Aran Fawddwy is a 905m mountain in the south of Snowdonia National Park that offers a disconnection with the modern world and a real connection with nature.
Located a bit south of popular town Bala and to the east of Lake Vyrnwy, our favourite trail route for this fun mountain includes waterfalls, open marshland, a truly great mountain summit and an incredible trail to run back down to the start.
Aran Fawddwy Trail Route
Our favourite circular trail route for hiking and trail running at Aran Fawddwy.
Distance 7.6 miles
Time 3 hours (walking) 1hr 30mins (running)
Total Ascent 2,706ft
Summits Gwaun Y Llwyni, Aran Fawddwy, Drysgol.
Views miles of landscape from the top of Aran Fawddwy, the trail route descends into a breathtaking valley.
1. Great little National Trust car park available for this trail route, at the top of the Dinas Mawddwy valley. From here it’s past the neighbouring farm and the ascent begins with a steady climb alongside the mountain stream and a series of small waterfalls.
2. As the ground levels out we head to the right, generally following an old fence line across the boggy plateau. Even in the height of summer this section, all the way to the start of the summit ascent, is generally pretty wet with ankle deep boggy moss for yards at a time. Halfway to the summit it’s possible to veer further to the right and summit neighbouring peak Gwaun Y Llwyni as a dog leg variation to get to the top.
3. Aran Fawddwy’s summit is a great one, full of craggy boulders with steep views down over the little lake Creigllyn Dyfi that then stretch out for miles on clear days. On this trail route we head back briefly from where we came, then retain the drop to Creigllyn Dyfi on our left and follow the trail to the top of Drysgol mountain.
4. Our favourite part of this trail route is the descent from Drysgol, crossing the west flank of Pen Yr Allt Uchaf on an amazing trail through the ferns. The view is breathtaking, the trail is open just enough to really stride out and it’s a truly exhilarating finale to a great outdoor adventure.
Aran Fawddwy Video
This video was filmed Monday 13th January 2020. A bleak and moody morning gave way to 70mph winds at the summit of Aran Fawddwy and torrential rain flooded in on the way down. Dave dog fell in some water too.