21.09.14 Craig Wion (664 319), Pt. 499.5m (SH 665 310), Pt. 518.5m (SH 663 306) and Pt. 497.2m (SH 661 303)
|The central ridge of the northern Rhinogydd - a land of rock and heather|
This was another walk suggested by Mark, who along with his ex-working colleague and good hill walking friend; Dave Middleton, planned on visiting the central section of the northern Rhinogydd from Craig Wion to Bwlch Tyddiad. Mark asked if I would like to join them, as I’d only walked this part of the ridge in its entirety once before I jumped at the chance. My memory from my previous visit was one of rock canyons and numerous hills all joined by a narrow path that if lost foretold a struggle amongst wild land of heather, bog and crag.
We met at Y Bala and proceeded in one car to the beauty of Cwm Bychan which was resplendent in early autumnal sunshine. We parked at the head of the cwm next to the Cwm-bychan farm house where there is a grassed parking area with an honesty box for the parking fee of £2.00 per car and £1.00 per person.
As we headed back down the lane to join the path that headed up toward the bwlch between Clip and Craig Wion, we stopped and framed the impressively looking Carreg y Saeth against the lapping waters of Llyn Cwm Bychan. Carreg y Saeth justifiably appears on the front cover of the 1st edition of Y Pedwarau. It looks a stunning hill guarded by typical northern Rhinogydd rock and heather.
|Carreg y Saeth framed by Llyn Cwm Bychan|
|The subtle colour maze of heather and gorse|
|So good, it had to be included twice - Carreg y Saeth|
|Clip (SH 654 329) rising out of its lower heather clad land|
|Gathering data at the critical bwlch of Craig Wion|
|Dave and Mark admiring the rock face of Clip and Craig Ddrwg|
|The rounded rock strewn summit of Craig Wion|
|Gathering data at the summit of Craig Wion|
The narrow path continued down toward the first of the four bylchau with land ahead now rising as each rocky top became more distinguishable, as we descended I noticed a substantial hill down on our right, we checked the map and couldn’t find where it was situated. As we neared the bwlch it quickly disappeared out of sight, I promised myself it was something to investigate in the future.
Once the four bylchau had been surveyed we headed up to the summit of the 499m map heighted Sub-Pedwar. The ten figure spot height grid reference placement took us to the northern edge of its summit plateaux where small squared rocks all neatly stacked together but split from weathering where trying their utmost to topple over a cliff, the Trimble was placed on their high point and I willed it to stay in position.
|Typical northern Rhinogydd land|
|Balanced on the edge of a cliff, the first option for the summit of Pt. 499.5m came to 498.896m (converted to OSGM15) at SH 66549 31044|
|Dave standing on the top of what proved to be a new Pedwar|
|Gathering data at the second option for the summit of Pt. 499.5m, this came to 499.536m (converted to OSGM15) at SH 66565 31003|
As we crested the opposing ground at the top of the steep peat path I veered rightward to visit a small hill just to our west. Mark left Dave and I to our bagging need and said he was going to sit and grumpily eat his trail mix as he was going to have nothing to do with these smaller prominence hills. Whilst at its summit I headed toward yet more cliffs to photograph the current Sub-Pedwar in late afternoon sunlight and stepped straight in to a hole on my way back toward Dave, who was sitting on a rock taking in the view. The small hole proved to have sides of rock which scraped my lower leg meaning that I was sporting a bloodied wound when we re-joined Mark.
|The summit of the new Pedwar is the large erratic boulder on the right of photo. The 499m map spot height is positioned at the summit on the left of photo.|
|Gathering data at the summit of Pt. 518.5m|
|Dave admiring the view|
Once at its bwlch the Trimble was positioned on its improvised Tripod and again it reached its 0.1m accuracy relatively quickly. Once data were collected we headed up to the 497m map heighted summit. By the time I had arrived Mark and Dave had pin-pointed the highest point, soon the Trimble was in position and I grabbed a bite to eat and watched as the sun sank behind a narrow bank of evening cloud as the sea turned golden in its glow.
|The penultimate survey of the day at the summit of the Sub-Pedwar|
|Sea turning golden in the sun's glow|
|Last survey of the day as the light dims from the evening sky|
|Casting colour from behind cloud|
|Rich colours highlighted against the black outline of the Rninogydd|
|Darkness decsends on Llyn Cwm Bychan. Photo: Mark Trengove|
Summit Height: 565.6m (converted to OSGM15)
Summit Grid Reference: SH 66424 31950
Bwlch Height: 485.5m (converted to OSGM15)
Bwlch Girf Reference: SH 65754 32912
Summit Height: 499.5m (converted to OSGM15) (Pedwar status confirmed when coupled with drop value)
Summit Grid Reference: SH 66565 31003 (summit relocation confirmed)
Bwlch Height: 469.2m (converted to OSGM15)
Bwlch Girf Reference: SH 66658 31203
Drop: 30.3m (400m Sub-Pedwar reclassified to Pedwar)
Summit Height: 518.5m (converted to OSGM15)
Summit Grid Reference: SH 66363 30620
Drop: c 50m
Summit Height: 497.2m (converted to OSGM15) (Pedwar status confirmed)
Summit Grid Reference: SH 66182 30317
Bwlch Height: 465.3m (converted to OSGM15)
Bwlch Girf Reference: SH 66219 30458
Drop: 31.8m (Pedwar status confirmed)
For further details please consult the Trimble Survey Spreadsheet