Marilyn)

Aran Fawddwy is the highest mountain in South Snowdonia and in Britain south of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon). It is often overlooked due to the popularity of its neighbour, Cadair Idris. This means that though the paths a little more rugged and boggy, it’s also a lot quieter.

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20 August 2023

No dogs

Aran Fawddwy is the highest mountain in South Snowdonia and in Britain south of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon). It is often overlooked due to the popularity of its neighbour, Cadair Idris. This means that though the paths a little more rugged and boggy, it’s also a lot quieter. The hillsides around Aran Fawddwy are peppered with the remains of small mines of lead, iron, copper and manganese. Gold was extensively mined just a few miles North of here. This trail starts in Cwm Cywarch, an old industrial valley, where there is a small car park near the head of the valley. It takes us up to Aran Fawddwy via Waun Camddwr and past Drysgol and Waun Goch on the descent.

At the start, we’ll pass Bryn Hafod mountain hut as we begin the ascent up to Waun Camddwr. This section is extremely boggy. There are boards to help us across the worst part, although these are not in great condition and can be slippery. Appropriate footwear is absolutely essential for this walk. We continue the ascent, which steepens slightly as we make our way up to the summit of Aran Fawddwy. The summit of Aran Fawddwy is dramatic and rocky with a thousand foot drop to the lake Creiglyn Dyfi way below. On a clear day, there are some amazing views of the surrounding mountains to be enjoyed from the summit. We will continue to make the rocky descent to Drysgol and continue down the steep, grassy slope of Waun Goch and Pen yr Allt Uchaf to return to the valley. Cross the small bridge over the Afon Cywarch to arrive back at the start point.

Follow for more information on the route and things of interest along the way.

Terrain:
Paths, boardwalks and trail, boggy at times. Rocky ascents and descents. Steep descents on grass.
Map/Area:
Harvey Superwalker “Aran” or OS Explorer OL23. “Cadair Idris and Llyn Tegid”
Starting Point:
Free National Park car park in Cywarch. Map ref SH852188. Postcode SY20 9JG.
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Walk Starts:
09:45
Walk Finishes:
15:30
Distance:
12.75km
Ascent:
864m
Highest Point:
Aran Fawddwy 905m

Safety

Let the walk leader know of any relevant medical conditions

Refer to the Handbook for walk related information and specifically for recommended walking equipment https://ohwc.org.uk/kit-list/ and safety information https://ohwc.org.uk/safety/

Remember you are responsible for being properly equipped

Ensure you have the walk leader’s phone number in case of an emergency

If you become detached from the group STOP, call out; try contacting group by phone or text. If no contact return to the last place you were with the group. Wait 30 mins repeatedly trying to make contact. After 30 mins seek help and/or make your own way safely.

The Google map below is the location of the walk start point.