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Erw y Ddafad-ddu
872m (2861ft)

The Arans, Snowdonia, Gwynedd, Wales


Record Erw y Ddafad-ddu as Bagged, Climbed & Conquered


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Welsh Mountain
22nd highest in Wales,
37th in England & Wales

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Welsh Nuttall
24th highest in Wales,
42nd in England & Wales

Walk Erw y Ddafad-ddu walking UK Mountains in The Arans Snowdonia National Park Gwynedd, Wales

Erw y Ddafad-ddu Summit

Photo: Dewi Roberts

You can find Erw y Ddafad-ddu & all the walks that climb it on these unique free-to-access Interactive Walk Planning Maps: (click/TAP to select)

Snowdonia National Park


1:25,000 scale OS Explorer Map (the ones with orange/yellow covers):

OL23 Cadair Idris & Bala Lake/Llyn Tegid


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124 Dolgellau & Porthmadog


See Erw y Ddafad-ddu and the surrounding tops on our free-to-access 'Google Style' Peak Bagging Maps:

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You can walk to the top of Erw y Ddafad-ddu by using either of these 2 easy‑to‑follow route maps:
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Walk gw146 Aran Fawddwy from Llanuwchllyn

Superb ridge walk

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 10.5ml (17km)
Ascent:3,273ft (998m)
Time:7 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk gw185 Gwaun y Llwyni, Aran Fawddwy, Erw y Ddafad-ddu, Aran Benllyn and Pen yr Allt Uchaf from Cwm Cywarch

Glorious views, gloriously quiet

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 12ml (19km)
Ascent:4,050ft (1,234m)
Time:8½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 8 Icon (Hard)

Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Erw y Ddafad-ddu Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Erw y Ddafad-ddu

Donovan Suddell walked up Erw y Ddafad-ddu on July 15th, 2021 [from/via/route] Llanuwchllyn using gw146 [with] solo [weather] Sunny - Beautiful gorgeous day

Angela Moroney climbed Erw y Ddafad-ddu during 2017 [with] 3PEAKS

Mark Hanley bagged Erw y Ddafad-ddu on July 21st, 2018 [from/via/route] Cwm Cywarch [with] alone [weather] cloudy

Bleddyn Rhys hiked Erw y Ddafad-ddu on July 9th, 2011 [from/via/route] Ar hyd y ridge o Llanuwchllyn [with] Gyda Siw a Carads a Kev a Ceri a Lleucu ac hefyd Dafydd [weather] Braf iawn - dim glaw. Ddim rhy boeth - diwrnod perffaith! - Mynd yn ol 'ryn ffordd - unarddeg milltir i'r Eagles erbyn diwedd. Diwrnod bendigedig!

Mark Davidson summited Erw y Ddafad-ddu on September 17th, 2009 [with] Alone [weather] Bit grey really but the tops were clear

Christina Lander conquered Erw y Ddafad-ddu on September 11th, 2015 [from/via/route] Cwm Cywarch - Aran Fawddwy - Erw y Ddafad-ddu - Aran Fawddwy - Dwrs Bach - Drosgl - Cwm Cywarch [with] Dick [weather] Sunny day, windy on the tops

Trevor Williams scaled Erw y Ddafad-ddu on February 19th, 2015 [weather] wet

Robert Taylor-Marriott walked up Erw y Ddafad-ddu on March 7th, 2014 [from/via/route] Route 55: Aran Benllyn, Erw y Ddafad-ddu (BEF) Completed 07.03.14 [with] Vince Wetton & Robert Taylor-Marriott. [weather] Cloudy, Fair.

Stephen Lewis climbed Erw y Ddafad-ddu during July, 2012 [from/via/route] Bala weekend [with] Alone [weather] Sun & cloud

Vince Wetton bagged Erw y Ddafad-ddu on March 7th, 2014 [from/via/route] Aran Benilyn [with] RTM [weather] Windy but fine

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Erw y Ddafad-ddu

The Aran Fawddwy Ridge - Drysgol (left) Drws Bach, Aran Fawddwy, Erw y Ddafad-ddu & Aran Benllyn from Foel Hafod-fynydd

The Aran Fawddwy Ridge - Drysgol (left) Drws Bach, Aran Fawddwy, Erw y Ddafad-ddu & Aran Benllyn from Foel Hafod-fynydd

Photo: Colin White (15)

Aran Benllyn (in the distance) and Erw y Ddafad-ddu (mid distance) from Aran Fawddwy

Aran Benllyn (in the distance) and Erw y Ddafad-ddu (mid distance) from Aran Fawddwy

Photo: Mark Kissipie (293)

Aran Fawddwy from Erw y Ddafad-ddu

Aran Fawddwy from Erw y Ddafad-ddu

Photo: Mark Kissipie (298)

Lechwedd Du summit cairn with the Aran Fawddwy ridge (Aran Fawddwy, Erw y Ddafad-ddu & Aran Benllyn) in the background

Lechwedd Du summit cairn with the Aran Fawddwy ridge (Aran Fawddwy, Erw y Ddafad-ddu & Aran Benllyn) in the background

Photo: Colin White (12)

Aran Fawddwy and Erw y Ddafad-ddu from Drysgol (Aran Fawddwy)

Aran Fawddwy and Erw y Ddafad-ddu from Drysgol (Aran Fawddwy)

Photo: Mark Kissipie (307)

Creiglyn Dyfi from Erw y Ddafad-ddu with Gwaun Lydan (middle left) and Drysgol (Aran Fawddwy) (middle right) beyond

Creiglyn Dyfi from Erw y Ddafad-ddu with Gwaun Lydan (middle left) and Drysgol (Aran Fawddwy) (middle right) beyond

Photo: Mark Kissipie (297)

Summit cairn on Erw y Ddafad-ddu with Aran Fawddwy beyond

Summit cairn on Erw y Ddafad-ddu with Aran Fawddwy beyond

Photo: Mark Kissipie (296)

Creiglyn Dyfi and Aran Fawddwy from Erw y Ddafad-ddu

Creiglyn Dyfi and Aran Fawddwy from Erw y Ddafad-ddu

Photo: Mark Kissipie (299)


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