Walks in the Arenig Hills

By Dave Roberts   

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Walks in the Arenig Hills

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About Walks in the Arenig Hills

The Arenig are the most disparate range in the park, and are more of a region than a range proper. The region roughly forms an area from Blaenau Ffestiniog, to Penmachno, Y Bala and as far south as Dolgellau. Some of the terrain is similar to the Rhinogydd, especially the eastern slopes of Arenig Fawr and Arenig Fach. A large swathe then consists of peat bog, The Migneint, and mainly boggy / grassy hills such as Gallt Y Darren and Carnedd y Filiast. There are also Y Foel Goch to the north east of Y Bala that are really separate, and the southern pair of Rhobell and Dduallt.

This makes any long trip to the Arenig hills rather a difficult task as they’re not easy to join up in a backpack, unless you cross them as a linear route. Paths are few and far between, and low land access isn’t wonderful either. However, it’s possible to cross y Foel Goch, Carnedd y Filiast, Arenig Fach, fawr, Moel Llyfnant, Darren and make your way somehow towards Dduallt and Rhobell. It isn’t an easy trip, and best left for when the ground is dry.

There are also some outlying hills, including the miniature range of Foel Goch just to the north of Y Bala and the rarely visited Deweys of Foel Boeth and Pen y Bedw near Penmachno. We will split these hills to the east of Ffestiniog into their own category along with Manod Mawr as son as we have a few more walks in the area.

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