Sunday, 29 September 2019
Start time: 10:15
(Estimated finish time: 16:00)
Strenuous 8 miles / 12.9 km
This is a circular walk that always captivates me with the amazing views and isolation of the place.
The peak falls just short of the magic 3000 ft, but it really does have the lot - Waterfalls, crags, open moorland, ridge walking and great views if we get the weather. The summit has a sharp 1000 ft drop to Lake Creiglyn Dyfi and expansive views out to Lake Bala, The Berwyns, some of the lesser Arans and much of Northern Snowdonia and Mid-Wales. However, to get those rewards you will need to put in some effort, with the first section being rather steep and taking over an hour of constant ascent with some areas requiring the odd bit of climbing and some rocky steps and steep paths. There are also a few areas where there are some steep drop-offs, so not for anyone with acute vertigo. Sections at the top are quite boggy, so make sure your boots are waterproofed and possibly think of bringing some gaiters. Poles would also be worthwhile for some sections, although the route down isn’t as hard as the way up and gives your knees a little time to recover before getting back to the car park.
It’s not a walk I would like to lead in poor weather conditions, and to be honest there wouldn’t a great deal of point regardless of the safety concerns, as the whole walk is about the views. There is a memorial on the ridge to a mountain rescue member who was killed during a rescue by a lightning strike, so a reminder that it’s not a place to take for granted. If the forecast is looking bad closer to the date I will look at an alternative that will be closer and lower, but keep your fingers and toes crossed for favourable conditions.
Packed lunch required. There are a couple of pubs and a tea room in Dinas Mawddwy for after the walk.
Please arrive at 10:00 for a 10:15 start.
Google Map Link below for Start Location.
This is a Strenuous to Technical walk, as there is a lot of ascent and some boggy areas that make it hard going in places.
From Welshpool take the A458 and follow this road until it meets a traffic island at Mallwyd, with the Brigands Inn Pub on your left as a landmark. Turn right here onto the A470 towards Dolgellau and carry on along this road for a mile before taking the right turn marked Dinas Mawddwy (the sign has three brown information signs below reading W/C, Red Lion & B&B). Turn right at the Red Lion and follow the road down the hill for about a mile into Abercywarch. Immediately after the bridge over the stream, take the left turning marked Cwm Cywarch. Follow this narrow lane until you come to an open common area and the car park is just past that that and is well signed.
There is a free car park that has limited spaces, so will start to fill up by 10am. If necessary there is a grassed area nearby that can accommodate extra parking. I didn’t see any obvious toilet facilities close to the start point and there aren’t too many options for the ladies on the way round. Please note that the lane leading up from Abercywarch village is pretty tight in places, so please take extra care for oncoming vehicles and walkers.
It would be a good idea to car share if possible and there is also the option of meeting up at Dobbies Island on the A5 Shrewsbury, where you can park cars for free all day by the Little Chef. We can decide closer to the time based on interest and final numbers.
Grid reference: SH852188
Nearest postcode: SY20 9JG
Start time: 10:15
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