Llwytmor and Drum from Aber Falls

Key: mountainMountain over 914m   peakPeak over 600m   peakPeak under 600m  

Length: 14.5km   Height gain: 941m   Highest point: 942m   Approx time: 5 - 6 hours   gpx file

A walk taking you up to Aber Falls, and then to the top of the falls, before going over the summits of Llwytmor and Foel Fras to Drum. Has good views over to the Menai Straits. The route should not pose too many problems in poor visibility, however if there has been a lot of rain or there is ice on the ground then care must be taken when walking up the side of the falls. There was actually an avalanche at Aber Falls a couple of years ago too!

Begin from the car park just off the A55 (signed free parking), and walk up the minor road, then follow the signs to Aber Falls. When you reach the falls (after approximately 40 minutes) take the path to the left heading up a scree slope. Upon reaching the edge of the forest turn right on a gently ascending path which will take you to the top of the falls. There are a couple of places where care will be needed, since water can flow across the path making some of the rocks slippery.

From the top of the falls follow the Afon Goch for approximately 1 km. From here the summit of Llwytmor Bach is to the NE. Walk over rocky ground followed by some more boggy ground to reach this summit, from where you will get good views to Llandudno. Head in a SE direction over more boggy ground to the summit of Llwytmor. If there is a need then there is an alternative route from Llwytmor Bach. This is a steep descent to the NNW bringing you to the Afon Anafon. This is a steep slope and care will need to be taken. I have only used this once in extremely strong wind when it was unsafe to continue.

From Llwytmor make your way to the trig point on the summit of Foel Fras. In poor visibility the wall running along to the summit can be used if you aim slightly to the left of the summit. From the summit follow the wall, and then the wire fence to the NE around to the rolling summit of Drum.

From Drum head off to the East down a steep grassy slope to reach Llyn Anafon. From here there is a good track which will take you to the minor road which you parked on. Alternatively if you do not want to go down to the Llyn you can take the longer route by following the clear path off to the North.

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