“Wet n orrible” just about describes it. This is a walk for a long warm summer evening where you can get up high quite quickly and sit and admire the great views down the Mawddach estuary and beyond. (See pic below I found on the interweb) But we had a wet Sunday in February with low cloud and very cold sloppy snow. But hey ho – we had some fun. Six of us left the Oak and we picked up Yvonne at Cross Foxes, to travel up to Bontddu on the Barmouth road – turn right up a very steep and narrow road for 2k or so to park at the top. It was a thin wind with drizzle in it as we set out with Richard leading on a horseshoe route laid out in the wild country to the south of Dyffwys. We headed west on a rough path from Banc-y-Frân towards the derelict farm at Caerau: here the path stops and the wet hillside sheep tracks take over. We had the wind at our backs as we climbed higher, a wind loaded with sleet and wet snow, eventually coming out at the top cairn in real snow. The cairn marks the crossing point on the ridge of the old stage route from Harlech that comes up from Pont Scethin. We stopped here for 5 mins to scoff some of Yvonne’s bara brith then headed round the top of the horseshoe and down the old stage route. We all retreated into our hoods for this next bit as the snow was coming straight at us, but eventually we dropped out of the cloud and even got one or two glimpses of the estuary below us. We then splashed our way back to the vehicles at Banc-y-Frân with the rain just turned to fine drizzle.
The vehicles steamed up mightily requiring the blower on maximum for quite a while, but all returned safe and sound with a tale to tell. Pictures in the gallery. Thanks to Richard for leading and all who came and all who drove.