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Waunfawr

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

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

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)

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

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

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 rightLooking along Braich Moel Smytho towards the distant Isle of Anglesey, you can just make Caernarfon on the right

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

Zooming in on the splendid castle at Caernarfon

Looking south from the summit of Moel Smytho to Moel Tryfan

Looking south from the summit of Moel Smytho to Moel Tryfan

Paul on Moel Smytho

Paul on Moel Smytho

Mynydd Mawr from the summit of 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We spotted several of these stunning green dragon flies

Something a bit bigger and nosier, a low flying Hercules transport plane!

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

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

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!

Back at Waunfawr Station and the pub, the camp site where we stayed was just behind!