HILL, DALES AND MOUNTAIN HIKING

15th August 2009: Beddgelert circular    Web page by Bryan Benn

Start: Beddgelert

Highest Point: Mynydd Sygun 300m

Distance: circa km

Weather: Mild, mainly overcast

Vertical altitude gain: circa 450m

Time: 5 hrs 30 mins

Beddgelert circular After days of heavy rain there was an expectation, leaving Beddgelert, of meeting wet terrain on the climb up Mynydd Sygun.
Beddgelert circular Beddgelert circular And even before leaving the village we had good evidence of the pevious days of heavy rain!
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The rocky climb up had turned into a series of small waterfalls, slowing us as we turned to look back on the sodden village.

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This stone wall has a shute to allow water to pas through. Much needed today.

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This was our way up! A path struggling to release the vast volume of water still on the hill.

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We reached the summit and looked into the gloom at our onward route to the top of Cwm Bychan.

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No surprise that our path down from the top of Cwm Bychan was also a small river.

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It wasn't really a surprise to see some lovely colours: this was still a mid summer's day!

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I have seen Aberglasyn Pass with more water roaring through. But it was still a wonderful sight today.

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The Welsh Highland Railway has now opened to beyond Beddgelert. And whilst it currently doesn't run all the way from Carenarvon into Porthmadog, it is open through the Pass. Allowing me to photo a narrow gauge steam loco that I had filmed in South Africa many years before!