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Highest point
Elevation 676 m (2,218 ft) [citation needed]
Prominence 313 m (1,027 ft) [citation needed]
Listing Marilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall
Coordinates 52°43′12″N 3°45′11″W / 52.720°N 3.753°W / 52.720; -3.753Coordinates: 52°43′12″N 3°45′11″W / 52.720°N 3.753°W / 52.720; -3.753
Translation blue/green field (Welsh)
Pronunciation Welsh: [maɪsˈɡlasɛ]
Location Snowdonia, Wales
Parent range Cadair Idris
OS grid SH817150
Topo map OS Explorer OL23
Listed summits of Maesglase
Name Grid ref Height Status
Waun-oer 670 metres (2,198 ft) Hewitt, Nuttall
Cribin Fawr 659 metres (2,162 ft) Hewitt, Nuttall
Craig Portas 605 metres (1,985 ft) sub Hewitt

Maesglase is a mountain in Snowdonia, North Wales, situated approximately four miles to the south-west of Aran Fawddwy. It is the highest of the "Dyfi Hills".[1]

It can be reached by an easy but steep walk through the forestry from Dinas Mawddwy or directly from the bwlch on the A470. Ascending Maesglase provides an opportunity to climb several other nearby peaks including Maen-Du, Craig Rhiw-erch, Waun-oer, Craig Portas and Cribin Fawr which are linked by a series of ridges and arêtes.

The precise location of the summit is the subject of some confusion. Traditionally, the top of Maen Du (674 m at SH823152) was regarded as Maesglase's summit. However, more recent surveys suggest that the top of Craig Rhiw-erch (c 676 m at SH817150, some 600 m to the west) is higher.[2] The geomorphology of these mountains is classical U-shaped glacial valleys with textbook examples of hanging valleys and intersecting valleys.

Hanging valley waterfall on flanks of Maesglase

The eastern slopes are devoted to sheep farming whilst the western slopes are intensively forested.

Above the semi-improved grassland is some bracken but much of the higher ground is covered in typical Calluna / Erica communities interspersed with large areas of Juncus, Carex and Sphagnum bogs. The tops of Cribin Fawr are flat expanses of peat-hags. On the eastern flanks Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) grows in abundance with Cowberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) common on the highest ground.

Half a mile to the west of the peak of Cribin Fawr at a high point of 659 metres is a stone boundary marker dated 1861 and inscribed CCC and bearing a benchmark. Maesglase waterfall has a total height of 160m.


  1. ^ Nuttall, John & Anne (1999). The Mountains of England & Wales - Volume 1: Wales (2nd edition ed.). Milnthorpe, Cumbria: Cicerone. ISBN 1-85284-304-7.
  2. ^ Dawson, Alan. "RHB Update". Archived from the original on 2006-10-04. Retrieved 2006-10-06. 

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