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12. MOEL FANER, LLANELLTYD
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The fort lies on the rounded promontory that forms the south end of the ridge at a height of 290m (950ft). The medium slopes of the hill are not naturally strongly defensive but there are extensive views over the Mawddach valley and hills beyond. The fort is quite small, of only 0.2ha (0.5 acre) defended by a single wall, which is now been badly trampled was originally probably about 2m high. The slopes of the hill add some defensive value. No walls or platforms of round houses can be seen within the fort but there are some level areas where there may have been houses. There are several modern climbers’ shelters and cairns. The entrance to the fort is at the NE end at this point the enclosure wall is wider and so probably higher and stronger. There is also a slight outwork of a ditch and mound next to the entrance, which may have been designed to narrow any approach, so making the entrance easier to defend.

On a prominent hill top around which is the well-known scenic ‘Precipice Walk’. Park at the Precipice Walk car park halfway between Dolgellau and Llanfachreth. Leave the car park and follow the signs to the Precipice Walk; take the eastern part of the walk alongside Llyn Cynwch and after leaving the south end of the lake an area of open ground is reached just below the hill summit. Here traverse upwards to the north side of the hill. Parts of the Precipice walk are a private but Permissive path but the hill on which the fort lies is all Access land.

Distance: Return trip 4km (3 miles)
Difficulty: Easy approach but steep climb over rough ground to hill top
Time: 2 hours

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