Geo-Trips :: On a section of the main Berwyns Ridge on a cold day

On the main Berwyns Ridge

A walk from Tan y Pistyll carpark, Sun, 25 Feb 2018 by Richard Law

Starting and ending at the value for money carpark by the Pistyll Rhaeadr visitor cafe, this walk of roughly 10 miles starts easily enough up well-marked tracks and paths as far as Llyn Lluncaws, and up onto Moel Sych. It then heads over the 'new' highest point of the Berwyn ridge, followed by the 'old' highest point with its trig, passing a variety of Bronze Age burial cairns and such like, then drops down to explore a rather less frequented corner of the hills - out over extensive moor and heather to the 679m top of Godor. More heather-bashing follows for a short while, then a reasonable path runs almost due south along a series of field boundaries to rejoin the road between the farms of Tyn-y-wern and Tyn-y-celyn. Just be sure to close any gates, and not to damage any walls or fences on this descent, as the Access Land doesn't quite reach the valley floor.

The whole route is slightly over 10 miles in total.

Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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SJ0729 : Start of the footpath at Tan y Pistyll by Richard Law
Start of the footpath at Tan y Pistyll
Footpath leaving the carpark at Tan y Pistyll cafe, leading to the Berwyns ridge... more

SJ0729 : Permissive path above the Nant y Llyn by Richard Law
Permissive path above the Nant y Llyn
The hillside here is crisscrossed by paths, their origins in the farming and light... more

SJ0729 : Footbridge over the Nant y Llyn by Richard Law
Footbridge over the Nant y Llyn

SJ0729 : Nant y Llyn just upstream of the footbridge by Richard Law
Nant y Llyn just upstream of the footbridge
The valley of the Nant y Llyn, the stream which flows out of [[169238]] a mile or... more

SJ0729 : Lower part of the old drove road by Richard Law
Lower part of the old drove road
The road forms a well-defined path up the east side of the valley, but gradually... more

SJ0730 : On the old drove road by Richard Law
On the old drove road
Approaching the crags of Cerrig Poethion; with all the sheep in the lower fields... more

SJ0730 : Sheepfolds in the valley of the Nant y Llyn by Richard Law
Sheepfolds in the valley of the Nant y Llyn
These drystone and wooden fence folds have clearly seen recent use, unlike so many... more

SJ0730 : Waterfall and icicles by Richard Law
Waterfall and icicles
On the hillside above the Nant y Llyn, this fall is on an unnamed tributary of the... more

SJ0730 : Seepage ice above the Nant y Llyn by Richard Law
Seepage ice above the Nant y Llyn
Overnight icicles formed on a seepage line out of the peat on the slopes of Moel Sych.

SJ0731 : At the end of the footpath by Richard Law
At the end of the footpath
The maps mark the end of the right of way roughly here, but it turns into a... more

SJ0731 : First glimpse of Llyn Lluncaws by Richard Law
First glimpse of Llyn Lluncaws
Nestled in below the steep scarp of Moel Sych, the lake occupies a perfect little cwm.

SJ0731 : Across Llyn Lluncaws to Cadair Berwyn by Richard Law
Across Llyn Lluncaws to Cadair Berwyn
The steep scarp wall below Moel Sych (just offshot to the left) and Cadair Berwyn... more

SJ0731 : The headwall of Craig y Llyn by Richard Law
The headwall of Craig y Llyn
There's a wandering permissive path up this spur of Moel Sych, but so long as you... more

SJ0731 : Llyn Lluncaws from above by Richard Law
Llyn Lluncaws from above
The lake was almost frozen over, apart from a narrow margin in places.

SJ0631 : Craig y Llyn - the steep east wall of Moel Sych by Richard Law
Craig y Llyn - the steep east wall of Moel Sych
Looking across the headwall of the cwm containing Llyn Lluncaws, with Cadair... more

SJ0631 : Along the crest of Craig y Llyn by Richard Law
Along the crest of Craig y Llyn
A breezy day on the summit ridge of the Berwyns. The cold wind was in the east, so... more

SJ0632 : Daft Dog makes for Cadair Berwyn by Richard Law
Daft Dog makes for Cadair Berwyn
On a bit of a mission, he's heading for the second summit of the day.

SJ0732 : Fences below the New Top of Cadair Berwyn by Richard Law
Fences below the New Top of Cadair Berwyn
The fence on the right here dives steeply off the main Berwyn ridge, and down a... more

SJ0732 : Cadair Berwyn's true summit  - Craig Uchaf by Richard Law
Cadair Berwyn's true summit - Craig Uchaf
Discovered as late as 1987 to be 3m or so higher than the trig point,... more

SJ0732 : Bronze Age cairn on Cadair Berwyn by Richard Law
Bronze Age cairn on Cadair Berwyn
Much altered and rebuilt over the years, and now a rather convenient hollowed-out... more

SJ0732 : Cadair Berwyn's old summit by Richard Law
Cadair Berwyn's old summit
The rounded, snowy hill about 350 yards ahead is the former summit of the Berwyns... more

SJ0732 : Cadair Berwyn Cairn I by Richard Law
Cadair Berwyn Cairn I
The trig point 30 yards away stands atop a turf-covered Bronze Age burial mound,... more

SJ0732 : OS flush bracket - Cadair Berwyn by Richard Law
OS flush bracket - Cadair Berwyn
Flush Bracket S1545 set into the side of the trig on Cadair Berwyn. It's no longer... more

SJ0733 : Just north of Cadair Berwyn by Richard Law
Just north of Cadair Berwyn
Along the ridgeline of the Berwyns, with the foreground rather obscuring the view... more

SJ0733 : Boggy hollow on Cadair Berwyn by Richard Law
Boggy hollow on Cadair Berwyn
Normally a marshy bog that needs skirting around, today it's frozen more or less... more

SJ0733 : Incipient path down towards Tomle by Richard Law
Incipient path down towards Tomle
This faint path and the rather shonky fence follow the handy ridge east of Craig... more

SJ0733 : Northern end of Craig Berwyn by Richard Law
Northern end of Craig Berwyn
On the NE side of Craig Berwyn, this steep hillside is crossed only by... more

SJ0733 : Towards Bwlch Maen Gwynedd by Richard Law
Towards Bwlch Maen Gwynedd
Across the lower slopes of Craig Berwyn, where the historic drove route of... more

SJ0833 : Standing stone below Tomle by Richard Law
Standing stone below Tomle
It's more of a leaning stone than this picture suggests, but until a few years ago... more

SJ0833 : Fenceline below Tomle by Richard Law
Fenceline below Tomle

SJ0833 : Towards Cadair Bronwen from Tomle by Richard Law
Towards Cadair Bronwen from Tomle
Along the fenceline on the ridge of Tomle, with Cadair Bronwen on the right.

SJ0833 : Fence corner on Tomle's summit by Richard Law
Fence corner on Tomle's summit
It's never entirely clear quite where the summit of Tomle actually is - quite... more

SJ0833 : Tomle to Craig Berwyn by Richard Law
Tomle to Craig Berwyn

SJ0833 : A rather vague track by Richard Law
A rather vague track
Despite being marked as a bridleway on newer maps, and taking a certain amount of... more

SJ0832 : Cadair Berwyn from the east by Richard Law
Cadair Berwyn from the east
Seen here from the old path-cum-bridleway that ascends from Cwm Maen Gwynedd, much... more

SJ0733 : The northern end of Craig Berwyn by Richard Law
The northern end of Craig Berwyn

SJ0832 : The bridleway leaves the track by Richard Law
The bridleway leaves the track

SJ0832 : Small reservoir in Cwm Maen Gwynedd by Richard Law
Small reservoir in Cwm Maen Gwynedd
Recorded by Coflein at... more

SJ0832 : Track and gateway into the forest by Richard Law
Track and gateway into the forest

SJ0732 : Forest firebreak by Richard Law
Forest firebreak
This firebreak defines the line of a former inclined plane associated with the... more

SJ0732 : Winding drum and brake mechanism by Richard Law
Winding drum and brake mechanism
The remains of a cable-operated brake machine for a slate mine incline; the mines... more

SJ0732 : Manufacturer's markings on the brake drum by Richard Law
Manufacturer's markings on the brake drum
The wheel/drum of the brake mechanism, cast in the Newtown foundry by Turner Brothers.

SJ0732 : Winding drum and brake mechanism by Richard Law
Winding drum and brake mechanism
Another view, this time from above, of the derelict winding drum and brake... more

SJ0731 : Faint path below Moel yr Ewig by Richard Law
Faint path below Moel yr Ewig
Almost certainly a miners' track, as it leads pretty much across the hill to some... more

SJ0731 : Forest corner on the pass below Moel yr Ewig by Richard Law
Forest corner on the pass below Moel yr Ewig

SJ0731 : Moel yr Ewig from the east by Richard Law
Moel yr Ewig from the east
Seen here from the ridge that leads eventually to Godor, with the main Berwyns... more

SJ0731 : Fenceline on Moel yr Ewig by Richard Law
Fenceline on Moel yr Ewig
The hilltop ridges in much of this area sport new fences - this makes the ridges... more

SJ0831 : Daft Dog comes trotting back by Richard Law
Daft Dog comes trotting back
Along the fenceline and ridgetop of Moel yr Ewig. Daft Dog is pretty obliging to a... more

SJ0831 : Fences on the North Top of Godor by Richard Law
Fences on the North Top of Godor
Rough moorland with a couple of faint paths through the grass, and the occasional... more

SJ0931 : Saddle between the North Top and the main hill of Godor by Richard Law
Saddle between the North Top and the main hill of Godor
Heading down from the North Top to the 654m saddle below Godor.

SJ0931 : Moorland NE of the saddle by Richard Law
Moorland NE of the saddle
The hillside drops away quite steeply to the NE here, from around 654m at the... more

SJ0930 : Up the NW flank of Godor by Richard Law
Up the NW flank of Godor
It's tempting to call it the NW ridge, but that's overstating things somewhat,... more

SJ0930 : Small boggy pool on Godor by Richard Law
Small boggy pool on Godor
Just about frozen over on this cold late February day. Daft Dog decided against a... more

SJ0930 : From Godor to the main Berwyns ridge by Richard Law
From Godor to the main Berwyns ridge
A view along the ridge NW of Godor nearly 2 miles to Cadair Berwyn.

SJ0930 : The saddle between Godor and its North Top by Richard Law
The saddle between Godor and its North Top
Extensive moorland and heather ground predominates here; it's hard going off the... more

SJ0831 : A lone tree by Richard Law
A lone tree
Presumably a seed escaped from one of the plantations to the north, and this lone... more

SJ0831 : Fenceline on the south ridge of Moel yr Ewig by Richard Law
Fenceline on the south ridge of Moel yr Ewig

SJ0830 : Fence on the ridge above Cwm Ffynnon by Richard Law
Fence on the ridge above Cwm Ffynnon
The fence follows the ridgeline south of Moel yr Ewig, providing a handy... more

SJ0830 : Fence junction at the summit of Moel Poethion by Richard Law
Fence junction at the summit of Moel Poethion
The summit of this former Nuttall is described as being a 'small knoll by the... more

SJ0830 : Moel Poethion from the southern side by Richard Law
Moel Poethion from the southern side
Fenceline running up the southern side of the former Nuttall of Moel Poethion.

SJ0830 : Talfryn pool by Richard Law
Talfryn pool
A small llyn on the southern side of Moel Poethion, here frozen about an inch thick.

SJ0830 : Skating dog by Richard Law
Skating dog
Daft Dog proves the reason for his pet name. I'd kicked a hole in the ice with the... more

SJ0829 : Junction of fences below Talfryn pool by Richard Law
Junction of fences below Talfryn pool
The fence on the left (west) is unmarked on the current maps, and the posts look... more

SJ0829 : Old field boundary by Richard Law
Old field boundary
This old wall, now supplemented by the more modern fence, dates from at least the... more

SJ0829 : Old boundary stone by Richard Law
Old boundary stone
Spotted this on the way down the hill; it sits in the old field boundary line,... more

SJ0828 : Old field boundary by Richard Law
Old field boundary
On the hillside above Ty'n-y-wern farm, this line of trees on a stone bank appears... more

SJ0828 : Old trackway on the hillside by Richard Law
Old trackway on the hillside
A shallow sunken track beside an old field boundary; it becomes a little better... more

SJ0828 : Hillside track above Ty'n-y-celyn farm by Richard Law
Hillside track above Ty'n-y-celyn farm
Pretty much on the boundary of the Access Land, this old trackway follows an old... more

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