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Sunday, 8 January 2017

Long Fell & Tinside Rigg the final English Nuttall (again)

Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 05 January 2017
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - Hawkrigg Farm, Colby
Start Point - Town Head Road, Hilton (NY 73355 20673)
Start Time - 10:37
Finish Point Town Head Road, Hilton (NY 73355 20673)
Finish Time- 14:04
Total Duration - 3hrs 28mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.96mph
Total Distance Walked - 6.80 miles
Total Height Ascended - 657.60metres


Peaks visited
Nuttalls (256E - 446E&W)
Long Fell (255EW - 445E&W)
Tinside Rigg (256EW - 446E&W)
Hewitts (180E - 317E&W)
NONE
Marilyns (175E - 1556E,W&S)
NONE
Deweys (180E - 421E&W)
NONE
HuMPs (444E - 2975EW&S)
NONE
Historic County Tops (49E - 93E,W&S)
NONE
W: Wales. 
E,W: England & Wales. 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland

Other walks on this trip
2017
January
NONE


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Sunday, 18 December 2016

South East & South Central English Marilyns

Trip summary
Finding my Marilyn total on 289 decided to fit in a short duration "local" trip to reach the 300 mark for the year end.
15 summits available including 3 remaining Area 42: South-East England & the Isle of Wight mainland summits to the west and all 12 of what is the blank canvas of Area 41: South Central England.
Don't expect to visit them all but will be more than happy with the 11 required.
After two days - lots of driving but very little walking managed 6 so far so am thinking might manage the 13 bringing year end Marilyn total to 302 and half way to the Marilyn Hall of Fame (MarHoF). Not that it will make much difference other than one less bite of the elephant. We will see.
Finishing on 299 at end of final full day expected to manage 3 more on way home. As it turned out only did the one and if that had not been the 300th would not have bothered with that. 

Anyway no room for beating myself up - I did what I set out to do i.e. reach 300 Marilyns.
That's it for this year, but already thinking to myself about objectives for 2017. The obvious one is matching the 300 and MarHof, but happy to see where the journey leads.


Day 01 Sunday 18 December 2016
Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 18 December 2016
Walkers - Steve Smith
Accommodation - Littlehampton Caravan Club Site, Littlehampton, West Sussex
Start Point - Various (see maps below)
Finish Point Various (see maps below)
Total Duration - 1hrs 16mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.90mph
Total Distance Walked - 2.41 miles

Total Height Ascended - 198.10metres

Peaks visited
Marilyns (175E - 1556E,W&S)
Crowborough (109E - 290E,W&S)
Chanctonbury Ring [Chanctonbury Hill] (110E - 291E,W&S)
Deweys (180E - 421E&W)
NONE
HuMPs (445E - 2975EW&S)
Crowborough (143W - 378E,W&S)
Chanctonbury Ring [Chanctonbury Hill] (144W - 379E,W&S)
TuMPs 200-299 (948E)
Crowborough (36E)
Chanctonbury Ring [Chanctonbury Hill] (37E)
Historic County Tops (49E - 95E,W&S)
NONE
W: Wales. 
E,W: England & Wales. 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland

Crowborough
Parked on roadside of Warren Road outside Warren Oak.
Crowbororough summit looks like is in front garden of Warren Oak

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0.33 miles, 7.13m ascent,  Start Time 13:25pm, Finish Time 13:38pm, 0 hours 13 minutes, 1.52 mph
Parked on summit (almost) on roadside outside Warren Oak. Looked higher on opposite side of road next to gas utility street furniture, but from there high point looked to be in front garden of Warren Oak. Managed to make a walk of it by turning left on A26 and visiting bonus bag of Crowborough (Old GR) and bigger bonus trig pillar.
Chanctonbury Ring [Chanctonbury Hill]
Chanctonbury Ring [Chanctonbury Hill] summit by tree
on SW corner of hill fort ramparts

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2.08 miles, 190.97m ascent,  Start Time 14:52pm, Finish Time 15:55pm, 1 hours 03 minutes, 1.98 mph
Started from Chanctonbury car park & picnic site (TQ 14589 12479)as summit nearby kept trainers on which I subsequently regretted on very steep chalky stone, muddy ascent covered in wet Autumn leaves. Visited summit on SW corner of iron age fort rampart then on to trig point 500m west. Returned to summit and decided to walk round northern rampart in case higher point found. Soon became obvious was lower and in fact ground to right within fort was higher, possibly higher than obviously man made (but ancient rampart)so headed in to fog for that and found high ground in middle of large clump of brambles (TQ 13941 12073) apparently it is the same height. Spookily heard sound of metal clanging which I jokingly passed off to myself as an echo from the past but subsequently heard mention of other strange goings on.
Day 02 Monday 19 December 2016
Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 19 December 2016
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - Minehead Caravan Club Site, Minehead, Somerset
Start Point - Various (see maps below)
Finish Point Various (see maps below)
Total Duration - 2hrs 17mins 
Overall Average pace - 2.00mph
Total Distance Walked - 4.57 miles

Total Height Ascended - 327.63metres
Peaks visited
Marilyns (175E - 1556E,W&S)
Butser Hill (111E - 292E,W&S)
Nine Barrow Down (112E - 293E,W&S)
Hardown Hill (113E - 294E,W&S)
Lewesdon Hill (114W - 295E,W&S)
Deweys (180E - 421E&W)
NONE
HuMPs (445E - 2975EW&S)
Butser Hill (145E - 380E,W&S)
Nine Barrow Down (146E - 381E,W&S)
Hardown Hill (147E - 382E,W&S)
Lewesdon Hill (148E - 383E,W&S)
TuMPs 200-299 (948E)
Butser Hill(38E)
Nine Barrow Down (39E)
Hardown Hill (40E)
Lewesdon Hill (41E)
Historic County Tops (49E - 95E,W&S)
Lewesdon Hill (39E - 55E,W&S)
W: Wales. 
E,W: England & Wales. 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland

Butser Hill

Butser Hill summit. At or near trig pillar ENE of radio station

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0.84 miles, 30.61m ascent,  Start Time 10:52am, Finish Time 11:15am, 0 hours 23 minutes, 2.19 mph
Parked in Butser Hill car park. Did not have any change to pay parking charge but as it was December and thick fog parked on northern edge and followed one of many paths west to radio tower access road continuing NW along path until the trig appeared out of the gloom. Returned same way. Quick visit and saved £1.80
Nine Barrow Down
Nine Barrow Down. High point looks to be near water tank actually
on fence boundary bottom rt. No sign of trig shown on OS 1:50000

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1.65 miles, 105.98m ascent,  Start Time 13:04pm, Finish Time 14:01pm, 0 hours 57 minutes, 1.74 mph
Plenty of parking at viewing point on B3351 north of summit. Short walk back along road to Swanage to pick up bridleway to summit. Summit on fence line west of radio masts 30m NE of water tank in middle of fied which looks higher. apparently there is a demolished trig point despite wandering all around field and towards radio mast saw no sign of it even though the fog had made an attempt to clear.
Hardown Hill
Hardown Hill summit
Near elevated fence boundary  west of copice
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0.79 miles, 52.58m ascent,  Start Time 15.27pm, Finish Time 15.48pm, 0 hours 21 minutes, 2.26 mph
Nice easy short walk from road and layby to south of Ryall. Turning left off road path signposted to right contouring round the summits NE flank. At boundary to Open Access I turned left at path junction then headed straight over heather to summit, though if stay on path for a little longer will pick up vehicle track which heads south taking you more or less to summit on your left. Highest point is on fence line to west of coppice. Wandered around coppice looking for higher natural high point which I reckon is adjacent to highest point on fence line mentioned above.
Lewesdon Hill

Lewesdon Hill at dusk from the north

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1.29 miles, 138.46m ascent,  Start Time 16:13pm, Finish Time 16:49pm, 0 hours 36 minutes, 2.15 mph
Very little walking and lots of driving today starting in Littlehampton. Final Marilyn of 4 on close to shortest day of year so ended up on summit in the dark. Only one of modern technology bagging criteria satisfied plus the good old fashioned physical presence verified by myself. Phone battery flat so could not log summit on www.peakhunter.com, nearly dark so could not take decent photos but did manage to create a track log on spare tablet. May return at a later date but for now this visit will have to do.
Day 03 Tuesday 20 December 2016
Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 20 December 2016
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - Minehead Caravan Club Site, Minehead, Somerset
Start Point - Various (see maps below)
Finish Point Various (see maps below)
Total Duration - 3hrs 08mins 
Overall Average pace - 2.11mph
Total Distance Walked - 6.60 miles

Total Height Ascended - 545.94metres

Peaks visited
Marilyns (175E - 1556E,W&S)
Selworthy Beacon (115E - 296E,W&S)
Periton Hill (116E - 297E,W&S)
Dunkery Beacon (117E - 298E,W&S)
Wills Neck (118E - 299E,W&S)
Deweys (180E - 421E&W)
Dunkery Beacon (57E - 123E&W)
HuMPs (445E - 2975EW&S)
Selworthy Beacon (149E - 384E,W&S)
Periton Hill (150W - 385E,W&S)
Dunkery Beacon (151E - 386E,W&S)
Wills Neck (152E - 387E,W&S)
TuMPs 300-399 (473E)
Wills Neck (22E)
TuMPs 200-299 (948E)
Butser Hill(42E)
Nine Barrow Down (43E)
Historic County Tops (49E - 95E,W&S)
Dunkery Beacon (39E - 56E,W&S)
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E,W: England & Wales. 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland

Selworthy Beacon

Selworthy Beacon and cairn

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1.50 miles, 43.8m ascent,  Start Time 10:08am, Finish Time 10:43am, 1 hours 35 minutes, 2.57 mph
Parked at very end of Hill Road (SS 91032 47673) walked back along road to footpath opposite memorial hut heading NW to Selworthy Beacon and trig point visible from road. Rather than return via same route made a short circular walk by following South West Coast Path for a few 100m before turning left and south to car park and van.
Periton Hill
Periton Hill high point in forest.
Just off track on the right which may be as high
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2.20 miles, 204.03m ascent,  Start Time 11:46am, Finish Time 12:50pm, 1 hours 04 minutes, 2.06 mph
Parked just west of post office in lovely village of Wooton Courtenay and bought a Euro lottery ticket and won £3.70. heading east out of village took MacMillan Way West Path across field following it all the way to summit in forest. Well signposted and easy to navigate highest point is just off road in middle of pine forest apparently though difficult to tell so stood on highest point on side of road before visiting trig point slghtly further NNE. Could have returned down Roadway Lane but decided to pick up ascent route to return to village.
Dunkery Beacon
Dunkery Beacon summit.
No sign of trig point may have been replaced by toposcope

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1.39 miles, 125.91m ascent,  Start Time 13:30pm, Finish Time 14:08pm, 0 hours 38 minutes, 2.19 mph
Highest point of Somerset and Exmoor, also the only Dewey of this trip. parking in Dunkery Gate car park (SS 89565 40618) from where summit is visible, easy walk to summit up very well trodden path. No sign of trig point probably on site of toposcope. Obvious summit solidly built cairn on tumulus NNW of toposcope. Returned by same route.
Could/should have made it a circular route and bagged sub-Dewey Great Rowbarrow approx 1.6km along ridge to the west.
Wills Neck

 Wills Neck summit and trig pillar

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1.51 miles, 172.2m ascent,  Start Time 15:06pm, Finish Time 15:57pm, 0 hours 51 minutes, 1.78 mph
Planned to start from car park to the north but having put Tricombe in to Sat Nav found I was wrong side of the hill. No suitable parking in Trinscombe other than Blue Bell pub car park for customers only so headed south past quarry and parked on off road parking opposite PROW. No obvious path off PROW up derelict fence through Bagborough Plantation before picking up decent path heading east along tree line. Would have been better to have gone higher to PROW and picking up Macmillan Way West to summit. After visiting trig point and highest point looked for tumulus to the WNW. Could not find in heather looks lower than trig anyway.
Day 04 Wednesday 21 December 2016
Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 21 December 2016
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - Home, Martlesham Heath
Start Point - Various (see maps below)
Finish Point Various (see maps below)
Total Duration - 0hrs 45mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.89mph
Total Distance Walked - 1.42 miles
Total Height Ascended - 27.45metres


Peaks visited
Marilyns (175W - 1556E,W&S)
Staple Hill (119E - 300E,W&S)
Deweys (180E - 421E&W)
NONE
HuMPs (445E - 2975EW&S)
Staple Hill (153E - 388E,W&S)
TuMPs 300-399 (473E)
Staple Hill (23E)
Historic County Tops (413E - 93E,W&S)
NONE
W: Wales. 
E,W: England & Wales. 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland


Staple Hill
Staple Hill summit and trig. Difficult to see
from firebreak and quite hard to see even when close by

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1.42 miles, 27.45m ascent,  Start Time 13:25pm, Finish Time 14:10pm, 0 hours 45 minutes, 1.89 mph
GB Marilyn 300. Was advised not to wear trainers for this one. Parking at south entrance to North Down Plantation (ST 23238 16289) following forest track almost to summit wondered if I had been advised correctly. Soon found out I had. Following marked track heading SE to the west of summit. Nothing more than a boggy firebreak. Trig and summit difficult to see from track until nearly on top of it. Returned to track (firebreak) and checked if better route along south boundary of wood. It is not.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

The 20 outstanding Marilyns of SW Wales

Trip plan
After completing all of the English & Welsh Nuttalls on Arenig Fach earlier this month there is no time for empty feelings or loss of purpose. Still plenty of hills left to climb and whilst my next focus will be on the Munros (202 of which are also Marilyns) the long term objective is to visit all 1556 GB Marilyns. To that end this trip gives the excuse to return to SW Wales and target the 20 outstanding Marilyns un-climbed south of the line between Builth Wales and the northern boundary of Pembrokeshre. This includes all 41Marilyns in Area 32 the 4 of the most southerly Marilyns of Area 31B and all but the 5 most Northerly in Area 31C, making a total 54. Most of these where visited as part of the Brecon Beacons Nuttalls plus two dedicated trips at the beginning of this year concentrating purely on the remaining Non-Nuttall Brecon Beacons Marilyns along with the more easterly Marilyns east of and near Cardiff.
20 Marilyns, 5 walking days available 4 a day. Only problem being the weather and the first storm of the year in the guise of "Storm Angus" timed to arrive on the first walking day of this trip.
Whilst I do not like to use bad weather as an excuse there are times when common sense prevails and I decided to dealy the trip by one day and drive when the weather was doing its worst.
Still intent on completing all 20 Marilyns the plan was changed to incude 5 Marilyns on each of the 4 remaining days.
As it turned out I could only manage four on each of the first three days and three on the fourth and final day. So 15 completed in all leaving five (marked in red below) around Swansea & Neath left to do.
O/S SW Wales Marilyns
O/S SW Wales Marilyns walk summary
Day 01 Tuesday 22 November 2016

Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 23 November 2016
Walkers - Steve Smith
Accommodation - Fforest Fields Caravan/Camping Site, Hundred House
Start Point - Various (see maps below)
Finish Point Various (see maps below)
Total Duration - 4hrs 15mins 
Overall Average pace - 2.35mph
Total Distance Walked - 9.97 miles

Total Height Ascended - 734.15metres

Peaks visited
Marilyns (158W - 1556E,W&S)
Gwaunceste Hill (107W - 275E,W&S)
Carneddau (108W - 276E,W&S)
The Begwns (109W - 277E,W&S)
Pen y Garn-goch (110W - 278E,W&S)
Deweys (241W - 421E&W)
Gwaunceste Hill (65W - 121E&W)
HuMPs (364W - 2975EW&S)
Gwaunceste Hill (128W - 363E,W&S)
Carneddau (129W - 364E,W&S)
The Begwns (130W - 365E,W&S)
Pen y Garn-goch (131W - 366E,W&S)
Historic County Tops (413E - 93E,W&S)
NONE
W: Wales. 
E,W: England & Wales. 
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Gwaunceste Hill
Gwaunceste Hill summit and trig pillar.
Snow on Radnor Forest Nuttalls to the north

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3.75 miles, 254.08m ascent,  Start Time 09:56am, Finish Time 11:20am, 1 hours 24 minutes, 2.68 mph
Straight forward there and back route along farm track past derlict farm building then on to SSSI. Due to SSSI status stayed on track all the way to summit rather than direct route across heather. Convenient place to park near field entrance opposite Rhewey Farm (SO 14739 57460).
Carneddau
Carneddau summit marked by a few stones
on a large flat grassy summit

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1.85 miles, 187.46m ascent,  Start Time 11:56am, Finish Time 12:45pm, 0 hours 49 minutes, 2.27 mph
Approached from shorter NW route parking at SO 06050 55943. The regular spot on corner at disused quarry entrance was occupied. No path shown on map but path on ground to final ascent between 410m contour rings. From there direct ascent to summit (small pile of stones). Return by same route.
The Begwyns

The Begwns summit within The Roundabout boundary

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1.07 miles, 70.29m ascent,  Start Time 13:34pm, Finish Time 14:24pm, 0 hours 50 minutes, 1.28 mph
Parked on roadside ESE of The Roundabout SO 16169 44188. Went to trig first then walked all the way round outside of The Roundabout. Went inside through gate and stood on highest point occupied by a semi- mature tree. Visited alternative high point a few metres north. Easy bag less than half mile total.
Pen y Garn-goch
Pen y Garn-goch summit is centre cairn,
trig point beyond cairns to the right

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3.30 miles, 222.32m ascent,  Start Time 15:27pm, Finish Time 16:39pm, 1 hours 12 minutes, 2.75 mph
Parked in forest road entrance SN 89096 50399. Only suitable spot between Bwlchmawr Farm and Pistyll gwynedd Farm.
Took the advice on from earlier posts and followed forestry road and all it's switchbacks almost all the way to the summit. The road ends just south of the summit but a track loops round the east and back along the north side.
A lot of clearance has taken place but was never tempted to venture in to the trees. It was impenetrable.
Day 02 Wednesday 23 November 2016
Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 22 October 2016
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - Fforest Fields Caravan/Camping Site, Hundred House
Start Point - Various (see maps below)
Finish Point Various (see maps below)
Total Duration - 3hrs 21mins 
Overall Average pace - 2.16mph
Total Distance Walked - 7.24 miles

Total Height Ascended - 777.06metres
Peaks visited
Marilyns (158W - 1556E,W&S)
Aberedw Hill (111W - 279E,W&S)
Mynydd Epynt [Mynydd Eppynt] (112W - 280E,W&S)
Crugiau Merched (113W - 281E,W&S)
Mynydd Cynros (114W - 282E,W&S)
Deweys (241W - 421E&W)
NONE
HuMPs (364W - 2975EW&S)
Aberedw Hill (132W - 367E,W&S)
Mynydd Epynt [Mynydd Eppynt] (133W - 368E,W&S)
Crugiau Merched (134W - 369E,W&S)

Mynydd Cynros (135W - 370E,W&S)
Historic County Tops (413E - 93E,W&S)
NONE
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Aberedw Hill

Aberedw Hill summit ground just east of trig pillar

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2.74 miles, 296.43m ascent,  Start Time 10:05am, Finish Time 11:14am, 1 hours 09 minutes, 2.38 mph
Had planned a leisurely 5 mile route from the NE starting from overnight base at Fforest Fields Caravan/Camping Site near Hundred House, but the overnight rain had been replaced by fog down to about 300m, so decided on shorter route starting to the SE (SO 06892 50066)Light drizzle on the summit but periodic views of the Wye Valley on descent as broke through cloud. Straight forward ascent up farm track to summit rim then footpath through grass to trig and summit. Caught a glimpse of ancient cairn to the east and visited in case was higher.
Mynydd Eppynt [Mynydd Epynt]
Mynydd Epynt high ground NW of track concrete pillar.
Summit marked by concrete pillar just visible amongst grass

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0.51 miles, 39.48m ascent,  Start Time 11:51am, Finish Time 12:03pm, 0 hours 12 minutes, 2.55 mph
Really thick fog on summit. Parked in car park at viewing point and quickly nipped up track to summit, ¼ mile each way. Looks like car park is start of 2nd stage of Epynt Way and track is part of PROW http://www.epyntway.org/sites/default/files/Map_10.pdf
Crugiau Merched
Summit cairn on Crugiau Merched.
Cairn beyond is slightly lower
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1.89 miles, 242.49m ascent,  Start Time 13:19pm, Finish Time 14:24pm, 1 hours 05 minutes, 1.74 mph
Parked outside gate entrance to Bwlch-y-rhiw chapel (SN 72982 46430) asked permission at house and granted. Ascended steep quad bike track up west side of Gogyrnant accessed via two gates to north and east of cottage. At top of steep descent track tends to continue south but needed to head SW towards summit. Track did re-appear occasionally but mostly across heather. Visited tumulus and shelter first to the east then on to summit at large cairn near trig pillar. Returned by same route.
Mynydd Cynros

Mynydd Cynros trig and summit

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2.10 miles, 198.66m ascent,  Start Time 15:14pm, Finish Time 16:09pm, 0 hours 55 minutes, 2.29 mph
Last of four Marilyns of the day. Parked at forestry car park and road entrance opposite Talley Abbey. Short walk up forest track before forking right up path with a single switchback that takes you to summit rim visible ahead. Rather than head straight over fence on to Open Access land turn left down track and right over stile following fence to summit over easier ground along boundary fence with sheep pasture. Gate at top gives access to Open Access land on left and near summit and trig. Returned along same route getting to van just on dusk.
Day 03 Thursday 22 November 2016
Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 24 October 2016
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - Argoed Meadow campsite, Cenarth
Start Point - Various (see maps below)
Finish Point Various (see maps below)
Total Duration - 3hrs 48mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.98mph
Total Distance Walked - 7.51 miles

Total Height Ascended - 497.39metres

Peaks visited
Marilyns (158W - 1556E,W&S)
Frenni Fawr (115W - 283E,W&S)
Mynydd Carningli (116W - 284E,W&S)
Foel Cwmcerwyn (117W - 285E,W&S)
Brandy Hill (118W - 286E,W&S)
Deweys (241W - 421E&W)
Foel Cwmcerwyn (66W - 122E&W)
HuMPs (364W - 2975EW&S)
Frenni Fawr (136W - 371E,W&S)
Mynydd Carningli (137W - 372E,W&S)
Foel Cwmcerwyn (138W - 373E,W&S)
Brandy Hill (139W - 374E,W&S)
Historic County Tops (13W - 93E,W&S)
Foel Cwmcerwyn (11W - 54E,W&S)
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Frenni Fawr
Frenni Fawr trig and summit
looking towards Preseli Hills

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2.43 miles, 161.13m ascent,  Start Time 09:49am, Finish Time 10:49am, 1 hours 00 minutes, 2.43 mph
Parked in lay by on A478 (SN 18908 35984)took side road to the south to pick up PROW bridleway and followed to WNW tip of Open Acccess land then followed path beyond fence line to summit. Drawn to trig slightly higher ground just to west. Returned along same route.
Mynydd Carningli
Highest point on Mynydd Carningli is
the most North Easterly of the 3 tors

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1.16 miles, 174.87m ascent,  Start Time 11:29am, Finish Time 12:27pm, 0 hours 58 minutes, 1.20 mph
Parked in car park just ½ mile east of summit. Easy grass path to follow to base of steep rock ascent to summit, combination of natural and man placed steps. Very difficult to determine highest of 3 tors. Plumped for first one reached to the NE. Could have gone to spec savers should have checked survey comments on hill-bagging first. Visited all 3 just to be sure and ended up slipping on damp rocks picking up a couple of extra bruises, reminder that care needs to be taken.
Foel Cwmcerwyn
Foel Cwmcerwyn trig pillar built on firm foundations, stood on high point
just behind trig with lower ancient cairn 25m NE

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3.65 miles, 156.45m ascent,  Start Time 13:10pm, Finish Time 14:44pm, 1 hours 34 minutes, 2.33 mph
Easy parking at Bwlch-gwynt (SN 07521 32187). Followed bridleway west to harvested plantation corner at Pen Cisty then follow distinct path worn through boggy ground to summit. Cold and crisp at summit but lovely clear views all round. Stood on tumulus to NE as looked as high before going to trig. Returned along same route.
Brandy Hill
Brandy Hill trig Pillar near field boundary
 on west side of reservoir compound

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0.27 miles, 4.94m ascent,  Start Time 15:48pm, Finish Time 16:04pm, 0 hours 16 minutes, 1.01 mph
Long drive if doing as part of a multi hill day but a short walk from reservoir entrance up west side of reservoir. Thought access from road was going to be difficult, apparently there is a gate a little further on can not verify as went through hole in hedge kindly cut by previous visitor. No crops in field so wandered to middle to take photo and stand on what looked to me like natural higher ground, but probably is not.
Day 04 Friday 25 November 2016
Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 23 November 2016
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - Argoed Meadow campsite, Cenarth
Start Point - Various (see maps below)
Finish Point Various (see maps below)
Total Duration - 1hrs 56mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.99mph
Total Distance Walked - 3.85 miles
Total Height Ascended - 221.28metres


Peaks visited
Marilyns (158W - 1556E,W&S)
Rhos Ymryson (119W - 287E,W&S)
Pen-crug-melyn (120W - 288E,W&S)
Trichrug (121W - 289E,W&S)
Deweys (241W - 421E&W)
NONE
HuMPs (364W - 2975EW&S)
Rhos Ymryson (140W - 375E,W&S)
Pen-crug-melyn (141W - 376E,W&S)
Trichrug (142W - 377E,W&S)
Historic County Tops (413E - 93E,W&S)
NONE
W: Wales. 
E,W: England & Wales. 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland


Rhos Ymryson
Bryn y Fan trig and highest point just to it's right
viewed from the south

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1.25 miles, 52.21m ascent,  Start Time 11:28am, Finish Time 12:08pm, 0 hours 40 minutes, 1.88 mph
Massive lay by opposite gated field entrance on B4338 (SN 45949 50699) giving  access to hill top reservoir. Highest point is clearly top of reservoir  within locked compound but also obviously man made. Walked all round perimeter fence where looks like highest natural point is on southern boundary near SE corner of reservoir.
Pen-crug-melyn
Bryn y Fan trig and highest point just to it's right
viewed from the south

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0.44 miles, 23.92m ascent,  Start Time 13:28pm, Finish Time 13:50pm, 0 hours 22 minutes, 1.20 mph
Adequate off road parking for two cars near gated entrance to PROW and access to Pen-crug-melyn (SN 50143 28245). Barbed wire fence on southern boundary but trig point on Tumulus and highest point can be approached up steep bank from the east.
Trichrug
Bryn y Fan trig and highest point just to it's right
viewed from the south

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2.16 miles, 145m ascent,  Start Time 14:55pm, Finish Time 15:49pm, 0 hours 54 minutes, 2.40 mph
Off road parking on corner of road and public access track (SN 69482 21589). Continued north on track past Blaen-Llynnant to to 336m spot height then over style and leave track to the right up north side of wall to summit. Highest point is this side of wall though had to climb over brand new barb wire fence to stand next to trig point. Returned by the same route.