Carnedd y Filiast from road A4212
Carnedd y Filiast


Estimated net time 2-3 hours
Difficulty No difficulties.
Drinking water There's running water several places along the route.
GSM coverage No coverage in the beginning of the route, and also a short stretch in shadow a little above half-way. Else fine (March 2014).
Parking Room for many cars at trail head.
Start height 306 metres
Vertical metres 575 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 11.2 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Carnedd y Filiast trail head by road A4212.


From the town Bala in northern Wales, on road A494, drive to the north end of the town and turn left onto road A4212. Drive 9.1 km (5.7 mi) and park on the right hand side of the road, where a forest road forks off right.

Start your walk by following the forest road uphill. Fork right onto a slightly rougher forest road after 400 metres and continue 170 metres through the forest. Once out of the forest continue 2.5 km on the mountain road to a mountain road junction after you have started to descend a little. Turn left here and continue traversing along Carnedd y Filiast's south-west slopes. Continue another 2.2 km and leave the mountain road towards left and head directly to the summit cairn on a vague path.

Descend by reversing your ascent route.



15. March 2014

I had done a long-ish hike across the Rhinogs earlier this Saturday but had one more hike to do in order to be able to complete complete my objective to finish off the list of Wales' 50 most prominent tops. Fortunately the hike to Carnedd y Filiast was on forest road, so although slightly long it was easy walking in fine spring conditions. I completed the hike without seeing a single other hiker, and by the time I got back down to the car I was exceptionally keen on getting hold on some food and drinks. All I had in the car was a can of Coke, but I didn't have to drive very far before I was able to start filling up the energy level. Then off to Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, where I found a very nice B&B.

Photos 15.03.2014