Tir Gofal path to cadir berwyn is walk that i have been meaning to do for a while, the berwyns are known for lack of paths or at least were there is a path they can easily get washed away as the ground on these mountains are mostly made up of peat bogs and health moor land, walking these mountains are challenging with navigation and as mentioned.. peat bogs, i have and always advice anyone walking there berwyns to walk when there is a drought ( due to how wet the ground can be) and of course carrying plenty of drinking water. anyone with a interest in aircraft will find the berwyns of interest as there are many crash sites on these mountains.
walk i have done was starting not far from Llanarmon DC at Cwm Gwynedd (grid SJ 119306)
above- walking up the fence line with some impressive forestry, heading to the summit of Mynydd Tarw and properly on of the steepest parts of the walk
above-Looking back down on the forestry and some impressive hills, the weather was a little hazy but at least warm and dry spring weather
above-stone wind shelter on the summit of Mynydd Tarw 2234ft or 679 meters above level. Here i was taking some photos of cadir berwyn and some interesting cloud
above- rocky out crop of Cerrig Geneugiaid, with cadir berwyn looming in the distance
above and below- on the summit of Foel Wen 2267ft or 691 metres above sea-level
i was following the fence as the path runs along it,Cadair Bronwen is centre of photo.a future project is to return to find a crash wreckage of a Bristol Blenheim bomber L4873 dating from March 1940 is still on Foel Wen
below- not-so interesting summit of Tomle 2434ft or 742 metres above sea-level, berwyn ridge getting closer
above- ascending crag berwyn, the cairn is to a crashed ww2 B17 flying fortress that hit crag berwyn the crash site is close by.Local accounts reveal that B17 crash site was strewn with ammunition, a fair quantity of which was collected by local farmers.
below on the berwyn ridge and heading for the cadair berwyn summit
above- Cadair Berwyn old summit at 2713ft or 827 metres above sea-level, the true summit is the background
below-the true summit or new top as its known with a slight difference at 2723ft or 830 metres above sealevel. from this point i made a descent of the summit down ito the valley below heading to a old slate mine which runs under the berwyn ridge.
above- tiny entrance to the mine of which i managed to fit through
below- inside the cavern i found the mine was flooded,my advice is not to attempt going down flooded mines
below- second mine i came across
below- looking inside the second mine
above- brake drum on the fragmentary remains of an incline . below looking down the incline
above- a interesting house while heading back to the car on the lane that runs down the valley. overall a good mountain walk with some interesting history long the way.
try this link for a interest in the berwyn mountains..... http://www.rcahmw.gov.uk/media/235.pdf