Wales – Tal y Fan, Conwy
Distance: 10km/6¼ miles
Type: Mountain and moor
Where: Circular walk in the eastern Carneddau, Snowdonia.
Start/End: Bwlch y Ddeufaen (SH720715).
Terrain: Rough paths and tracks, unpaved moor and hills. Awkward underfoot in places, with marshy sections. Don’t attempt in poor visibility.
Maps : Explorer OL17; Landranger 115.
The deep Conwy Valley bisects North Wales, separating the mountains of Snowdonia in the west from the more rounded, gentler moorlands and secluded vales of Denbighshire to the east. The mountains quickly step up to the bulbous tops and sheer edges of the Carneddau, amongst the lesser-known peaks of the National Park. One such is Tal y Fan, claiming mountain status at 610m/2001ft. It ripples as a craggy ridge through a timeless landscape, richly endowed with Neolithic monuments amidst a tracery of old fields, summer pastures and wind-riffled wastes, with fabulous coastal and mountain views. This energetic ramble makes the most of this, and visits one of the marvellous, unspoiled little churches that remain hidden in the hills, aeons away from the modern world.
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