Drum & The Roman Road
Fitness: A steady route suitable for new walkers - Most people should be able to cope. One or two short sections of steep walking.
Technicality: None technical mountain walking.
Terrain: Rolling, grassy tracks with steady climbing.
Navigation: Pretty straight forward unless walking in limited visibility.
TIME: 7 hours.
TOTAL ASCENT: 1100m
1 SH 720 715. Park at the car park above Rowen and walk NW along the Roman Road, passing the giant standing stone on your Left and keeping an eye out for the cairns. Soon you’ll pass through Bwlch y Ddeufaen (Pass of the Two Stones) and carry on along the path as the views to Ynys Mon open up in front of you and the pylons tower above. These are soon left behind after the ancient trackway meanders through the landscape and passes the crossroads at SH 693 722. Shortly after the crossroads and a slight dip, leave the road at SH 688 720 turning Left (SW).
2. SH 688 720. When you leave the road, take the gently rising track SW towards Foel Dduarth, where there are great views into Cwm Anafon. From Foel Dduarth, turn back and then head East up the steep pull to Foel Ganol & Yr Orsedd then SE across Pen Bryn Du, before picking up the track as it climbs to Drum.
3. SH708 695. Summit of Drum. Here you have two options. If you’re feeling the shorter day, jump to section 5. Turning here will save about 6km and maybe 1.5-2 hours from the day. If you fancy the longer day, then from the summit shelter, head S then SE to Foel Fras where you will then head N then NW to the summit of Llwytmor. Foel Fras is often the finishing point of the Welsh 3000's challenge. Think you could take it on?!
4. SH 689 693. From the summit of Llwytmor, simply head back to Drum, retracing your steps via Foel Fras.
5. SH 708 695. From the summit of Drum, head north, keeping the fence close to your right hand side. There is a nice shelter at Carnedd y Ddelw (668m) where you can relax and finish any food you have left. The return to the car park is as simple as handrailing the boundary line (Fence then wall) all the way to SH 712 718, where it joins the roman road at Bwlch y Ddeufaen. Here you just pass through the gate to the right and head SE back to the car.
GET THERE: Best to take a car and figure it out with google maps before leaving, as the back roads through Rowen can be confusing. Drop your PIN straight at the start point.
EAT & DRINK: Lovely pub in the village of Rowen called the Ty Gwyn. Visit for great food.
STAY OVER: To make it really special, get a group of friends together and hire YHA Rowen for the weekend. Otherwise, plenty of options in Conwy or the village of Rowen itself.
BEST MAPS: (recommend up to 3, in this format please)
OL 17 Active map Snowdon & Conwy
OS Landranger 115