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Welsh weekender - Day 2

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Thanks to the wonders of technology we managed to find the route, again from Walking Britain, on my mobile phone as we wanted a route that took in the whole of the Aran ridge.
The full walk from Walking Britain can be viewed here

Day 2 - The Aran Ridge from Cwm Cywarch
"Aran Fawddwy, which is only 9 metres (30 ft) short of being a member of the Welsh 3000s, is the highest peak in the Aran mountain range and the 16th highest summit in Wales. The other two Marilyns in this range are Glasgwm and Esgeiriau Gwynion. It is the highest British mountain south of Snowdon and is the principal summit of the predominant southwest-northeast ridge between Dolgellau and Bala, southern Snowdonia, a ridge that continues westwards as Cadair Idris."
Which is we wanted to climb it, and to walk the length of the ridge, from Glasgwm at the South West end to Aran Benllyn in the North East.

We'd headed off fairly early from the campsite just outside Dolgellau and arrived at the car park site at …

Welsh weekender - Day 1

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Work was over for the week and another Friday evening at Scouts had just finished (map and compass work which, while useful, wasn't appreciated by all the boys!) and so, at long last, the Bank Holiday weekend had finally arrived!

We'd planned to head up to Snowdonia for the weekend to get in a couple of decent walks - final "training" before the 3 Peaks Challenge the following weekend - and had decided to stay away from the hugely busy area's surrounding Snowdon and base ourselves at a campsite just outside Dolgellau, perfect for a short 6 mile walk to Arenig Fawr (854m) on the Saturday and then a longer, harder, 12 mile circular walk along the Aran ridge on the Sunday before heading back on Monday morning.

Day 1 - Arenig Fawr from Arenig, near Llyn Celyn
This route was taken from Walking Britain website and can be viewed here

Thanks to an early start, the drive up to the start of the walk near Bala was easy and traffic free and we arrived at the start point aroun…