firstly I have to say this was my 60th welsh mountain summit, not including multiple climbs and summit bagging in the lakes, yet this is part of my own personal challenge to bag all the welsh mountain peaks and the adventure continues.
So with Aranig Fach on today's agenda on a very hot sunday deep in the Aranig mountains north of Bala, Starting the walk just of the very scenic mountain road A421 with Llyn Celyn dominating the area. Most pass by unaware of the flooding of a small welsh community to feed the city of Liverpool of water as well as Lake Vyrnwy combined they both feed the ever expanding city of more and more water, the flooding of Capel Celyn is a very sad story.
Aranig Fach with its summit at 689M located at os Grid SH827370 and its parent peak of Aranig Fawr nearby, the mountain itself rises from a area known as the Migneint, a large vast remote 200 square Km of moorland including plenty of blanket bog, to give a idea of its scale it has the second largest area of blanket bog in wales with the Berwyns being the largest they are both special areas of conservation in Wales.
With no paths to the summit navigation is using the old O/S map and the Garmin GPS to the summit, walking in poor weather and visibility is something i would advised against on-top of this we found the ground we found was Tick infected in the heather and Knee deep in the stuff, I have a put you off yet? we took the western side of the mountain with its glacial lake tucked at the bottom of the mountain.
Extensive views from the summit Trig and looking north west the vastness of the Migneint is stretched out before us, a passing Hawk flew over the summit and dived onto its pray somewhere down the mountain.
The Snowdon mastiff hidden under a blanket of cloud with Pen-y-Pass Visible, the only next significant summit north being the 872m summit of Moel Siabob and the Conwy Valley gave us a Glimpse of the sea at the end of the valley.
This is a very changeling walk not on the distance but on the lack of paths and deep heather but worth the challenge and the views.
The vast man made Reservoir of Llyn Celyn. the valley and it's community flooded to feed the city of Liverpool by adding more water to the river Dee. A memorial Capel was built out of the original stone chapel, this is situated on the edge of the lake, with graves moved to the new chapel before flooding commenced. Lost forever under the water includes the village, school, post office twelve houses and farms, the chapel now lay submerged at the bottom of the lake..the landscape and lives changed forever