|Date||11 August 2012|
|Location||Arenig, Snowdonia||SH 82700 36950; 52.91711°N, 3.74600°W|
At 854m, Arenig Fawr (‘Great High Ground’) is the highest of the Arenig mountain range in Snowdonia. It lies six miles to the west of Bala and is close to Llyn Celyn reservoir.
At the summit there is a memorial to the eight US airmen from 303rd Bomb Group killed when their Boeing Flying Fortress crashed into the mountain in 1943. Arenig Fawr was also the scene of another crash in May 1964 when a Folland Gnat from Number 4 Flying Training School at RAF Valley struck the mountain. On that occasion, the crew had safely ejected from the aircraft.
In the early 20th century, the mountain featured prominently in the work of a group of three artists — James Innes, Derwent Lees and Augustus John — known collectively as the Arenig School, which had its heyday in the pre-war years 1911 to 1913. The artists were at the forefront of a style known as ‘automatic’ painting. Their technique involved wandering about all day in the hills, stopping only when the conditions were just right and then painting impulsively until the sky changed and the moment was lost.