Aran Benllyn and Aran Fawddwy are both included in this southern Snowdonia walk from Llanuwchllyn. A linear route, the approach follows the ridge to one of the highest mountains in Wales. Route finding is generally easy but this walk is best saved for a fine day to enjoy the excellent views.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) The start is a small car park (Grid ref. SH879297) beside the Afon Twrch in the village of Llanuwchllyn at the southern end of Lake Bala. From the car park do not go over the bridge but take the track that heads south. This climbs gradually and after crossing a cattle grid follow the bridleway that forks to the right. Stay on this until it turns right and leave it to follow the signed footpath that leads onto the main Aran ridge.
(1) The climb is steady and the path clear. As you climb you get ever improving views to your right with Arenig Fawr clearly in view. Beyond you may be able to see many of the other great mountains of northern Snowdonia including Snowdon itself. Eventually the path follows the ridge after shadowing for some way and you will find yourself gaining height more quickly as you ascend a couple of rocky steps in the ridge. Away to your left and far below is Llyn Lliwbran with the rounded hills of the Arans spread out beyond.
(2) Eventually you will reach the summit of Aran Benllyn with its quartz speckled summit rocks adding a splash of colour to the scene. With one top 'ticked off' you can continue over Erw y Ddafad du, the lowest peak of the trio, to reach Aran Fawddwy. This is a super summit with a fine airy balcony on which to perch and enjoy the view. Having rested turn around and head back the way you came. Surprisingly you will see the Arans from a different perspective as you descend gently into the valley and return to the starting point(D/A).
D/A : km 0 - alt. 177m - Llanuwchllyn
1 : km 1.17 - alt. 281m - Leave the bridleway
2 : km 5.76 - alt. 870m - Aran Benllyn
D/A : km 15.55 - alt. 179m
Although not an avid exponent of the out-and-back walk, this route is good enough to justify inclusion. The picture below illustrates well what is in store with the route following the ridge from right to left and visiting all three peaks on the main Aran ridge.
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Global average : 3.83/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 4.5/5
Routemap quality : 2.5/5
Walk interest : 4.5/5
Global average : 4.33 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good
This was a geat walk, the directions were easy to follow. Some sections were steep and very rocky but with a bit of care it wouldn’t cause too much of a problem. A well worth walk on a fine day the views are stunning and an ideal walk to escape the busy crowds of Snowdonia etc, highly recommend it.
To find the small car park in Llanuwchllyn, it’s just before the little bridge, the start of the walk starts from across the road just before the bridge through a gate which is signposted
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Global average : 3.33 / 5
Date of walk
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very disappointing
Walk interest : Good
With latitude lines on the map, I'd have marked the route map quality very good. I'd may add Garth Fach to the start of the walk, instead of walking around it on the bridleway, as it'd make a good first viewpoint of Bala. In winter conditions it was enjoyable and gave sufficient challenge for two experienced fell walkers. We'll be back in summer conditions and maybe look at a circular and include the valley/fells to the east. The views were super, even in and out of he clouds. Thank you for the walk, as otherwise I'd never had ventured to this part of Snowdonia. It would avoid the madding crowds on a busy weekend!
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