Our first encounter with the slate quarry environment around Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Where do we go now? Our first detour in the planning.
At the summit of Madod Mawr North Top.
At the summit of Manod Mawr (trig point now missing).
Heading for Llyn Manod and the path to Nant Dwr-oer.
The long incline from Nant Dwr-0er to Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.6 miles. Climb:2521'.
Time: 6 hours 17 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.0 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.5 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger, Dave J and Mike D.
A glorious sunny day, put even the grey slate quarries in a good light. As anticipated a good bit of the walk near quarries no longer existed and we had to make a few detours and the walk ended up over two miles longer than expected. Much of the route was pathless and we did our fair share of bog hopping, in fact I think 90% of our footsteps responded with a squelch!
The walk included three peaks over 2000', Moel Penamnen, Manod Mawr North top and Manod Mawr, and I suspect that it may be the last time that we visit any of them!
We declined the first incline from Craig-ddu quarry and instead followed a much gentler incline to the shores of Llyn y Manod to pick up a path that led to the base of the first incline.
Birds seen or heard today included: Greenfinch, Winter wren, Black-billed magpie, House sparrow, Pied wagtail, Wheatear, Common swift, Meadow pipit, Skylark and Raven.
We arrived back at the car, knowing that we had had a good walk and just in time for Mike to take advantage of the PC before they were locked for the night.
After walk drinks were enjoyed once again at the Britannia Inn, Pentre Halkyn.