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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.


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.

Criag y Fan Ddu ascent



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.

View to the east

Nuttall summit of Bwlch y Ddwyallt (754m)

Fan y Big, Cribyn and Pen y Fan

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.

Cribyn and Pen y Fan

Cribyn ascent

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.

Pen y Fan


Highest point in South Wales (886m)

Cribyn etc from Pen y Fan

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

Corn Du (873m)

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

Rhiw y Ysgyfarnog


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


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.

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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