Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The Cnichts

Walk Summary
After yesterday's lengthy walk up The Manods and on to Moel Penamnen I had the idea that today's short 4 mile walk might be an easy day, giving me the chance to recover and manage more than three consecutive walking days after tomorrows walk up Moel Hebog.
Bit of a down scramble off The Cnicht. I came down
on the left, now I am down can see a path on the right
are no mountains adjacent to the NW and it was very murky when I went up the two ranges to the east; Moelwyns Mawr/BachThe Ysgafell Wens hence have not seen this ridge before.

I was therefore chuffed as nuts driving towards Croesor when I spotted the conical shape of The Cnicht ahead, commonly known as The Matterhorn of Wales.
Approaching the North Top first from Cwm Creosor, more of a slog, in the best possible way, rather than difficult. Took 2 hours to walk from Croesor to do 2 miles with over 500m of ascent. Descent of The Cnicht was more difficult with a testing down scramble in one spot.

Not quite the easy day I was expecting but what a pleasant surprise. This is one of the few hills I would like to return and visit from an alternative route.

Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 12 October 2016
Walkers - Steve Smith

Accommodation - Coed-Y-Llwyn Caravan Club Site
Start Point - Croesor public car park (SH 63160 44698)
Start Time - 13:14
Finish Point Croesor public car park (SH 63160 44698)
Finish Time- 16:49
Total Duration - 3hrs 35mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.19mph
Total Distance Walked - 4.28 miles
Total Height Ascended - 576.82metres

Peaks visited
Nuttalls (189W - 444E&W)
Cnicht North Top (169W - 424E&W)
Cnicht (170W - 425E&W)
Hewitts (138W - 318E&W)
Cnicht (11W - 299E&W)
Marilyns (158W - 1556E,W&S)
Deweys (241W - 421E&W)
HuMPs (364W - 2975EW&S)
Cnicht (112W - 347E,W&S)
Historic County Tops (413E - 93E,W&S)
W: Wales. 
E,W: England & Wales. 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland

Other walks on this trip
07th Calf Top
08th Moel Siabod
09th Yr Aran & Gallt y Wenaullt
11th The Manods & Moel Penamnen from Blaenau Ffestiniog
12th The Cnichts
13th Moel Hebog - The Beddgelert Three
14th Moel-y-Gest
15th Five Nuttalls of the Central Rhinogs
18th Rhobell Fawr & Dduallt
19th Rhinog Fawr from Cwm-bychan Farm
21st Gorllwyn & Drygarn Fawr
22nd Pen y Garn
22nd Bryn y Fan
24th Foel Goch and the four Deweys from Bala C&CC campsite
25th North West Arans

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More Photographs
The days summit. The Cnicht from Croesor
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