HILL, DALES AND MOUNTAIN HIKING

4th October 2009: Molewyn Mawr from Croesor    Web page by Bryan Benn

Start: Croesor

Highest Point: Moewlyn Mawr 770m

Distance: circa 13 km

Weather: Cloud and sun

Vertical altitude gain: circa 820m

Time: 5 hrs 30 mins

Molewyn Mawr from Croesor

Improving weather and my growing love of the Moelweyns saw me start again from Croesor. A location you cannot walk from without noticing Cnicht! My objective today was firstly Moel-yr-Hydd, and then, energy levels permitting, Moelwyn Mawr.

Molewyn Mawr from Croesor Molewyn Mawr from Croesor

But whatever my objective for the day was, walking NE was always going to allow me a good view of Cnicht!

Molewyn Mawr from Croesor Molewyn Mawr from Croesor

I was walking up a steadily graded old miners track to Croesor's long since closed quarry. Through Cwm Croesor which ended just past Cnicht.

Molewyn Mawr from Croesor Molewyn Mawr from Croesor

The weather was improving. But a chance shower produced a lovely rainbow between me and Cnicht. A rainbow that followed me up the track, on and off, for sometime.

Molewyn Mawr from Croesor Molewyn Mawr from Croesor

The track ended at the old Croesor Quarry, now a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Molewyn Mawr from Croesor Molewyn Mawr from Croesor

Paths may have been marked on the map, but not on the ground that I could find. So I took a compass reading and headed east away from and climbing above the quarry buildings.

Molewyn Mawr from Croesor Molewyn Mawr from Croesor

Plenty of identification features meant my compass was only needed the once! As I soon headed past Lyn Croesor.

Molewyn Mawr from Croesor Molewyn Mawr from Croesor

Another obvious feature, Moel-yr-Hydd, was soon in front. With a foreground of another long since disused quarry area.

Molewyn Mawr from Croesor Molewyn Mawr from Croesor

The view from Moel-yr-Hydd to the South. Left is Moelwyn Bach, and right the crag of Craigysgafn, with Moelwyn Mawr just starting to appear extreme right.

Molewyn Mawr from Croesor Molewyn Mawr from Croesor

The view from Moel-yr-Hydd to the East, down to Tanygrisiau Reservoir.

Molewyn Mawr from Croesor Molewyn Mawr from Croesor

I met two other walkers on the summit. The only other people I was to see in this quiet but lovely hill walking area, before I headed down past the old quarry and towards Moelwyn Mawr.

Molewyn Mawr from Croesor Molewyn Mawr from Croesor

An old quarry building gave a reminder of days when this walk would have seen plenty of other people around.

Molewyn Mawr from Croesor Molewyn Mawr from Croesor

The last part of the walk up to the summit of Moelwyn Mawr was very steep. And the reward was not a clear and sunny view, but the obvious outline of the Nantlle Ridge to the West.

Molewyn Mawr from Croesor Molewyn Mawr from Croesor

South from Moelwyn Mawr was a view of the Irish Sea.

Molewyn Mawr from Croesor Molewyn Mawr from Croesor

Whilst a few degrees West was the SW ridge that formed one route back down to Croesor.

Molewyn Mawr from Croesor Molewyn Mawr from Croesor

East was Moelwyn Bach, with Craigysgafn closer, lying in between that Moelwyn and the peak I was standing on.

Molewyn Mawr from Croesor Molewyn Mawr from Croesor

I decided to walk back via Croesor Quarry. And as the sun started to come out I was rewarded by more views of Cnicht.

Molewyn Mawr from Croesor Molewyn Mawr from Croesor

Descending into the old Croesor Quarry in sunlight gave a good view of the old buildings.

Molewyn Mawr from Croesor Molewyn Mawr from Croesor

I left the Quarry and got onto the steady downhill of the old miners track. With Cnicht yet again dominating my viewline.

Molewyn Mawr from Croesor Molewyn Mawr from Croesor

A gentle finish to a lovely walk as I headed back down into Croesor. A walk that decide me that my fourth and last day on this current visit to Snowdonia should also start from this secluded Hamlet.