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Foel Penolau

A leisurely walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Snowdonia in Gwynedd, Wales, about 12.21km (7.59 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:00. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 452m (1482ft)
Loss 458m (1502ft)
Max. Elevation 590m (1935ft)
Elevation (total) 910m (2984ft)
Start & End
Trawsfynydd
Distance 12.21km
(7.59mi)
Duration ~4:00
Difficulty  
Leisurely
4Created by timmy on 03 Jun 2012
This summit is a modest height, but the approach demands respect. The rocky cliffs around the summit of Foel Penolau, at the northern end of the Rhinog mountains, make for some great scrambling, but it can be tricky to find the way up. Save this walk for a clear, dry day when you can enjoy the intracacies of this fine mountain.

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Waypoints

OS Grid SH706355
Take the bus to Trawsfynydd. Walk to the edge of the reservoir and head for the footbridge.
Footbridge About 0.89 km (~0.55 miles) from
OS Grid SH701348
Once across, turn right and follow the road along the edge of the reservoir.
Tyn Twll farm About 1.96 km (~1.22 miles) from
OS Grid SH684358
At Tyn Twll farm, take the footpath heading into the hills.
Cwm Moch About 1.61 km (~1 miles) from
OS Grid SH668357
Leave the path and head to the level ground at Cwm Moch.
Diffys About 0.93 km (~0.58 miles) from
OS Grid SH660351
The rock walls look impenetrable, but if you follow the base to the western edge, there is a scrambly route up onto Diffys.
Diffys plateau About 0.30 km (~0.19 miles) from
OS Grid SH662349
From here, it's another scramble up onto the summit.
Foel Penolau About 0.17 km (~0.11 miles) from
OS Grid SH661348
Reach the top for superb views all around.
Climb down About 0.27 km (~0.17 miles) from
OS Grid SH659349
Climb down carefully the way you came - there are few other routes off, so take care - and continue round the base of the summit to the saddle between Foel Penolau and Moel Ysgyfarnagod.
Saddle About 0.37 km (~0.23 miles) from
OS Grid SH660346
From the saddle, pick your way beneath the rocky cliffs of Foel Penolau.
Cefn Clawdd About 1.34 km (~0.83 miles) from
OS Grid SH673342
Pick up the track in the valley east of the mountains.
Road back About 1.43 km (~0.89 miles) from
OS Grid SH686335
The track joins the road and heads past Ty-cerrig to the reservoir.
Tyndrain About 1.61 km (~1 miles) from
OS Grid SH696347
At Tyndrain, turn right back to the footbridge.
Trawsfynydd again About 1.33 km (~0.83 miles) from
OS Grid SH708354
Return to the town for the bus home.

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