Classic Walks in Snowdonia – Mynydd Mawr from Fron

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Limited roadside parking in the village, parking spot on the route at SH

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There is an infrequent bus service to Y Fron from Caernarfon.

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Route Summary:

A quieter mountain, right next to Snowdon, that provides an excellent view of the surrounding mountains.

Distance: 8.25 km

Ascent: 436 m

Time: 3 hours

Start and Finish: Y Fron


Canolfan Y Fron has a shop (open half the time in our experience), cafe and accommodation.


Care is needed to find your way from the summit in mist and parts of the path can be loose on descent.

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Classic Walks in Snowdonia – Mynydd Mawr from Fron Details

The solitary summit of Mynydd Mawr falls off most people’s radar, but worth a walk if you’ve only got a few hours spare. While more often walked from Rhyd Ddu, this route from Y Fron is even quieter and has its own charms, especially when the heather is in flower. The best thing is the views from the summit that include Snowdon and the Nantlle Ridge.

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Route Description

1 The walk starts from the centre of Y Fron, which has a distinctive ‘village green’ that’s often grazed by sheep. Follow the road east, taking the final junction left into the slate tips just before the road ends at a cul de sac.

Classic Walks in Snowdonia - Mynydd Mawr from Fron

2 Follow this road uphill, crossing a cattle grid as you pull uphill. You’ll not fail to notice the number of ruined cottages along the hillside, pointing to a much busier and populous upland in the past. The road soon gives way to a good track as you enter the commonland of Uwchgwyrfai Common, and to the information board above Llyn Ffynhonau.

3 The information board is worth a stop and a read, but mainly for the superb view across towards the Nantlle Ridge – one of the best there is. The track is easily followed towards Mynydd Mawr, though it does split in places and some common sense is needed to find your way to the start of the main path up (SH531 555)

4 The path now begins to climb in earnest, along an old mine track that if you take the left path you’ll see the old workings. The path also splits to the right, and both join together slightly further up. You’ll enjoy views into Cwm Du and towards the sheer crags of Craig Cwm Du to your left, which at least detract from the steep pull up.

Classic Walks in Snowdonia - Mynydd Mawr from Fron

5 After around 1km, the path becomes grassier and harder to follow as it pulls towards the summit of Mynydd Mawr. Be warned that in thick mist, this can be a tricky summit to find and navigational skills will be needed (and to get back off again!). In clear weather, the summit shelter soon pulls into view.

Classic Walks in Snowdonia - Mynydd Mawr from Fron

6 Once you reach the summit, the views open out towards Snowdonia. This view has largely been hidden by the mountain on the ascent, only to be revealed at the last moment. They range from Snowdon, Moelwynion, Moel Hebog, Nantlle Ridge and Llyn Nantlle Uchaf in one direction, and Anglesey and sea views in another. While the walk may not be the most exciting you’ll ever do, there’s no denying that this is a fine viewpoint.

7 In descent, you’ll need to take care in mist as the rocky summit provides no clues of where the path lies. It isn’t always obvious in clear weather, but the faint grassy path should be easily picked up. Follow the steps above in reverse, taking care as the path can be loose in places.

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