HILL, DALES AND MOUNTAIN HIKING

17th February 2009: In the Carneddau, Creigiau Gleision.    Web page by Bryan Benn

Near Hafod Arten, 180m

Highest Point: summit of Creigiau Gleision 678m

Distance: circa 10 kms

Weather: Milder and cloudy

Vertical altitude gain: circa 700m

Time: circa 5 hrs 30 mins

Creigiau Gleision walk in Carneddau

For my last day of what had been a hard winter trip I decided to walk lower down in the Carneddau. My starting point was the smal carp park at the end of Llyn Crafnant, a small lake/reservoir SW of Trefiw.

In the Carneddau, Creigiau Gleision

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Parking for cars, (pay and display), a small toilet block and nicely signed local walks indicated this was popular starting point for walkers.

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It wasn't far from the car park to the NE end of Llyn Crafnant.

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My route was alongside the lake and then into a forest where the day's ascent began. Firstly on good paths and then onto the muddy stuff!

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It was quite along trudge through the woods. Partly because of quite long sections of deep mud enocuntered from time to time.

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Outside of the forest the track headed on up until I reached the first of two summits for the day, Creigiau Gleision North Top. From which there was fabulous view over Llyn Cowlyd to Pen Llithrig y Wrach.

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With an equally good view more to the North, this being of Craig Eigiau that I had stood on the previous day.

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Due North was a view down to the dam at the end of Llyn Cowlyd, which is clearly an important Welsh reservoir. -

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With some energy still left after my hard trip I decided to continue to the main Creigiau Gleision summit. Over an undulating track with a steep drop down to Llyn Colwyd.

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The walk was now on top of a fairly broad ridge, so I always had a great view of the large lake and it's attendent mountains!

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From the summit of Creigiau Gleision there was a good view towards a distant and cloud covered Snowdon Horsehoe.

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From the summit there was also view back down to Llyn Crafnant, near which my walk had started some time earlier!

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I was tired so didn't stay long on the top. Soon heading back the way I had come with the smaller North Top summit in front of me.

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One last climb of the trip: back up to the top of Creigiau Gleision.

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From the summit it was nearly all downhill. Firstly across open country, then back into the muddy forest!

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The final stretch of the walk for my aching legs was alongside Llyn Crafnant and back to the walkers' car park at it's North Eastern end.