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Carnedd y Filiast (Arenigs)

Hewitts: Carnedd y Filiast (Arenigs)

Date walked: 18/04/2024

Time taken: 2.25 hours

Distance: 12.5km

Ascent: 630m


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Continuing my initial incursion into the Welsh Hewitts I decided to tackle one of the lower and more isolated Arenigs above Llyn Celyn. Theoretically it may have been possible to include Arenig Fach to the west and turn this into a circular round, but there are no paths or even light treads to follow between the two tops, and the return would require a descent to footpaths which would include using the main road around Celyn. This would therefore be an out-and-back so no looking at the views to the south until I was on the way back!

Driving up the main road from Bala, there is a small parking space for three cars directly opposite the footpath which skirts to the right of Moel Phylip. I believe there is a larger car park just a little further above Celyn Dam.

The path rises pleasantly to a sheepfold before crossing the wall, continuing northwards to the side of Phylip, ultimately reaching a stile where I headed east into flatter and boggier ground, then northeast to cross more stiles, soon meeting the good track coming up from Citalgarth. From this point the walking is fast and easy, heading close to the isolated farm cottage at Cwm Hesgyn then heading more steeply uphill to reach a track junction on the lower eastern flank of Foel-boeth.
I took a sharp right at this point and followed the descending path to the ford across Nant y Coed and then uphill again onto the approach to Carnedd y Filiast. At this point the views ahead are still of the valley and down to Llyn Hesgyn. The final 300 metres reveal the landscape to the northwest and Snowdonia.

Now for the big surprise as the top of Filiast reveals a wonderful 360-degree view with some very challenging hills appearing to the west and southwest. This is, of course, the joy of the Hewitts, the journey takes you to places you never really dreamt of visiting before, with the Arenigs, Moelwyns and the Cadair Idris range just offering a whole series of adventurous walks.

So, plenty to think about and plan on the descent using the same route. Just a note for anyone following this route driving back towards the M56. Take the route through Cerrigydrudion and the B road past Llyn Brenig across to Denbigh. It’s beautiful on a nice day.

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Location: Rossendale
Occupation: Retired University Lecturer
Interests: Walking adventures in Hills and Mountains I probably won't fall off. Coffee and croissants (a morning activity), scones (afternoon), real and craft beers and red wine (evening, but not every evening).
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Gear: OS maps App
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Ideal day out: An epic ridge walk up to 20 miles, or a rather more un-epic ridge walk of 5 to 10 miles with beer or coffee at the end.
Ambition: The English Hewitts

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2024

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Distance: 91.34 km
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Distance: 206.13 km
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