|Arenig Fach from
|Estimated net time||2-2½ hours|
|Difficulty||No difficulties, but very cumbersome because of large heather.|
|Drinking water||No access to drinking water.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (March 2013).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at the lay-by along road A4212.|
|Start height||340 metres|
|Vertical metres||360 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||5.3 km|
From the A494/A4212 junction in the village Bala drive road A4212 13.8 km to a large lay-by on the left hand side of the road. Park here.
Start your hike by crossing the road and climb the barbed fence. There's an old stile a few tens of metres down the road in the direction from where you arrived, but this stile is simply rotten (per 2013). But the fence is not very high and can easily be climbed around where the stile is. Head up the grassy slopes, and then continue across heather in a north/north-west direction. You will get to a proper stone fence at around 450 metres, which you pass through a gate. Turn left (west) when you get to approximately 500 metres and aim for the steeper south slopes. Gradually turn a little right (north-west) up to the summit plateau, and continue north/north-west to the summit. You will first get to a small cairn, which is located at a point of approximately the same height as the summit, but the summit cairn can be found 70 metres further north-west.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
17. March 2013
This was my second hike this Sunday, and the last one this week-end before heading to Warwick for a week of work. There was a little snow on the ground, and the hike was in general quite miserable with mist and strenuous hiking through a lot of heather.