#94 – Craig Cwm Silyn and the Nantlle Ridge

Craig Cwm Silyn seen from the northeast

Fellow blogger LensScaper and I have both recently posted accounts of walking some of the less frequented hills of Snowdonia, but LensScaper sometimes follows routes the opposite way round to the way that I have walked them.  What is really interesting in this (for me anyway) is that it gives an entirely different perspective on a route.

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#93 – The Moel Hebog Ridge

The Moel Hebog Ridge with (L to R) Moel Hebog, Moel yr Ogof and Moel Lefn

Tell your mountaineering mates that you were walking in Eifionydd last week, and they will probably look at you blankly.  The Eifionydd Hills are the ones sandwiched between the Snowdon Range and the Llŷn Peninsula.  Sandwiched is perhaps the wrong word though, inferring some kind of inferiority – this is definitely not the case.

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#92 – “Just doggin’ around …. ”

Cwm Llugwy below Carnedd Llewelyn

I was ready, prepared for several hours of sitting behind a rock in Cwm Llugwy, in the Carneddau mountains of North Wales.  Coffee in flask, foam sit mat at the ready, extra fleece layers and full waterproofs – a day in the Carneddau can bring all four seasons in the space of a few hours.  Instead, I found myself in a field near Llanrwst, enjoying an amazing display of Search and Rescue dogs at work.

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#91 – Moelwyn Mawr and Moelwyn Bach

Hills of the Moelwynion

The Moelwyn hills (the Moelwynion in Welsh) stand almost literally in the shadow of the Snowdon Range.  Contained by the settlements of Betws y Coed, Capel Curig, Beddgelert, Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog, these are quieter hills than the Snowdon Hills.  They don’t have the highest peaks or the sharpest ridges, which means that they don’t have the biggest crowds.  All the more reason for a visit.

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#90 – Elidir Fawr and the Northern Glyderau

Elidir Fawr with Marchlyn Mawr Reservoir below

It would seem that Elidir was a big bloke – apparently his stallion could carry seven riders, and if an ancient British chieftain wanted a memorial, something really big that would carry his name down through the centuries, then the mountain we now call Elidir Fawr would seem to fit the bill.

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#89 – “Hide and seek” at Pen y Pass

You might well ask the question, “why is a ‘supposed’ adult hiding behind a boulder on a Welsh hillside?”  The question is more pointed when you realise that I’ve swopped a comfortable sofa and ‘Eastenders’ on the TV for a hard piece of rock and a grey view that occasionally disappears behind a shower of rain.  The weather is not being kind tonight!

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#88 – Moel Siabod, the ‘Shapely Hill’

The track to the ‘Shapely Hill’ from Pont Cyfyng, Capel Curig

You can see Moel Siabod (the ‘Shapely Hill’) from our house.  Well, not strictly true … you would see Moel Siabod if our own shapely hill of Moel Hiraddug wasn’t in the way!  (See Post #73)  So, it’s dog-walking boots on and up the hill, with a Border Collie running nose into the wind, sniffing out things we aren’t even aware of.  As we come to the crest of Moel Hiraddug, the Snowdon hills stand proud about 40 kilometres (25 miles) away.  Alone on the left is Moel Siabod.

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