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.
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.