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Henllys

Anglesey, Wales

Elidir Fawr walking and hiking route

10.5km/6.5mi
Total distance
800m
Total ascent

Start/car parking - Nant Peris park and ride car park, out of season. Or lay-by along main road.

Not to be considered in misty conditions

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Walk Instructions

Make towards the busy road tourist centre of Llanberis, but avoid the village, continuing along the A4086 for a couple of miles to Nant Peris. Locate a car park on the right hand side of the road at the distant end of the village.

Any visit to Snowdonia must include a summit in excess of 3,000ft. Elidir fawr fits the bill admirably. From the summit the whole of Anglesey can be seen. This is a superb outing. Save it for a clear day.

Leave the car park, turn left, into the village. Pass the triple gabled church (St Peris), cross a footbridge and turn right, entering a narrow road.

Follow this for 1/2 mile to reach a cottage and a ladder stile, giving access to the open land. A clear path cuts across the pasture with colossal spoil heaps in view. The dramatic outline of Elidir Fawr unmistakeably etched against the skyline, to the right and above those heaps. Feel a hill coming on?

The upwards route crosses a couple of ladder stiles, eventually curving right, alongside a sparkling mountain watercourse. Cross a footbridge and begin a long, physically demanding, yet highly satisfying slog, towards the summit.

The route passes through sections of damp and is sometimes unclear. Maintain the same general line and problems won’t arise. The concluding 100ft crosses a mass of boulders to reach the stone shelter.

What a viewpoint! Physical output, adequately compensated.

The descent gets underway heading east (undulating ridge on distant horizon - Offa’s Dyke), with reservoirs Marchlyn Mawr and Marchlyn Bach to the left. The initial stages are tricky so, do be cautious with every step.

As the path drops and begins to curve towards a ladder stile (not crossed) on the left, magnificant views into the attendant valley are forthcoming. Directly ahead is the formidable buttress of Mynydd Perfedd (812m) and Foel Goch (831m) and higher still, the bleak outline of Y Garn (947m).

Glances back to Elidir Fawr should generate a feeling of pride and achievement.

A short distance beyond the ladder stile peel off to the right, to cut across the eastern side of the valley, making for another ladder stile. Cross this and keeping close to the fence, march on to reach a sheepfold and cross two adjacent ladder stiles.

Keep close to the wall on the left and descend towards a broken wall. Cross open pasture walking towards the spoil heaps. Cross a ladder stile to emerge onto the footpath, used earlier. Pass the footbridge and retrace previous footsteps for the final mile to Nant Peris.

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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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