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Henllys

Anglesey, Wales

Drum walking and hiking route

16km/10mi
Total distance
760m
Total ascent

Start/car parking - Abergwyngregyn - Waterfalls car park

Not to be considered in misty conditions

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Walk Instructions

To find Abergwyngregyn follow the A55 east of Bangor. The tiny village is barely a 1/4 of a mile from the main road. To locate the car park drive along the narrow road beside the Afon Aber, for approximately 1 mile.

Additional parking (4-5 cars) exists where the narrow road terminates. This clips about two miles off the overall distance. It’s a gamble as to whether spaces remain and, if that car park is full – there could be problems with manoeuvres!

Setting off from the original point, cross the bridge and follow the road to its conclusion. Pass through the little car park and swing left along a wide track. Reaching pylons curve right (Foel Dduarth & Foel Ganol to right) with an obvious route spreading out straight ahead – telegraph poles on horizon.

Reaching a rare marker post – turn right to – Drum, the majestic objective of this outing. Superb, far reaching vistas are waiting.

The track rises continually, bringing two relevant landmarks into sight. The water board access road that serves as "the way home" is revealed, wriggling, serpent like, along the valley. The other landmark Drum’s summit, overlooked by the significantly higher Foel Fras (942m), Llwytmor (849m) and Llwytmor Bach 690m).

The summit is marked with a stile and heap of stones. Spectacular views are presented, especially northwards to Anglesey and Menai Strait. The return route is optional. Either do a complete retrace, or, descend the uncharted territory to the reservoir.

The latter involves a steep descent. There isn’t an obvious path. It’s rough going. I managed it, safely, in 30 minutes.

The bonus with this option is the homeward journey, passing through an exquisite, deserted valley. The haunt of harrier, stonechat, kestrel, raven and choughs. Also, at the distant end of the valley an unusual sheepfold formation. Men who could answer questions surrounding why these were so constructed and what functions they served, are dead and gone.

The latter stages of this "secret" valley follows a superb, elevated path with a massive plantation to the left. Pass through a gate, veer left at a path divide and descend to the road for the return to the car park.

* The tourist trail to Aber Falls is a mile in each direction.

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Disclaimer: This route was correct at time of writing. However, alterations can happen if development or boundary changes occur, and there is no guarantee of permanent access. These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that neither HPB Management Limited nor any other person connected with Holiday Property Bond is responsible for the safety or wellbeing of those following the routes as described. It is walkers' own responsibility to be adequately prepared and equipped for the ‎level of walk and the weather conditions and to assess the safety and accessibility of the walk.

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