GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Aran Fawddwy

10 miles (16 km)

Climb to the 905m (2,969ft) summit of this mountain in southern Snowdonia and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views. The mountain is only (31ft) short of being a member of theWelsh 3000s.
The walk starts from the village of Llanuwchllynnear the southern end of Bala Lake. You can park in the village or catch the Bala Lake Railway to Llanuwchllynand start the walk from there. From the village you head south and pick up the Aran Ridge footpath. You first climb to Aran Benllyn, passing Llyn Lliwbran on the way. You continue to Aran Fawddwy with lovely views down to the lake of Creiglyn Dyfi.
It's a challenging climb but with some wonderful views towards the Rhinog mountains, the Berwyns and the rest of the Arans. The walk can also be attempted from Cwm Cywarch.
To continue your walking in the area you can try the Bala Lake Walk. Footpaths climb into the hills and forests above the lake with wonderful views over the water and surrounding mountains.


LL23 7UB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Aran Fawddwy OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Aran Fawddwy Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Back in Llanuwchllyn you can enjoy some post walk refreshments at Yr Eagles Inn. The early 18th century traditional stone built pub retains historic features including ceiling meat hooks and a fine old stone floor.Outside there's a nice garen area with views of the surrounding mountains and countryside. You can also visit the village's Grade II*listed church in this area.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Ascending Aran Fawddwy - - 477631

Ascending Aran Fawddwy. Craig Cywarch and Glasgwm forming the backdrop

Aran Benllyn from Aran Fawddwy - - 547348

Aran Benllyn from Aran Fawddwy. Quite a long ridge connects the two Arans. Llyn Tegid can be seen on the right beyond Aran Benllyn, with Arenig Fawr far away on the left.

The summit of Aran Fawddwy - - 547338

The summit of Aran Fawddwy. The summit plateau is an interesting mix of rock and grass; navigation in mist can be quite tricky. The summit trig point can just be seen. Far away on the left is the summit of Aran Benllyn.

Summit of Aran Fawddwy - - 1492676

Summit view. The pillar and cairn on the 906m (2971ft) high Aran Fawddway with the ridge extending to Aran Benllyn in the background. With unobstructed views in good visibility this mountain summit is a good viewpoint to see a significant percentage Wales.

Aran Fawddwy - - 38115

This is the stunning view from the 907 metre summit after a great walk through knee deep snow from half way up on the walk. In the background can be seen Arenig Fawr the big summit and Moel Lyfnant both with snow on.
The hill is the highest point of the historic county ofMerionethshire andin the Aran mountain range. It is only 9.5 metres (31ft)short of being a member of theWelsh 3000s.

Path to Aran Fawddwy - - 1541456

Path and stile near the summit

The road through Llanuwchllyn - - 4814971

The road through Llanuwchllyn with the snow capped mountains in the background.

Cairn on Aran Benllyn - - 1505808

Cairn on Aran Benllyn. This appears to be the summit cairn on Aran Benllyn, however, a smaller cairn a feet metres to the south is marginally higher. Lynn Tegid/Lake Bala is in the distance.

Elevation Profile


GPS Files

GPX File

Aran Fawddwy.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Aran Fawddwy.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)