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Moel Ysgyfarnogod, Craig Cwm Silyn

Moel Ysgyfarnogod, Craig Cwm Silyn


Postby poppiesrara » Mon Jun 06, 2016 12:37 am

Hewitts included on this walk: Craig Cwm Silyn, Foel Penolau, Moel Ysgyfarnogod

Date walked: 29/05/2016

Time taken: 5

Distance: 20 km

Ascent: 995m

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Two really good short walks either side of Tremadoc Bay, picking up a couple of new 'Nuttalls' alongside the main peaks.

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Moel Ysgyfarnogod is one of the friendlier Rhinogs to climb, helped by a (testingly narrow and quite hard-to-locate) road up to a high western starting point, and then a gently-ascending grassy track most of the rest of the way. Twisting between a series of llyns and cut into the craggy face of the mountain, it's a fine easy walk that gets you right to the final slopes before fading away in the col just south, from where it's just a steep scrabble up grass to the top.
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Tremadoc Bay

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Llyn Eiddew-Mawr

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Llyn Du

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Moel Ysgyfarnogod

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Clip from Moel Ysgyfarnogod, and shadows of the high Rhinogydd

With morning haze blocking out all long views, the sights were of the nearby, craggy and daunting, neighbour Rhinogs – the sister peak of Foel Penolau rising up in a series of bizarre square lumps of rock, as if built from breeze-blocks or even Lego. It looks a fairly daunting climb from the approach, but a little avalanche of chunky scree in the middle marks a pretty straightforward scramble up a gully onto a rock shelf curving to the right and up to the flat 'crazy paving' summit. Getting down north-east to Llyn Dywarchen and then the track back is a bit of a marshy thrash, but a short enough one before an easy downhill stroll to finish a decent taster of this challenging range.
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Foel Penolau

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The ascent gully

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Llyn Dywarchen

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Fishing in Llyn Eiddew-Bach

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Moel y Geifr

By afternoon, the clouds had burnt away and all was clear blue sky for a little bite out of the Nantlle Ridge, the simple way dodging all the awkward areas. The western approach does give a really inviting view of the steep rocks of Craig Cwm Silyn rising above its eponymous twin lakes though, and there's a fine path up there hugging the edge of the cliffs and giving views of some daredevil climbing feats on the crags, along with what is supposed to be a manageable walking route up the scree but looked like a desperate dusty scramble from this angle. I was up here chiefly for Garnedd Goch next door, but it was worth a weave through the stony ground to the main summit for a grand view of high Snowdonia to the north.

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Craig Cwm Silyn over Llynnau Cwm Silyn

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Moel Tryfan & Mynydd Mawr

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Down the ascent slopes, Menai Straits & Anglesey horizon

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Moel Hebog from Craig Cwm Silyn

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The Carneddau & Snowdon over the Nantlle Ridge

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Lllyn Nantlle Uchaf & the Nantlle quarries

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Cwm Pennant & Moel y Gest

After a marshy and then bouldery stroll south to Garnedd Goch, the way down was surprisingly well-built for what had seemed quite an 'off-piste' route, a clearly marked and stoned path cutting across the hillside and down towards Nebo. The footpaths on the OS that should cut back to the car-park simply don't exist on the ground unfortunately, blocked (quite deliberately by the locals, it seems) by closed gates, 'Keep-Out' signs and impenetrable vegetation, but the bridleway further down works okay, if involving an unwelcome final kick back uphill. Good stuff still, and a route that does justice to its main peak rather more than climbing it as a rise on a long ridge.
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Craig Cwm Silyn from Garnedd Goch

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Llyn Cwm Dulyn, Yr Eifl behind

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Garnedd Goch
Last edited by poppiesrara on Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:11 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Moel Ysgyfarnogod, Craig Cwm Silyn

Postby ChrisW » Tue Jun 07, 2016 5:45 am

Cracking pair P (ooh eer mrs :lol: ) The day really cleared up for the afternoon session and helped with making those beautiful shots as the day progressed :clap:
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Re: Moel Ysgyfarnogod, Craig Cwm Silyn

Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Mon Jun 13, 2016 8:47 pm

A great report of two less well known but favourite peaks of mine! Some great photos that capture the strange rock scenery.

reminds me that next time I'm near Moel Ysg I must also take a look at Bryn Cader Faner http://www.megalithic.co.uk/a558/a312/gallery/wales/gwynedd/yt_DSC_1045_c.jpg

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