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Mynydds Mawr & Graig Goch
by poppiesrara » Sun Feb 13, 2011 11:20 pm
Hewitts included on this walk: Mynydd Graig Goch, Mynydd Mawr
Date walked: 12/02/2011
Time taken: 3.5
Distance: 13 km
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The ascent from Rhyd-Ddu is an oddly mixed one - a gentle, straightforward and pretty featureless mile or two through the forest, a ferociously steep and breathtaking little hands-and-feet climb from the forest onto the Foel Rudd top, and then another easy stroll around the lovely curving ridge to the peak, with some 'lunatics-only' shattered crags over the south edge. There were intermittently lovely views on this day, interspersed with some pretty threatening mist and rainclouds:
Considering that a lot of North Wales had been under water during the previous week, the route up was in wonderful condition. This must be one of the best paths in Snowdonia, walked enough to be clear, close-cropped and easy to follow, yet not enough to suffer ugly or muddy erosion; sensitively rock-stepped in the steepest parts yet with none of the semi-urban resurfacing seen elsewhere.
As the dark clouds cloaked the summit, it looked like time for a harem-scarem (very steep) trot and tumble back down the same way:
but - with the muddy bruise of experience - I'd advise anyone else to take their time rather more!
Anyway, back in Rhyd-Ddu, the sun was back out already and it seemed far too early to finish the day - still time left then for a quick look at Wales's 'new mountain', the suddenly-'grown' Mynydd Graig Goch, at the other end of the Nantlle Ridge on the way home.
From the parking spot on the road by the TV mast, there is an obvious - if at times uninspiring - route up this mountain through the Garreg Llwyd farm (a 'Tir Gofal' right of way linking the road to the open country), marked by twin vehicle tracks most of the way up. Pretty damp on the lower slopes this day but hardly surprising given the recent weather and nothing too awkward. The path peters out over the last few hundred metres into some pretty wide boulder-fields, leaving you to clamber your own way through, and the summit (or summits? - there are two or three very similar-looking rocky peaks to scramble up) is very bleak and rocky compared with most this height. It's also - out in the open on the west side of Snowdonia - incredibly windy!
It's worth adding that the route to the top from this side is blocked by a high drystone wall, beautifully built but very tricky to cross. There are some steps built into it (just visible a few yards to the left of the corner in this photo, taken during descent), but even those - there are only a (widely-spaced) couple each side - are quite a hard and unsteady climb and one not everyone would enjoy.
A mountain chiefly for the 'bagger', maybe? The 'there-and-back' from Garnedd-goch to the north looked pretty steep, and certainly a lot of descent/re-ascent tagged onto the end of a Nantlle Ridge traverse. This route was a perfectly pleasant climb, but not perhaps one you'd repeat over and over again. Either way, it was only possible thanks to a fairly enlightened piece of governance and a co-operative farmer:
by malky_c » Sun Feb 13, 2011 11:25 pm
Only been up Mynydd Graig Goch the once though!
by susanmyatt » Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:20 am
by Red Peak » Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:51 am
by poppiesrara » Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:20 am
Mynydd Mawr was a lovely short walk; highly recommended if you haven't been there.
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