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Drygarn Fawr is one of the highest mountains in Mid Walesmarker standing at 645 metres above sea level. Rising above the remote moorland plateau of the Cambrian Mountainsmarker, the summit is topped by two distinctive, large cairns. The mountain has a gentle, grassy, conical shape with a few rocks near the summit. Nearby are the summits of Gorllwyn and Y Gamriw, both over 600m.

There are two paths to the summit which can offer impressive views. From Llannerch Yrfa, a bridleway winds up through forests in the Nant y Fedw valley before skirting the southern edge of the mountain.

An alternative route may be taken starting from Rhiwnant on the edge of the Caban Coch reservoir, one of the Elan Valley Reservoirsmarker, and following the Nant Paradwys before turning off west towards the summit cairn. Both routes pass across wild moorland and peat bogs and the path may become difficult to follow and impassable, particularly after heavy rain.

A compass, map and suitable clothing (the weather can be unpredictable) are recommended. However, it is very rewarding walk passing through an almost untouched desert of Wales.

The views to the north include Pen y Garnmarker and Plynlimonmarker, to the east Rhos Fawrmarker and Gorllwynmarker and the Brecon Beaconsmarker to the south.


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