I'm planning on wandering around the Moelwynion for a couple of days, I'll be looking to get up all the Nuttalls (except Cnicht and Moel Siabod on this occasion) but just as interested in exploring the lakes, slate mines and any other features up in the hills that are off the beaten track and lesser known.
Tanygrisiau to Rhosydd and on to moelwyn Bach. The slate trail goes through thereish but detouring off up the inclines toward stwlan takes you near to loads of interesting and spectacular stuff. We wandered a lot but even then only scratched the surface.
Do you plan on being near Cnicht? If so then Llyn Llagi and its brooding cliffs are worth a visit. Yr Arddu (the one west of Cnicht) is well worth a visit - a lovely little hill of tarns and craglets.
I agree with Longsuffering that Rhosydd (and Cwmorthin) from Tanygrisiau is worth a poke around. If you fancy a scramble the N/NE spur of Moel yr Hydd is fantastic. Start at Llyn Cwmorthin and follow the broad rib up, pick and mix of difficulties but not serious.
Slightly east of Manod Mawr is Y Gamallt and its lakes on the Migneint. A really excellent little hill, worth an hour or two (just don't tell anyone about it, ok?).
Back in the day we use to go to though the long level mine tunnel from Rhosydd, up an underground tramway incline and scramble out of the open pits below the summit of Moelwyn Mawr. Not for the faint hearted, but we were young and faff.
Last year - on my 65th birthday I completed all the 2000' hills in Wales. A very fine project that took me over 45 years. I started slowly and then did a lot when I lived in Eryri. When we inherited a family cottage in Mid Wales I started walking a lot round there. Some of those hills are a labour of love!
Twenty Years ago I brought a copy of Robert Jones's list and realised I had done a fair few of the 225 he lists. This spurred me on to visit the ones I had missed and make trips down to South Wales to walk the Bannau Brycheiniog's and Mynyddoedd Duon's. I finished with Mynydd Mawr.
The Moelwynion are very fine and I had some lovely days out bagging them. All worth visiting, just a shame about the motorbike damage to some of them.
Hi Mike, I'm going on a trip to the Croesor valley later this year, would the moel yr hydd spur be logical in a round: up and over cnicht, down to lyn cymorthin and up the spur and back over moelwynn mawr? also what approximate grade do you rate the scramble at? many thanks
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