HILL, DALES AND MOUNTAIN HIKING

7th December 2008: Beddgelert - Moel y Dyniewyd    Web page by Bryan Benn

Start/Finish at Beddgelert 41m

Highest Point: Moel y Dyniewyd Summit, 382m

Distance: circa 12kms

Weather: Frosty and bright , turning dull

Vertical altitude gain: circa 600m

Time: 5 hrs 30 mins

I wanted a relatively easy day after my exertions on Snowdon the pevious day. So decided to walk directly from Beddgelert where I was staying and up the steep and at times rocky route via Mynydd Sygyn to Moel y Dyniewyd.

7th December 2008: Beddgelert - Moel y Dyniewyd cont.

I had done part of the walk before and knew I would need to use my hands just a little on the intitial climb. Interesting this time as they were often covered in ice and frost!

7th December 2008: Beddgelert - Moel y Dyniewyd cont. continued Beddgelert

The day had started bright and sunny, giving a lovely view back down to Beddgelert as I gained height.

7th December 2008: Beddgelert - Moel y Dyniewyd cont.

One of the steeper sections on the climb up to Mynyd Sygyn.

7th December 2008: Beddgelert - Moel y Dyniewyd cont.

Looking due North and Yr Aran was topped with cloud that was now moving in after such a bright and sunny start to the day.

7th December 2008: Beddgelert - Moel y Dyniewyd cont.

Higher up now, and an even better view of Beddgelert, reckoned to be the prettiest village in Wales.

7th December 2008: Beddgelert - Moel y Dyniewyd cont.

More steep sections!

7th December 2008: Beddgelert - Moel y Dyniewyd cont.

But before long I was at the top of Mynydd Dygyn and was heading almost due East "off track" passing at least one old mine working. One of many in the area.

7th December 2008: Beddgelert - Moel y Dyniewyd cont.

I soon joined the main path that went from near the Aberglaslyn Pass up to Bwlchy Sygyn.

7th December 2008:Beddgelert - Moel y Dyniewyd cont. continued South Ridge Route to Snowdon

I was going to have to turn just South of East at Bwlchy Sygyn, but first enjoyed the view over Lyn Dinas and further North.

7th December 2008: Beddgelert - Moel y Dyniewyd cont.

As I am finding is common in Snowdonia there was no path marked on the map, but aclear and well used track that headed over some steep rocks towards Moel y Dyniewyd.

7th December 2008: Beddgelert - Moel y Dyniewyd cont.

Not a big summit! But quite popular as I found with other walkers passing by as I got close to the small summit cairn.

7th December 2008: Beddgelert - Moel y Dyniewyd cont.

I headed back the way I had come to Bwlchy Sygyn, and then further West to pick up the track down to the old Sygun Copper Mine.

7th December 2008: Beddgelert - Moel y Dyniewyd cont.

The track down came out right by the old Sygun Copper Mine: now a Museum. From there it was a gentle walk back alongside the fast flowing river to Beddgelert.