Tuesday, 10 May 2011

#26.Carnedd y Cribau.27-4-11.

I met Howie and Clive at the Rhug Estate and we drove the short distance to Dolwyddelan and parked outside Pont Rufeinig Railway Station seen below.

From here we crossed the Roman Bridge,below,crossed some field's and entered the Dolwyddelan Forest.

The morning was dull but the view's were great,Moel Siabod looked very tempting with it being so close.

We could see the Snowdon Horseshoe and the mountain's above Blaenau Ffestiniog but our goal was to walk to Llynau Diwaunydd and to climb Carnedd y Cribau so we had to stay focussed.We soon entered the forest and followed a decent track through it until we reached the lakes.In a few places it was muddy but we easily skirted around these and it was quite dry due to the dry spell we have been having but in the winter or after heavy rain this path would be horrendously muddy to follow.

Arriving at the lake you get a great view of Carnedd y Cribau so we decided to have a break here.The cloud's had parted and the sun was shining now so after taking a few photo's we sat down and watched the fish jumping,it's a beautiful place.

We decided to cross the rock's that separate the 2 lakes and first climb Clogwyn Bwlch-y-maen by the steep grassy bank.Clive didn't fancy this so met us at the top of Carnedd y Cribau.

We reached the stile at the top of the grassy bank to be greeted by fantastic view's all around.

We met back up with Clive,had a short break and headed down to Bwlch y Rhediad.On this path we saw somebody walking toward's the forest,the only person we saw all day and as we got closer to him i noticed he was walking bare footed on this rocky,slaty undulating path.

I took a short detour to an old dam that has been breached.

We passed an old quarry and crossed a tributary of the Afon Lledr on our return.

Post walk drink in the Gwydir and the Plas Hall Hotel.

Distance 8 miles with 2,000 feet of ascent.

MILEAGE        181
ASCENT          68,450
TOPS                58

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