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Gorllwyn

Gorllwyn


Postby john923 » Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:53 pm

Hewitts included on this walk: Gorllwyn

Date walked: 04/10/2009

Time taken: 4

Distance: 11 km

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Time, at last, to try out some new boots which were still awaiting their first excursion a month after I'd bought them. So we picked this modest little Hewitt. Just a couple of hours drive took us past Rhayader to the Elan Valley and a parking spot at the SE end of Caban-coch reservoir (SN901616).
The route starts off by heading roughly south along a good track bordering the Rhiwnant river and then follows a tributary, the Nant Paradwys.
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Looking north down the Rhiwnant valley

As height is gained the track dwindles to little more than a sheeptrod as you approach the Bwlch y Ddau Faen, which is marked by a stone on the left of the path. From here we got a good view of all the higher ground to the south, with the unmistakeable outline of Cribyn, Pen y Fan and Corn Du in the middle.
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View south from Bwlch y Ddau Faen

We then headed NE over pathless terrain, although there are a few boundary markers to help. The going was much easier than expected with only a couple of boggy patches and even these seemed fairly firm after such a dry September.
Presently we got to the southern cairn first, with the trig point at the other one. Good view westward to the twin cairms of Drygarn Fawr.
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The twin tops of Gorllwyn

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Looking towards Drygarn Fawr

From the top we continued NE for a mile until just past the small pool of Llyn y Ferlen before swinging roughly WNW to descend. A bridleway is marked on the map but we somehow managed to miss it and in fact must have descended pretty much parallel to it for a good while over unpleasant tussocky grass and wet bits before reaching firmer ground.
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Ah, the reservoir - must be nearly down now

So, a decent short walk. Not the most prepossessing of hills but good for a bit of solitude off the beaten track. And the boots? Well they're fine but my ankles were a bit sore afterwards - I'll have to play around with lacing next time. We'll see how we get on in Snowdonia at the end of the month.
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Re: Gorllwyn

Postby Hewin » Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:37 pm

I did Great Rhos, Black Mixen and Bache Hill for a quick one on the weekend with my dad and his dog. I was looking at doing these two and wondering about the use of the paths but it looks like you can just walk in a straight line between them! I think I'm going to try and do the 7 in the Berwyns and take a look a Pistyll Rhaeadr while I'm there. It depends on what my old man and bro in law can hack! I'm planning 20-30 miles :lol:

Thanks for the pics though, they are good for perspective :)
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Re: Gorllwyn

Postby john923 » Sun Oct 18, 2009 6:48 pm

Yeah, really must get round to doing the Radnorshire 3 sometime. Be interested to hear how you get on in the Berwyns - do they deserve the 'boring' appendage that I've read about?
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