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near Aber Cowarch, Wales (United Kingdom)
One of Snowdonia's lesser frequented gems, the Aran Ridge, visited from the southern end. The walk starts and ends in the secluded valley of Cwm Cywarch, beneath the impressive crags of Craig Cywarch. A steady pull up the side of Hengwm valley leads to onto the broad grassy ridge up to Drysgol, with the first views of the main Aran tops over to the right. The terrain turns rockier as the the head of the cliffs are followed round onto Aran Fawddwy, the highest summit of the day. An out-and-back northwards follows the cliff tops onto Erw y Ddafad-ddu and finally Aran Benllyn, before returning to Aran Fawddwy and descending via its south side. A fence runs across the spine of the Aran Ridge with plentiful stiles. A handy guide in poor visibility but ignore it on a fine day and stick close to the eastern rim for the best views. It matters not which side of the fence you are on!