Monday, 20 May 2013

Crimpau & Llyn Cowlyd

This was my first walk since our family holiday to the Dales back in Easter which now seems a long time ago, so it was good to get out on the hill again. I was racking my brain where to go then I read a post by Andy over on A Redeye view, if you have not seen his post yet check it out here. I was then inspired and decided if the weather was good that is where I’m going. I was not disappointed as Sundays walk around the Eastern Carneddau was excellent.

We set off from the car park behind Joe Browns in Capel Curig heading up through a small wood and crossing the Nant y Geuallt following the path round until we kicked off and headed straight up the steep South Eastern face of Crimpau, the sun was now breaking through the clouds and this brisk steep walk up Crimpau really got the heart and lungs pumping with sweat dripping on to the map as we pin pointed our position. However the reward for this more energetic route up Crimpau was the wonderful view down the Ogwen Valley with Snowdon beyond, Megan my dog was happy to sit and pose for some photos. We rested here for a few minutes soaking up the vista with the next stage of the days walk plain to see, Craig Wen and Creigiau Gleision.














 
Descending down off Crimpau and then starting up another short and steep incline to Craig Wen admiring the impressive outcrops; we didn’t get up onto the top of Craig Wen as the path continued around the western face, again giving great views down the Ogwen Valley. We came out on a large flat area which required copious amounts of zig zagging to avoid getting wet feet, In the end I needn’t have bothered as I ended up ankle deep in a boggy puddle anyway. As we then ascended Moel Ddefaid we encountered some wild ponies, it is always nice to see these wild ponies happily grazing away without a care in the world. When reaching the top of Craiglwyn at 623m it was time for another rest stop, again with some great views, this was where we meet the first person of the day heading in the opposite direction he had come up from Llyn Crafnant, we had a quick friendly chat agreeing it was cracking day and a fantastic area for a walk before we parted company and went on your separate ways.
 

 
As we started heading up to the highest point of the day (678m) we caught our first glimpse of Llyn Cowlyd way below. It was while we were walking along Creigiau Gleision that we encountered what would be ‘rush hour’ on this walk, two separate groups of walkers one of 4 people and the other about half a dozen strong, LOL rush hour indeed! 10 people! After passing some impressive outcrops of quartzite we stopped for lunch on the 634m spot height; not a bad place for lunch. We stopped for a while here just chilling out admiring the views. This was where we saw the last person of the day a solitary walker who like our first encounter of the day had come up from Llyn Crafnant after some friendly banter we went our separate ways, heading down to the dam on Llyn Cowlyd via some boggy ground.







 
Once down by the Dam the view along the valley was very nice indeed, we were a bit cheeky and walked along the dam wall before picking up the track which took us back up the valley close to the northern shore line. The weather was now quite warm as the sun beat down on us and the waters were becoming more and more inviting. In the end I gave in to temptation as we passed a suitable spot for a quick dip……. The water was ‘bleep’ freezing, but very refreshing. My dog Megan stood on the shore looking at me in water as if to say “what to heck are you doing”. After this quick dip we then headed off to the end of the lake and another quick stop to photo the cascading waterfalls after which we then walked back to Capel Curig hugely satisfied with the days walk.
 














Below is my Strava GPS tracking of the route.



6 comments:

  1. Lovely. Did a similar walk in November, also taking in Creigiau Gleision and Pen Llithrig y Wrach and Pen yr Helgi Du and camping halfway round. Love the Carneddau and you don't see as many people out there.

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    1. That sounds like a good route and camp, I really enjoyed this one, like you say it is a very quiet area, surprisingly so as offers so much. Thanks for the comment.

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  2. Phil, some great photos there, especially the ones of Megan. This is not an area that I have walked before - looks good.

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    1. Thanks Mark much appreciated. If you get a chance I would recommend it, some wonderful views down the Ogwen valley and best of all so quiet you'll be lucky to see more than 10 people.

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    2. I've seen those views somewhere before :-) Looks like a cracking day on this very quiet side of the Carneddau

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    3. LOL! Yeah can't imagine how. I did put a link to your trip report. Really glad I saw your post as it was a brilliant walk, the weather helped but certainly an area I'm looking to head back to with a tent. Cheers Andy.

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