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Monty bags the Arans.
by clivegrif » Sun Apr 12, 2015 5:09 pm
Hewitts included on this walk: Aran Benllyn, Aran Fawddwy, Erw y Ddafad-ddu, Gwaun y Llwyni, Pen yr Allt Uchaf
Date walked: 09/04/2015
Time taken: 5
Distance: 16 km
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For all sorts of feeble reasons this was the first time Monty and I had ventured into Wales this year, and for that reason I didnâ€™t want to push the little chap too hard.
As the sun started to come up there were little pockets of mist in the hollows of Shropshire and into Mid Wales, but sadly the prospect of a misty Cwm Cywarch didnâ€™t materialise. Still, the weather was clear and dry, with a slight chill in the air as we set off from the car park, and over the footbridge onto the footpath up the side of Pen yr Allt Uchaf. The lambs back home in Worcestershire are already getting big enough to fear the whiff of mint sauce, but they are still tiny in these Welsh Hills. Not too far along the path I decided to make a bee line for the ridge above. I have to say it is a steep grassy slog up to Pen yr Allt Uchaf, but I was in part towed up the hill by a Terrier on a string, as Monty seemed to be very keen to see what was at the top.
The view over Drysgol to Aran Fawddwy from the soaring peak of Pen yr Allt Uchaf was rather splendid, the summit being marked by a combination of old fence post and a couple of lumps of white quartz.
Onwards towards Drysgol, we found that the dread bog of Waun Goch was in fact fairly benign today, but there were the signs that the peat hags might be more unpleasant in soggy weather.
We stop for a â€˜Strategic Photographic Pauseâ€™ at the top of Drysgol, and Monty posed like a true Mountaineer with Aran Fawddwy in the background.
By the time we get to the RAF memorial on the Drws Bach the air is getting distinctly hazy, due to all the pollution being blown in from grubbier parts of Europe.
Now for the best bit of the walk, onto the rocky slopes of the Arans themselves. Monty is clearly enjoying himself bounding up the boulder hillside and we reach the summit of Aran Fawddwy in no time. This is his highest mountain to date, and he is absolutely loving it.
The air is getting murkier still, so no sweeping panoramas today. Northwards we go, first down the rocky steps then over the almost level ground out to Erw y Ddafad-ddu. The big cairn just south of the top is usually one of the best viewpoints in the Arans, looking south back towards Aran Fawddwy and over the Creiglyn Dyfi, but despite the sunbeams, this B&W was the best I could manage.
Itâ€™s a short hop to Aran Benlynn from here, and usually the views northwards are expansive â€“ ah well, itâ€™s still good to be out.
We retrace our steps back over Erw y Ddafad-ddu and Aran Fawddwy, and onwards almost as far as the RAF cairn, before heading off left to the last hill of the day Gwaun y Llwyni. We keep high to avoid any possible boggy patches around the headwaters of the Camddwr, but there wasnâ€™t much likelihood as it is pretty dry up here today.
I had thought of dropping straight down from Gwaun y Llwyni, following the fence line all the way to the track at the bottom, but having slogged up one long steep grassy slope I decided against descending another one. Instead I decided to follow the Camddwr down to meet the normal descent path to Cwm Cywarch. This route was steep, loose and there was a band of gorse that I had to help Monty negotiate, but we were rewarded by some pleasant little waterfalls.
Monty greatly appreciated a long drink of mountain spring water after his exertions, particularly as it was now baking hot.
All in all a grand day out!
by johnkaysleftleg » Sun Apr 12, 2015 6:21 pm
by petenelliewalking » Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:27 pm
by Dexter terrier » Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:33 pm
Now I know why you got the answer to my photo question.
I like the route you took, might try that later in the year.
by clivegrif » Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:10 pm
Yes - I would recommend the Cwm Cywarch approach, it is picturesque and there are clear paths to follow (you don't half to go straight up like we did). Hope you enjoy it!
by Dexter terrier » Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:22 pm
by clivegrif » Sat Apr 25, 2015 1:59 pm
He absolutely loves going out, particularly to the hills! Borders are the best dogs going.
by SenzuBean » Sun Feb 28, 2016 11:23 pm
All in all - great day out.
by ChrisW » Tue Mar 01, 2016 5:21 pm