Monday, 14 March 2016

Cwm Cywarch ring from Glasgwm to Pen yr Allt Uchaf

Aran Fawddwy from Glasgwym summit. Not going to visit that peak today
Walk Summary
Today's route will be the final walk of this trip and as far as the weather is concerned looks like the best has been saved until last, providing exceleent lighting conditions for some superb photographs. Blue skies remained for the rest of the day, but in spite of being able to set off with no coat and just a base layer as a top, by the time I reached the first summit ridge the coat was needed buttoned up completely along with hat and gloves to keep out the biting gold NE wind.  
Driving to walk start point along the road down Cwn Cyarch I just had to stop the van and take some photographs of the valley leading to the ring of summits at the end of the valley which will be the days planned summits.
The walk start point turned out to be an unmarked Snowdonia National Park car park near Tai-newyddion with reinforced parking avoiding the need to park on the road side or avoid getting wheels stuck in mud. Well worth a donation to the local air ambulance in the thoughtfully provided collection box near the entrance.
Finally the 1100m of ascent combined with nearly 10 miles and 5 Nuttall summits was enough of a physical challenge to confirm I am still capable of multiple hard days walking on the same trip. This will be the 5th walking day of a 6 day trip with yesterdays rest day being sufficient to recover from Saturdays tougher walk up Cadair Idris.
Seems I am fully recovered from last years back problems and as long as I stay within my limits (or exceed, maybe slightly, only occasionally) am still capable of the long physically demanding routes I so much enjoy.
Something I used to take for granted but with increasing years appreciate so much more.
Long may it last.

Looking left on way to Drysgol at Creiglyn Dyfi and easterly crag below summit of Aran Fawddwy.
A summit to look forwards to on a later trip
Peaks visited
Nuttalls (189W - 443E&W)
Glasgwm (108W - 361E&W)
Waun Camddwr (109W - 362E&W)
Gwaun y Llwyni (110W - 363E&W)
Gwaun Lydan (111W - 364E&W)
Pen yr Allt Uchaf (112W - 365E&W)
Hewitts (138W - 317E&W)
Glasgwm (78W - 257E&W)
Gwaun y Llwyni (79W - 258E&W)
Pen yr Allt Uchaf (80W - 259E&W)
Marilyns (175E - 1556E,W&S)
Glasgwm (68W - 229EW&S)
Deweys (181E - 422E&W)
Glasgwm (42W - 94E&W)
HuMPs (444E - 2975EW&S)
Glasgwm (82W - 310EW&S)
Historic County Tops (49E - 93E,W&S)
W: Wales. 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland

Cold wind from the right keeps snow on surface of  partially frozen Llyn y Fignnear Glasgwm summit cairn
Other walks on this trip
09th Cadair Idris Nuttalls east of A487
10th Mynydd Moel & Gau Graig
11th Craig y Castell
12th Cadair Idris + two outliers to the west from YHA Kings
14th Cwm Cywarch ring from Glasgwm to Pen yr Allt Uchaf

Walk Statistics
Walk Date -14 March 2016
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - Severn Caravan Park & Bunkhouse
Start Point - Snowdonia National Park car park near Tai-newyddion  (SH 85243 18859)
Start Time - 11:24
Finish Point Snowdonia National Park car park near Tai-newyddion  (SH 85243 18859)
Finish Time - 17:22
Total Duration - 5hrs 58mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.73mph
Total Distance Walked - 9.89 miles
Total Height Ascended - 1079.70 metres

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More Photographs
Driving down Cwm Cywarch to walk start point and had to get out van. Glasgwm, Waun Camddwr & Gwaun y Llwyni (l-r)
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