Carn Fadryn is one of the most visually striking hills on the Lleyn Peninsula. This volcanic cone sits dead centre, almost equidistant from the north and south coast. It catches the eye from all parts of the southern Lleyn – little wonder that it exerts such a magnetic pull upon keen walkers. Those who make the pilgrimage to its summit are rewarded by panoramic views of this delightful part of the world.
The classic route makes a circular loop of the hill before the final summit push. It is also possible to nip up the adjacent Carn Bach.
The strategic value of this hill has been exploited at various times in the last 1500 years. The summit area has traces of fortifications from the 12th century, Roman times and throughout the Iron Age.
At 371m this is a relatively modest hill but it does rear up from the surrounding landscape in a suitably rude fashion. You will certainly feel quite a burn in your legs during the ascent.
Start in the tiny hamlet of Dinas situated to the northwest just off the Nefyn to Sarn Mellteyrn road.
Good footpaths throughout, although they are quite steep and rocky in places.
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.