HILL, DALES AND MOUNTAIN HIKING

15th November 2008: Beddgelert Circular    Web page by Bryan Benn

Start/Finish: Beddgelert

Highest Point: Sygyn Summit, 318m

Distance: circa 10 kms

Weather: Dull and damp

Vertical altitude gain: circa 450 m

Time: 4 hrs 20 mins

Beddgelert Dull and wet weather greeted me as I started a short warm up walk in advance of a Snowdon walk the next day. The idea being to walk up to the top of Mynydd Sygyn behind Beddgelert, then head off gently NE.

15th November 2008: Beddgelert Circular Path to Mynydd Sygyn

The OS map showed the path I wanted to follow as starting froma lane in the village, and there it was. What I wasn't expecting however was the immediate steep and rocky nature of the track.

15th November 2008: Beddgelert Circular continued Path to Mynydd Sygyn Beddgelert seen from the path to Mynydd Sygyn

I found I needed to use my hands on the climb almost straight away. Taking my time on wet rocks I did stop frequently to enjoy the view back down to Beddgelert behind me.

15th November 2008: Beddgelert Circular Path to Mynydd Sygyn

The steep nature of the path up can be seen here by the view back down to Beddgelert.

15th November 2008: Beddgelert Circular Path to Mynydd Sygyn Path to Mynydd Sygyn

The climb up continued with the 300m high hill close to Mynydd Sygyn visible most of the way up.

15th November 2008: Beddgelert Circular Beddgelert seen from the path to Mynydd Sygyn

The weather was not good. With squally shoers blowing across the valley below from time to time. But a break in one of those did show almost the entire village spread out below.

15th November 2008: Beddgelert Circular Path to Mynydd Sygyn Path to Mynydd Sygyn

The steep and rocky route up the hill coninued.

15th November 2008: Beddgelert Circular Near Mynydd Sygyn

As height was gained the adjoining hills could be seen between the frequent showers that reduced visibility a lot.

15th November 2008: Beddgelert Circular continued Path to Mynydd Sygyn Path to Mynydd Sygyn

I felt the need to use my hands on and off for very short sections of the climb. Including one place where the path had become a small waterfall!

15th November 2008: Beddgelert Circular  Mynydd Sygyn

From the 300m high point part of the rest of my route became visible. With the modest highest point of 318m for the day that I expected to reach standing out in the near distance.

15th November 2008: Beddgelert Circular Mynydd Sygyn

A closer view of the 318m high point on a broad expanse of hill that all seems to enjoy the name of Mynydd Sygyn.

15th November 2008: Beddgelert Circular Mynydd Sygyn Mynydd Sygyn

The track up to the high point wasgenerally straightforward, with just the shortest bit of very light scrambling around the corner from here.

15th November 2008: Beddgelert Circular Mynydd Sygyn

A look, back down to the route I hads taken along the top of the small hills.

15th November 2008: Beddgelert Circular Lyn Dinas

A look ahead at my general route, that would take me down the SW end of the small lake at Lyn Dinas.

15th November 2008: Beddgelert Circular Grib Ddu

Descending a little I headed NE along the track that ran along Grib Ddu.

15th November 2008: Beddgelert Circular Lyn Dinas

The track from Grib Ddu descended quite steeply down steps at the SW end of Lyn Dinas.

15th November 2008: Beddgelert Circular Lyn Dinas

Autumn colours in the valley near Lyn Dinas

15th November 2008: Beddgelert Circular River heading down from Lyn Dinas

My walk had gone well. It had been an enjoyable and surprisingly steep climb from Beddgelert to Myndd Sygyn. Then a pleasant stroll through Snowdonian hills and past Lyn Dinas, before a river side walk back to Beddgelert.