Manod Mawr from Manod
Manod Mawr


Estimated net time 2-2 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
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Manod Mawr trail head at Manod.


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.

Photos 14.03.2014