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Aran Fawddwy


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
905 m (2969 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Mountain at Mawddwy (Mawddwy is a place name)

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

OS Landranger Maps Required
  124   Dolgellau & Porthmadog
  125   Bala & Lake Vyrnwy, Berwyn

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Aran Fawddwy (2500ft+) , the highest peak in the south of Snowdonia National Park (Wales) is the central point on the 8 km rocky ridge which runs from Llanuwchllyn (on the B4403) S over Aran Benllyn (885m) to Aran Fawddwy then SW to Glasgwm (qv) and Pen y Brynnfforchog (685m) finishing at Ochr y Bwlch and the A470 road. The W slopes of this escarpment are relatively gentle, but the E side contains several deep cwms (corries) with crags.

The summit of Aran Fawddwy is itself close to crags overlooking the Llaethnant valley. Being much the highest point of land for a long way in all directions, it commands very extensive views on a clear day. The two Arans may be climbed together from Llanuwchllyn by a path on the long north ridge, with a return the same route. Alternatively Aran Fawddwy may be combined with Glasgwm (2500ft+) in a circular walk from Cwm Cywarch.

Hazards you may encounter on Aran Fawddwy include
 Relatively Remote Mountain navigate with care.
 Moorland Terrain, few distinct landmarks.
 Crags near summit.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
A special thank you to David S Brown for his work on this and all of the England/Wales information.
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 Routes that include Aran Fawddwy
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 1075 m 13.71 km 4.5 hrs Aran Fawddwy and Glasgwm  Long round walk mostly on easily-graded tracks, passing close to crags. A fence is followed across 4km of featureless moor between Aran Fawddwy and Glasgwm simplifying navigation in mist. Not Yet Rated 

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Me at the trig point on Aran Fawddwy, only a few metres below the cloud base.

© David S Brown

Image by David S Brown
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