This is one that has been on my hit list for a while but I have never quite managed to get round to it. The forecast was good for Sunday so I set off with my daughter (Mai-Ling) at the unbelievably early time of 06:25.
First stop was the Lymm Truckstop for a big fried breakfast before setting off on the trip across Wales. A detour had to be taken when we found that the toll road at Penmaenpool was closed but we were still at the parking place by 09:35.
I didn’t fancy the routes written about by others and decided to investigate an alternative by parking at Ty’n-y-Coed (SH689202) - where there is easy parking off the road. From there we walked along paths and tracks to the edge of a felled forest at SH694216. We went up via the felled forest but later discovered a path along the western side of the forest (wall to be crossed at SH695221 - stepping stones in place). From there it’s an easy undulating walk to the summit. Pleasant.
A breeze required us to seek some shelter in the lee of the cairn but nevertheless we had a pleasant time. 9 contacts on 5MHz including 3 s2s contacts. My daughter, who is used to me being on CW, was quite interested in the contacts.
The walk back was uneventful and the drive back was broken only with a big fried tea at the excellent cafe in Bala - full of overweight middle-aged bikers. I felt quite at home!
This was the first major SOTA outing for the new car. I was pleased with over 70MPG and interested in the trip computer that shows cumulative journey cost. Thus I know that we spent significantly more money on food than on petrol.