The Arans form a southwest-northwest ridge between Dolgellau and Bala, which extends to Cadair Idris in the west. Aran Fawddwy is the highest summit along the ridge and is the only peak over 900 metres in England and Wales, apart from those located in northern Snowdonia. Its sister summit, Aran Benllyn is usually completed in the same walk. The most popular route of ascent starts from Cwm Cywarch which offers no technical problems and provides an excellent day in the hills. Longer approaches are available from the northern side and are much less walked.
The third highest peak in the range is Glagwm, which can be completed from Cwm Cywarch and makes for an excellent walk. Other summits in the range are less appealing with their rounded grassy slopes and occasional access problems making them much less popular.
List of walks
|3055||Glasgwm from Cwm Cywarch||moderate||4.50|
|1190||Aran Fawddwy from Cwm Cywarch||mod/hard||7.50|
|2937★||Aran Fawddwy northern approach||mod/hard||8.40|
|3017★||Aran Benllyn & Aran Fawddwy from Llanuwchllyn||mod/hard||10.00|
|1255||The Aran Ridge from Cwm Cywarch||very hard||11.00|
|1400||The Arans from Cwm Cywarch||hard||14.00|
Table of summits in the Arans Group
|154||Pen y Bryn-fforchrog||685||Arans||Snowdonia|
|229||Foel y Geifr||626||Arans||Snowdonia|
|230||Moel y Cerrig-duon||625||Arans||Snowdonia|
|240||Pen yr Allt-uchaf||620||Arans||Snowdonia|