The summit cairn on Cadair Bronwen, still in the rain cloud!
Heading for Bwlch Maen Gwynedd and Cadair Berwyn.
Cadair Berwyn New Top from the Cadair Berwyn trig point.
Crossing Nant Cwm Tywyll, the easiest stream we had to cross!
Walk stats: Distance: 10.3 miles. Climb: (3692' wind assisted!) estimated climb 2500'.
Time: 6 hours 25 minutes. On the move walking average: 1.9 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.6 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Dave J and Mike D.
We set off with high hopes that the weather today would be better than on our last visit to Cadair Bronwen and Cadair Berwyn. Unfortunately the weather forecast of a couple of showers proved wrong and from 10-00 to 13-00 we experienced rain, very strong winds and near the top we were walking in cloud. During this time we did get fleeting views with the sun appearing for a few seconds, giving us hope for better weather to come!
Thankfully as we approached the trig point on Cadair Berwyn, the clouds did lift and we had good views for the rest of the walk. I couldn't take our usual trig point photo as another walking group got there first and seemed to be glued to the trig point. We missed out Moel Sych and headed down the ridge of Foel Fawr, hoping to find a sheltered spot for lunch. This turned out to be a cairn/ wind shelter on Pennant just before turning right to cross Nant Cwm Tywyll.
After lunch conditions underfoot seemed to get wetter and wetter and the streams bigger and more difficult to cross, but we eventually made it to the stony track that led to Llandrillo. We finished the walk in sunshine, long enough for Mike and Martyn's trousers to have dried out. Only Dave with his new Brasher boots arrived back at the car with dry feet!
Birds seen or heard today included: Jackdaw, Barn swallow, House sparrow, Meadow pipit, Black-billed magpie, Wheatear, Common pheasant, Kestrel, Skylark and Red grouse.
An enjoyable walk that should really only be attempted after considerable period no rain!
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the New Inn at Pontybodkin, where Brains' Reverend James was the cask ale on offer.