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Sunday 22nd May 2016 - Cwm Pennant  

 
    Cwm Pennant is relatively rarely visited; a quiet valley beyond Porthmadog, surrounded by rocky ridges giving wide views back to Snowdon and north and south to the bays of Caernafon and Tremadoc. I'd argue that the circuit of these ridges is the most consistently interesting one-day walk in Wales.
    
    Our route takes us beneath Moel Hebog, over Moel yr Ogof and Moel Lefn, down to the quarries by Bwlch-y-Ddwy-elor, then up a long grassy ridge and along part of the Nantlle Ridge to the obelisk at Mynydd Tal-y-mignedd. There we have an option to return down into Cwm Dwyfor and along an easy trackway to the start point.

     Alternatively, if the walk's going well and all are agreed, we could continue with a rewarding climb south-west over the rugged ridge to Carnedd-Goch, and then south-east back into the valley.

     There is some easy scrambling along the ridges, but nothing too taxing; most of the regular club walkers will have been over the Nantlle Ridge with no problems - this walk is graded B for technical difficulty. It is tough walking, however, with some 3,500 feet of ascent on the longer option, 2,700 feet on the shorter, and a total time of 7-8 hours. 

    The poet Eifion Wyn has some lines which roughly translate to:

          'Oh Lord, why did you make Cwm Pennant so beautiful, and the life of an old shepherd so short?'

    Walk leader - John Ellerslie 01743 360115.

 

  

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