Cadair Berwyn from B4391 road

I decided to activate Cadair Berwyn GW/NW-012 today. I reported last year on the parking spot at Tan-y-Pistyll being overrun by illegal parking blocking the road and people who have not learnt how to behave properly in public. Therefore, I used an alternate parking spot today on the B4391 mountain road to Bala and parked at OS grid reference SJ017305 at 486m ASL. The summit is 4.25 miles from here but I had a fantastic walk over heather / peat / grass moorland and the climb is very gentle. The area is designated as one of special scientific interest and can be very wet! There is a well-defined path and so the reasonably experienced hill walker would have no difficulty navigating in mist. Much of the lower route has duck-board style wooden plank paving. This was a long walk and my legs were rebelling from Elidir Fawr and Y Garn two days earlier but I enjoyed every minute: I even saw two lizards.

This is the route. On the outward leg, I skirted to the west of Moel Sych - it saved climbing but paths were feint / non-existent so it was harder work walking. I went over the summit of Moel Sych on the return which was more climbing but easier paths - I don’t think that there was much in it.

The summit of Cadair Berwyn (actually the antenna support fence just below the summit!):

The heather moorland before me on the descent (part of the largest heather moorland in Wales):

73 Alastair Hopkins, M0TYM


Thanks for an excellent report Alastair. Some useful tips on the route from the B4391 which I will likely use when I finally get to visit Cadair Berwyn.

73 Phil

This was the route we used on our first activation of Cadair Berwyn. It was in early December IIRC and was dark when we started, and dark when we finished! The parking spot is well secluded from the main road - I don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing!

I think I’ve settled on my favourite approach being to the top of the waterfall from the cafe, with pre-arranged paid parking in the campsite, and then follow the ridge line to the summit. For the descent, I drop down beside Llyn Lluncaws and amble back down the good path along the spectacular Nant y Llyn valley.

I initially used the same route as Alistair because I didn’t like the sound of the proximity of the path to sheer edges above Llyn Lluncaws. However, in practice, it is easy to veer well clear of any cliffs, and walk over rough grass.

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