Looking towards the final descent of the day. Taken from the path below PenYr Allt Uchaf.
Heading up Hengwm to the Bwlch between Drysgol and Warn Goch.
At the cairn at Drws Bach, our lunch spot for the day.
The Aran Ridge, the objective after lunch.
At the trig point on Aran Fawddwy.
Looking back towards Aran Fawddwy from our descent to Cwm Cwyarch.
Walk stats: Distance: 7.4 miles (9 - 10.2 miles), Climb:2810' (2900'-3100').
Time:6 hours 14 minutes (7 hours 10 minutes). On the move walking average:1.6 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.2 m.p.h. (1.4 m.p.h.).
Group: Martyn, Roger, Celia, Dave J and Mike D.
We arrived in Cwm cwyarch to find that the farmer at Blaencwyarch had made a new car park (donations via an honesty box with funds going to the Mountain Rescue).
Another glorious largely sunny day with a pleasantly cooling breeze once we got above 2000'. Martyn and Roger only went a far as Aran Fawddwy before deciding to descend, Celia, Mike and Dave went along the ridge as far as Aran Benllyn and Mike and Dave included Pen yr Allt Uchaf before reaching the head of Hengwm.
Distant views were superb all day, although at times a little hazy. Lunch was taken at Drws Bach before taking the final push to the summit!
The Arans were popular today, walkers seemed to coming from all directions.
As ever the descent from Aran Fawddwy along the fence was very boggy in places and even the boards didn't prevent our boots getting wet.
The steep descent through Cwm Cwyarch between Glasgwm and Creigiau Camddwr was quite dramatic at times and the path wasn't easy to follow. We arrived back at the car with knee joints creaking in protest, but they soon revived after a couple pints of Lees bitter at the Crown Hotel at Llandegla, where we met up with Sarah again. She informed us that the they are now open from 12-00 and that she was now doing the cooking.
Birds seen or heard today included: Pied wagtail, House martin, Barn swallow, Carrion crow, Goldfinch, Raven, Kestrel, Meadow pipit, Skylark and Wheatear.
Overall a good but tiring walk.