Cnicht in the distance.
The path to Cnicht.
Looking back from the slopes of Cnicht towards the coast.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.2 miles. Climb: 2290'.
Time: 5 hours 15 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.0 m.p.h. Overall average: 1. 6 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Dave J.
We set off from Croesor quite optimistic that the weather might hold out and the light showers forecast would be all that we would get. We did get only one shower, but it lasted from 12-20 until we arrived back at the car 3 hours later! At least it wasn't cold, but we did get wet and at the end of the day I could pour water out of my boots!
Nevertheless the climb up to the top of Cnicht was quite enjoyable, with slightly more scrambling than I had remembered. We passed over the summit, not spotting the small cairn described by the Nuttalls and headed down the Northern ridge towards Llyn yr Adar and onto the Rhosydd Quarry.
The route to the quarry is always difficult to find, especially so today with the mist/cloud around us. Thanks to the Memory Map GPS we did eventually arrive at the the quarry and at one time found us heading towards Llyn Stwlan, a possible route back to Croesor, but not the one we wanted. After retracing our steps through the quarry we eventually found the right path.
No photographs were taken after lunch as we didn't stop, Dave ate his lunch on the hoof and I ate my butties back at the car!
Despite everything it was quite an enjoyable walk, ending with the delight of changing into a complete set of dry clothes!
Birds seen or heard today included: European robin, Common blackbird, Raven, Carrion crow, Herring gull, Pied wagtail, Nuthatch, Barn swallow, Meadow pipit and Wheatear.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Pentre Halkyn where the Lees bitter went down well.