An unexpected trip to visit Terrenhendre and Friends

Date walked: 06/07/2014

Time taken: 6 hours

Distance: 20km

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On holiday in Mid Wales staying in Pennal, which is a quite beautiful village situated by the River Dovey. I of course had plans to walk a few Welsh hills whilst over here and after settling in in our accomadation I could not take my eyes of the view in the distance of an inviting range of hills which stretched over the horizon not to very far away. These would make a nice introductory walk I hoped.
I have to be honest and did not have a clue of the names of any of them only that they lied midway between our cottage and Cadair Idris which of course was on my to do list. I identified these tops starting from the West as Trum Gelli, Tarren Cwm-ffernol, Tarren Rhosfarch and Tarrenhendre.
The view from our cottage

There are not many times when you can set off from your accomadation with your boots on, however with a little modification we were able to do this and set off for our first objective. Initially along the Wales Coastal path and then followed a way-marked path which climbs steadily into the hills. This pathway which leads to an isolated farm house called Pant-yr-on, does not have many boots trodding its way as we had to make our way under and over many fallen trees and bracken which was almost head height. It was a relief to get out of there I can tell you.
Turning up hill by the house and more steady climbing is required until reaching the path summit at Bryn Dinas, it is there that we followed in a NW direction following a very faint footpath to eventually top Trum Gelli. The cairns at the top are magnificent structures and must have taken an age to construct. From here Tarrenhendre looked some way off in the distance, so a quick stop for a coffee and sandwich and we were off again. It was at this point that I noticed my camaera had gone on the blink again I think the damage I caused by dropping it at High Crag in the Lakes last year had resurfaced, despite having it looked at by experts. Never mind I did have my mobile and therefore took some photos with that, the quality is not great but tells the story.

Heading for Trum Gelli after leaving the bridal path at its summit
The River Dovey winding its way to the Irish sea in the distance.
These cairns are impressive
Carol standing against one to gain a better perception of their size.
Looking towards Tarrenhendre in the distance
Cadair idris looms
Carol having a chat with the locals on the last stretch

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