a walk from Bala lake to Cynwyd following the upper reaches of the Dee to the Berwyn mountains following the Tegid way.
The walk can be walked in ether directions and using the local bus service to make this a liner walk or completing sections with the excellent bus service in the area. having left my car in Cynwyd catching the X94 to Bala and starting the walk from the my start point at Bala leisure centre with a total distance of 18 miles ahead of me this walk the weather a little over cast but as the day got on the weather became a nice sunny day and perfect walking weather to explore the Dee valley.
lowest section of the walk was Bala lake and the highest and steepest part being the mountain section between Llandrillo and Cynwyd following a length of the Wayfair route into the Berwyn mountains and close to Cadair Bronwen on the mountain track and a steep decent into green lush woods and finally into the village of Cynwyd.
please take care if completing this walk as parts of the route are rough and wet in places and some remote sections.
The mountain section is worth the views form the top., the route is waymarked the full route at time of writing, route map and leaflet can be downloaded -http://www.denbighshirecountryside.org.uk/tegid-way/
using OS Explorer map 255, time i walked in was 7 hours 40 minutes for the full length of the Tegid way.
above and below: looking back on Bala lake with the Aran and Aranig mountains in the distance
above and below: the mountain section in the Berwyn mountain
Foel Hafod-fynydd translated into English means "bare hill the mountain summer dwelling" standing at 2260ft above sea-level and a subsidiary summit of Aran Fawddwy in south snowdonia.
starting the walk we followed the river Dyfi at this point is a stream and to the tarran of Creiglyn Dyfi the source of the river Dyfi, which sits at the bottom of Aran Fawddwy which was on route to the summit to Foel Hafod-fynydd.
This walk is is mind blowing spectacular with Aran Fawddwy at the end of the valley and Foel Hafod-fynydd to our right the length of the valley, heading to Creiglyn Dyfi. the ground is unforgiving hard to walk on as its boggy and a few crossing of the stream needed. please note walking this route is at your own risk,there is no phone signal in the area due to the remoteness in these mountains and great care is needed in the mountains
below is a link to Foel Hafod-Fynydds location
below is the valley we followed, Aran Fawddwy (2970ft) sits at the head of the valley and the river Dyfi can be seen winding its way to Creiglyn Dyfi, the return was to the summit of Foel Hafod-fynydd (2260ft) on the right of the photo.
the photo was taken on a miners track after a the steep decent of the mountain.
a view from the summit of Foel Hafod-fynydd with Aran Fawddwy just to the right of the photo
The watkin path is regarded as the original and the most picturesque walk to snowdon summit and first designated footpath in wales and to the summit of snowdon, named after Sir Edward Watkin,liberal member of parliament and railway entrepreneur who when retired moved to a chalet on the foothills of snowdon built the path to enable his visitors to walk to the summit of snowdon safely.
officially opened in 1892 by prime minister William Gladstone who was 83 years old at the time to a crowd of 2000 people from a stone which is now called the Gladstone rock.
the path is regarded as the hardest way up as it starts a little above sea level, when considering the miners path and pyg track start at pen-y-pass at 359 meter's above sealevel and snow snowdon summit at 1085 which is a accent of 726 metres and where the Watkins path is a accent of 1015 meters would be considered a true full climb of snowdon summit.
The walk starts of wooded and opens to open country side and the last stages are extremely steep on loose stone so consideration needs to be taken before tackling this route as also the fast changing weather welsh mountain weather.
interests of the walk are Carry on up the Khyber was filmed here which i included a photo of what was the Khyber pass in the film, a old stone cottage which was used for a army exercise for the D-Day landings,Waterfalls, the Gladstone rock, old mines,also legend goes king Arthur was struck by a arrow in foothills of snowdon.
the walk we completed was about completing the Watkin path, some mountain photography and not a so much about the summit of snowdon as i feel the summit over rated, as a prefer the less climbed mountains such as Carnedd Llewelyn wales second tallest mountain at 1064 meters above sea-level and only a difference of 21 meters but left unspoilt.
Distance: 8 miles (13km) (there and back)
Ascent: 3330 feet (1015 metres)
Time: About 6 hours (there and back)
Grade: Mountain Walk
Start / Finish: Pont Bethania Car Park, Nant Gwynant, off the A498
(SH 627 507)
Relevant Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL 17 (Snowdon & Conwy Valley)
Though you are in the Snowdonia National Park,
please remember that the path crosses the
privately owned farm and grazing lands of
Gwastadannas, where dogs are not welcomed
unless under close control or on a lead.
On your way to the summit you will see evidence
of essential footpath restoration work carried out
by the National Park Authoriy. Please keep to the
footpath to prevent further erosion
above: the Khyber pass in carry on up the Khyber ..... here is the link to the part used in the film.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-3dqb1izAo
above; Snowdon in the distance of the photo with the summit covered in cloud
above; the cottage used for D-day exercise, bullet hole are visible on the wall
below: Yr Aran on the left of the photo, we will properly walk up this in the winter
below; the Gladstone rock
Above;old Barrack block for mine workers
below, the same buildings but with Yr Aran behind it
above; heading into the clouds
above. Glaslyn and the miners track visible on its accent of the snowdon summit.
below; heading well into the clouds
above; everyone claiming there place on snowdons summit
below; the weather changed on the decent, this photo was our last of the day and looking back towards the watkins path