Foel Lus from the Sychnant Pass

Key: mountainMountain over 914m   peakPeak over 600m   peakPeak under 600m   low levelLow level walk

Length: 5.5km    Height gain: 350m   Highest point: 362m   Approx time: 2.5 - 3 hours   gpx file

This is a new addition to the site. It is a pleasant walk which is easily achievable in half a day, and has excellent views from Snowdonia towards the coast, including The Great Orme and Anglesey. The route is mainly on paths and tracks, although it is boggy at times and you can take a cross country route if you prefer.

Start at the top of the Sychnant Pass where there are laybys to park in, and make your way up a path to the south signed as a public footpath, and part of the North Wales path. The track is very clear and well signed. You follow it with some steep ground, and then the trees of the Fairy Glen off to your right. It is worth taking time to look back to the views towards Llandudno, Conwy and the Great Orme behind you, and you will see the ridge line of Tal y Fan ahead of you. Contour around the top of the Fairy Glen and cross the Afon Gyrach at some stepping stones, then continue to follow a track to the North towards the ridge line of Foel Lus ahead of you.

Continue until you reach the ridge line, with more excellent views of the coast line, and then make your way up the ridge to the summit, where you will find an ideal shelter for your lunch. The route down is on a track to the South. You will reach a "no entry" sign which is just past the top of Mountain Lane, and then pass a sign for some Druid stone circles. Do not follow this, but continue heading South East until you reach a footbridge. Use this to cross the river, and shortly afterwards head North East, following a well defined track until you are back on the same path as you used earlier in the day. Follow this back to the Sychnant Pass. If you are lucky there may even be an ice-cream van waiting for you!

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