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Cadair Berwyn from Pistyll Rhaeadr

PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 10:57 pm
by poppiesrara
Much the best short mountain walk available in mid Wales? A beautiful waterfall, more crags than you can see for many miles around, and a fine high summit to reach.

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If Pistyll Rhaeadr was in the heart of Snowdonia it would be a pretty busy spot, in the Lakes or Peak a veritable honeypot, but here in the middle of a tourist nowhere, marked only by a very discreet ‘Waterfall’ sign in the village below, it seems to stay pretty quiet, and - midweek at least – the very few parking spaces were empty even in summer. From there, a few yards up the road away from the falls leads you to a terrific firm grass path heading up above the Nant y Llyn into the hills. The sharp peak of Cadair Berwyn is in view throughout to lead you on, and – bar a bit of marsh by the stream crossings and a steepish drag up to the ridge – it’s a trouble-free stroll up to (at 830m) a fairly high mountain. Not sure what has happened to Llyn Lluncaws in the last few years though? - formerly a lovely lake nestling below the cliffs, it's now gained a very sickly-looking brown cloak.
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Craig y Mwn

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Trum Felen

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Pistyll Rhaeadr

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Moel Sych & Cadair Berwyn

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Moel Sych

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Cadair Berwyn over Llyn Lluncaws

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Cadair Berwyn

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Back down the ascent route

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Foel Wen & Mynydd Tarw over Cwm Maen Gwynedd, from Cadair Berwyn summit

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Moel Sych from Cadair Berwyn

Moel Sych, if only a touch lower, is a slightly runty little brother Hewitt, but it’s easy walking south over there and down the grassy ridge to the top of the falls (worth one visit for the view along the crags south, but they’re really seen much better from below) and then zigzagging back to the valley. An almost faultless short hillwalk.
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Moel Sych summit

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Moel Sych & Cadair Berwyn

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Cwm Blowty

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Craig y Mwn

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Pistyll Rhaeadr

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And even further away from the usual high mountains… I’d passed The Wrekin countless times to and from Wales before but never climbed this remarkably isolated (apart from the ridge itself, there is barely even the slightest rise for long miles in all directions) hill. And – as short as the earlier walk had been – I probably should have picked a better day to finally do so than this blazingly hot one… Still, in its shortest form, it’s a pleasant enough hour’s woodland walk up the broad path (virtually a road) from the north. A couple of rocky gateways to add interest and a fine open viewpoint above the trees...

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Ascent of The Wrekin

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North from the summit ridge...

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...and east...

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...and west.

Re: Cadair Berwyn from Pistyll Rhaeadr

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:29 am
by Alteknacker
Yep: as you say, if Pistyll Rhaeadr was in the heart of Snowdonia, it would be pretty busy. As it is, it's a beautifully isolated place that can be enjoyed in solitary contemplation. Nice reminder. :clap: