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Cwm Eigiau Horseshoe
by john923 » Tue Jun 29, 2010 1:07 pm
Hewitts included on this walk: Carnedd Llewelyn, Foel Grach, Pen Llithrig y Wrach, Pen yr Helgi Du
Date walked: 26/06/2010
Time taken: 8
Distance: 18 km
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Llyn Eigiau was hidden from view by a dam wall and presently we came across a gaping hole in it. It seems that this section of wall collapsed in 1925 after days of heavy rain, the subsequent flood claiming the 16 lives in Dalgarrog village in the Conwy valley below.
At the end of the track we headed left and picked up a faint path behing the cottages at Hafod-y-rhiw. This meandered up through the heather and then picked a way through the rocky end of the NW ridge of Pen Llithrig y Wrach. It didn’t feel like a much–used route but once on the ridge it was easy going and views opened up into the heart of Cwm Eigiau.
The top of Pen Llithrig y Wrach is just marked by a few stones but its relative lack of character is made up for by views over to the Glyders in one direction and over to Creigiau Gleision in another.
After that it was down and up again to the next top of Pen yr Helgi Du via the windy gap of Bwlch y Tri Marchog.
The top of Pen yr Helgi Du narrows westward. There’s Ffynnon Llugwy reservoir below and the route ahead to Carnedd Llewelyn was clear ahead.
There’s a steep descent at this point, no difficulties but a very airy feel because you can’t see ahead more than a few steps and a steadying hand is needed here and there. Once at the bottom a spot on the bilberry covered ridge made a pleasant place to stop for some food and a rest and to observe some interesting clouds overhead.
Further along there was an easy and all-too-short scramble leading up to rocky top of Craig yr Ysfa. And just one more opportunity to look into Cwm Eigiau with the tiny pool of Ffynnon Llyffant nestled at the end before continuing up the well-used path to Carnedd Llewelyn.
We didn’t hang around for long on the flat summit but headed off north over the ankle-turning stones to easier ground en route for Foel Grach, pausing only to look over towards Yr Elen.
The section from Pen yr Helgi Du to Foel Grach was busy, but we met no-one else after leaving the top of Foel Grach. We descended grassy slopes, SE at first then gradually curving round picking up a path NE. This might be tricky in poor visibility but there were no problems today. There were some good views westward to Melynllyn and Dulyn reservoirs. We headed for the toothy crags of Cefn Tal-llyn-Eigiau and then dropped down to the left to join the Melynllyn access track which lead over the end of the ridge back to our starting point.
by malky_c » Tue Jun 29, 2010 2:25 pm
by PauloUK77 » Tue Jun 29, 2010 4:49 pm
by susanmyatt » Tue Jun 29, 2010 6:02 pm
- mountain coward
by Hantswalker » Sat Jul 03, 2010 10:05 pm
The last time I did the round as described was about 20 years ago, staying at the club hut in Cwm Eigiau. It was late October and shirt sleeves weather on the ridges but coming off the tops at dusk I experienced the most dramatic temperature inversion I have known.
Good pics by the way.
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