Summits 1-50 Summits 51-100 Summits 101-150 Summits 151-200 Summits 201-258 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
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Walk Description Grade Miles 3055★ Glasgwm moderate 4.50 1190★☩ Aran Fawddwy mod/hard 7.50 2937★☩ Aran Fawddwy northern approach mod/hard 8.40 3017★☩ Aran Benllyn & Aran Fawddwy from Llanuwchllyn mod/hard 10.00 1255★☩ The Aran Ridge hard 11.20 1400★☩ The Arans hard 14.00 Table of summits in the Arans Group
Rank Mountain Metres/Feet Location 20 Aran Fawddwy 905 / 2969 Snowdonia 29 Aran Benllyn 885 / 2904 Snowdonia 77 Glasgwm 779 / 2556 Snowdonia 151 Foel Hafod-fynydd 689 / 2260 Snowdonia 154 Pen y Bryn-fforchrog 685 / 2247 Snowdonia 174 Esgeiriau Gwynion 671 / 2201 Snowdonia 229 Foel y Geifr 626 / 2054 Snowdonia 230 Moel y Cerrig-duon 625 / 2051 Snowdonia 240 Pen yr Allt-uchaf 620 / 2034 Snowdonia
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What is a mountain?
The accepted standard for a mountain in England & Wales is that its summit is 610 metres (2000 feet) or more above sea level. In addition, rules are in place on the height difference above intervening cols with adjacent summits to determine whether a summit is a separate mountain or a subsidiary 'top'. This is not the place to discuss the technicalities of this issue but the list has been checked against reliable tables. With simplicity in mind separate tops have been excluded from the list as these would normally be discussed in relation to their main summits. The list includes 258 summits and these will all be added in due course starting from the highest and working down.
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