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Western black mountains and a Red kite

Western black mountains and a Red kite


Postby willywalker247 » Sun May 13, 2012 5:04 pm

Hewitts included on this walk: Garreg Las [Twyn Swnd], Garreg Lwyd (Moel Gornach)

Date walked: 13/05/2012

Time taken: 5.3

Distance: 13.7 km

Ascent: 592m

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We set out from the carpark on the A4069 grid ref SN733187 at about 9:30am. The weather forecast was spot on the cloud clearing as the day went on. The climb up to the summit of Garreg Lwyd (Moel Gornach) was short and easy with only two other people on the path and they turned back after reaching the summit. On reaching the summit we could see our target hill for the day.Lindsay my walking partner for the day and I continued on over the summit and down into the small valley of Bylch Rhos-fain. The path across the valley floor was a bit boggy in places. As we started the climb up the western slope of Foel Fraith we saw a Red kite soring above us that was the highlight of the day. The climb again was short and easy. The summit was flat and featureless but with clear views of Bannau Sir Gaer -Picws Du and as always on clear days Pen y Fan and Corn du on the horizon. As we decended the eastern slope of Foel Fraith we saw that it is littered with shake holes. As we crossed our seconed valley floor of the day .we could see the gently sloping ridge leading up to Garreg Las (Twyn Swnd). As we made our way up the ridge it seemed the full length of the ridge was covered with rocks and bolders so a lot of the time you had to watch your footing. As with Garreg Lwyd (Moel Gornach) Garreg las (Twyn Swnd) has two huge cairns. The best views of the day were from the summit of Garreg Lwyd (Moel Gornach) as we past back over it on our return to the car, as the sky was clear and almost free of cloud. We both enjoyed this walk we only saw four people all day and the only sound we heard all day was the wind in our ears.
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Looking down at the start point and across to Carn Den-Rhiw-ddu
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Just one view from Garreg Lwyd (Moel Gornach) looking south towards Swansea and the North Devon coast across the water.
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Linsay on the summit of Garreg Lwyd (Moel Gornach)
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Chris on the summit of Garreg Lwyd (Moel Gornach)
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Foel Fraith from Garreg Lwyd (Moel Gornach)
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Not a very good shot of the Red Kite. I did the best i could with the camera i have. Note to self must get a better camera!!
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Garreg Las (Twyn Swnd) from Foel Fraith
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Bannau Sir Gaer Picws Du from Garreg Las (Twyn Swnd)
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Garreg Lwyd (Moel Gornach) from Garreg las (Twyn Swnd)
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Foel Fraith from Garreg las
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Approaching the ridge that leads up to Garreg las
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Garreg Las (Twyn Swnd)
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Linsay on Garreg Las
Last edited by willywalker247 on Tue May 15, 2012 10:23 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Western black mountains and a Red kite

Postby ChrisW » Mon May 14, 2012 5:33 pm

Great stuff WW, nice to see a kite - I never tire of seeing birds of prey in the hills even if they are just dots in the distance :D
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Re: Western black mountains and a Red kite

Postby willywalker247 » Mon May 14, 2012 7:03 pm

Hi CW it was great to see the kite, it was much clearer with the naked eye. :D
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