The Berwyn hills are a great place to get away from it all. While they may lack the spectacular topography of the more popular Snowdonia mountains there is a distinct wildness and peaceful ambience here.
The main ridge line features a run of broad backed hills with a steep escarpment on the eastern side. Cadair Bronwen, Cadair Berwyn and Moel Sych are the main peaks, the latter two being exactly the same height (827m).
There are two main approaches; from Llandrillo it is possible to follow a green lane track up to Pen Bwlch Llandrillo where you will see the Wayfarer memorial. This is a popular route for four-by-four off roaders (particularly at weekends) so you are best to head south on the Cadair Bronwen path if you want to have your butties in peace and quiet!
Once you’ve finished bagging the summits there is a choice of paths leading back down to Llandrillo from Bwlch Maen Gwynedd or Cadair Berwyn.
A second, and equally good, approach route comes up via Moel Sych from Tan-y-pistyll in the south. This does have the advantage of allowing you to take a peek at the impressive Pistyll waterfall.
This is mountain terrain so always Prepare Well and Know Your Limits. During the winter season (i.e. typically from late October to April) there is a chance that snow and ice will be encountered under foot. In these conditions ice axe and crampons are essential. Click the Safety & Access button below for more info.
There is car park in the centre of Llandrillo and also in Tan-y-pistyll.
Safety & Access
Enjoy the Mountains Safely. Here are a few words of advice from Snowdonia’s Mountain Safe Partnership.
1. Prepare Well
have the right equipment with you for the best and worst-case scenario! You’ll need a map and compass, torch, food and drink, whistle, first aid kit and a fully charged mobile phone.
2. Have the latest weather and ground information.
Check the Met Office Mountain Weather forecast for Snowdonia before you set out and be prepared to turn back if the weather worsens – the mountains will still be here for you to enjoy the next time you visit.
3. Dress appropriately
the weather and temperature can change dramatically between the foot of the mountain and the summit. You’ll need strong walking boots, several layers of clothing including warm ones, gloves, a hat and waterproof jacket and trousers.
4. Know where you're going
Plan your route before setting off and ask for local advice. Have a map and compass and know how to use them and choose a route which is suitable for you and your group’s experience and fitness level. Find out how long it should take and when it gets dark.
5. Know your limits
whilst being very enjoyable, getting out into the mountains can be hard work – challenge yourself but be aware of the fitness levels, and experience of the group as a whole – not just your own.
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Hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.