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Arenig Fawr

Arenig Fawr


Postby wurzel » Sun Aug 29, 2010 12:28 pm

Hewitts included on this walk: Arenig Fawr, Gallt y Daren, Moel Llyfnant

Date walked: 27/08/2010

Time taken: 7

Distance: 19 km

Ascent: 1100m

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This is a nice quiet walk south of the A4212, although rather boggy over most of the route. I started at a track that comes off a minor road signposted to Arenig, just after some electric cables on pylons cross the road. The day included adjacent Nuttalls with the Hewitts giving 6 summits altogether. I've tried to put the route on a map with the route editor facility, but the mapping doesn't seem to want to load

Briefly, the route follows the track until you reach a wall after just over a km, then you head straight up the wall/fence line to Arenig Fawr. The way off to the south is obvious, going over a Nuttall then down to a boggy plateau on which sits another Nuttall next to some small pools. The col between here and Moel Llyfnant is bog, good and proper; I tried the direct approach and had to return to take a line more to the NW in order to keep dry feet. Once through there's a short climb up grassy slopes to Moel Llyfnant. Gallt y Daren and Foel Boeth both looked a long way off from here, but in reality it wasn't too bad, although the going was a little boggy, with care needed in placing ones feet to avoid the occasional channel that was obscured by vegetation. After those last two it was the case of following very wet ground along a fence across first Bwlch y Bi then over Moel y Slates. I recalled the Nuttalls' book suggesting a descent along Nant y Gist-faen, but considering the conditions underfoot I chose to stay on the high ground until nearly at Penllyn Forest, then descend to where the Nant y Gist-faen crosses the old rail bed, where a stile allows access to a permissive path along the route of the old rail. Just prior to reaching this I'd be thinking how well I'd done in keeping dry feet, and of course at this point I got a boot full. The old rail bed looked like a nice easy walk back to the car, but even this turned into bog within the some of the sections of cutting. Further along this rail line meets the track on which I started.

Despite the bog, it was a good day out. But if you're thinking of doing it then it would be best after a dry spell, or after hard frost.
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The track

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Looking down the route up Arenig Fawr

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Arenig Fawr

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The top of Arenig Fawr looking down the final approach

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The way off to the south

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The plateau area with pools is crossed after descending the route in the previous photo

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Moel Llyfnant several kilometres away with the outline of the Rhinogs (I think) behind.

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Foel Boeth and Gallt y Daren around 3Km away from the top of Moel Llyfnant.

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Looking back from somewhere near the last hill to the hills crossed earlier in the day.

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The way back across Bwlch y Bi.

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The old rail bed that leads back to near the start. This is an unusually dry section.
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Re: Arenig Fawr

Postby mountain coward » Sun Aug 29, 2010 11:12 pm

Did these quite a few years back in snow and ice - was great in those conditions... the road getting to it was a bit scary though! Fine pics :D
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Re: Arenig Fawr

Postby malky_c » Mon Aug 30, 2010 11:26 am

Lovely route. I remember doing similar some years back (although we didn't go out to Gallt y Darren) - had a great day. Weather was very similar to yours I think.

Not sure when I'll get round to doing Gallt y Darren now, as I'm not often in Wales. Have been tempted to do it from the road a couple of times, as I've cycled over Bylch Pen y Feidiog on a few occasions. Didn't bother though.
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Re: Arenig Fawr

Postby wurzel » Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:57 pm

mountain coward wrote:Did these quite a few years back in snow and ice - was great in those conditions... the road getting to it was a bit scary though! Fine pics :D

I reckon trying to keep the car out of a ditch, or river, or worse can be the most dangerous part of a winter day in the hills.
malky_c wrote:Lovely route. I remember doing similar some years back (although we didn't go out to Gallt y Darren) - had a great day. Weather was very similar to yours I think.

Not sure when I'll get round to doing Gallt y Darren now, as I'm not often in Wales. Have been tempted to do it from the road a couple of times, as I've cycled over Bylch Pen y Feidiog on a few occasions. Didn't bother though.

Well, Gallt y Darren does give a good opportunity to look back and appreciate Arenig Fawr and Moel Llyfnant, although it isn't really a very inspiring goal on its own. It would be nice doing the route in reverse as you'd get to see Arenig Fawr off to your left or infront for most of the trip, knowing it was the final destination, and something interesting to finish on.
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