The weather forecast was not very favourable: a breezy wet start, then a bit of a gap, followed by a wet afternoon – so the mac was put near the top of the rucksac. Brian was leading and he had said that his recce was rather damp underfoot and he was right, I think sturdy wellies might have better suited. The route is well known but little visited, particularly in poor conditions, we only saw two other people all day.
The route starts at the top of Cwm Cywarch at the honesty car park (with portaloo) at Blaencywarch, and heads North West up the very steep and rocky cleft to the ridge between Glasgwm and Aran Fawddwy. This little valley is a wild flower paradise with so many varieties, enough to keep anybody happy. (A few pictures in the gallery) From the top the route turns North East and follows one of the many fences on the ridge. It was here that the duckboards started and Brian’s ‘wet underfoot’ warnings kicked in. It was a bit of a sloppy trudge up to the summit, but in good conditions the views from the top are stupendous – you can see practically anything in Wales from here – but not today. (Aran Fawddwy 905 m / 2969 ft ) The scramble from the fence up to the summit pile was accompanied by the most ferocious wind, nearly having us off our feet. Needless to say we didn’t linger long, just long enough to snatch a couple of pics and then quickly back down to the comparative shelter of the rocks below. All this was achieved in sporadic drizzle, but luckily none of the torrents we were expecting.
From the summit the route heads south east and then east at the memorial stone with views down to Craiglyn Dyfi (source of the Dyfi) and Llyn Tegid (Bala) away to the north. The grand sweep of Hengwm below soon opened out, with our route out clearly showing as a dark green line down the slope to the South West and back to Blaencywarch. Brian teased us with ‘a sting in the tail’ – this turned out to be what was once a rocky lane, but was now a steep rocky stream of wondrous slipperiness.
Safely back at the cars we had had a good day – not as wet as we had expected but wetter underfoot then we liked. Thanks to Brian for leading and to all who came and all who drove. Pics in the gallery.
- Few Skylark
- Innumerable Meadow Pipits
- One Red Kite
- One Wheatear
- Few corvids