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)
W: Wales. 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland

Other walks on this trip
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

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

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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