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Doing it by halves - Nantlle Ridge

Doing it by halves - Nantlle Ridge


Postby johnkaysleftleg » Fri Jun 07, 2013 7:06 pm

Hewitts included on this walk: Mynydd Drws-y-coed, Trum y Ddysgl

Date walked: 29/05/2013

Distance: 9.5 km

Ascent: 715m

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With a fine forecast for most of the day we decided to have a crack at a Snowdonian classic, well half a one anyway :wink: We drove to Rhyd-Ddu but rather than heading up Snowdon crossed the road towards the striking profile of the Nantlle Ridge.

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Nantlle Ridge from Rhyd-Ddu by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

The initial pull up Y Garn, the first top on the ridge, is a varied route. Some of it is steep and some is even steeper! The good thing about this is plenty of opportunity to turn around and admire the fabulous views back to Snowdon which was wearing an attractive cloudy cap.

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Snowdon Postcard by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Snowdon Sky by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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That looks steep dad! by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

The top of Y Garn was duly reached following much sweating and we had a little snack while admiring the wonderful views from the precipitous North facing crags.

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Nantlle Valley by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Nantlle Ridge by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Grace on Y Garn by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

Y Garn is not of course the only top on this ridge with precipitous crags as our next target Mynydd Dwrs-y-coed showed as it loomed intimidatingly ahead. I’m sure you could scare yourself silly on this ridge if you wanted to and some of the drops clearly visible from the path (of sorts) are tremendous, but it can be reduced to a bit of simple scrambley fun by tending towards the Left.

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The way ahead by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Intimidating by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Grace scrambling on the ridge by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

All too soon the summit is reached and it’s somewhat surprising to find it to be a simple grassy top (albeit with a 500 plus feet near vertical drop to your right). The ridge walk to Trum y Ddysgl is a magnificent airy stroll with great views of the crags of both Hewitts and the Nantlle Valley below.

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Grace on Mynydd Dwrs-y-coed by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Crag Trum y Ddysgl by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Colgwyn Marchnad by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Trum y Ddysgl by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

The poor weather that was due could by now be seen massing to the north but fortunately the high wall of the Snowdon massive was holding it back nicely as we made our way up the final few feet to another surprisingly flat grassy top.

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Grace on Trum y Ddysgl by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

We consumed the remainder of our rations admiring Moel Hebog before making our way down the lovely grassy southern ridge. This proved to be a fine descent with views of the Western half of the ridge and the lonely Cwm Pennant.

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Moel Hebog by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Looking back on our descent route by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Western half of the Ridge by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

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Water fall in Cwm Marchnad by johnkaysleftleg, on Flickr

By this time the weather was starting to encroach on the ridge but it remained dry until shortly before we returned to the car. Our route back was a bit boggy in places but worth it following a fantastic day. Once again we had dodged the weather as the wind and rain picked up on the drive back to the cottage.


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Re: Doing it by halves - Nantlle Ridge

Postby L-Hiking » Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:37 pm

Some great photos there Anthony sounds a great walk and even more impressed with all the Welsh hills you have named

Have to go there I think
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Re: Doing it by halves - Nantlle Ridge

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:27 pm

L-Hiking wrote:Some great photos there Anthony sounds a great walk and even more impressed with all the Welsh hills you have named

Have to go there I think


And yet I can't pronounce a single one :lol:
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Re: Doing it by halves - Nantlle Ridge

Postby Ibex » Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:49 pm

Funny, I was reading the report and looking at the hill names and wondering how on Earth you pronounce half of them. I thought the Scottish ones were difficult enough.....

More great photos as always and Grace must have been happy with the scrambling.
Odd that the summits are so flat on a ridge walk. Though they do have a look of the Brecon Beacons about them and they seem to have that same property.
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Re: Doing it by halves - Nantlle Ridge

Postby malky_c » Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:53 pm

Looked like a perfect day on this lot :) . Done this end of the ridge many times - always a great walk.
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Re: Doing it by halves - Nantlle Ridge

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:12 am

Ibex wrote:Funny, I was reading the report and looking at the hill names and wondering how on Earth you pronounce half of them. I thought the Scottish ones were difficult enough.....

More great photos as always and Grace must have been happy with the scrambling.
Odd that the summits are so flat on a ridge walk. Though they do have a look of the Brecon Beacons about them and they seem to have that same property.


Grace thoroughly enjoyed it, the summits may be flat but some of the drops are bowel loosening :shock:

malky_c wrote:Looked like a perfect day on this lot :) . Done this end of the ridge many times - always a great walk.


It was one of your reports that made me want to do these hills so thanks very much Malky :D
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Re: Doing it by halves - Nantlle Ridge

Postby Phooooey » Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:44 pm

Great report and fantastic photos. I think a safe trek to the left as described would be my choice ! :lol:
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Re: Doing it by halves - Nantlle Ridge

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Sun Jun 09, 2013 10:12 pm

Phooooey wrote:Great report and fantastic photos. I think a safe trek to the left as described would be my choice ! :lol:


Thanks Phooooey, highly recommended if your hill bagging takes you to Wales in the future.
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Re: Doing it by halves - Nantlle Ridge

Postby SusieThePensioner » Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:52 pm

Another great walk and some great photos (as usual) :thumbup:
I'm glad you had the beating of the weather :lol:
I spent several years holidaying in North Wales with my parents and brother but, can't remember where we walked at all!!
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Re: Doing it by halves - Nantlle Ridge

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:31 am

SusieThePensioner wrote:Another great walk and some great photos (as usual) :thumbup:
I'm glad you had the beating of the weather :lol:
I spent several years holidaying in North Wales with my parents and brother but, can't remember where we walked at all!!


Thanks Susie, my childhood memories are the same, pretty vague if I'm honest :lol:
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Re: Doing it by halves - Nantlle Ridge

Postby clivegrif » Thu Jun 20, 2013 5:12 pm

Thats another amazing set of pictures Anthony! Love the Snowdon Postcard.

As others have said, it's a great area, and even better on a day like that - looks like you all had a terrific time.
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Re: Doing it by halves - Nantlle Ridge

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:00 pm

clivegrif wrote:Thats another amazing set of pictures Anthony! Love the Snowdon Postcard.

As others have said, it's a great area, and even better on a day like that - looks like you all had a terrific time.


Cheers Clive :thumbup:
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