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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   ☩ Route profile

1190★☩Aran Fawddwymod/hard7.50
2937★☩Aran Fawddwy northern approachmod/hard8.40
3017★☩Aran Benllyn & Aran Fawddwy from Llanuwchllynmod/hard10.00
1255★☩The Aran Ridgehard11.20
1400★☩The Aranshard14.00

Table of summits in the Arans Group

20Aran Fawddwy905 / 2969Snowdonia
29Aran Benllyn885 / 2904Snowdonia
77Glasgwm779 / 2556Snowdonia
151Foel Hafod-fynydd689 / 2260Snowdonia
154Pen y Bryn-fforchrog685 / 2247Snowdonia
174Esgeiriau Gwynion671 / 2201Snowdonia
229Foel y Geifr626 / 2054Snowdonia
230Moel y Cerrig-duon625 / 2051Snowdonia
240Pen yr Allt-uchaf620 / 2034Snowdonia


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