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ELIDIR FAWR 3.031 Feet (924 meters)

Elidir Fawr is a mountain in Snowdonia, north Wales, the northernmost peak in the Glyderau. Its name means 'Big Elidir', named after a legendary warrior king of the 6th century also known as Eliffer Gosgorddfawr.

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🅿️ Layby parking on the road leading to Marchlyn Bach, closest address Deiniolen LL55 3NB, head past the stone cottage on your right to the closest parking which fits around 15 cars.

🥾 5.7 miles

🏔️ 608m ascent  including Elidir Fawr and Elidir Fach summits

This is a quieter route with no facilities, but beware the climb up is very steep across large boulders with no path to follow, you can choose a different route up via Elidir Fawr where a faint path can be followed.

🌞We walked on a day where it was 30c in April and zero cloud for shade, this walk also doesn't offer any shade other than by the dam.

ABOUT THIS ROUTE

This is the quieter route up Elidir Fawr but some interesting facts we found out about the reservoir was-

Marchlyn Mawr Reservoir, the same reservoir which powers six turbines inside Elidir Fawr known locally as 'Electric Mountain' Built in 1974, deep with Elidir Fawr is a Hydroelectric Power Station set within 9 miles of caverns.

🥾 Now you can walk on the access road all the way to the reservoir which is over 1 mile and nearly 300m ascent and  gets pretty steep, however i find walking on concrete hard on the feet so we picked up a more direct path on the grass to the side of the road, it was still steep but plenty of rocks to sit on and nicer on the feet.

🥾You pass the quarry on your right and the first reservoir comes up which is Marchlyn Bach reservoir, it was so hot this day we took plenty of stops on rocks to have a drink.

🥾 You head up in front towards the dam  of Marchlyn Mawr reservoir, the only shade we found was on the road, and by the dam so we sat here and had our dinner.

🥾 You take the right hand path going part way round the dam which you can see faintly heading up hill, the path is initially clear to see but then disappears into a boulder field.

🥾 We lost the path completely, we took it slow and headed straight up hill, the rule we use is to keep 3 parts of your body on a rock at all times ( both feet and one hand or both hands and one foot) this helps with safety.

🥾 You eventually come to Bwlch y Marchlyn ridge between two hills and pick up the final path to the summit, this is still surrounding large rocks all the way along the top to the trig point and beyond. The views are absolutely stunning and from the summit you do have options o extend and tick off other peaks, but we chose to just do the one Mountain as I was alone with the kids and it was super hot.

🥾 We continued along the ridge to a path leading down the side of the summit, the path was easy to follow just had tot take it slow due to the stones. You can see the next summit in front of you with the welsh flag in the stones. From here the path leads away from the mountain and walks down the side of the quarry to the road leading pack to the car.

PLEASE REMEMBER THE WEATHER CAN CHANGE AND THESE ARE SERIOUS MOUNTAINS THAT CAN POSE DANGER, USE A MAP AND COMPASS AND CHECK THE MOUNTAIN WEATHER BEFOREHAND.

ENSURE YOU HAVE THE CORRECT EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING FOR ALL WEATHERS.

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