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Thursday, 26 May 2016

The Ysgafell Wens, Moel Druman & Allt-Fawr [Allt Fawr]

Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 26 May 2016
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - Coed-Y-Llwyn Caravan Club Site
Start Point- Abandoned road off the A470 just north of Tal-y-waenydd (SH 69918 48507)
Finish Point Abandoned road off the A470 just north of Tal-y-waenydd (SH 69918 48507)
Total Duration - 3hrs 54mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.65mph
Total Distance Walked - 6.43 miles
Total Height Ascended - 603.43 metres


Peaks visited
Nuttalls (189W - 443E&W)
Allt-Fawr [Allt Fawr] (145W - 398E&W)
Moel Druman (146W - 399E&W)
Ysgafell Wen (147W - 400E&W)
Ysgafell Wen North Top (148W - 401E&W)
Ysgafell Wen Far North Top (149W - 402E&W)
Hewitts (138W - 317E&W)
Allt-Fawr [Allt Fawr] (103W - 282E&W)
Moel Druman (104W - 283E&W)
Ysgafell Wen (105W - 284E&W)
Ysgafell Wen North Top (106W - 285E&W)
Marilyns (175E - 1556E,W&S)
Allt-Fawr [Allt Fawr] (86W - 248E,W&S)
Deweys (181E - 422E&W)
NONE
HuMPs (444E - 2975EW&S)
Allt-Fawr [Allt Fawr] (101W - 330E,W&S)
Historic County Tops (49E - 93E,W&S)
NONE
W: Wales. 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland

Other walks on this trip
2016
May
21st Foel Penolau & Moel Ysgyfarnogod
23rd Snowdon Horseshoe
25th Moelwyns Mawr & Bach and two other nearby Nuttalls from Tanygrisiau
26th The Ysgafell Wens, Moel Druman & Allt-Fawr from Tal-y-waenydd


Route
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Steep ascent up Allt -fawr on far side of Llyn Iwerddon
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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Moelwyns Mawr & Bach and two other nearby Nuttalls from Tanygrisiau

Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 25 May 2016
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - Coed-Y-Llwyn Caravan Club Site
Start Point- Tanygrisiau car park to south of bridge over of Llyn Cwmorthin outfall (SH 68319 45196)
Finish Point Tanygrisiau car park to south of bridge over of Llyn Cwmorthin outfall (SH 68319 45196)
Total Duration - 4hrs 14mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.51mph
Total Distance Walked - 6.39 miles
Total Height Ascended - 807.26 metres


Peaks visited
Nuttalls (189W - 443E&W)
Moel-yr-hydd (141W - 394E&W)
Moelwyn Mawr (142W - 395E&W)
Craigysgafn (143W - 396E&W)
Moelwyn Bach (144W - 397E&W)
Hewitts (138W - 317E&W)
Moel-yr-hydd (100W - 279E&W)
Moelwyn Mawr (101W - 280E&W)
Moelwyn Bach (102W - 281E&W)
Marilyns (175E - 1556E,W&S)
Moelwyn Mawr (85W - 247E,W&S)
Deweys (181E - 422E&W)
NONE
HuMPs (444E - 2975EW&S)
Moelwyn Mawr (99W - 328E,W&S)
Moelwyn Bach (100W - 329E,W&S)
Historic County Tops (49E - 93E,W&S)
NONE
W: Wales. 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland

Other walks on this trip
2016
May
21st Foel Penolau & Moel Ysgyfarnogod
23rd Snowdon Horseshoe
25th Moelwyns Mawr & Bach and two other nearby Nuttalls from Tanygrisiau
26th The Ysgafell Wens, Moel Druman & Allt-Fawr from Tal-y-waenydd


Route
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Final peak of the day, bonus sub-Dewey Craig Stwlan from bottom of SW end of Stwlan dam
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Monday, 23 May 2016

Snowdon Horseshoe

Walk Summary
Arguably one of the most iconic Nuttall walks you are ever likely to undertake.
Craig Fach first summit of the day towards The Glyders.
At 608.75 misses out on Nuttall status by 830mm
64 photos (more than I usually like to include) but really could have done with more to give a full photo commentary of the route.
The other way is to watch a video of the full 5½ hour walk or better still acquire the skills, gain the confidence and take the care to do it yourself.
Many descriptions online tend to over big the route emphasising horrendous weather conditions and extreme jeopardy, resulting in me putting off this walk, waiting for perfect weather and a sense of anxiety leading up to and during the walk.
In some ways not a bad thing. You do need to be fully capable to attempt this route in any, even perfect conditions, but if you have the necessary skills making sure you have the equipment appropriate to the conditions, as well as knowing how to use it; all you have to do is take care and ENJOY.
Not a lot more to say about the route other than there is far more scrambling than I have ever done alone in any one route. A long way from my first hill on Simon Fell when I distinctly remember thinkin "... this hill climbing seems OK, but if there is ever a time when I need a rope I will not be going there".

Well I think scrambling was included in that maxim. Just goes to show unless you take that first step on a journey, you have no idea where you might turn up"
One final point worth mentioning is that the car park at Pen y Pass charges £10 for the full day, £5 for up to four hours. Quite a lot thinks I, but the car park was full by 11pm on a Monday morning so if the money goes to the National Park not a bad way of rationing parking spaces while at the same time contributing to a good cause. I am sure the record for The Snowdon Horseshoe is significantly below four hours, so for us mortals if you do not want to pay £10 you can use the S2 service from Llanberis at a cost of £1.50 each way.
Make sure you leave enough time to complete the whole circuit. I was sat in Snowdon cafe at 4:00pm, having a cup of coffee when I remembered the last bus back to Llanberis was 7:05pm. enough time to return over the Lliwedd Nuttalls but would there be enough time to nip over to Gallt y Wenallt?
Even where the path diverged back to Pen y Pass on the descent from Lliwedd Bach I was tempted to head west for the final Nuttall, However arriving back at the bus stop 18:55pm confirmed the made correct choice was made.
In terms of costs I am still in pocket. Yes it will still cost me another £3 in bus fare, but I will be returning to the area for Moel Siabod anyway.

Walk Statistics
Walk Date -23 May 2016
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - Coed-y-Llwyn Caravan Club Site
Start Point-   Bus Stop opposite YHA Pen-y-Pass (SH 64744 55610)
Finish Point Bus Stop opposite YHA Pen-y-Pass (SH 64744 55610)
Total Duration - 5hrs 24mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.43mph
Total Distance Walked - 7.74 miles
Total Height Ascended - 1295.94 metres


Peaks visited
Nuttalls (189W - 443E&W)
Crib Goch (135W - 388E &W)
Crib y Ddysgl (136W - 389E &W)
Snowdon - Yr Wyddfa (137W - 390E &W)
Lliwedd (138W - 391E &W)
Lliwedd East Top (139W - 392E &W)
Lliwedd Bach (140W - 393E &W)
Hewitts (138W - 317E&W)
Crib Goch (96W - 275E &W)
Crib y Ddysgl (97W - 276E &W)
Snowdon - Yr Wyddfa (98W - 277E &W)
Lliwedd  (99W - 278E &W)
Marilyns (158W - 1556E,W&S)
Snowdon - Yr Wyddfa (83W - 245E,W &S)
Lliwedd (84W - 246E,W &S)
Deweys (241W - 422E&W)
Craig Fach (49W - 102E &W)
HuMPs (366W - 2975E,W&S)
Snowdon - Yr Wyddfa (97W - 326E,W &S)
Lliwedd  (98W - 327E,W &S)
Historic County Tops (13W - 93E,W&S)
Snowdon - Yr Wyddfa (9W - 53E,W &S)
W: Wales. 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland

Other walks on this trip
2016
May
21st Foel Penolau & Moel Ysgyfarnogod
23rd Snowdon Horseshoe
25th Moelwyns Mawr & Bach and two other nearby Nuttalls from Tanygrisiau
26th The Ysgafell Wens, Moel Druman & Allt-Fawr from Tal-y-waenydd


Route
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GPX can be downloaded from www.shareyouradventure.com

More Photographs
Descent route down Crib Goch. Like all mountains the job is only half done at the summit
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Saturday, 21 May 2016

Foel Penolau & Moel Ysgyfarnogod

Walk summary
Had not intended to venture in to the Rhinogs on this trip but an extremely wet morning around Ffestiniog persuaded me to ditch plans for a longer walk in to the Moelwyns, so planned this half day walk for later in the afternoon. 
No suitable parking near Cefn Clawdd
Rain had stopped but still cloudy on summits limiting visibility. As well as the two planned Nuttalls; managed three Deweys, plus two sub Deweys. 
Only 6.6 miles and surprising small amount of ascent at 495m, but felt very tired when finished after 4½ hours at 7:15pm. 
Due maybe to first strenuous exercise for nearly one month or was it because of lots of down scrambling and later up scrambling.
Physically prepared or not with good or bad visibility expect some rough terrain and lots for alternatives for high points on many of the summits.

Walk Statistics
Walk Date -21 May 2016
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - Coed-y-Llwyn Caravan Club Site
Start Point-   Quarry spoil heap on left of road to Cefn Clawdd (SH 68357 33613)
Finish Point Quarry spoil heap on left of road to Cefn Clawdd (SH 68357 33613)
Total Duration - 4hrs 32mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.46mph
Total Distance Walked - 6.64 miles
Total Height Ascended - 495.13 metres


Peaks visited
Nuttalls (189W - 443E&W)
Foel Penolau (133W - 386E &W)
Moel Ysgyfarnogod (134W - 387E &W)
Hewitts (138W - 317E&W)
Moel Ysgyfarnogod (95W - 274E &W)
Marilyns (158W - 1556E,W&S)
Moel Ysgyfarnogod (82W - 244E,W &S)
Deweys (241W - 422E&W)
Moel y Gyrafolen (46W - 99E &W)
Craig Ddrwg (47W - 100E &W)
Clip (48W - 101E &W)
HuMPs (366E - 2975E,W&S)
Moel Ysgyfarnogod (96W - 325E,W &S)
Historic County Tops (49E - 93E,W&S)
NONE
W: Wales. 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland

Other walks on this trip
2016
May
21st Foel Penolau & Moel Ysgyfarnogod
23rd Snowdon Horseshoe
25th Moelwyns Mawr & Bach and two other nearby Nuttalls from Tanygrisiau
26th The Ysgafell Wens, Moel Druman & Allt-Fawr from Tal-y-waenydd


Route
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GPX can be downloaded from www.shareyouradventure.com

More Photographs
Looking back at what you would go over if you took a SW bearing off Foel Penolau alternate SW summit.
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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Nantlle Ridge north to south

Walk summary
Went to bed last night with a certain amount of anticipation combined with trepidation. Partly the challenge of the well documented Nantlle Ridge and scramble up Mynydd Drws-y-coed along with promised views along Cardigan Bay, over Snowdonia and out towards Anglesey. Tempered by the concern if I was fit enough or even had the energy to manage the 6¾ mile traverse from Rhyd-Ddu station and the 9 mile trudge back along the lower slopes and seemingly endless B4418 from Penygroes.
Y Garn and Trum y Ddysgl, first two summit
 from start of Nantlle Ridge north to south walk
Not one to shirk a challenge I had gone to bed expecting to take this option rather than the shorter option of a linear walk to Llanllyfni and taxi back to Rhyd-Ddu.
However as is often the case I woke up with a sensible head on and decided the best option would be to drop down the 3¾ miles to Llanllyfni from the final summit Mynydd Graig Goch and invest £15 in a taxi with Huw's Taxis from Penygroes. It would still be a total of 10½ miles making this the third plus 10 mile walk with more than 1200m of ascent in 5 days walking over a 6 day period. For me that is enough progression since last years back injury that kept me out of the hills for more than 6 months
Moel Hebog
from south end of Trum y Ddysgl summit ridge
Like I say I had my sensible head on this morning and while I still enjoy extending myself to (and slightly beyond) my limits I do not have to do it every time I go out. That is ultimately a recipe for self destruction and at the same time at best delays or at worst prevents improvement.
As it turned out I found a start point at the intersection of the planned route with the B4418 near Drwsycoed Uchaf and finished at Nebo school trimming 3 miles off the planned route.
As anticipated the route was brilliant, probably one of the best Nuttall walks in Wales so far, second only to ascent up Tryfan and the Bochlwyd Horseshoe via the north ridge back in December 2014, notwithstanding the Snowdon Horseshoe and Crib Goch which is still on my to do list

Walk Statistics
Walk Date -26 April 2016
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - YHA Snowdon Llanberis
Start Point-   Roadside parking on bend just before Drwsycoed Uchaf (SH 56675 52611)
Finish Point Nebo school (SH 47892 50499)
Total Duration - 5hrs 53mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.44mph
Total Distance Walked - 8.48 miles
Total Height Ascended - 1276.29 metres


Peaks visited
Nuttalls (189W - 443E&W)
Y Garn (126W - 379E &W)
Mynydd Drws-y-coed (127W - 380E &W)
Trum y Ddysgl (128W - 381E &W)
Mynydd Tal-y-mignedd (129W - 382E &W)
Craig Cwm Silyn (130W - 383E &W)
Garnedd-goch (131W - 384E &W)
Mynydd Graig Goch (132W - 385E &W)
Hewitts (138W - 317E&W)
Mynydd Drws-y-coed (91W - 270E &W)
Trum y Ddysgl (92W - 271E &W)
Mynydd Tal-y-mignedd (93W - 272E &W)
Craig Cwm Silyn (94W - 273E &W)
Mynydd Graig Goch (95W - 274E &W)
Marilyns (158W - 1556E,W&S)
Trum y Ddysgl (80W - 242E,W &S)
Craig Cwm Silyn (81W - 243E,W &S)
Deweys (241E - 422E,W&S)
NONE
HuMPs (366E - 2975E,W&S)
Trum y Ddysgl (94W - 323E,W &S)
Craig Cwm Silyn (95W - 324E,W &S)
Historic County Tops (49E - 93E,W&S)
NONE
W: Wales. 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland

Other walks on this trip
2016
April
21st Y Garn to Carnedd y Filiast ridge, including Elidir Fawr spur
22nd Y Foel Goch & Gallt yr Ogof
23rd Mynydd Mawr
24th Moels Eilio & Cynghorion, Foel Gron and Llechog from YHA Llanberis
26th Nantlle Ridge


Route
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GPX can be downloaded from www.shareyouradventure.com

More Photographs
Llyn Nantlle Uchaf towards Anglesey from Y Garn
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Sunday, 24 April 2016

Moels Eilio & Cynghorion, Foel Gron and Llechog from YHA Llanberis


Walk summary
Yesterday’s relaxed schedule concluded with a gentle stroll up Mynydd Mawr left me rested and recovered sufficiently to tackle the second of the trips near 10 mile routes with 4 Nuttalls around the NE flank of the Snowdon massive.
Moel Cynghorion summit on other side of stile.
The P600 summits of Y Garn and Elidir Fawr beyond
The clear blue skies and attendant sunshine of the last three days had not appeared. Any warmth provided by the sunshine had been tempered by a cool North West wind bringing unseasonably low temperatures for April. Without the sunshine I was expecting even cooler temperatures; however I determined to dress for how I thought I would feel ten minutes in to the walk keeping my Berghaus strapped to my backpack relying on an extra mid layer on top of a winter base layer to keep me warm. As it turned out, even with the further drop in temperature as the wind-chill increased with ascent, this was the correct level of layering, keeping me warm as long as I kept moving and avoiding the sweatbox that I have still not managed to avoid in spite of allegedly expensive wicking windproof/waterproof coats.
The plan allowed for 1200m of ascent as long as I could find a route down Maen-d’ur Arddu from Bwlch Cwm Brwynog. There is no marked path on the map and a potentially craggy area below a fence that terminates just above the crag. Although I expected to find a route, it did not become clear until I was well down Moel Cynghorion.
Having found the route down Maen-d’ur Arddu I fully expected the walk to go as planned. However after reaching Llechog rather than descend down to the Llanberis path I stayed high returning to Llanberis along the ridge over Tryfan (not the famous one) and on to Derlwyn both of which do not have an entry on www.hill-bagging.co.uk but which from Llechog looked like they had some potential.
644m spot height
Since contours on map can be regarded as accurate I assume spot heights can enjoy the same status. So the 631m spot height at col with Llechog suggests a drop of only 13m, missing Nuttall status by 2m. My Anquet tracklog recorded summit as 650m and 631m spot height as 637m still a drop of 13m and insufficient to claim Nuttall status for the 644m spot height (Llechog NE Top?)
Tryfan
With such an iconic name I would have expected this to have status as a recognised peak. No spot height on map but my Anquet tracklog recorded it at 601m unfortunately Col between Tryfan and 644m spot height at (SH 59973 57640) was recorded as 582m missing out on sub-Dewey status. Also no 600m contour but I suspect Anquet heights measure on the high side.
Derlwyn
I found 3 candidates for the high point within the 410m contour the highest of which was measured as 420m by the Anquet tracklog. Unfortunately the col at SH 59038 58498 is only 420m so misses out on 400m TUMP status

Walk Statistics
Walk Date -24 April 2016
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - YHA Snowdon Llanberis
Start Point- YHA Snowdon Llanberis (SH 57410 59705)
Finish Point YHA Snowdon Llanberis (SH 57410 59705)
Total Duration - 6hrs 51mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.57mph
Total Distance Walked - 10.74 miles
Total Height Ascended - 1379.69 metres


Peaks visited
Nuttalls (189W - 443E&W)
Moel Eilio (122W - 375E &W)
Foel Gron (123W - 376E &W)
Moel Cynghorion (124W - 377E &W)
Llechog (125W - 378E &W)
Hewitts (138W - 317E&W)
Moel Eilio (88W - 267E &W)
Foel Gron (89W - 268E &W)
Moel Cynghorion (90W - 269E &W)
Marilyns (175E - 1556E,W&S)
Moel Eilio (78W - 240E,W &S)
Moel Cynghorion (79W - 241E,W &S)
Deweys (181E - 422E&W)
Foel Goch (45W - 98E&W)
HuMPs (444E - 2975EW&S)
Moel Eilio  (92W - 321E,W&S)
Moel Cynghorion (73W - 322E,W&S)
Historic County Tops (49E - 93E,W&S)
NONE
W: Wales. 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland

Other walks on this trip
2016
April
21st Y Garn to Carnedd y Filiast ridge
22nd Y Foel Goch & Gallt yr Ogof
23rd Mynydd Mawr
24th Moels Eilio & Cynghorion, Foel Gron and Llechog from YHA Llanberis
26th Nantlle Ridge


Route
OS 1:25,000 route map to follow.
GPX can be downloaded from www.shareyouradventure.com

More Photographs
The north east end of Nantlle Ridge from cairn SE of Mynydd Mawr summit
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Saturday, 23 April 2016

Mynydd Mawr

Walk summary
Cottage passed on the way up Mynydd Mawr,
but this time with the sun shining.
Third walking day of trip after two hard days on Y Garn to Carnedd y Filiast ridge on Thursday and Foel Goch & Gallt yr Ogof yesterday.
I had intended a complete rest day but after spending the whole morning and most of the afternoon sat in the hostel lounge editing photographs I decided I needed to get out and loosen up stiffening legs and tightening back due to sitting around as opposed to being over tired.
It was a good call it got me out giving me a chance to mobilise and stretch out muscles and inspect tomorrows walk from the south along Moel Eilio to Moel Cynghorion ridge from the south and more importantly pick off an isolated Nuttall that would not ordinarily justify allocating a single full walking day.

Walk Statistics
Walk Date -23 April 2016
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - YHA Snowdon Llanberis
Start Point- Parking on ground south of cattle grid near Fron disused quarries  (SH 51293 54882)
Finish Point Parking on ground south of cattle grid near Fron disused quarries  (SH 51293 54882)
Total Duration - 2hrs 18mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.87mph
Total Distance Walked - 4.29 miles
Total Height Ascended - 467.76 metres


Peaks visited
Nuttalls (189W - 443E&W)
Mynydd Mawr  (121W - 374E &W)
Hewitts (138W - 317E&W)
Mynydd Mawr  (87W - 266E &W)
Marilyns (175E - 1556E,W&S)
Mynydd Mawr  (77W - 239E,W &S)
Deweys (181E - 422EW&S)
NONE
HuMPs (444E - 2975EW&S)
Mynydd Mawr  (91W - 320E,W &S)
Historic County Tops (49E - 93E,W&S)
NONE
W: Wales. 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland

Other walks on this trip
2016
April
21st Y Garn to Carnedd y Filiast ridge
22nd Y Foel Goch & Gallt yr Ogof
23rd Mynydd Mawr
24th Moels Eilio & Cynghorion, Foel Gron and Llechog from YHA Llanberis
26th Nantlle Ridge


Route
OS 1:25,000 route map to follow.
GPX can be downloaded from www.shareyouradventure.com

More Photographs
The north east end of Nantlle Ridge from cairn SE of Mynydd Mawr summit
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Friday, 22 April 2016

Y Foel Goch & Gallt yr Ogof

Walk summary
The magnificent Tryfan,
on way to Y Foel Goch from Llyn Caseg-fraith
Had intended to make the final two Nuttalls of The Glyderau a circular walk from Capel Curig over Gallt yr Ogof from the east, on to Y Foel Goch, down the marked path to Pen-yr Gwyrd Hotel on the Gwynedd/Conway county border, concluding with the long walk back along the A4086 to the van making over 9 miles in total.
However this seemed a long way just to satisfy my continuing obsession to bag Nuttalls as part of a circular walk, especially after yesterdays effort up Y Garn and the subsequent Nuttalls to maintain a steadier or slow pace to conserve energy and strength for later walks in the trip.
Today was also a moving day transferring from YHA Idwal to YHA Llanberis,  so rather than stopping at Capel Curig I continued to drive along the A4086 with the intention of finding a layby or off road parking near Pen-yr Gwyrd Hotel. Turns out you have to make a contribution to Gwynedd County Council to park here - £2.00 for 4 hours and £4.00 for the full day in this layby. However parking just ¼ mile to the east inside the Conway County boundary and there is no charge. I had £2.00 in change in my pocket which I would have begrudgingly paid but did not want to risk a parking charge in case I was longer than 4 hours. In the end I took 3 hours 53 minutes  so need not have got back in the van to drive to park in Conway.
Having decided to start near the Pen-yr Gwyrd Hotel I was resigned to an up and down route returning back along the same route as the ascent. But from Gallt yr Ogof summit I could see the road and decided to head south and still make a circular route. It did involve a cerain amount of "free range" walking  but using my tried and tested method of keeping sight of vegetation in front for something in excess of 200m I managed to find a safe route down without too much steep descent, Even finding a convenient rock to assist in bridging the long wall that following would have taken me back up hill and a footbridge across the larger of the Nant Gwryd feeder streams, finally joining the A4086 and a much shorter walk west along the road to the van and the free parking layby.

Walk Statistics
Walk Date -22 April 2016
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - YHA Idwall Cottage
Start Point-   Free layby on westbound side of A4066, just east of Gwynedd county boundary (SH 66526 55939)
Finish Point Free layby on westbound side of A4066, just east of Gwynedd county boundary (SH 66526 55939)
Total Duration - 3hrs 56mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.41mph
Total Distance Walked - 5.53 miles
Total Height Ascended - 667.22 metres


Peaks visited
Nuttalls (189W - 443E&W)
Y Foel Goch (119W - 372E &W)
Gallt yr Ogof (120W - 373E &W)
Hewitts (138W - 317E&W)
Y Garn (81W - 260E &W)
Foel Goch (82W - 261E &W)
Marilyns (158W - 1556E,W&S)
NONE
Deweys (241E - 422E,W&S)
NONE
HuMPs (366E - 2975E,W&S)
NONE
Historic County Tops (49E - 93E,W&S)
NONE
W: Wales. 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland

Other walks on this trip
2016
April
21st Y Garn to Carnedd y Filiast ridge, including Elidir Fawr spur
22nd Y Foel Goch & Gallt yr Ogof
23rd Mynydd Mawr
24th Moels Eilio & Cynghorion, Foel Gron and Llechog from YHA Llanberis
26th Nantlle Ridge


Route
OS 1:25,000 route map to follow.
GPX can be downloaded from www.shareyouradventure.com

More Photographs
Lunchtime view north just after Y Foel Goch on way to Gallt yr Ogof. Carnedd Llewelyn to Pen Llithrig y Wrach
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Thursday, 21 April 2016

Y Garn to Carnedd y Filiast ridge including Elidir Fawr spur

Walk summary
Welcome sight at end of hard day.
Tryfan framed by trees outside Idwall Youth Hostel
With just over a month since my last Nuttall walk - Cwm Cywarch ring from Glasgwm to Pen yr Allt Uchaf with some Marilyn bagging with Gina in South Wales in between I felt well enough prepared physically to tackle this big walk on the first day of this trip. With both Y Garn and Elidir Fawr being over 3000' as well as four other Nuttalls the walk would involve over 1400m of ascent and albeit with a shorter walk in to the first summit would be equivalent to some of the easier Munro walks north of the border.
One thing that did surprise me was the lack of a single trig point on any of the six summits, testament I guess to the routes close proximity to Snowdon.

A most satisfying walk and although the wind chill brought temperatures down did manage to keep my coat off for all of the walk. What I did not bank on but was continually aware during the day was the risk of sunburn. I ended up with a slight red hue on face and hands but did not bother with the sun cream I have carried around for ages to avoid the cream ending up in my eyes transported by sweat. Not sure how to avoid this maybe put cream on well before setting off but that is just something else to remember.
Finally the overall pace for the day, including meal breaks was 1.37mph. No where near my aspirational pace of 2mph but not surprising either. My over riding thought throughout the day was to keep a steady pace and not over exert myself. In effect saving myself for future planned walks for the week ahead and not burning myself out on the first or even second day of the trip. Well I feel I have done that we will see how I feel tomorrow and more importantly later in the week.

Walk Statistics
Walk Date -21 April 2016
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - YHA Idwall Cottage
Start Point- YHA Idwall Cottage  (SH 64901 60358)
Finish Point YHA Idwall Cottage  (SH 64901 60358)
Total Duration - 7hrs 17mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.37mph
Total Distance Walked - 9.98 miles
Total Height Ascended - 1437.62 metres


Peaks visited
Nuttalls (189W - 443E&W)
Y Garn (113W - 366E &W)
Foel Goch (114W - 367E &W)
Elidir Fawr (115W - 368E &W)
Mynydd Perfedd (116W - 369E &W)
Carnedd y Filiast (117W - 370E &W)
Carnedd y Filiast North Top [Y Fronllwyd] (118W - 371E &W)
Hewitts (138W - 317E&W)
Y Garn (81W - 260E &W)
Foel Goch (82W - 261E &W)
Elidir Fawr (83W - 262E &W)
Carnedd y Filiast (84W - 263E &W)
Marilyns (158W - 1556E,W&S)
Y Garn (75W - 237E,W &S)
Elidir Fawr (76W - 238E,W &S)
Deweys (241E - 422E,W&S)
NONE
HuMPs (366E - 2975E,W&S)
Y Garn (89W - 318E,W &S)
Elidir Fawr (90W - 319E,W &S)
Historic County Tops (49E - 93E,W&S)
NONE
W: Wales. 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland

Other walks on this trip
2016
April
21st Y Garn to Carnedd y Filiast ridge, including Elidir Fawr spur
22nd Y Foel Goch & Gallt yr Ogof
23rd Mynydd Mawr
24th Moels Eilio & Cynghorion, Foel Gron and Llechog from YHA Llanberis
26th Nantlle Ridge


Route
OS 1:25,000 route map to follow.
GPX can be downloaded from www.shareyouradventure.com

More Photographs
Marchlyn Mawr and Marchlyn Bach Reservoirs from Elidir Fawr summit
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