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The Berwyns

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in Denbighshire, Wales, about 16.30km (10.13 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 6:30h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 649m (2129ft)
Descent 646m (2119ft)
Max. Elevation 820m (2690ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 1295m (4248ft)
Start & End
Distance 16.30km
Duration ~6:30h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 30 Jan 2012
The Berwyns are the forgotton hills of North Wales. A fraction of the visitors that head to the peaks around Snowdon, and all for the lack of a few feet to take them to the magical '3,000' height. But those who venture here will find some wild hills, a far cry from the wide paths of Snowdonia. This route takes in the main summits in the range in a long walk from Llandrillo, which is a stop on the Wrexham-Bala route and has regular buses.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map

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Start your walk at Llandrillo, on the western side of the Berwyns.
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Follow the track that skirts a wooded hillside near Cefn Pen-llety. This leads to the main route up onto the Berwyns ridge.
About 2.02 km (~1.26 miles) from
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The path follows a mountain stream up to the ridge.
About 1.89 km (~1.17 miles) from
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The first summit is Cadair Bronwen.
About 1.66 km (~1.03 miles) from
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From the summit, follow the path heading south over Bwlch Maen Gwynedd.
About 1.08 km (~0.67 miles) from
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Cadair Berwyn is the highest point in the range, at 827m.
About 0.94 km (~0.58 miles) from
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Continue to the next summit, Moel Sych to enjoy the views down to Llyn Lluncaws.
About 1.11 km (~0.69 miles) from
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The easiest way down is to retrace your steps to the main path, but for an adventure, head for the shoulder between the two peaks. Stick to the high ground between the two streams.
About 2.32 km (~1.44 miles) from
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Head for the gap between the two patches of woodland, and the tiny hamlet of Pennant.
About 1.99 km (~1.24 miles) from
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Follow the bridleway to Cadwst.
About 1.26 km (~0.78 miles) from
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Back to Llandrillo for the bus home or a pint in the Dudley Arms.
About 1.54 km (~0.96 miles) from

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