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A big day in the south

A big day in the south


Postby andy63 » Tue Jun 07, 2016 10:22 am

Hewitts included on this walk: Cribyn, Pen y Fan, Waun Rydd

Date walked: 19/04/2016

Time taken: 7.4

Distance: 21.8 km

Ascent: 1230m

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I started from the car park at Blaen y Glyn Uchaf, and made a wrong turn from the start, heading up the forestry track and then a path leading off that. I got some way up the valley before having a good look at the map and realising that I wanted to be on the top of the Craig y Fan Ddu ridge, not the bottom of it. So I headed back, contouring around the hill until I found the ascent path.

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Wrong way


After a steep climb up a good path, a long flat ridge leads up to the Bwlch y Ddwyallt, and then it's a short climb up to the featureless grassy summit of Waun Rydd.

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Criag y Fan Ddu ascent


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Waun Rydd summit (769m)


From here a path goes around the edge of the escarpment and up to the summit of Fan y Big - not really much of a climb.

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View to the east


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Nuttall summit of Bwlch y Ddwyallt (754m)


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Fan y Big, Cribyn and Pen y Fan


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Fan y Big summit (719m)


After Fan y Big the character of the walk changes, with a steep descent followed by a long steep climb up to the pointy summit of Cribyn.

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Cribyn and Pen y Fan


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Cribyn ascent


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Cribyn summit (795m)


And then another descent followed by a long climb up to Pen y Fan. Not surprisingly, there were quite a few people on the summit area.

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Pen y Fan


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Highest point in South Wales (886m)


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Cribyn etc from Pen y Fan


The next top, Corn Du, just misses out on Hewitt status, as there's only 28m of ascent.

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Corn Du (873m)


I then headed south along another long flat ridge before eventually finding a path heading down.

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Rhiw y Ysgyfarnog


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Reservoirs


The descent was quite steep and wet, and a bit of bog has to be crossed to get down to the Lower Neuadd Reservoir.

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Descent


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Lower Neuadd Reservoir


From here an easy walk along the Taff Trail and then the road leads back to the car park. As I came into the car park I noticed the path which I should have used for the ascent.

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Taff Trail


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Re: A big day in the south

Postby ChrisW » Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:48 am

You put some effort in there Andy but reaped the rewards for it too :clap: Looks like you had the place to yourself for the most part which is even better :wink:
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