The Five Trails

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          Click on any of the images below to see the fun other Pumlumoneers           have had during their time discovering 

Pumlumon Fawr in the Cambrian Mountains.

From the summit of Pumlumon Fawr you can see Cadair Idris, Snowdon and Aran Fawddwy to the north, eastwards to the Berwyn Mountains and south to Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons(including Bannau Sir Gaerfyrddin). The full sweep of Cardigan Bay can also be seen, from Pen Llŷn in the north down to Pembrokeshire in the south.


Distance 7 miles

Time 5 hours

Ascent 1741 ft


Distance 6.5 miles

Time 4-5

Ascent 1732 ft


Distance 3.5 miles

Time 3 hours

Ascent 1472 ft

    After this walk:     The famous George Borrow Hotel in Ponterwyd

Walk highlights

  • Trail starts from Dyffryn Castell Hotel, now disused.

  • This is the route that closest to the George Borrow Hotel.George Borrow, a travel writer, climbed the mountain in 1864.

  • George wondered if there was a higher mountain in the world than Pumlumon

     After this walk:     The Two Hoots Team Rooms in Devil's Bridge

Walk highlights

  • This walks starts from Nant y Moch reservoir

  • The reservoir was constructed in 1964


  • You cross the stream of Nant y Moch near the Pumping Station

  • Legend has it that the moch(pigs) is a possible reference to the last wild boars hunted out of Dyfed, heading north to Machynlleth

After this walk: 

Bwlch Nant yr Arian       Visitor Centre      near Ponterwyd

Walk highlights

  • This is the shortest route to the summit.

  • Named after the first Welshman to climb Everest, who visited the mountains as a young boy.

  • You'll visit the peaceful corrie lake of Llyn Llygad Rheidol

  • You'll walk over the pass between Pumlumon Fach and Pumlumon Fawr


Distance 13 miles

Time 7 hours

Ascent 2188 ft


Distance 5 miles

Time 3 hours

Ascent 1111 ft

After this walk: 

     Woodlands Tea                  Rooms in           Devil's Bridge

Walk highlights

  • Whilst today we know the river as the River Severn, it was once called Sabrina after a Roman goddess of the river

  • You'll visit the source of the Britain's longest river as well as the source of the River Wye.

  • Many of Pumlumon's Peaks will be passed during your journey to the summit.

After this walk:

The Hafod Hotel in Devil's Bridge Pontarfynach

Walk highlights

  • Trail named after the world-famous mountaineer who spent the first night of his honeymoon on Pumlumon in 1963.

  • River on the right of the trail is the Afon Tarennig.

  • Old mine workings are passed.

  • To the north of the mines you'll find the remains of a crashed aeroplane dated 1945.