Sunday, 10 January 2016

Mynydds y Lan & Machen

Walk summary
Looking back at walk start point for
Mynnydd Machen near Gelli-ffiniog, 
Mynydd y Lan beyond
Have to say these two Marilyns where a lot easier than anticipated. The weather forecast was dreadful but surprisingly it was dry driving to Mynydd y Lan. Evenso I could see the black clouds and rain heading my way and true to form it arrived just as I was about to set off. The forecast was rain all day, but it was not raining on the drive there so I thought it would pass.
Well it did not. 40 minutes later I set off for the Mynydd y Lan in the pouring rain that turned into freezing rain on the summit. By the time I returned to the van 1¼ hours later it had stopped. Yippee. 
Stayed dry on the drive to Mynydd Machen. The hardest part was navigating the narrow roads and bridge over Sirhowey River from Cwmfelinfach to the west. I think it would be easier to approach from the east. In fact I recommend it. 
I could have just walked ¾ miles up the concrete drive to the aerial masts near Mynydd Machen and back but chose to continue over the summit and return around the bottom to the east, as I much prefer a circular walk if I can manage it. It also stayed dry on the walk but started to rain as I was enjoying a hot cup of coffee in the van after the walk.
All in all very lucky with the weather. 

Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 10 January 2016
Walkers - Steve Smith

 -  YHA Cardiff Central
Start Point - Various. See maps below

Finish Point Various. See maps below
Total Duration - 2hrs 12mins 
Overall Average pace - 2.39 mph
Total Distance Walked - 5.25 miles
Total Height Ascended - 266.08 metres

Peaks visited
Nuttalls (189W - 443E&W)
Hewitts (137W - 316E&W)
Marilyns (158W - 1550E,W&S)
Mynydd y Lan (34W - 194E,W&S)
Mynydd Machen (35W - 195E,W&S)
Deweys (241W - 422E&W)
HuMPs (364W - 2975EW&S)
Mynydd y Lan (44W - 271E,W&S)
Mynydd Machen (45W - 272E,W&S)
Unitary Authority County Tops (22W - 33E,W&S)
E: England 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland

Other walks on this trip
06th Ysgyryd Fawr, Sugar Loaf & Bryn Arw
07th Allt yr Esgair, Myarth & Graig Syfyrddin [Edmund's Tump]
08th Three Marilyns between Llangattock and Newport
10th Mynydds y Lan & Machen
11th Craig y Allt,Cefn Eglwysilan & Mynydd y Glyn 
12th Garth Hill & Coity Mountain, GB Marilyn 200
15th Mynydd Betws
16th Pumlumon Nuttalls 
17th Ffridd Cocyn & Gamallt  
18th Tarrenhendre & Tarren y Gesail 
19th Y Garn (The Rhinogs)

Mynydd y Lan
Rain storm heading in my direction at walk start on Hafod-tudor road
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3.17miles, 93.17m ascent,  Start Time 11:48am, Finish Time 13:01pm, 1 hours 13 minutes, 2.61mph

Mynydd Machen
Possible to drive all the way to summit and trig to right of radio mast
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2.08miles, 172.91m ascent, Start Time 13:46pm, Finish Time 14:45pm, 0 hours 59 minutes, 2.12mph