Arenig Fawr

As is usual when visiting relatives in Chester I try to have an away day with Andy my brother-in-law.

Our destination today was Arenig Fawr. The forecast for the Bala area was sunshine all day although the temperatures looked a little cool.


We parked up and set off up a wide track heading for the east side of Llyn Arenig Fawr passing close to the small bothy.


Llyn Celyn


Arenig Fach


Small Bothy


Llyn Arenig Fawr

From here the path steepened towards the area shown  as Y Castell. The Viewranger track did not record the true path here as we skirted the steep rocks near spotheight 684 and then onto the ridge line leading to the summit of Arenig Fawr. We had lunch here in the shelter of a large cairn where there is a memorial plaque  sadly in need of replacement.


Rocky approach to summit



The  lost crew – not sure about the stuffed animal

The summit gave outstanding views to Snowdon in the north ,Cadair Idris and the Rhinogydd in the south and the Arans to the east.


Snowdon range

Our descent was a little off piste heading for the obvious track leading back to the minor road.


Looking back to Arenig Fawr

The track ,very wet in places ,led past a ruined farm which looked as if it once was a sizeable holding.




Andy drying out a used tea bag to dispose of in a suitable bin.

We left the road near a small car park and joined the bed of a dismantled railway back to our car.


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