Anglesey & Snowdonia, North Wales

Remembrance Sunday on Arenig Fawr

Nov 11, 2019

The summit of Arenig Fawr stands at 2802ft, reaching from the high moorland plateau between Trawsfynydd and Bala by around 1500ft.

At its summit stands a memorial to the tragic loss of a US bomber aircrew in August 1943. Their B-17 Flying Fortress training flight came to grief on the mountainside. None of the young crew survived.

An original memorial had been weathered into illegibility by the hostile environment which characterises the high ridges and summits of Snowdonia. In September 2019 a new memorial was dedicated, having been funded through local voluntary donations. Simply manhandling the huge brass plaque to the summit cairn must have been a colossal task!

When my good friend, hill-walker and excellent author, Nick Livesey, suggested we walk to the summit on Remembrance Sunday I immediately signed up to this great idea! Conditions were simply perfect for November. Crisp, clear skies with no wind to speak of, and an early dusting of snow made for interesting photography.

The great company on our walk was a joy. And it was a day to remember, in every respect.

Autumn Colours at Llyn Arenig Fawr

An Icy Ridge

Snowdonia Icicles in November

At the Summit

The Summit Memorial

Moel Llyfnant

Cadair Idris on the Skyline

Big Sky Over Snowdonia


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