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Aran Fawddwy from Cwm Cywarch
by john923 » Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:58 pm
Hewitts included on this walk: Aran Fawddwy, Gwaun y Llwyni, Pen yr Allt Uchaf
Date walked: 25/03/2012
Time taken: 7
Distance: 14.5 km
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Parking up in Cwm Cywarch we took the signed track over the stream which then slants north-east up the lower flank of Pen yr Allt Uchaf. Across the valley the crags of Craig Cywarch looked especially impressive.
Taking our cue from the Nuttall route we then simply aimed upwards for the 616m spot height. This is a pretty daft way up a hill, too steep to be sensible really. The only consolation was that it was still in shadow and so was still cool.
Once on the top it was just a question of following the fence east to the summit, which is marked by a few sticks.
Continuing eastwards and following the faint path that skirts the peat hags of Waun Goch to the left, our next target was Gwaun Lydan. You can just make out the profile justifying its Nuttall status.
The easist route was to continue as if towards Drysgol and then cross the fence and contour round. Luckily the top is at the north end of the hill so any bogtrotting is largely avoided. Whilst an unremarkable summit, just a few stones, it does give an excellent view of the east face of the Aran ridge. The dry edge of a nearby peat hag made a good seat for a spot of lunch. From here Drysgol looks like it is a completely separate hill but it’s just a swelling on an eastern spur of the main ridge.
Continuing over Drysgol, again following the fence, the ridge narrows and then widens again at a cairn. Just past this we reached a ladder stile and crossed this to tackle the rocky slopes up to Aran Fawddwy. You’d have thought there would have been more of a path for such a significant hill, but it’s faint and, to be honest, more fun in picking your own line up to the first rocky knoll. This isn’t in fact the summit – there’s another 200m to go along the dry stony ridge to get to the trig point.
From here it’s a long way down to Creiglyn Dyfi on the east side and great views to a Rhinog-studded skyline to the west. A fine spot for a cuppa in the afternoon sun - T-shirt weather in March at nearly 3000ft - what more could you ask for!
Rather than simply follow the fence south-west off the ridge we chose instead to re-trace our steps until we were nearly at the cairn on Drysgol and then followed the edge round the scooped out end of Hengwm valley. As hoped for, this was a much more scenic option and easy walking on grass as we headed for the next top of Gwaun y Llynwi.
From here we followed a line of old fence posts – nothing too boggy – back to the main Aran path with its lines of planks. A bit unsightly perhaps, but no more so then a wide churned up boggy track, and certainly useful – this pool was about three feet deep when tested with a trekking pole.
A three minute detour bagged the Nuttall of Waun Camddwr and then it was back down to Cym Cymarch, following the stream to the valley floor.
All in all, a fine day out.
by ChrisW » Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:25 am
I was in my t-shirt all day today including having lunch at 5500 feet.....incredible day for us all it seems
by malky_c » Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:36 am
I had a similarly spring-like day on Aran Benllyn a month or so back.
I've sort of done this route, but missed a couple of the less significant summits out, so I'll be back over this way soon.
by john923 » Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:03 pm
malky_c wrote:I had a similarly spring-like day on Aran Benllyn a month or so back.
Just checked out this report and it's given me a few ideas for doing the rest of the ridge - thanks.
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