Sunday, 2 February 2014
Trail 100 #22
After a long drive we arrived to discover the road was closed. Really disappointed until we found the short diversion and set off up the long valley road to Pistyll Rhaeadr. Sections of the narrow track were flooded, by the time we left one section was almost impassable. The waterfall was impressive as we set off on a warm sunny day.
Half an hour later we got our first sight of the tops and immediately regretted leaving the crampons in the car.
We struggled up the snow covered bog leading to the first summit of Moel Sych (2713ft/827m), where a beautiful white snowfield led along the ridge to Cadair Berwyn (2723ft/830m). Crampons would have been really useful here on the ice covered snow. We stopped at the summit and didn’t go on the short distance to the trig point – with the right kit this would have been easy.
The descent took us past the very pretty Llyn Luncaws which reminded us of Scales Tarn at the foot of Blencathra.
A soaking fine rain started as we got into the valley and crossing the swollen stream was a real challenge.
We were a bit disappointed that the cafe didn’t take cards, we didn’t have enough cash. So we sat in the car and drank coffee from the Thermos.
Starting at the Pistyll Rhaeadr car park (SJ073294).