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Arenig Fach & Carnedd y Filiast
by poppiesrara » Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:00 am
Hewitts included on this walk: Arenig Fach, Carnedd y Filiast (Arenigs)
Date walked: 16/02/2011
Time taken: 5
Distance: 17.5 km
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The way up Carnedd y Filiast is fine really, a long and gradual climb on a decent track all the way. Not the most varied, and you wouldn't want to do it as a there-and-back, but nothing difficult (apart from the river fording, which - probably only after a wet spell - needed either a pretty testing daredevil leap or a knee-deep wade to get over; the photo below makes it look a lot easier than it was!) and some pleasant wide views - although especially to the east you might need to be a lover of endless acres of brown heather to really enjoy them...
The miles between Carnedd y Filiast and Arenig Fach are something of a marshy struggle. It isn't the really frightening leg-swallowing sort of sticky bog, and at least the route is always clear, but there's barely a step that isn't wet and you spend almost all of this long, long stretch watching your next footfall.
Arenig Fach itself looks an interesting rocky climb from the approach, and - in the upper stages, where you can pick up a nice zigzagging narrow path right up to the summit - it is, even through what was now a thick and claggy mist. The problem is getting there - there may be a secret to this, but if so it is a pretty well hidden one. From the Afon Gelyn, you have a stretch of ankle-deep marsh, followed by - and sometimes combined with - an hour or more of thrashing through pathless thick heather. Head for the vertical fence next to the lake and from the top of that you can follow the path, with the worst over, but it takes a very long while to get there!
The descent straight east to the road is a challenge too at the end of a tiring walk, a steep drop through tangly heather, another long patch of marsh interspersed with surprisingly vertiginous little rocky descents, and then a confusing and still-steep route through some unpathed and possibly rather-too-private farmland. (Staying with the fence ESE all the way down to the rights of way might be a better choice).
Not the most inspiring of walks, perhaps, but it might have been a bit easier after a dry spell, or if you can uncover a better way to start the climb up Arenig Fach. And if you object to the crowds on Snowdon or the Pennine Way, then this might be just your thing - you could probably go round here fifty times on a February Wednesday and never see anyone else! There's still a great feeling of satisfaction from getting up these things, and it always beats a day at work, and a few days later you start to think that you perhaps just could do it all again...
by susanmyatt » Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:49 pm
by malky_c » Sat Feb 19, 2011 6:42 pm
by ChrisW » Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:44 am
kind of reduces my interest.....a lotyou have a stretch of ankle-deep marsh, followed by - and sometimes combined with - an hour or more of thrashing through pathless thick heather
by mountain tortoise » Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:35 pm
by Red Peak » Mon Feb 21, 2011 1:58 pm
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