Foel Grach from Llyn Eigiau, Carneddau
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Walk Route Description
The Carneddau include the largest area of land over three thousand feet in England and Wales and should therefore be treated with respect. Weather can change for the worse very quickly in these mountains and you should be adequately equipped and conversant with use of navigational aids.
This Snowdonia walk starts at the car park (grid ref SH731662) which is reached by a narrow lane from the village of Tal-y-Bont in the Conway Valley. From the parking area walk southwest along the valley track past the reservoir of Llyn Eigiau to cross the river via a bridge made from old sleepers. Stay on the track to reach some old mine workings in Cwm Eigiau, which even in poor weather is a great place to be with crags and mountains in every direction.
From the old mine workings (grid ref. 703636) swing north following a clear path that climbs steadily across open mountainside with great views on your left to Carnedd Llewelyn, the highest point in the Carneddau. The path continues climbing with virtually no shelter in poor weather to reach the summit of Foel Grach, itself exceeding 3000ft altitude. Note that if the weather does do a turn for the worse, there is relative comfort to be found in a small stone shelter just east of the summit.
After taking in the views, which are superb in every direction retrace your steps as far as the broad, fairly flat area of Gledrffordd (grid ref. 700648). From here head north-westwards for the ridge of Cefn Tal-llyn-Eigiau. There is a path but it is easy to miss especially in its early stages although the superb views north to the Melynllyn and Dulyn Reservoirs with Foel Grach as a background soon make a path irrelevant.
Continue along the ridge to Clogwynyreryr from where a simple descent north leads you to pick up the track leading from Melynllyn Reservoir. Turn right along this track, which leads without further problem back to starting point.
Other walks nearby
Walk 1635 Garnedd Uchaf & Llyn Eigiau nr Tal-y-Bont - mod/hard - 9.0 miles/14.6 km
Walk 2638 Craig Eigiau, Melynilyn & Dulyn Resrs nr. Tal-y-Bont - moderate - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 3047 The Carneddau from Llyn Eigiau, Carneddau - hard - 10.0 miles/16.3 km
Walk 2821 Melynllyn & Dulyn Reservoir from Llyn Eigiau parking - easy/mod - 5.5 miles/8.9 km
Walk 2592 Llyn Geirionydd & Llyn Bychan from Llyn Crafnant - moderate - 9.5 miles/15.4 km
Walk 2608 Crimpiau & Creigiau Gleision from Llyn Crafnant - moderate - 7.5 miles/12.2 km
Walk 2679 A circuit of Llyn Crafnant, near Trefriw - easy - 3.5 miles/5.7 km
Walk 3061 Eastern Carneddau from near Rowen - mod/hard - 10.5 miles/17.1 km
Walk 2547 Carnedd Llewelyn via the Eastern Carneddau - mod/hard - 12.0 miles/19.5 km
Walk 2536 Llyn Crafnant, Capel Curig & Llyn Colwyd from Trefriw - mod/hard - 13.0 miles/21.1 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
Snowdonia: 30 Low-level and easy walks - South
Guidebook describing 30 walks in Snowdonia, Wales. Routes are mostly low level and on clear paths and showcase the region's beautiful scenery and rich history and culture. Part of a 2-volume set, this southern volume includes Trawsfynydd, Bala, Dolgellau, Machynlleth, the Harlech Coast and the valleys of the Mawddach and Dyfi.
Mountain Walking in Snowdonia
Guidebook to 40 of Snowdonia's best day walks, with routes up Snowdon and Tryfan, including the Snowdon Horseshoe, Cadair Idris, Y Garn and The Rhinogs. The routes range from Grade 1 scrambles like Crib Goch or Bristly Ridge, to riverside and forest walks. Includes details of a 2-day traverse of all 15 of Snowdonia's 3000ft peaks.
The End to End Trail