Arenig Fawr Circular

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This region of Snowdonia to the north-west of Bala is largely ignored and therefore much quieter than many other areas. This is the appeal and Arenig Fawr, the principal summit of the area, is the perfect place to appreciate its beauty. This circular route starts with a level walk along a road close to the southern shore of Llyn Celyn before starting to climb up past a small reservoir and on to the summit of Arenig Fawr, which is one of thirteen summits in the range over 2,000ft. There are extensive views all round on a clear day, reaching to the coast in the north and taking in the Arans and Cadir Idris in the south, truly wonderful in a relaxing way. The return follows an old drovers' route back to the start. In parts there are no paths to follow, but navigation is fairly easy in clear weather, though when the mists come down good navigational skills are required.

Wales - North Wales - Gwynedd - Snowdonia


Birds, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Mountains, Wildlife
5/7/2019 - Julius Mach

Excellent walk in clear conditions. Instructions still easy to follow and spot on in 2019, though paths probably a bit more obvious. The route down was hard work and I wondered if it would be better to walk north along the ridge and down along the wall to the track?

3/14/2012 - Ian Adams

Great walk and an easy to watch short video of the adventure here; Enjoy :)

11/10/2007 - Gareth W Jones

Excellent walk in a little known corner of South East Snowdonia. Agree that the views were awsome (when not clouded in). Two things that stick out. The little bothy by the lake. (Not marked on map!) and the memorial to the USAF B17 crew on the top. A brisk, enjoyable afternoons walk.

6/11/2007 - gre clemens

Absolutely fantastic walk, the views were brilliant allround. The markers were spot on. However the walk down the grassy slope was much steeper as anticipated and felt at times quite tricky but thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you.