Drygarn Fawr

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Drygarn Fawr
Drygarn Fawr.jpg
Eastern approach to Drygarn Fawr
Highest point
Elevation645 m (2,116 ft)
Prominence257 m (843 ft)
Parent peakPlynlimon
ListingMarilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall
English translationThree large cairns
Language of nameWelsh
LocationPowys, Wales
Parent rangeCambrian Mountains
OS gridSN862584
Topo mapOS Landranger 147
Listed summits of Drygarn Fawr
Name Grid ref Height Status
Gorllwyn SO196643 613 metres (2,011 ft) Hewitt, Nuttall
Y Gamriw SO213636 604 metres (1,982 ft) sub Hewitt
Darren SN908568 524 metres (1,719 ft) subdodd
Bryn Du SN839569 555 metres (1,821 ft) subdodd

Drygarn Fawr is a mountain in the county of Powys, Wales. It is one of the highest summits in Mid Wales standing at 645 metres or 2114 feet above sea level. It lies to the south of the Elan Valley Reservoirs. Rising above the remote moorland plateau of the Cambrian Mountains, and to the west of the peaks of Radnor Forest, 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.

Walking Routes[edit]

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 Reservoirs, 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.

The views to the north include Pen y Garn and Plynlimon, to the east Rhos Fawr and Gorllwyn and the Brecon Beacons to the south.[1]


  1. ^ Nuttall, John & Anne (1999). The Mountains of England & Wales - Volume 1: Wales (2nd edition ed.). Milnthorpe, Cumbria: Cicerone. ISBN 1-85284-304-7.

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Coordinates: 52°12′43″N 3°40′01″W / 52.21203°N 3.66698°W / 52.21203; -3.66698