|Manod Mawr from Manod
|Estimated net time||2-2½ hours|
|Difficulty||No difficulties, but the route from the lake to a little below the summit is steep.|
|Drinking water||There's running water a couple of places along the route.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (March 2014).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at trail head car park.|
|Start height||225 metres|
|Vertical metres||445 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||5.4 km|
From the junction where roads A470 and A496 meet, in the town Blaenau Ffestiniog in north-west Wales, drive A470 2.2 km (1.4 mi) south. Turn left onto the road "Cae Clyd" and drive 260 metres to a large car park on the right hand side of the road. Park here.
Start your walk by continuing on the road next to the car park. Fork left onto a farm road after 450 metres, just before you get to a house at the end of the road. Then fork right onto a path after another 60 metres. Follow this path a little more than 400 metres, until it starts to fade away. Continue approximately 850 metres north/north-east, to the lake Llyn y Manod. Turn right just before the lake and head uphill in steep terrain. You reach the summit area when the terrain gets flatter, and there are a couple of summit candidates within a few tens of metres.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
14. March 2014
Manod Mawr was my fifth and final hike this Saturday, and by now I was hiking in dense fog and having to rely fully on GPS way-points in order to find my way to the summit. But I had only hiked a total of 1670 vertical metres, and 27.0 km so was still feeling relatively fresh. By now I only had four more mountains to do in order to complete my goal of hiking the 50 most prominent tops in Wales.
After the hike I found myself a room at Oakley Arms Hotel in Vale of Ffestiniog, and enjoyed a meal and a couple of beers before starting to plan tomorrow's hikes.