I see that 30 people have activated Arenig Fach. Well you haven’t left much trace of your passing. My walking partner and I were unsure of the best access point, but on driving along the A4212 we found a small sign on a gatepost saying “This path has been created for your enjoyment with the permission of the landowner…” (826400). Obviously a good way up. The path turned out to be waymarked with posts at intervals until a gate in the intake wall. Here the trouble began. We were faced with steep heather and no path. A better man than I has described the heather as having “made things difficult”. I found it very difficult indeed. I don’t mind being “off piste”, but knee deep heather, hidden rocks and a steep slope was very trying. Then miraculously I found a path after the south subsidiary summit. I followed this N until it disappeared near the real top, but by then it didn’t matter as the heather was mostly replaced with grass.
I had a good activation on an ideal summit, with trig point, shelter and no other walkers for me to worry that I was in their way. The view is brilliant, with most of the N Wales mountains spread out at all points of the compass.
On the way down I was determined to follow the path wherever it went, rather than face that heather again, but unbelievably it ends on the subsidiary summit. How can there be a path that doesn’t go anywhere? So I had to plod through the heather again, only marginally easier downhill. And the final frustration, I fell over when only metres from the intake wall and sprained my ankle. No harm done, but still a painful half mile to the car.
What route have the other activators taken? Can I suggest that a few more might like to beat a path through the heather as it is just such a superb summit and I would like to re-visit.