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Arans
Walking Guide and Walks

The Arans form a southwest-northwest ridge between Dolgellau and Bala, which extends to Cadair Idris in the west. Aran Fawddwy is the highest summit along the ridge and is the only peak over 900 metres in England and Wales, apart from those located in northern Snowdonia. Its sister summit, Aran Benllyn is usually completed in the same walk. The most popular route of ascent starts from Cwm Cywarch which offers no technical problems and provides an excellent day in the hills. Longer approaches are available from the northern side and are much less walked.

The third highest peak in the range is Glagwm, which can be completed from Cwm Cywarch and makes for an excellent walk. Other summits in the range are less appealing with their rounded grassy slopes and occasional access problems making them much less popular.

List of walks

★ GPS file available

WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
3055Glasgwm from Cwm Cywarchmoderate4.50
1190Aran Fawddwy from Cwm Cywarchmod/hard7.50
2937Aran Fawddwy northern approachmod/hard8.40
3017Aran Benllyn & Aran Fawddwy from Llanuwchllynmod/hard10.00
1255The Aran Ridge from Cwm Cywarchvery hard11.00
1400The Arans from Cwm Cywarchhard14.00

 
Table of summits in the Arans Group

RankMountainMetresGroupLocation
20Aran Fawddwy905AransSnowdonia
29Aran Benllyn885AransSnowdonia
77Glasgwm779AransSnowdonia
151Foel Hafod-fynydd689AransSnowdonia
154Pen y Bryn-fforchrog685AransSnowdonia
174Esgeiriau Gwynion671AransSnowdonia
229Foel y Geifr626AransSnowdonia
230Moel y Cerrig-duon625AransSnowdonia
240Pen yr Allt-uchaf620AransSnowdonia

 

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