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the hairy legged hiker walking in WalesWhere is it? Tal y Fan is located between Penmaenmawr to the north and the Conwy valley to the east, and is on the northern edge of the Carneddau range of mountains in north Wales
How long will it take ? :  Allow 2 to 3 hours. Main walk is 3.3  miles / 5.0 km. Add another 1 mile if visiting the neolithic burial chamber.
What's the attraction? : Glorious views of Great Orme, Menai Strait, Anglesey, the Carneddau range, the Conwy valley and the option to visit some neolithic burial sites.
Essentials : If you are doing the short route you will need a car !
Rating : This is a moderate walk. Although this is a short walk it is not advisable to undertake unless you are an experienced hill walker or feel confident of having fine weather.
Car Parking : Parking is available in the small Car Park at Bwlch y Ddeufaen ( Pylon Pass)
Directions :   Map of Bwlch y Ddeufaen to Tal y Fan location ]
Take the B5106 down the Conwy Valley from Conwy to Tal y Bont for approx. 6.25 miles / 10 km. Turn right in Tal y Bont and pass through Llanbedr-y-cennin travelling approx. 3 miles / 5km to Bwlch y Ddeufaen. The last section of the route is a very steep and narrow road, beware cattle and sharp bends.

View from Tal y Fan toward the Great Orme and the Creuddyn peninsulaThere are other routes to the top of Tal y Fan but the route I am describing here is the easy one. It involves taking the car to Bwlch y Ddeufaen which is itself located at 427m or 1,400ft. which only leaves a climb of 601 ft to reach the top of Tal y Fan. This not only gives you the advantage of fantastic views for little effort but also enables you to say that you have climbed a mountain ! (The criteria for a mountain is a minimum of 2000 ft above sea level. Tal y Fan is 2001 ft, 610 m. Indeed my grand daughter Eve can boast that she climbed her first mountain while only 5 years old.

Exit the Car Park and back track along the lane (the Roman Road from Chester to Caernarfon) for approximately 3/4 mile stopping a few yards before the sharp right hand bend in the road at Tan-y-Braich. Here, on your left, you will see a high stile. Cross the stile and follow the right of way to the col between Tal y Fan and its The col near the summit of Tal y Fanneighbour Foel Lwyd. At the top of the climb cross another stile and bear right, and follow the track along the north side of the wall to the summit of Tal y Fan.

Here you will see glorious views: to the north west Menai Strait, Penmon Point, Anglesey and Puffin Island; to the north and in the foreground the upland plateau above Penmaenmawr, with the limestone headland of the Great Orme on the Creuddyn peninsula as backdrop; to the east the Clwydian hills and the Conwy Valley; and to the south the Carneddau hills of Snowdonia and the National Park.

The dry stone walls lead out in all directions, over the hills and far away, and it never ceases to amaze me when I consider the effort that must have gone into constructing these boundaries over the centuries. What we look on as places of beauty and recreation must have been viewed in a harsher context by men who would spend their lifetimes toiling on these barren hillsides.

To vary the route the return journey can take in the adjacent summit of Foel Lwyd. Walk back along the Maen y Bardd a neolithic burial chamber near Tal y Fanroute to the col and then continue on the north side of the wall for approximately 1/3rd of a mile to Foel Lwyd. From the summit continue along the ridge following the wall. You will have to climb over the wall where it turns to the right and continue down to Bwlch y Ddeufaen. On reaching the track below bear left and return to the Car Park.

But there's more!

If you are interested in ancient burial chambers and standing stones the area around Tal y Fan has them in abundance. I can strongly recommend a short detour to visit the 5,500 year old neolithic burial chamber, Maen y Bardd (Stone of the Bard). To visit Maen y Bardd pass the high stile mentioned at the start of the walk at Tan-y-Braich and instead continue east along the roman road. At the road junction carry on straight ahead (toward Rowen) for some 1/3rd of a mile. On your left you will pass the renovated homestead Cae Coch and after a few hundred yards more a large standing stone. Maen y Bardd is further down the lane on raised ground to the left of the track.

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Please -- click on the pictures -- for enlarged pictures of the Walk from Bwlch y Ddeufaen to Tal y Fan, near Rowen, Conwy, Wales, UK.

The Roman Road heading toward the Maen y Bardd above Rowen Dry stone wall at summit of Tal y Fan
The Roman Road leads toward the neolithic burial chamber, Maen y Bardd, above Rowen
Dry stone wall at summit of Tal y Fan, path leads from here to Llangelynin Church
Looking along the walls west toward Foel Lwyd   View north toward anglesey, Penmon Point and Puffin Island
Looking along the walls westward toward Foel Lwyd
View north toward Isle of Anglesey, Penmon Point and Puffin Island
The Carneddau range of mountains
The Conwy Valley to the east of Tal y Fan
The Carneddau range of mountains to the south  
The Conwy Valley to the east of Tal y Fan.
Standing stone near Tal y Fan Typical upland landscape with dry stone walls
Standing stone near Tal y Fan, above Rowen
Typical upland landscape with dry stone walls

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