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Anglesey, Wales

Y Garn walking and hiking route

Total distance
Total ascent

Start/car parking - Rhyd Ddu car park at south end of the village off the A4085

Ryd Ddu lies 5 1/2 miles farther along the same valley as Waunfawr (see Walk 8 for travel directions), in an area dotted with reservoirs and redundant slate quarries.

Locals advised some of the best westerly views are available from Y Garn’s summit, but untimely low cloud arrived as I reached the summit, thus preventing personal confirmation of this. I can confirm the short distance embraces a "wicked" walk. The "up and down" return route includes extremely steep sections. The descent, in particular, is "hazardous" in places. Take extra care and you’ll survive. I did.

There are advantages. Most of the route can be seen (and considered), from the car park. Also, the route appears to be well used. Perhaps those views are very special?

Not to be conisdered in misty conditions


Walk Instructions

From the car park cross the road towards a waymark, then being ever grateful for the slate path, cross the field then a footbridge. A crude sign points the way to "RIDGE", then cross a stile built with old rails. Pass through the gate on the left, and proceed towards a ladder stile. When the path divides take the right fork – the hard work begins!

Nearing the summit, cross an expanse of stone boulders and the ladder stile at the wall. Veer right towards the cairns, then turn around and follow the wall to the stone shelter, peering down into a natural amphitheatre. The ridge route looked to be a daunting prospect.

A replica Napes Needle found on Gt. Gable in Cumbria, protruding upwards.

To return to the car, far below, simply retrace earlier footsteps. Be especially careful throughout the long, arduous descent.


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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