Yr Aran

Posted by Brian Sayle on 28 August 2017 | Comments

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Few weeks ago I went to the South Ridge on Snowdon, the route for which starts the same as this walk passing through the Bwlch Cwmllan Slate Quarry

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This time rather then go left up the South Ridge I went right up towards Yr Aran

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For the record if you fancy this route you need to go all the way along to the col between Snowdon and Yr Aran and follow the dry stone wall, there is newish fence running east west I noticed with no ladder style, so heading as the crow flies to the mountain top isnt really going to help.

Heading up, looking across this dam at SH603520 which can be clearly seen on the OSmap

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I would be suprised if this route gets much traffic but there is a clear well trodden path following the wall

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Great view of Y Lliwedd, one of the Snowdonia peaks I still need to tick off


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Mynydd Mawr on the left with Llyn Cwellyn below

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Looking east with a small amount of Llyn Gwynant and Carnedd Y Cribau

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Route of the Watkin Path below on the right

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Beautiful views from this summit, from left to right you have Snowdon, Crig Goch and Y Lliwedd and behind me great view of the Nantlle Ridge and Moel Hebog

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Yr Aran means "The peak" in Welsh, the summit is 747m (2,451 ft), view south, you can see Cnicht on the left and Cadair Idris in the distance

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From here I had a few choices, either back the way I came but I decided to head south west towards Craig Wen

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Looking back towards Snowdon

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Sunset from Craig Wen was stunning, looking across the Nantlle Ridge it was a truly wonderful sight.

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From here the route back to the A4085 road wasn't that straight forward, no paths from here and there are a lot of small streams heading down towards Nant Colwyn, it would be much easier to do this route in the reverse direction if truth be told so if you do get caught in the dark at least you are on a path!

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