At Creigiau Gleision North Top.
Creigiau Gleision South Top.
Creigiau Gleision from the path to Crimpiau.
On top of the world, not really, just Crimpiau.
Llyn Crafnat ahead, but it still looks a long way off for walkers with titred legs!
Walk stats: Distance: 8.8 miles. Climb: 2162'.
Time: 6 hours 17 minutes. On the move walking average: 1.7 m.p.h. Overall walk avererage: 1.4 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger and Dave J.
With good weather forecast this was a walk that I was really looking foreward to, as this little ridge has been on my "to do list" for more years than I like to remember.
The weather was good, perhaps a little on the warm side, especially as the forecast wind didn't materialise until the descent of Crimpiau! The views all day were superb, although somewhat hazy. The paths were relatively good, although the descents were quite steep and one required a little bit of third leg work to get around (but we think there was probably a better route had we gone a little further West of the rocky outcrop at the end of the ridge).
This turned out to be a much more demanding walk than we had anticipated, and by the time we had descended to the Capel Curig - Llyn Crafant path, at least two of the group, had no appetite to extend the walk to Llyn Geirionydd. In fact I needed two good pints of Lees bitter at the Britannia at Halkyn to fully revive me!
I was quite surprised to see other walkers on this remote little ridge, but they were all walking from the Capel Curig side towards the Northern Llyn Cowlyd side, probably the better way of doing the ridge.
Birds seen or heard today included: Common buzzard, Long-tailed tit, Stonechat, carrion crow, raven and Great cormorant.
Will this be my first and last visit to the summit of Creigiau Gleision? Who knows, but Roger implied that he would be unavailable should it be on the list again!