Tal y Fan From Llanfairfechan
Tal y Fan From Llanfairfechan

Tal y Fan From Llanfairfechan

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Tal y Fan From Llanfairfechan

Tal y Fan From Llanfairfechan

Distance: 8.7mi
Elevation: 2,133ft
Time: 4.5-6h

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Walking up Tal y Fan From Llanfairfechan provides plenty of opportunity to explore a fairly accessible mountain that has plenty of interesting features. It’s a windy drive to the small car park, but from there it’s quite a straightforward ascent up neighbouring Foel Lwyd. Cross over to the peak of Tal y Fan, with wonderful views of Liverpool Bay, then descend past quarries and sheep shelters to the North Wales Path. Your return takes you past ancient stone circles, an impressive end to the day’s adventure.

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Getting there

This circular walk around Tal y Fan starts near the seaside town of Llanfairfechan. If driving south through town, aim for Village Road, which runs alongside the Afon Llanfairfechen. Where the road turns right to cross the river, keep on ahead on Bryn Road, which becomes Valley Road. After about 0.7mi, drive across the bridge, then head left at a junction marked as a dead end. Roughly 2297ft later, you’re at a snug little car park!

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Tal y Fan From Llanfairfechan Trail Description

The footpath near the car park entrance is the one to follow, keeping your eyes peeled for the granite way markers denoting the Llanfairfechan Trail. Views of the forests accompany you as you quickly ascend into clearer surroundings. The waymarked trail directs you towards Bwlch y Ddeufaen, where a wall emerges to guide you up to the summit of Foel Lwyd. This portion is quite steep, but you shouldn’t have any trouble aiming for the top. From here, the summit of Tal y Fan is nearby to the east. Follow the wall to the bwlch between the two mountains, then walk along a narrow path with the wall on your right to the top of Tal y Fan. A touch of scrambling may be necessary to conquer this stretch. Keep going past the false summit until you reach the proper peak.

There are plenty of options for descending Tal y Fan – it’s difficult to really go wrong. This route takes you on a northeast bearing down the mountain, the trail hugging the western flank of Cefn Maen Amor. The North Wales Path is ahead, which you’ll take in a western direction as it passes a broken down smallholding. Cross the river and follow the easily visible markers before turning left onto a broad path towards Bryn Derwydd. The North Wales Path is very well-signed the rest of your way back. Keep your eye out for prehistoric stone circles! The path ends at Newry Drive – cross the bridge, turn left, and the car park is half a kilometre away.



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