having walked to the summit of Cyrniau Nod some years ago before i set up my freelancing, i had walked from Rhiwargor Waterfall car park at the northern end of Lake vyrwyn and at the time i had bridge camera, i got a good photo from the summit, so i had decided to visit the summit again with a view to getting some black and white photos with my DLSR but this time i decided to embark the summit on a 40km mountain bike ride with some stops for some waterfall photography on a stunning May afternoon and starting my ride from lake vyrwyn Dam so i could get a circuit of the lake in at the same time Cyrniau Nod has a very remote location OS grid reference SH 98851 27924 (click on the link for location and map) its summit is shared with the Snowdonia National Park boundary running through it,The views from the summit are extensive, if unremarkable due to the featureless, flat moorland surroundings. The summit is marked by a small cairn and surrounded by peat bogs. its location is accessible by a track running to 500 meters from the summit, a small cairn marks the small path leading to the summit across the peat-bogs and its location is remote in the Hirnant mountains sitting between the Arans and berwyns mountain range its summits is 667m (2.188ft) above sealevel,.a smaller peak of Cefn Gwyntog at 615 m (2,018 ft) sits below Cyrniau Nod is
renowned as one of the hardest summits in Wales to reach, due to its remoteness and hard walking terrain (on my list of things to do)
above: a good location to stop to stop and take photos of this waterfall
below: boundary marker at the top of the Hirant pass i passed before taking the track to the summit on the right, the last of a tarmac road i would see for a while
above: the remote track leading into the mountains and the Aran ridge in the distance
below: stopping to take some photos
above:photo shows how remote the Hirant mountains are
below:track going of into the distance and summit of Cyrniau Nod and Penllyn forest
Above: 20kms later and the last 500 meters of hard work getting over peak bogs i am at the 2.188ft summit of Cyrniau Nod,i spent a while taking in some landscape photos with my DLSR, berwyn mountains in the background.
below: Lake vyrwyn in the far distance and smaller peak of Cefn Gwyntog below.
the fence is the Snowdonia National Park boundary, powys side is on the left side of the fence.
below: this was what this was all about, taken black and white photos in remote locations ,i tend to use the clouds as a feature as well as the landscape
above: berwyns mountains
below: Aran mountains
Distant you offer nothing
but a meeting place for sky.
Eyes pass over you
looking for places higher.
Closer you are my heart.
The birthplace of clouds.
Where peat hags loom
from misted gloom
and rotted posts curtsey;
clinging to humming wires.
No one walks over you.
Not even sheep.
But I, am drawn
and feel your magic.
You suck at my boots
pleading me to stay.
One day I will;
lie down, blacken
your ancient soil.