|Date ...||Friday, 3 July 2009|
|Distance ...||5.0 miles|
|Ascent ...||945 feet|
|Time ...||3 hours 0 mins|
|Weather ...||19 ºC, cloudy with some sunny spells, dry and a fresh W breeze|
|Summits ...||Moel Smytho - 1120'|
|Start ...||Waunfawr - free parking by the station (SH527587)|
|Maps ...||Ordnance Survey - Outdoor Leisure Nº17 (1:25,000) or Landranger Nº115 (1:50,000)|
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I think the 'Weather Gods' had deserted me this weekend, after the last several of really good weather, I think I paid the price on my few days down in Wales. It started raining at 9 pm when we arrived at the camp site behind Waunfawr Station and it didn't let up until about 2 pm the following afternoon. After mulling around for the morning we decided we fit a short walk in around the village once the rain had stopped. It was a bit of a make it up as you go walk, but the views were brilliant so no one complained, and we still got back down in plenty of time for a curry and a few pints at the pub!
The route map of our walk
Looking back onto Waunfawr village from the steep climb up through the tree's and bracken covered slopes at the start of the walk
Moel Eilio (with Elidir Fach to the left in the distance)
At the top of the steep climb we reached the remains of some old farm building, fields and path ways
Another view of Moel Eilio and Elidir Fach from the heather clad slopes of Moel Smytho
Looking along Braich Moel Smytho towards the distant Isle of Anglesey, you can just make Caernarfon on the right
Zooming in on the splendid castle at Caernarfon
Looking south from the summit of Moel Smytho to Moel Tryfan
Paul on Moel Smytho
Mynydd Mawr from the summit of Moel Smytho
Heading down from the summit the skyline was dominated by the vast spoil heaps from the old quarries on Moel Tryfan
Navigation was easy on this section of the walk, we just followed the edge of the plantation towards Mynydd Mawr
As it was quite late in the afternoon we gave the ascent of Mynydd Mawr a miss for today
Moel Eilio as we descended towards Betws Garmon
The cliffs on the northern side of Mynydd Mawr from the steep descent through the tree's
A better view of the cliffs on the northern side of Mynydd Mawr onced we reached the meadows lower down
We spotted several of these stunning green dragon flies
Something a bit bigger and nosier, a low flying Hercules transport plane!
Looking back at our descent route, we came down through the tree's behind the cottages
Mynydd Mawr from the walk back across the meadows to Waunfawr
Back at Waunfawr Station and the pub, the camp site where we stayed was just behind!