Tucked away in the northeast corner of the Carneddau mountain range is a rather wonderful hill with a distinctive ridge back. At 610m (almost exactly 2000 feet in old money) Tal y Fan just about qualifies as being a ‘mountain’. While not as serious a prospect as the much bigger peaks in the adjacent parts of the Carneddau, it should certainly be avoided in poor weather. On a bright day though, you can expect to feast upon some tremendous views across this fascinating and scenic upland area.
It is well worth checking out the ancient ceremonial stone of Maen Penddu which lies a kilometre or so north west of the Tal y fan summit – the stone is nearly two metres high and is surrounded by the remains of a stone circle.
The small hamlet of Rowen makes a good starting point for a circular walk taking in Maen Penddu and Tal y Fan. Those wishing to just nip up and down to the summit can cheat the necessary height gain by starting from the road head at Bwlch y Ddeufaen. It is also possible to access Tal y Fan from Llanfairfechan, although this is a much longer route.
There is some roadside parking in Rowen. There is also a car park at Bwlch y Ddeufaen and at the Nant-y-Coed Nature reserve above Llanfairfechan.
Mostly good tracks and footpaths, but some rough terrain 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.