Name:Yr Aran
Hill number:1997
Height:747.2m / 2451ft
SMC/RHB Section:30B: Snowdonia
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Snowdon
Topographical area:WN02 Snowdon-eilio
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Hewitt, Nuttall,
Buxton & Lewis, Bridge, Clem, Trail 100
Grid ref:SH 60440 51531
Summit feature:rock by cairn
Col:508.8m  SH 6052 5214  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 115
(1:25k) OL17W
Observations:small knoll 25m NE is 1.0m lower
Survey:Leica NA730/Leica 530
Survey of Craig Wen.pdf
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With Nick and Rufus from Rhyd Ddu. Yr Aran and Craig Wen.jacobrichmond28/11/2023
After departing Martin's birthday weekend. Pretty damp, lots of waterfall action.Grinner24/09/2023
Nice gradual walk from Rhyd Ddu village following Snowdon Ranger path initially. Nice and steady until 3/4 of the way. Bits of scrambling to work towards the summitCofiStevenStyle16/09/2023
Offshoot doing the North section of the Cambrian Way.andrewroberts12/08/2023
From Rhyd Ddu up to old quarry. Followed wall up to summit Yr Aran. Continued on to Craig Wen then back to quarry path using tricky to follow paths. Muddy in places. Windy day.Yr Eryr Aur29/07/2023
With Martin Kimberley. Followed the Trail Magazine route from the Watkin Path car park at Pont Bethania, where there were several spaces still at 9:30 am. Good route, great views.gbeniston20/07/2023
Roadside parking in Bethania, SW of Nantgwynant car park (full). Followed the start of the Watkin Path then took the left hand fork above the waterfall. Up grassy slopes to join the east ridge. Followed the wall almost to the summit. Large trig bolt in rock near hp. Descended south, following the wall to climb Dinas Hill (388m). Solo.Dangerous Dave13/07/2023
ML training course!Joel45113/07/2023
Started from Rhyd Ddu on excellent path to old mine. Thereafter followed wall and tiny path to summit. Joined by Laura on her first mountain.Crumblie226/06/2023
Sunny morning. Weather got colder. Some snow above 600m. But what a summit with stunning views. With my Dad.simonjallen14/03/2023
From Nant Gwynant in winter conditions.alunrees4021/01/2023
Watkins Path from Bethania to quarry near east ridge. Very windy with heavy rain/hail showers. Returned via north ridge in fading light.lordtonult06/11/2022
Up Watkin Path to quarry, up Cambrian Way to col, ascent of Yr Aran. Decscent to quarry on southern slopes, explore and back to base of Watkin Pathandrew.morel04/11/2022
From Rhyd Ddugettingonabit02/10/2022
6.4 mile out-and-back from Rhyd-Ddu car park up Rhyd-Ddu path the onto track to the old quarries crossing a ladder stile and ascending steep but easy slopes up to ridge and then to summit. 568m ascent. The views today were amazing. Not a cloud in the sky and not too hazy taking in most of Southern Snowdonia and all of Cardigan Bay and dare I say the best view of Snowdon from another mountain. Great little summit too. A hidden gem of a mountain.DanTrig16/06/2022
From Nant Peris. Watkin path up to Yr Aran, continuing onto Craig Wen before descending to join the path from Craflwyn to return to the Watkin path.alunrees3914/05/2022
With Pete, Tom, Joel, Ella, & Corwyn. Windy & claggy day, although not as bad as MWIS suggested. Circuit from Rhyd Ddu, returning via the new path to Pont Cae Gors and a quick trip to Llyn Llywelyn in Beddgelert Forest.millionmts04/04/2022
From Rhyd Ddu, during ML training exped.derrymark22/10/2021
With Angiesimon and co18/09/2021
Cracking day doing Yr Aran and Snowdon via the Watkin path. Weather was bad for August with cloud for most of the day. Started late (11am) to wait for the worst to pass. Struggled finding the path split at first for Yr Aran across the bog but soon found my way towards higher ground. Summited around 2pm for a perfectly timed 30 second break in the clouds. Whole way up and back to the Watkin without seeing another.MysteriousSue16/08/2021
This was my final Welsh Marilyn and my 1551st and final one so walked up from Rhydd Ddu with my wife, and summitted with Chris, Alex, Barry and Dan. Enjoyed the company together with the usual summit celebrations. Excellent walking conditions and a beer at the Cwellan afterwards.NormanW02/07/2021
Snowdon and Yr Aran from Rhyd DduGary Heath04/06/2021
From Bethania, up the Watkin Path then north east to Gallt y Wennalt, followed horseshoe route over Y Lliwedd, traverse around Cwm Tregalan to Bwlch Cwm Llan, then ascent of Yr Aran before final descent to Watkin path. Warm, sunny day with little wind. Summit of Yr Aran to ourselves, a very fine viewpoint. Total of 12.5 miles in 8 hours.Marksalop31/05/2021
from bethenia cp, £3 for 4hrs, £6 all day, same route as the previous post. couldnt have chosen a clearer day.bardolph07/05/2021
An excellent hill with great views of the Snowdon massif. Walked with Lindsey from Bethania carpark (given a free ticket by departing driver). Cloudy-bright, light wind. Started up Watkin Path at 10am. Impressive mining ruins. Into Cwm Llan then up steep grass following faint path up to the ridge. Followed wall west until wire fence then over stile and up steep short path to Yr Aran summit. Had lunch then rumbles of thunder so retraced route (with detour to see Gladstone's Rock). Rained during the walk-out. Back to car about 4pm giving approx 5 hours walking time. Route approx 5 miles, 2,100 ft ascent.Skip02/05/2021
Yr Wyddfa South Horseshoe: Y Lliwedd - Yr Wyddfa - Yr Aran from Pont BethaniaJHes29/04/2021
From Nantgwynant. Yr Aran and Craig Wen.WelshMountainGoat3825/04/2021
ML Course wild camp day 1. Ascent from Bethania via Cwm Llanlindslow16/10/2020
from Craig WenIWC01/12/2019
Via the Watkin path for Snowdon from Nantgwynant/Bethania car park. With a small group from Hiking Manchester. Varied day, with some mist, but also some great views.Lazylizzie03/11/2019
With Dave Wragg in round from Rhyd Ddu inc Snowdon, in improving weather, no rain. Rounsfell31/08/2019
From Nantgwynant via Watkin's Path. Onwards to Snowdon summit. Descend from Snowdon via south ridge and climbed to summit of Yr Aran. Return via path making a descending traverse north of the east ridge, pausing to look at disused mine workings (marked) from which old mining tramways were used to return to the valley bottom and return to the starting point. With Mike Raffe.raffemeister28/08/2019
Followed Nuttall route 3.3 very pleasant walkJulieB17/08/2019
Round of Yr Aran, Snowdon and Y Lliwedd from Bethania CP. East ridge, then back down east ridge as far as stone wall before left turn towards Snowdon.Topographer5701/08/2019
Yr Aran and Mynydd Mawr out and back to each from Rhydd-ddu. 20km with 1100m ascent in 6 hours. (S)silveracorn_alan06/05/2019
Snowdon via Watkin path with Mike Wilkinson, Vanessa & Daniel Howells (WBMC)JtwoUD23/04/2019
Cerdded o Rhyd Ddu. Gyda Rhiannon.sionbrit22/04/2019
Traverse over Crib Goch down to Rhyd DduN.Morters09/04/2019
Route: Rhyd Ddu Bwlch Cwm Llan Yr Aran Craig Wen Rhyd Ddu. Stats: 3hrs51, 12.16km, 647.5m ascent. Weather: cold & extremely windy (55mph), but clear skies. Notes: snow/ice on ground (up to waist-deep in places); lost hat after wind blew it over the edge during ascent; original aim of Snowdon abandoned due to winds (although BJ summited).millionmts05/04/2019
From Rhyd Ddu CP (£6.00) - visited Y Aran first, then back to CP & on to Mynydd Mawr. Y Aran is an excellent hill with a really good mountain path from the bwlch.ger28/03/2019
CMC walkgreenways23/02/2019
Repeat visit (also March 2008) with M & X. Dropped off at Bethania by Mrs Anchovy, up the Watkins Path to Plas Cwm-llan, left up to mine workings and then up on to ridge and then summit. Basked in surprisingly warm sunshine on the top. Then on to Craig Wen before descending to a pub in Beddgelert where we met up again with Mrs A. Just over 10 km.Herbert Anchovy30/10/2018
From car park at Rhyd Ddu station £2-50 up Snowdon path. Went over first stile at the quarry & headed up the hill. Would have been better to have continued & gone up the path beside a dry stone wall.rogreeves19/10/2018
From Watkins PathDan Baddeley03/10/2018
From Rhyd-Ddu. Snowdon path then East to Bwlch Cwm Lan. Steeply South on a bit of a path to the ridge and on to the summit. Good weather. Val was with me as far as Bwlch Cwm Lan then waited while I went on to the summit.mike.hoult29/08/2018